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  • BAY AREA TV STATION LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE A'S TELECASTS

         KRON-TV's launch of "A's Interactive" during last Saturday
    night's A's telecast was a great success, according to KRON Exec
    Producer Mark Wolfson.  The station gave an e-mail address once
    during the bottom of the first inning with the hopes of garnering
    30 or 40 "game specific" questions for announcers Dick Stockton
    and Ray Fosse.  Instead, they got 39 in the first two minutes and
    a total of over 200 for the game.  Wolfson said any questions not
    answered on the air received personal responses from him later,
    meaning everyone who participated got some answer.  In an
    interview with THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY, Wolfson gave credit for
    the success to the fact that allowing in-program questions "gives
    a stage to the fans."  Wolfson:  "It is a chance for them to ask
    questions and get answers whereas on talk radio you are often on
    hold for long periods of time or never get through."  Wolfson
    said baseball broadcasts offer "a perfect marriage" with this
    type of interactivity since there are often "dead" times that
    could easily be filled with audience cyber-participation.
    Wolfson said "A's Interactive" will continue through the season
    and KRON's sales department has had discussions with Sprint about
    promotions (THE DAILY).
    

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  • MEDIA NOTES

         In this morning's WALL STREET JOURNAL, Fara Warner reports
    that the "upfront" ad market for the networks' '95-96 prime-time
    schedule is expected to hit $5B, despite a smaller audience.
    Share ratings for the three major nets was down to 57%, compared
    to 61% in '93-94 (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/18)....UPN plans to add
    a third night of programming to its '96 schedule, one year ahead
    of their business plan.  Wednesday UPN shows will join those on
    Monday and Tuesday (BLOOMBERG/N.Y. TIMES, 5/18)....National and
    local TV spot revenues climbed 7% and 9% respectively in the 1stQ
    of '95, according to a Television Bureau of Advertising analysis
    cited in AD AGE ONLINE.  National spot revenue rose from $1.344B
    to $1.444B, while local was up from $1.353B to $1.477B (AD AGE
    ONLINE, 5/18)....MLB Home Video is reducing the prices on several
    of its top titles, effective May 21.  Orion Home Video is the
    exclusive sales agent for MLB Home Video (Orion)....Wayne
    Huizenga's portfolio of Viacom B and Viacom A stock has increased
    roughly $60M in value since the Blockbuster-Viacom merger.
    Huizenga's Viacom holdings are now estimated to be worth $401M
    (Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 5/18)....OH-based Koenig Sporting
    Goods has hired ESPN's Chris Berman to star in a series of TV
    spots (NSGA RETAIL FOCUS, 5/95 issue)....On this morning's
    "Bloomberg Business News," Bob Goldsholl reported on sports
    information available on the internet and the Web.  Geoff Reiss,
    Publisher of ESPNet Sports Zone: "Just like sports news it is
    constantly being updated, there are constantly new things to be
    said."  Goldsholl reports, "As exciting and new as it all may be,
    cyberspace is far from being the primary source of sports
    information, newspapers, TV and radio still carry the ball,
    especially for fans of local teams.  But the amount of
    information online is dizzying" (PBS, 5/18).
    

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  • MONTANA GETS NBC TO AGREE ON PART-TIME ANALYST GIG

         Joe Montana's deal to join NBC's NFL team was made official
    yesterday.  Montana will be paid $400,000 to be a studio analyst
    for six regular-season weekends and four in the post-season.
    Posed with the question facing all former coaches or athletes who
    head to booth or studio ("Can they be candidly critical?"),
    Montana said, "I think there's a way of being critical and
    analytical at the same time."  Montana stressed that he wants to
    avoid the media's focus on the "negative," and admitted that the
    constant criticism necessary for game analysis would have been
    difficult.  USA TODAY's Mike Heistand reports that NBC Sports
    President Dick Ebsersol "suggests there's a happy medium between
    Montana trying somehow to huff or just giving viewers puff" (USA
    TODAY, 5/18).  In San Francisco, C.W. Nevius writes, "As a
    conference call yesterday proved, when you've won four Super
    Bowls, you don't have to say much to make news."  One reporter to
    Montana:  "Are you going to save your best stuff for the last two
    minutes of the broadcast?" (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 5/18).  In
    Baltimore, Milton Kent writes Montana "will work from the safety
    and security of the pre-game studio, where there's more time to
    form an opinion and fewer opinions are needed" (Baltimore SUN,
    5/18).  Montana debuts on "NFL Live" on September 3 (WASHINGTON
    POST, 5/18).
    

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  • RADIO STATIONS BATTLE NFL EXPANSION TEAMS OVER NAMES

         As the NFL's expansion teams prepare for their first seasons
    on the field, both front offices find themselves forced to
    protect their trademarks against local radio stations looking to
    take advantage of the teams' strong name I.D. in their respective
    communities.
         CAT FIGHT:  The Panthers are contemplating suing radio
    station WXRC if the station doesn't stop referring to itself as
    "The Panther," according to the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER.  The Panthers
    and their flagship station, WBT-AM, claim to own the rights to
    use the animal's name and likeness, which the team has
    trademarked.  WXRC President Dave Lingafelt said the station
    never meant to infringe on any trademarks and is following the
    team's wishes, for the moment, by eliminating references to the
    station as "The Panther."  Lingafelt: "We are going to eliminate
    the word 'panther' just on a temporary basis to give them the
    opportunity to show us if we have violated any specific clauses."
    Panthers General Counsel Dick Thigpen:  "These things you've got
    to stop early" (AP/CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 5/17).
         JAGS LOOK TO SETTLE: The Jaguars and Jacksonville radio
    station WJGR expect to reach an agreement in a few days over a
    lawsuit filed by the Jaguars ordering the station to stop using
    the moniker "Jaguar 1320," according to the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION.
    Station officials said Friday they would stop using "Jaguar
    1320," but they may keep using WJGR as their call letters.  The
    settlement may also require the station to change all signs and
    advertisements that contain Jaguars' slogans.  Station officials
    say they are already in the process of doing this.  Jaguars Dir
    of Marketing Dan Connell:  "We are very pleased with their
    response to the lawsuit and anticipate releasing details of an
    agreement in the near future" (Earl Daniels, FLORIDA TIMES-UNION,
    5/17).
    

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  • TIME WARNER ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR CABLE-SPEED ONLINE SERVICE

         Time Warner opens its annual shareholders meeting today with
    the dual announcements that the company will chip away at its
    debt by selling off 15 small cable systems for $260M and that
    they plan to launch their own commercial online service featuring
    news and entertainment from Time Inc.'s magazines and Warner
    Brothers' TV, film and music groups.  While most online services
    are delivered on commercial phone lines, Time Warner's yet-to-be-
    named service will come over coaxial cable lines in the company's
    cable network and through other cable operators.  Time Inc. New
    Media Senior VP Paul Sagan:  "People are gravitating to online
    services.  We think that marrying it to the high-speed delivery
    of cable is even better" (Mark Landler, N.Y. NEWSDAY, 5/18).
         PERELMAN AT THE GATE:  Time Warner's stock jumped $1.50 upon
    reports that financier Ronald Perelman was considering a purchase
    of Seagram Co.'s almost 15% stake in the company.  However, one
    exec familiar with Time Warner said that Perelman called Time
    Warner CEO Gerald Levin to refute the rumors (WALL STREET
    JOURNAL, 5/18).  VARIETY cites insiders who say that Seagram "has
    not even begun to work on selling the shares and no deal is
    imminent" (DAILY VARIETY, 5/18).
    

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  • WAS WRIGHT WRONGED? NOTHING NEW, BUT THE MEDIA CAN'T RESIST

         In the current issue of SI, "Scorecard" offers its take on
    the comments attributed to CBS golf analyst Ben Wright concerning
    lesbianism hurting the LPGA Tour.  "Scorecard":  "Once again,
    five years after Shoal Creek and several weeks before the
    publication of 'The Unplayable Lie," Marcia Chambers' book
    documenting sexism in the world of golf, the specter of an alien
    presence has impinged on a sport in which power rests
    overwhelmingly with straight, white males.  And every time the
    alien tees up, it's fascinating to watch golf squirm. ...
    Meanwhile, no one on the tour used the incident to step forward
    and say what should have been said:  There are gays among us.
    Deal with it."  SI does credit the CBS broadcast for avoiding the
    "usual patronizing comments" regarding women golfers (SI, 5/22
    issue).
         LPGA STAR CHIMES IN:  LPGA Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan
    denies that lesbianism is an issue.  In an interview with the
    BOSTON HERALD:  "We don't get the respect and TV exposure because
    we are women athletes, and it has nothing to do with lesbianism.
    It's because we are women, and there are some segments who don't
    want us to get the same exposure or make the same money as men"
    (BOSTON HERALD, 5/17).
         WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT:  Denouncing homophobia in women's
    sports, Women's Sports Foundation Exec Dir Donna Lopiano has
    announced that the group will launch an educational program
    focusing on the issue at its Annual Summit in Dallas this
    weekend.  A panel discussion, "Homophobia:  The Red Scare in
    Women's Sports," will explore the ways women are discouraged from
    participating in sports.  The Foundation has also prepared a list
    of "Words to Watch" for treating men and women alike in sports
    reporting (Women's Sports Foundation).
    

    Print | Tags: CBS, LPGA, Sports Illustrated, Media, Viacom
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