NBC Adds Jeff Burton As NASCAR Analyst IndyCar Series Shifts May Programming To ABC Tony Clark Named MLBPA Exec Dir King: Ref Series Most Significant Work On MMQB Tropicana Field Upgrade Plans Unveiled HBO Sports Debuts "State Of Play" Series Media Notes Rays Introducing Paperless Flex Pass Source: MLB Wants Cap For Posting System Week 13 "MNF" Overnight Down 9%
Published April 6, 1995
Fox Sports President David Hill will not comment on acquiring MLB TV rights until a CBA is signed by the players and owners: "I don't think anyone would become involved in meaningful discussions until baseball comes up with labor peace" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 4/6)....In this morning's WALL STREET JOURNAL, Elizabeth Jansen & Daniel Pearl profile civil rights attorney David Honig, who help initiate the FCC investigation into whether Fox was a foreign held company. The FCC is expected to rule on the "sweeping inquiry" any day now (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/6)....ESPN will be the exclusive TV outlet for MLB's Opening Game, April 25, between the Marlins & Dodgers. The game was moved back from April 26 (ESPN)....Wireless telecomm pioneer Craig McCaw, the brother of John McCaw, who recently bought a majority interest in the Canucks and Grizzlies, will invest $350M into Nextel Communications immediately and has options to invest as much as $1.1B in the future ("Nightly Business Report," PBS, 4/5)....Viewership of the '94 World Cup increased 20% worldwide from '90, reaching an estimated 32.1 billion viewer exposures, according to ISL Marketing, FIFA's marketing partner (USA TODAY, 4/6).... Basic cable TV's share of prime-time TV viewing set a new record for the first quarter of '95, reaching 26% of all households watching TV in prime time, up 18.2% from the 22 share it had in the 1st quarter of '93, according to a Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau analysis (AD AGE ONLINE).