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The Sharks announced that selected games will be on KNEW- radio, which will air four regular season games and any playoff games not carried by flagship KFRC due to A's conflicts (Sharks)....Turner Sports Exec Producer Mike Pearl said TNT's NFL pregame show will be expanded to a full hour next season, going up against ESPN's NFL PrimeTime. Pearl: "I still like the name 'NFL Tonight'" (USA TODAY, 4/28).... National Nielsen ratings for sports programming have been delayed, but last weekend's "NHL on Fox" posted a 2.7/6 in overnights. This was the Fox's highest NHL rating of the season. Detroit has the highest local ratings, averaging 7.4 after four Sundays. St. Louis averages 7.3, Boston 4.4, and Philadelphia 4.1 (Fox Sports)....Cablevision founder and CEO Charles Dolan is profiled in the current FINANCIAL WORLD. Dolan: "The heart of local programming is sports and news. You go down the street in New York and you end up at Madison Square Garden" (FINANCIAL WORLD, 5/9 issue)....In New York, Steve Zipay reports that WFAN's likely five-year deal with the Mets ends speculation that the Yankees would shift there from WABC (N.Y. NEWSDAY, 4/28).
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Managing Editor Mark Mulvoy "plans to step down temporarily in two weeks in anticipation of his permanent departure" after the '96 Games, according to this morning's WALL STREET JOURNAL. In an "unusual move," two Time Warner editors, SI Assistant Managing Editor Bill Colson and LIFE Managing Editor Dan Okrent, will manage the magazine for a 12- week stint. The "race to succeed" Mulvoy will be "refereed" by Time Editor-in-Chief Norman Pearlstine, but a Time Inc. spokesperson said that Colson and Okrent "aren't necessarily the only two candidates for the post." Sources close to SI told the WALL STREET JOURNAL that Mulvoy has been planning to leave "for several months." Mulvoy's name "occasionally surfaces" in connection with commissioner searches and other "high-profile" sports jobs. The change in editors comes "at a crucial time for" SI as it prepares for two new competitors from ESPN/Hearst and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. SI is also "fighting to hold on to its core readership amid the rise of other authoritative sports sources" (Patrick Reilly, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/28).
The NHL has announced that information on the league will be available worldwide on the Internet and America On-Line for this year's playoffs, beginning in mid-May. Although the league will largely program its own service, formatting and production assistance will come from Gage Marketing Group. A commercial service "overlay" will be offered through ABC Online on America Online for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Internet users will be able to obtain a variety of information on the league and its teams including stats, interactive sessions with players, coaches, league and team execs, as well as hockey tips.