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Published February 15, 1995
As expected, James Brown was named as Fox's studio host for its NHL coverage, which begins April 2. In Baltimore, Milton Kent writes that Brown's star "took a tremendous rise" on Fox's "NFL Sunday" where he was a "calm, clear presence" (Baltimore SUN, 2/15). Brown, on severing ties with CBS: "That life has been completed -- this is where the opportunities are" (Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY, 2/15). ....ABC, CBS and Fox-owned TV stations all reported stronger than expected quarterly operating earnings, with Fox estimating a jump at its stations of more than 50% (ELECTRONIC MEDIA, 2/13 issue)....ESPN2 has expanded its distribution to more than 7.7M households, now hitting over 18M homes through 2,600 affiliates, according to A.C. Nielsen (ESPN2)....Norm Van Lier, former Chicago Bulls guard, is now hosting "The CBA Today," on SportsChannel Chicago (CBA News)....Liberty Sports will unveil Prime Deportiva, the first national Spanish-Language sports network, on February 23 at the Texas Cable Show (Liberty).