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  • ABC TO ADD FOUR YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL FIGURE SKATING

         Beginning in '96, ABC will pay $45M for four years of the
    world and European figure skating championships, "plus three
    world speed-skating events."  Richard Sandomir reports that is
    "slightly more than twice NBC's current five-year, $27.5M deal,
    which expires this year."  ABC Sports President Dennis Swanson
    said the network will air six hours of the World Championship in
    prime time, adding: "This isn't a made-for, it's the worlds.  If
    you want to identify with the sport, this is the kind of event
    you want.  I'd hope we'd break even" (Richard Sandomir, N.Y.
    TIMES, 1/20).
    

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  • DESPITE FTC CONCERN, TCI WANTS A QVC DEAL BY FEBRUARY

         On Wednesday, the FTC said it was seeking to "bar the
    acquisition" of QVC, Inc. by TCI and Comcast Corp., "contending"
    that the $1.42B deal would give TCI too much "market power in the
    home shopping industry."  Yesterday, TCI said it was preparing to
    give the government "10 days notice that it intends to consummate
    its acquisition of QVC by late February."  TCI also plans to meet
    with FTC officials next week to personally argue their case.  A
    industry source told the L.A. TIMES that TCI will fight the FTC
    in court if the agency strikes the deal.  Comcast would
    apparently back TCI in any litigation.  Comcast Chair Barry
    Diller: "The government has every right to investigate the
    matter, but this is torture" (Shiver & Harris, L.A. TIMES, 1/20).
    The N.Y. POST reports this morning that the takeover will still
    occur, and analysts say that "even if TCI was knocked out,
    Comcast would proceed on its own or with a new equity partner"
    (John Durie, N.Y. POST, 1/20).
    

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  • MEDIA NOTES

         ESPN's Mike Milbury will make his studio analyst debut
    tonight when the network cover the Rangers/Sabres game in New
    York.  Milbury on the season: "The quality of the games is going
    to be so intense that it should prove a boon to viewers"
    (HARTFORD COURANT, 1/20)....ESPN's Chris LaPlace: "Fox deserves
    credit for its NFL coverage and they may do well on the NHL, but
    they haven't done a hockey game yet.  We set the standard.  We do
    hockey better than anyone" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 1/20).  The
    NBA will present its fifth annual NBA All-Star Stay in School
    Celebration during All-Star Weekend.  The one hour special will
    be broadcast simultaneously by NBC, TNT, Nickelodeon, and BET at
    12:00 EST on February 11.  The event is sponsored by Coca-Cola,
    IBM, and SkyBox Int'l (NBA)....BUSINESS WEEK profiles Ted Turner
    and his desire to become a "heavy hitter" in Hollywood (BUSINESS
    WEEK, 1/23 issue).
    

    Print | Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Coca-Cola, ESPN, IBM, NBA, NBC, News Corp./Fox, NFL, NHL, Media, TBS/TNT, Walt Disney
  • REPLACEMENT GAMES A "HOT TOPIC" AMONG BROADCASTERS

          "At a recent meeting of broadcast and cable outlets, how to
    deal with ShamBall was a hot topic," according to Richard
    Samdomir in today's N.Y. TIMES.  TV Consultant Bryan Burns: "I
    think stations will tell clubs, 'We'll work with you, but we
    won't carry the full schedule.'"  In New York, WPIX/Channel 11
    usually sells time to MSG to air 50 games.  What is the
    "obligation" this year?  WPIX GM Michael Eigner: "It's something
    we're talking about internally."  What will SportsChannel New
    York do with its commitment to 75 games? SportsChannel GM Jim
    Bates: "It's premature.  But if they put clowns like me out
    there, we'd have some problem" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/20).  ABC Sports
    President Dennis Swanson on reports that NBC would get the '95
    World Series: "We won a coin flip for the first World Series and
    it hasn't been played yet" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 1/20).
    

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