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  • FIFA RELEASES FINAL WORLD CUP '94 VIEWERSHIP FIGURES

         On a cumulative basis 32.1 billion people around the world
    watched one or more of the games of World Cup '94 -- one billion
    more than expected and 5.4 billion more than watched ITALIA '90,
    according to figures compiled by SRi, the research arm of FIFA's
    marketing partner, ISL.  A total of 16,539 hours of World Cup '94
    were broadcast around the world, almost 2,000 more than the
    14,693 hours of ITALIA '90.  Regional breakdowns follow (FIFA
    NEWS).
                            
    NO.
    BROADCAST
    COUNTRIES
    CUMULATIVE TV
    VIEWING
    AUDIENCE
    (000s)
    REGION
    1990
    1994
     
    1990
    1994
    Europe
    35
    54
     
    7,643,445
    6,773,389
    N. Amer/Caribbean
    23
    21
     
    389,522
    373,149
    Cent/SouthAmerica
    20
    20
     
    3,281,546
    4,289,105
    Africa
    49
    50
     
    2,552,388
    3,387,024
    Middle East
    13
    12
     
    498,016
    1,474,677
    Asia
    20
    23
     
    12,318,054
    15,797,360
    Pacific
    7
    8
     
    9,758
    20,948
    World Totals
    167
    188
    26,692,729
    32,115,652

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  • INTERACTIVE UPDATE: SHARKS GET NEW PARTNER FOR WEB PAGE

         The Sharks and San Jose Arena have announced that they have
    joined with Sun Microsystem Computer Co. of Mountain View, CA, in
    a collaborative venture to build the Sharks' and the Arena's Home
    Pages on the World Wide Web "into a pair of the most popular and
    advanced sports and entertainment web sites on the Internet."  As
    exclusive internet technology provider to the Sharks and San Jose
    Arena, Sun Microsystems will provide their Netra server and other
    software, as well as design expertise and access to the latest
    technology to upgrade the Sharks' two-month old Web presence.
    Sun will also become title sponsor of both home pages.  Address:
    http://www.sj-sharks.com (Sharks).
         FRENCH OPEN ONLINE:  Beginning May 26, USA Network and
    Prodigy will offer online tennis fans "a complete menu" of
    features from the French Open in Paris.  Included:  daily updates
    including quotes from USA analysts John McEnroe and Tracy Austin;
    a quiz; interviews with Austin and USA Network Exec Producer
    Gordon Beck; bio information on USA staff; a complete USA Network
    broadcast schedule; photo gallery; French Open history; player
    rankings; and players to watch.  USA Network will carry 33 hours
    of the French Open, starting Monday, May 29 at 10am EDT (USA
    Network).
         OTHER ONLINE NOTES:  NEWSWEEK and S.F.-based Virtual
    Communications are launching "Virtual City" -- "the first mass-
    market, service-oriented lifestyle magazine aimed at making
    cyberspace accessible to everyone."  The first issue will be
    distributed in September.  The magazine will start as a quarterly
    (BUSINESS WIRE)....MCI Chair & CEO Bert Roberts spoke with USA
    TODAY concerning his company's foray into multimedia.  Roberts
    predicted that MCI will "be very different" from the other telcos
    by the end of the decade (Kevin Maney, USA TODAY, 5/24).  Today's
    WALL STREET JOURNAL examines the telcos' entry into the
    entertainment world, noting that "investing in media is about as
    sure a bet as gambling in Las Vegas (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/24).
    

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  • IS THE NHL FRONT OFFICE'S COMMITMENT TO THE GAME, OR TO FOX?

         There is more criticism this morning for the NHL league
    office from Canada, this time concerning the decision to have the
    Canucks and Blackhawks play back-to-back games in each city this
    weekend in order to accommodate Fox's need for a Sunday game.  In
    Vancouver, Archie McDonald writes, "The Fox's tail is wagging the
    NHL's dog here."  While the other major sports have made
    "significant concessions" to TV, "they didn't grovel the way the
    NHL seems to be now" (VANCOUVER SUN, 5/24).  In Toronto, Gare
    Joyce writes, "The Stanley Cup is supposed to be a showcase for
    the best hockey the NHL can offer.  But even the elite teams and
    the exemplary players can't perform at a high level given the
    demands of consecutive games not 18 hours apart further
    complicated by travel across a couple of time zones."  Joyce
    writes that, out of respect for the integrity of the game and the
    players' well-being, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman "should have
    stood up to Fox and told the network two games with travel in
    less than 18 hours was not only unreasonable but impossible"
    (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/24).
    

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  • MEDIA NOTES

         Capital Group Companies, Inc., one of the largest
    institutional shareholders in CBS Inc., declined to vote its
    6.22% stake in favor of management's slate of directors.  Gordon
    Crawford, the Capital Group fund manager who oversees most of
    their media investments, is said to believe that CBS Chair
    Laurence Tisch "dismantled what was once a great communications
    empire, and that the company could be performing far better"
    (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/24)....With the Stars out of the NHL
    playoffs, ratings in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for last Sunday's
    Flyers-Rangers game dropped to 0.9 -- the lowest among cities
    with NHL franchises (DALLAS MORNING NEWS,  5/23).... The Baseball
    Network's Mike Trager says that TBN has signed more than 30
    advertisers -- nearly double last year's total, with a dozen more
    possible.  Trager argues that ESPN's 32% ratings drop-off isn't
    an adequate indicator for TBN's regionalized coverage.  Trager:
    "Local baseball ratings aren't off anywhere near ESPN's numbers
    (Mike Heistand, USA TODAY, 5/24)....Nintendo, NBC and Blockbuster
    will join together on an estimated $5M fall promo to push
    Nintendo's new 3D "Virtual Boy" system, drive retail traffic at
    Blockbuster and hype NBC's fall lineup (BRANDWEEK, 5/22).
    

    Print | Tags: CBS, Comcast-Spectacor, Dallas Stars, ESPN, NBC, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, Southwest Sports Group, Media, Viacom, Walt Disney
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