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Published May 12, 1995
According to Mark Taffet, CFO of Time Warner which owns TVKO, some cable systems in CA have reported buy rates of more than 10% for the Oscar De La Hoya-Rafael Ruellas lightweight championship. With most systems reporting, the national average is closer to 1.6%. Promoter Bob Arum said he believes the final numbers will show that the fight reached 425,000 homes. Boxing's PPV record is Foreman-Holyfield -- 1.4 million homes and an 8% buy rate (Larry Stewart, L.A. TIMES, 5/12)....The CFL has completed its TV schedule: TSN will carry 45 games starting June 28; ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to air 22 games, mostly with U.S. teams; and CBC will carry 21 games, including the November 19 Grey Cup (CP/OTTAWA CITIZEN, 5/12)....A survey has found that the ratio of men to women on the Internet has dropped to slightly less than 2-to-1 (AP/ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/12). ....Wednesday's Bulls-Magic game on TNT got a 7.9 rating, a TNT-NBA record of 5 million homes (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 5/12). For the nine telecasts on the first two weekends of the NBA playoffs, NBC is averaging a 6.9/19 -- a 13% increase over last year (NBC Sports)....The CBC flew potential Olympic sponsors to Atlanta for a reception, causing one of guest to speculate that Olympic sales "are not going well." However, a CBC spokesperson denies that, saying '96 sales are on target (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/12). ...TBS stock traded at 52-week highs yesterday upon news that CBS was not for sale (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/12).