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         Viacom Chair Sumner Redstone announced yesterday that the
    company has plans for 10 "entertainment and studio stores," with
    the first possibly opening on Chicago's Michigan Avenue "Miracle
    Mile" next year (N.Y. NEWSDAY, 6/22)....The NBA Expansion Draft
    will be televised by NBC and CTV this Saturday, June 24 at 4:30pm
    EDT, co-hosted by Bob Costas and CTV's Rod Black (NBA)...."A wall
    of silence has formed around talks between Interbrew SA and the
    suitors jostling for control of the broadcast arm of John Labatt
    Ltd" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 6/22)....Norman Lear has agreed to sell
    eight TV stations controlled by Act III Broadcasting for more
    than $500M.  The stations, all Fox affiliates: WZTU, Nashville;
    WUTV, Buffalo; WRGT, Dayton; WRLH, Richmond; WVAH, Charleston-
    Huntington, West VA; WNRW, Greensboro, NC; WUHF, Rochester; and
    WTAT, Charleston, SC (WASHINGTON POST, 6/22)....This week the
    U.S. Justice Department "has broadened its investigation" of
    Microsoft's plans for the Microsoft Network, by issue subpoenas
    to its "information suppliers" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/21)....Sony will
    release its digital TV system this month, which should sell for
    approximately $700.  Two pricier versions will be rolled out in
    August (USA TODAY, 6/22)....Prime Sports Northwest airs the
    CISL's Seattle Sea Dogs first ever regular season game tomorrow
    (Prime).... The CISL Washington Warthogs will open their world
    wide web site at midnight this Friday.  The site, developed by
    Dynamcic Technology in Springfield, VA, will offer access to box
    scores, CISL standings, player bios, and special ticket offers.
    The Warthog's address is: washwarthogs
    (Warthogs)....The IHL Houston Aeros and Prime Sports have reached
    a cablecast agreement that will keep the Aero's on TV during the
    1995-96 season.  Prime will televise 25 live home games (Aeros).

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         In a preview of their coverage of the Wimbledon
    Championships, HBO introduced analysts Billie Jean King and
    Martina Navratilova to discuss the upcoming Grand Slam event.
    Among the highlights:  Navratilova expressed her opposition to
    Slazenger and Wimbledon taking air out of the ball to slow down
    the game.  Martina says she has seen arm problems and shoulder
    problems for women in the last week that has been caused by
    practicing with the slower ball.  Navratilova: "It is a short
    term solution to a long term problem."  She said the problem is
    really one of technology, with today's racquets being too
    powerful.  King and Navratilova both spoke on the state of the
    game.  Both said Monica Seles' comeback would be a great benefit
    to the women's game, and King responded to last year's talk that
    tennis was "dying."  King:  "Tennis is not dying.  It has been
    through some crisis, but I think the WTA and ATP have responded
    appropriately and positively.  Women are giving more and more
    time off the court."  King stressed the game has to be looked in
    two parts -- both professional and recreational, and both sides
    need attention by the governing bodies.  She also suggested
    comparing interest in Europe, Asia, and Australia, with that of
    the U.S.  King:  "Things do go in cycles, but I think the players
    have responded ... I would like to see more continuity with U.S.
    grass roots programs.  We are trying to figure out ways that we
    can all be on the same page, same direction."  King said the game
    was at its "peak" in '78 (THE DAILY).

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