MLB Game Viewership Lower On ESPN ESPN Negotiates Out-Of-Home TV Deals NFL Losing Money On London Games Padres Honor Retiring Broadcaster Enberg Richard Sherman Calls Out NFL On Player Safety Ortiz Heading Up Production Company In Retirement Philly Retailers Cash In On Wentz' Hot Start Too Many MLB Postseason Broadcasters? Mike Francesa Announces Final Show With WFAN Louisville Football Success Bolsters TV Profile
Published January 23, 1995
Accusations of influence-peddling on Capitol Hill are not Rupert Murdoch's only problems, according to a report in U.S. NEWS. Earnings for Murdoch's News Corp. are expected to be flat for the second quarter because of write-offs. Twentieth Century Fox is expected to lose "about $50 million" because of "two flops and two marginal films" last Christmas. Analysts estimate News Corp. could lose as much as $500M over the next four years from Fox's NFL deal "because advertising revenues aren't expected to cover the purchase price" (Linda Grant, U.S. NEWS, 1/30 issue)....In the current issue of TIME, UPN gets a "winner" nod for the "runaway success of new Trek show to smashing debut" (TIME, 1/30 issue)....ESPN officials are considering America's Cup yachting as a "hidden weapon" to lure viewers this summer. Onboard cameras and microphones could make the event "a mass spectator sport with about a million upscale homes tuning in each day" (N.Y. POST, 1/23)....Microsoft and Sony will join in a partnership to develop hardware and software for interactive TV and other multimedia business (Don Clark, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/23)....GOLF DIGEST Sports Marketing has struck a deal with Turner Broadcasting to launch the GOLF DIGEST's "Tour de Golf." The tour will be a 20-city interactive Mall tour, starting next May (COWLES BUSINESS MEDIA, 1/29)....Chicago's WMVP Radio may "snatch" the rights to the White Sox from WMAQ. Part of the deal may include making White Sox Chair Jerry Reinsdorf a partner in a joint venture created to operate WMVP (CRAIN'S CHICAGO, 1/16).