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Published May 16, 1995
Overnight ratings from Saturday show the NBC's coverage of the Rockets-Suns getting a 6.1, up 20% from a corresponding date last year, and the Knicks-Pacers getting an 8.0, up 27%. Overnights for Sunday's Bulls-Magic show a 12.2 (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/16). TNT's Doug Collins attributes it all to Michael Jordan, comparing him to Muhammad Ali. But NBC's Ed Markey claim's it's more than Jordan. Markey: "What we do know is that almost every NBA playoff game, not just Chicago's is up from last year" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 5/16)....The inaugural Franklin National Bank Classic -- a December college hoops tournament with George Washington, Florida, UMass and Maryland -- has signed a three-year TV deal with Raycom (Children's Charities Foundation). Raycom will also produce and distribute a one-hour special titled, "Border War," on the Georgia-Florida football rivalry (Raycom)....The IHL Indianapolis Ice has signed a two-year radio deal with WMYS-AM (Ice)...."Hockey Night in Canada" tops CBC's list of most-watched series with an average of 1.35 million viewers (CALGARY HERALD, 5/12).