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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: www.dgsys.com/ 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).
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).