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  • MOTOROLA'S EXPANDS ITS WIRELESS SPORTS-TO-GO SERVICE

         Motorola's Wireless Sports Channel (WSC) announced its new
    Contender sports information service.  Contender "rounds out" the
    full line of Sports-To-Go update services for pocket receivers
    that update sports action every five minutes while games are in
    progress.  Sports-To-Go provides news and scores for MLB, NHL,
    NFL, NBA and NCAA football and basketball.  Contender will
    provide reports of scoring plays for all sports, as well as
    situations for the NFL and MLB.  Pricing for Contender start at
    $19.95 (Motorola).
    

    Print | Tags: MLB, Motorola, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, Media
  • SPORTS UNDER THE BIG TOP

         A traveling circus sponsored by ABC and ESPN will be hitting
    the streets this fall.  The show features such things as sports
    stars demonstrating their skills and interactive educational
    games designed to encourage kids in sports.  The circus will go
    from city to city, setting up a 100,000-sq ft sports
    entertainment park at each site.  It will stay for six weeks in
    each city and will cost under $20 to attend (Paul Tharp, N.Y.
    POST, 12/13).
    

    Print | Tags: ABC, ESPN, Media, Walt Disney
  • TCI NEARS DEAL WITH MICROSOFT'S NEW ON-LINE NETWORK

         TCI "is close to acquiring a stake in the new Microsoft
    Network on-line computer service," according to a report in this
    morning's N.Y. TIMES.  One exec familiar with the deal said TCI
    is expected to buy about 20% of Microsoft Network.  The service
    will be an option on the new Windows 95 operating system
    (Geraldine Fabrikant, N.Y. TIMES, 12/14).
    

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  • THE NFL GOES PRIME-TIME WITH 75TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

         As part of its year-long celebration of its 75th
    anniversary, the NFL will host "its first network prime time
    special" on ABC on January 26, according to INSIDE MEDIA's Mike
    Reynolds.  The one-hour show, "The NFL at 75:  An All-Star
    Celebration," will be produced by Radio City Music Hall
    Productions and be taped on January 18.  ABC Sports will sell the
    commercial time (COWLES BUSINESS MEDIA, 12/13).
         MORE PROGRAMMING NOTES:  In addition to the Pro Bowl
    Selection show tomorrow, ESPN and ESPN2 will televise the NFL
    expansion draft on February 15 (NFL).
    

    Print | Tags: ABC, ESPN, NFL, Media, Walt Disney
  • TURNER REMAINS TENACIOUS IN HIS BID FOR A NETWORK

         In its latest attempt to acquire a broadcast network, Turner
    Broadcasting is "pressing forward" with a proposal to acquire NBC
    from GE in a deal that would give GE 35% of a combined Turner-NBC
    company.  In the proposed deal, Turner would get NBC "in a plan
    valued at about $5 billion, including about $2 billion in Turner
    stock."  GE has discussed a sale with Time Warner and Disney, but
    "those talks haven't been fruitful."  Turner has the support of
    TCI, which owns around 25% of Turner stock.  Time Warner, which
    owns 20% of Turner stock, is said to have some "disagreements"
    with the deal and would agree to the purchase "only if Turner is
    willing to trade Time Warner's stake for an asset such as TNT or
    the Cartoon Network.  In the past, Turner has been reluctant to
    part with any broadcasting assets (Lippman & Sharpe, WALL STREET
    JOURNAL, 12/14).  The deal is expected to be discussed at a GE
    board meeting this Friday, however, it was stressed that it was
    "highly unlikely any decision would be reached" (Robin Schatz,
    N.Y. NEWSDAY, 12/13).  According to sources close to TCI, Time
    Warner continues to be "cautious and unwilling to make a
    commitment" (Frederic Biddle, BOSTON GLOBE, 12/13).
         MORE FROM THE WRIGHT?  Wright, asked why NBC waited until
    now to challenge the foreign ownership of Fox: "We probably
    wouldn't have challenged Fox had it not been for the formation of
    a holding company called Fox Savoy ... to purchase affiliates
    through the country."  Wright on what NBC hopes to gain from the
    FCC complaint: "I hope we get a clear picture from the FCC of
    what the foreign-ownership rules are."  Wright on the possible
    sale of NBC: "GE is not panting to part with NBC" (NEWSWEEK,
    12/19). Sources tell the WALL STREET JOURNAL that Wright "favors"
    the Turner proposal (Lippman & Sharpe, WALL STREET JOURNAL,
    12/14).
    

    Print | Tags: NBC, News Corp./Fox, Media, TBS/TNT, Time Warner, Walt Disney
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