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  • MEDIA NOTES

         A group of companies that operate TV stations affiliated
    with ABC are teaming up to develop new sources of revenue for
    their channels.  The group said it will form a company called
    NewVenco Inc., which will pursue projects in programming,
    interactive media, and pay-per-view among other areas (WALL
    STREET JOURNAL, 11/11)....In Washington, Leonard Shapiro reports
    that, despite gossip to the "contrary" in the local broadcasting
    community, WTEM sports radio is not about to "a) fold, b) be sold
    or c) significantly change its format."  But he also notes that
    WTEM, which has the rights to the Redskins, may lose them in a
    bidding war with two other stations (WASHINGTON POST,
    11/11)....No officials involved will confirm it, but Red Sox
    radio coverage in Boston will likely switch from WRKO to all-
    sports WEEI next season (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/11)....In this week's
    AD AGE, Jeff Jensen examines the entrance of the pro sports
    leagues into the CD-ROM/interactive medium (AD AGE, 11/7 issue).
    

    Print | Tags: ABC, Boston Red Sox, Media, Walt Disney, Washington Redskins
  • NFL'S NO DOUBLEHEADER RULE CRITICIZED

         In Los Angeles, Larry Stewart writes, "It has to be said
    once more:  The NFL's no-doubleheader rule is stupid, antiquated,
    asinine and unfair -- particularly to people living in two-team
    markets such as Los Angeles and New York."  Because of the rule,
    Fox cannot show the Dallas-San Francisco game in L.A. because the
    Rams-Raiders game is a sellout.  "What's behind the no-
    doubleheader rule?  The NFL's original thinking was that a
    television doubleheader could hurt attendance at the local game.
    ... Nobody with the NFL will say it, but maybe the rule has been
    kept, despite public outcry, because the league knew it was
    getting into the pay-per-view business.  That began this season
    with the Sunday Ticket packages for satellite dish owners" (L.A.
    TIMES, 11/11).  In Miami, another city that will have the Dallas-
    San Francisco game blacked-out, Barry Jackson suggest the old
    rule "needs amending" (MIAMI HERALD, 11/11).
         OTHER NFL MEDIA NOTES:  NBC's AFC games (11.8 rating) lead
    the NFC (11.5), now on Fox, at the 10-week mark for the first
    time since 1975.  But for the 4th consecutive week, Fox's ratings
    are up (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 11/11).
    

    Print | Tags: NBC, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Oakland Raiders, Media, St. Louis Rams
  • WOMEN'S SPORTS NETWORK TO BEING IN SEPTEMBER

         The Women's Sports Network (WSN) plans to start up in
    September with 24-hours of live events, news reports and
    exercise, travel and nutritional programming.  They hope to lure
    cable operators by dividing the money they receive "in subscriber
    fees with community sports programs for girls and
         women."  Terry Kassel, creator of WSN: "So Cablevision, for
    example, would have a sponsorship in their name for a women's
    softball league on Long Island."  Kassell added that it is also
    an opportunity for cable operators to "endear themselves to their
    communities."  Although Liberty Sports has rights to many women's
    collegiate events, Kassel said WSN will be an outlet for other
    women sports, including amateur and recreational (Steve Zipay,
    NEWSDAY, 11/11).
    

    Print | Tags: Cablevision, New York Liberty, Media
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