World Cup's Overnight Rating Tops '99 Final NBC Generally Praised For NASCAR Coverage Turner Sports Reinstates Greg Anthony Expectations High For NASCAR On NBC NBC Lands New Advertisers For Race Coverage Female Audience Strong For World Cup ESPN Denies Wanting To Dial Down Olbermann IndyCar Gets Best Cable Audience In Years Xfinity Series Audience Lower On Fox Sports U.S.-Germany Sets Fox Soccer Record
Published May 23, 1995
MD-based Home Team Sports will launch a World Wide Web site this summer, The service, which will provide programming updates, player and event info and merchandise opportunities, is being developed with NDC Group of Arlington, VA (GOULD MEDIA SERVICES)....NBC's Bob Costas will host a two-hour special in celebration of The Discovery Channel's 10th anniversary (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 5/22).... During a panel discussion at the Women's Sports Foundation's Summit '95 in Dallas on Sunday, ABC programmer Lynn Stephans said she faced resistance from the ABC sales staff in trying to find advertisers for "A Passion to Play." Stephans: "Then I put two and two together. The ABC Sports staff was used to looking for advertisers interested in attracting the lucrative 18- to 49-year-old male. So I went to our daytime and entertainment sales staff" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/22). ....America Online paid $46M for stock in two software companies and announced alliances with CD-ROM makers in a bid to bolster its Internet presence (WASHINGTON POST, 5/23). America Online CEO Steve Case appeared on CNBC's to offer his view on the failed Intuit/ Microsoft merger and his hope that Microsoft stays out of the online services market. Case: "You get a broad range of service from America Online for a fixed fee. ... The Microsoft approach is more like a pay per view approach. All we are saying is give the consumers the choice" ("Business Insiders," 5/22). ....Ted Turner told the Video Software Dealers Association's annual convention: "I know I worry all the time. I never think I'm big enough. This year we're going to do $3.4 billion, but I just feel like I've got to have one of those over-the-air networks" (AP/ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/23).... Rangers "insiders" say former GM Tom Grieve likes his role on Prime telecasts so much that "he might bypass any future front office opportunity" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/21).