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  • AUTO RACING BULLETIN BOARD AND HOME PAGE MAKE THEIR DEBUTS

         The Auto Racing Bulletin Board on Prodigy and the Auto
    Racing Home page on the Internet made their debuts yesterday,
    just in time for the Indy 500.  Both the Bulletin Board and the
    Home Page will be hosted by Les Welch, a photographer for the
    NHRA and a regular contributor to Prodigy Sports.  The Auto
    Racing Bulletin Board (JUMP: auto racing bb) will have Indy
    driver Jacques Villeneuve appearing online answering fans'
    questions through Friday.  The Auto Racing Home Page
    (http://antares.prodigy.com/ autorcoi.htm) organizes and links
    web content related to racing in one easy-to-find location
    (Prodigy).
    

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  • CANADIAN NETS TO BID ON NAGANO NEXT WEEK

         The IOC will entertain bids for the Canadian broadcast
    rights to the '98 Nagano Games next week.  CTV paid C$12M for the
    '94 Lillehammer Games, but was beaten out for Atlanta by CBC's
    C$30M bid.  In Toronto, Ron Longley notes, "In Nagano bidding,
    CTV may not have to go as high.  With massive layoffs pending at
    [CBC], it's hard to imagine CBC being able to justify breaking
    the bank for a property three years down the road.  But don't
    count on it."  CTV VP of Sports Doug Beeforth:  "There is only so
    much money out there in advertising dollars.  If CBC does what it
    did in Atlanta, we don't have a chance" (TORONTO SUN, 5/26).
    

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  • LOCAL BASEBALL RATINGS: 19 OF 28 MLB OUTLETS ARE DOWN

         THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY surveyed broadcast and cable
    outlets that carry baseball in 22 MLB markets, and found that 19
    of those outlets are showing lower ratings for their baseball
    telecasts.  In most cases, the '94 numbers are through the same
    number of games as last year, except where indicated with a date
    or the symbol (^).  '94 NOTES:  White Sox/WGN is based on 12
    games.  Cubs/WGN is based on 33 games.  Padres is for the entire
    month of May.  Giants is for 10 games.  Mariners and Twins are
    their season average.  Figures for the Blue Jays, Expos, Indians,
    Tigers, Brewers and the Mets were not available (THE DAILY).
    
                      
    TEAM
    STATION
    NO.
    GAMES
    AVG
    '95
    RATING
    '94
    TEAM
    STATION
    NO.
    GAMES
    AVG
    '95
    RATING
    '94
    ATL
    TBS (Natl)
    9
    1.7
    2.1
    LOS
    KTLA
    May 15
    5.0
    4.8
    BAL
    HTS
    May 15
    3.7
    5.1
    MIN
    WCCO
    4
    9.8
    10.5^
     
    WJZ (Bal)
    "
    11.5
    14.0
     
    KLTG
    2
    3.9
    6.1^
    BOS
    WSBK
    "
    6.3
    6.9
    NYY
    MSG
    15
    1.9
    1.6
     
    NESN
    "
    2.3
    2.6
     
    WPIX
    2
    3.2
    6.0
    CAL
    KTLA
    "
    2.6
    3.9
    OAK
    KRON
    2
    6.3
    6.1
    CHCB
    WGN
    15
    5.6
    5.7
     
    SPTSCH
    3
    1.4
    .3
    CHSX
    WGN
    4
    3.8
    4.4^
    PHI
    WPHL
    12
    7.0
    10.9
     
    SPTSCH
    3
    1.1
    1.8
    PIT
    WPXI
    1
    7.4
    13.0
    CIN
    WLWT
    9
    9.6
    10.1
    SD
    KFMB
    7
    5.0
    5.3^
    COL
    KWGN
    9
    10.2
    12.0
    SF
    KTVU
    4
    7.5
    5.9^
    FLA
    WQAM
    6
    5.0
    4.7
    SEA
    KIRO
    8
    9.7
    8.1^
    HOU
    KTXH
    9
    4.4
    4.9
    STL
    KPLR
    9
    7.8
    10.0
    KC
    KSMO
    5
    8.0
    8.0
    TEX
    KTVT
    13
    5.0
    9.0

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  • MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PROPERTIES TO LAUNCH INTERACTIVE GAME

         MLBP has teamed up with NTN Communications to create
    "DiamondBall," a new interactive baseball game to be played
    during live telecasts.  This agreement entitles NTN to produce
    "DiamondBall" for broadcast in the U.S., as well as Canada,
    Japan, Australia, Taiwan, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
    The game allows viewers to predict at-bats and answer strategy
    questions.  The Carlsbad, CA-based NTN is owner and operator of
    the only interactive TV network in North America.  The game will
    be played via on-line services and cable on the more than 2,000
    hospitality outlets that subscribe to NTN's Entertainment Network
    (MLBP).
    

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  • MEDIA NOTES

         Times Mirror announced that it will stop publishing the
    Baltimore Evening Sun on September 15 (AD AGE ONLINE,
    5/26)....Prime Sports' "Press Box" will move to 10pm beginning
    June 1 (Prime).... St. Louis' KTVI-Channel 2's deal for the Rams'
    exhibition TV rights is said to be worth $500,000 (ST. LOUIS
    POST-DISPATCH, 5/26)....The SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS's Colin Seymour
    says not to expect Steve Albert to be back as the Warriors' TV
    play-by-play man, with A's voice Greg Papa having the inside
    track to replace him.  Albert is said to be "entertaining offers"
    to return to New York (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 5/26)....U.S. West
    and Time Warner are "at loggerheads" over how to restructure U.S.
    West's 25.5% ownership in Time Warner.  At stake are control of
    Time Warner cabe systems, as well as HBO and the Warner studios
    (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/26).
    

    Print | Tags: Golden State Warriors, HBO, Oakland Athletics, Media, St. Louis Rams, Time Warner
  • NBA PLAYOFF RATINGS ON NBC CONTINUE TO IMPRESS

         The Game 7 showdowns between the Rockets and Suns and the
    Knicks and Pacers last weekend pushed NBC's cumulative playoff
    average to its highest mark in 18 years.  Through four weekends
    and 16 telecasts, NBC has a national average of a 7.2/20 -- the
    highest rating after the initial four weekends since CBS posted
    an 8.1/29 in '77 (NBC Sports).  Despite the losses of the Knicks
    (No. 1 media market), the Lakers (No. 2) and the Bulls (No. 3),
    NBC's "research department believes the 13 percent increase so
    far over last year's playoffs will be maintained, perhaps even
    surpassed."  NBC Sports' Ed Markey:  "By now, everyone knows
    these teams and who plays on them" (Leonard Shapiro, WASHINGTON
    POST, 5/26).  The NBA playoffs have pushed TNT to No. 1 in the
    prime-time basic cable ratings.  Last week, TNT had five of the
    top ten highest rated cable shows -- all NBA broadcasts.  TNT has
    averaged a 3.9 cable rating, up 30% from '94, while TBS has
    averaged a 2.8, a 65% increase over '94 (Turner).
         FOR NHL -- FOX IS UP, ESPN IS DOWN:  In L.A., Larry Stewart
    notes that while the "NBA is booming," the NHL on Fox only
    received a 1.9 national rating last Sunday.  That included a 1.2
    in L.A., which was topped by a Jimmy Connors-John McEnroe match
    (L.A. TIMES, 5/26).  ESPN's NHL ratings are down 10% to a 0.9
    average (USA TODAY, 5/26).
    

    Print | Tags: Cablevision, CBS, Chicago Bulls, ESPN, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBC, New York Knicks, News Corp./Fox, NHL, Phoenix Suns, Media, TBS/TNT, Time Warner, Viacom, Walt Disney
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