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  • MEDIA NOTES

         Since they were televised on separate nights with no sports
    competition, both the Orange and Sugar Bowls were up in the
    ratings this year.  NBC's telecast of the Orange Bowl moved up 6%
    from last year, from a 17.8 to 18.9, the bowl's best number since
    '88.  ABC's Sugar Bowl jumped a huge 187% from a 5.2 rating last
    year.  NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol, on CBS paying $13M
    apiece for the Orange and Fiesta Bowls starting next year: "The
    last five years, we paid $10 million combined for the Orange and
    Fiesta and made money only once.  CBS is paying $16 million more
    and looking at a minimum of $10 million in losses each year"
    (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 1/5)....A U.S. District Court Judge
    ruled that Fox doesn't have to pay licensing fees to the American
    Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers for music used on
    its programs from '86-'95 (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/5).... CBS
    Americas, the Spanish-Language radio network, will broadcast two
    World Championship boxing matches this Saturday.  The network
    reaches over 90% of the Spanish speaking population in the U.S.
    (CBS Americas).
    

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  • NFL LOOKS TO GO PRIME-TIME WITH ONE CONFERENCE TITLE GAME

         The NFL and Fox and NBC, the networks in charge of the
    January 15 conference championship games, are discussing the
    possibility of moving either the NFC or AFC Championship games to
    a prime-time slot if two West Coast teams are playing host to
    both Sunday games.  By moving a game to prime-time the NFL would
    avoid a 10:00pm PST start, as originally scheduled.  NFL VP of
    Broadcasting Val Pinchbeck: "We're confident we'll work out a
    Sunday prime-time game."  The "attractiveness" of a possible
    Cowboys-49ers matchup in the NFC Championship makes it a likely
    candidate to be moved if both teams should win this weekend (Mike
    Fisher, FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/5).
    

    Print | Tags: Dallas Cowboys, NBC, News Corp./Fox, NFL, San Francisco 49ers, Media
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