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Published May 31, 1995
Rupert Murdoch told Canada's FINANCIAL POST that News Corp. has decided against bidding for the worldwide TV rights to the 2000 Sydney Summer Games, because it is "too complicated." However, he remains "very interested" in the U.S. TV rights (FINANCIAL POST, 5/31)....ESPN has announced an agreement with the Atlantic 10 to provide ESPN with national cable exclusivity to the conference's men's basketball telecasts. ESPN will air a Saturday afternoon game-of-the-week, select interconference games and the A-10 championship; ESPN2 will air a Monday night game-of- the-week, three tournament quarterfinals and the women's championship game (ESPN)....Bob Gordon, GM of Boston's Channel 68, denied reports that his station was not interested in bidding on the Red Sox when WSBK's contract expires at the end of this year (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/31)....Cox Enterprises, owner of Tampa's WSUN-AM, has entered into a partnership with rival WFNS-AM to jointly carry Lightning games next season. Lightning spokesperson Gerry Helper: "Anything that increases the reach and availability of our games in the marketplace is something we welcome (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/31)....Sports Media Inc., publisher of Pro Sports Team Yearbooks, has announced the renewal of its Bulls contract, the addition of the S.F. Giants, and marketing agreements with AmEx and Midwest Air (Sports Media)....CBS affiliates hold their annual meeting this week in L.A., with Ralph Gabbard, Chair of the CBS Affiliates Advisory Board, airing comments critical of CBS Chair Laurence Tisch in advance of the sessions (N.Y. POST, 5/31).