Expectations High For NASCAR On NBC NBC Lands New Advertisers For Race Coverage Female Audience Strong For World Cup ESPN Denies Wanting To Dial Down Olbermann IndyCar Gets Best Cable Audience In Years Xfinity Series Audience Lower On Fox Sports U.S.-Germany Sets Fox Soccer Record Media Notes Discovery Looking To Sublicense Olympic Rights Sources: FS1 Cutting Back News Operation
Published April 12, 1995
'95 Masters Champion Ben Crenshaw, Peter Jacobsen and defending champ Gary Player will all participate in the "Skills Challenge," to be aired October 14-15 on NBC. The Challenge pits eight PGA and Senior PGA Tour players in separate golf events (THE DAILY)....TBN and NBC could air Cal Ripken's record-breaking game if there is at least one or two rainouts before the scheduled September 6 game, which is presently scheduled to air on HTS (Milton Kent, Baltimore SUN, 4/12)....Mike Tollin, who wrote and directed TBS' the Hank Aaron special, "Chasing the Dream," which airs tonight, is also working on a sitcom for HBO about a "sleazy sports agent." Actor Robert Wuhl is likely to play the agent (Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY, 4/12)....Gould Media Services will launch a monthly newsletter entitled Women's Television Sports Monthly on May 10. The newsletter will be a vehicle for discussion and analysis of critical issues in women's television sports (Gould Media)....Reds exhibition games will be heard on WAOZ-AM since the team's flagship station, WLW-AM, had already sold its afternoon advertising based on the expectation the Reds would be playing night games by this time in the season. Canceling afternoon advertising for Reds exhibitions would cost "a ton of money," according to WLW Program Dir Bill Wills (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/12). ....Time Warner is considering selling half its stake in its Six Flags theme park division in a deal that could be worth as much as $600M. The sale would be part of Time Warner's debt reduction efforts (DAILY VARIETY, 4/12).