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Published March 7, 1995
TNT's "Inside the NBA," which follows TNT's NBA games on Friday nights, will undergo a format change including the introduction of Tim Brando as the new host. "Inside the NBA" will air eight more times this year. Turner Sports VP/Exec Producer Mike Pearl: "We're looking forward to developing 'Inside the NBA' into an issue-oriented, interactive, informational show that gives all NBA fans something they want along with something they didn't know." The show's new format debuted last Friday (TNT Sports).... Prime Sports-West has hired Brownstone Productions and "Hoop Dreams" filmmakers Steve James and Peter Gilbert for the regional sports network's new brand TV ads. The ads will feature the Kings' Wayne Gretzky and the Lakers' Nick Van Exel in separate spots under the theme, "I Play for Prime Sports" (Prime Sports-West)....In New York, Richard Sandomir criticizes Showtime's decision to re-broadcast the Gerald McClellan-Nigel Benn fight, after which McClellan collapsed in the ring and slipped into a coma: "Was it necessary to replay it for morbid fascination?" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/7)....Fox Sports reveals its NHL plans today. The network will name Mike Emrick and John Davidson as No. 1 announcing team for five regular-season games. Among other announcers: Ken Albert, Sean McDonough and Denis Potvin and a blend of the Blackhawks and Red Wings local announcing teams. Fox has sold 70% of its NHL advertising, according to Fox sales exec Jon Nesvig (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 3/7)....The A's and SportsChannel present the premiere of "A's Baseball '95: The Tradition continues." This half hour special will feature interviews with A's President & GM Sandy Alderson as well as a "trip down memory lane" with A's Owner Walter Haas Jr. The program will also feature the upgrades that have been made to the Oakland Coliseum (Athletics).