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  • MEDIA NOTES

         Rance Crain, Chair of Turnstile Publishing Co., publishers
    of GOLFWEEK, has announced that Orlando-based Turnstile has
    entered into a joint venture with MA-based DML Associates to
    develop and produce publications for sports organizations, events
    and sponsors (Turnstile)....The Lions have entered into agreement
    to have Raycom handle the production of the team's preseason
    games, to be broadcast on Detroit's WGPR-TV.  For the first time,
    the Lions are responsible for the production, marketing and sales
    of their preseason games (Lions)....A Sports Illustrated special
    edition commemorating the Rockets' championship is due in local
    Houston stores today (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/16)....In Boston, Jack
    Craig, who notes that ESPN's 45 1/2 hours of coverage of the
    "Extreme Games" kicks off June 24, calls the event "risky
    business for the competitors and the cable channel" (BOSTON
    GLOBE, 6/18)....Sports Illustrated has hired two senior editors
    away from New York Times Magazines:  Jim Herre of GOLF WORLD, who
    will oversee SI's "Golf Plus" section, and Mark Godich of GOLF
    SHOP OPERATIONS, who will be golf editor of the regular SI.  Both
    start July 7.  The move set off speculation that SI parent Time
    Inc. has its own golf publishing plans, but SI Publisher Dave
    Long "said the only move under consideration is the spinoff of
    results/preview sections from the Masters and U.S. Open into
    standalone magazines" (AD AGE ONLINE, 6/19)....The BOSTON HERALD
    cites rumors that BOSTON GLOBE columnist Dan Shaughnessy will
    take a "six-figure job" at SI.  Shaughnessy didn't deny the
    rumors on a recent radio interview (BOSTON HERALD, 6/19)....A
    recent MEDIAWEEK baseball ratings analysis shows that the
    Mariners were one of only three teams with higher ratings this
    year than last.  The M's are up 21% over '94, averaging an 8.1
    rating and a 26 share (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 6/16).
    

    Print | Tags: Detroit Lions, ESPN, Houston Rockets, Seattle Mariners, Sports Illustrated, Media, Time Warner, Walt Disney
  • MEDIA NOTES

         Rance Crain, Chair of Turnstile Publishing Co., publishers
    of GOLFWEEK, has announced that Orlando-based Turnstile has
    entered into a joint venture with MA-based DML Associates to
    develop and produce publications for sports organizations, events
    and sponsors (Turnstile)....The Lions have entered into agreement
    to have Raycom handle the production of the team's preseason
    games, to be broadcast on Detroit's WGPR-TV.  For the first time,
    the Lions are responsible for the production, marketing and sales
    of their preseason games (Lions)....A Sports Illustrated special
    edition commemorating the Rockets' championship is due in local
    Houston stores today (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/16)....In Boston, Jack
    Craig, who notes that ESPN's 45 1/2 hours of coverage of the
    "Extreme Games" kicks off June 24, calls the event "risky
    business for the competitors and the cable channel" (BOSTON
    GLOBE, 6/18)....Sports Illustrated has hired two senior editors
    away from New York Times Magazines:  Jim Herre of GOLF WORLD, who
    will oversee SI's "Golf Plus" section, and Mark Godich of GOLF
    SHOP OPERATIONS, who will be golf editor of the regular SI.  Both
    start July 7.  The move set off speculation that SI parent Time
    Inc. has its own golf publishing plans, but SI Publisher Dave
    Long "said the only move under consideration is the spinoff of
    results/preview sections from the Masters and U.S. Open into
    standalone magazines" (AD AGE ONLINE, 6/19)....The BOSTON HERALD
    cites rumors that BOSTON GLOBE columnist Dan Shaughnessy will
    take a "six-figure job" at SI.  Shaughnessy didn't deny the
    rumors on a recent radio interview (BOSTON HERALD, 6/19)....A
    recent MEDIAWEEK baseball ratings analysis shows that the
    Mariners were one of only three teams with higher ratings this
    year than last.  The M's are up 21% over '94, averaging an 8.1
    rating and a 26 share (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 6/16).
    

    Print | Tags: Detroit Lions, ESPN, Houston Rockets, Seattle Mariners, Sports Illustrated, Media, Time Warner, Walt Disney
  • OWNERSHIP OF CANADA'S TSN REPORTEDLY TO STAY IN THE FAMILY

         The Sports Network, the principal media asset of Labatt
    Communications Inc. (LCI), will be sold today to a group that is
    led by TSN Founder & CEO Gordon Craig and other LCI executives,
    according to Rob Longley in this morning's TORONTO SUN.  Also in
    the group, which is expected to pay C$630M for TSN and LCI's
    other broadcast holdings:  ESPN and Montreal financiers Charles
    Bronfman and Jeremy Reitman (TORONTO SUN, 6/19).  John McCaw, who
    holds a 60% interest in Northwest Entertainment Group (NEG),
    owner of the Canucks and Grizzlies, pulled out of the TSN-
    management group, but NEG Chair Arthur Griffiths said the company
    still wishes to enter the cable business (CP/TORONTO STAR, 6/19).
    Toronto-based Alliance Communications and TCI's Liberty Media
    have readied their own bid, but "are waiting to see the outcome"
    of the TSN management bid.  In other news, sources said Alliance
    is in talks to sell a stake of itself to Turner Broadcasting.
    One source described the two happenings as "totally separate"
    (Gayle MacDonald, FINANCIAL POST, 6/17).
    

    Print | Tags: Cablevision, ESPN, Labatt Brewing, New York Liberty, Canucks Sports and Entertainment, Media, Vancouver Canucks, Walt Disney
  • OWNERSHIP OF CANADA'S TSN REPORTEDLY TO STAY IN THE FAMILY

         The Sports Network, the principal media asset of Labatt
    Communications Inc. (LCI), will be sold today to a group that is
    led by TSN Founder & CEO Gordon Craig and other LCI executives,
    according to Rob Longley in this morning's TORONTO SUN.  Also in
    the group, which is expected to pay C$630M for TSN and LCI's
    other broadcast holdings:  ESPN and Montreal financiers Charles
    Bronfman and Jeremy Reitman (TORONTO SUN, 6/19).  John McCaw, who
    holds a 60% interest in Northwest Entertainment Group (NEG),
    owner of the Canucks and Grizzlies, pulled out of the TSN-
    management group, but NEG Chair Arthur Griffiths said the company
    still wishes to enter the cable business (CP/TORONTO STAR, 6/19).
    Toronto-based Alliance Communications and TCI's Liberty Media
    have readied their own bid, but "are waiting to see the outcome"
    of the TSN management bid.  In other news, sources said Alliance
    is in talks to sell a stake of itself to Turner Broadcasting.
    One source described the two happenings as "totally separate"
    (Gayle MacDonald, FINANCIAL POST, 6/17).
    

    Print | Tags: Cablevision, ESPN, Labatt Brewing, New York Liberty, Canucks Sports and Entertainment, Media, Vancouver Canucks, Walt Disney
  • WITH PLAYOFF STAGE TO ITSELF, NHL SHOWS A RATINGS JUMP

         Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, played in prime time on
    Saturday night, received a 4.0 rating and a 9 share in Nielsen
    overnights, according to Nielsen Sports Marketing Service.  NOTE:
    Nashville, potential future home of the Devils, is not a metered
    market.  Breakdown of the 33 Nielsen overnight markets (THE
    DAILY):
         CITY        RATING/SHARE      CITY           RATING/SHARE
         ATLANTA       2.3 /  5        MILWAUKEE        2.3 /  5
         BALTIMORE     2.6 /  5        MINNEAPOLIS      3.3 /  9
         BOSTON        3.5 /  8        NEW YORK         7.4 / 15
         CHICAGO       2.7 /  6        ORLANDO          2.4 /  4
         CINCINNATI    2.7 /  6        PORTLAND         2.0 /  5
    CLEVELAND     3.0 /  6        PHILADELPHIA     5.7 / 11
         CHARLOTTE     2.2 /  5        PITTSBURGH       5.3 / 11
         WASHINGTON    2.7 /  6        PHOENIX          4.0 /  9
         DETROIT      18.0 / 33        SAN ANTONIO      1.9 /  4
         DALLAS        3.6 /  8        SAN DIEGO        2.9 /  6
         DENVER        3.6 /  8        SEATTLE          2.3 /  5
         HOUSTON       1.7 /  3        SAN FRANCISCO    3.9 / 10
         HARTFORD      3.5 /  7        ST. LOUIS        5.6 / 12
         INDIANAPOLIS  1.0 /  2        SACRAMENTO       1.3 /  3
         KANSAS CITY   2.8 /  6        TAMPA            2.8 /  5
         LOS ANGELES   1.6 /  4        WEST PALM BEACH  3.2 /  6
         MIAMI         2.4 /  4
    

    Print | Tags: New Jersey Devils, Nielsen, Media, YankeeNets
  • WITH PLAYOFF STAGE TO ITSELF, NHL SHOWS A RATINGS JUMP

         Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, played in prime time on
    Saturday night, received a 4.0 rating and a 9 share in Nielsen
    overnights, according to Nielsen Sports Marketing Service.  NOTE:
    Nashville, potential future home of the Devils, is not a metered
    market.  Breakdown of the 33 Nielsen overnight markets (THE
    DAILY):
         CITY        RATING/SHARE      CITY           RATING/SHARE
         ATLANTA       2.3 /  5        MILWAUKEE        2.3 /  5
         BALTIMORE     2.6 /  5        MINNEAPOLIS      3.3 /  9
         BOSTON        3.5 /  8        NEW YORK         7.4 / 15
         CHICAGO       2.7 /  6        ORLANDO          2.4 /  4
         CINCINNATI    2.7 /  6        PORTLAND         2.0 /  5
    CLEVELAND     3.0 /  6        PHILADELPHIA     5.7 / 11
         CHARLOTTE     2.2 /  5        PITTSBURGH       5.3 / 11
         WASHINGTON    2.7 /  6        PHOENIX          4.0 /  9
         DETROIT      18.0 / 33        SAN ANTONIO      1.9 /  4
         DALLAS        3.6 /  8        SAN DIEGO        2.9 /  6
         DENVER        3.6 /  8        SEATTLE          2.3 /  5
         HOUSTON       1.7 /  3        SAN FRANCISCO    3.9 / 10
         HARTFORD      3.5 /  7        ST. LOUIS        5.6 / 12
         INDIANAPOLIS  1.0 /  2        SACRAMENTO       1.3 /  3
         KANSAS CITY   2.8 /  6        TAMPA            2.8 /  5
         LOS ANGELES   1.6 /  4        WEST PALM BEACH  3.2 /  6
         MIAMI         2.4 /  4
    

    Print | Tags: New Jersey Devils, Nielsen, Media, YankeeNets
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