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Published June 29, 1995
This week's GOLF WORLD reports that during "at least two occasions in the last month, CBS announcer Ben Wright has told a tableful of dinner companions that contrary to the passionate denials he and his network made at the McDonalds LPGA Championship, he did utter all the statements about LPGA golfers and lesbians attributed to him" by the WILMINGTON NEWS JOURNAL. Wright's excuse "now is that he was speaking off the record" (GOLF WORLD, 6/30)....The CBC's audience for the Stanley Cup Finals was "down significantly from last year," according to the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. William Houston says the first three games of the 1995 final averaged 1.47, 1.5, and 1.36 million -- compared to 2.6, 2.5, and 2.8 million for last year (GLOBE & MAIL, 6/29).... SITV's prime time Summer Olympics special has sold out in just six weeks (SITV)....NBC has hit $615M in Olympic ad sales (ATLANTA JOURNAL/CONSTITUTION, 6/29)....As expected, ESPN announced yesterday that Sterling Sharpe has signed-on as a studio analyst for "NFL GameDay" and "NFL PrimeMonday" (BOSTON HERALD, 6/29). Paul Maguire, Phil Simms, and Dick Enberg will serve as NBC's top NFL team this season (NBC). Bob Trumpy moves down to a pairing with Tom Hammond, while Chris Collinsworth takes Maguire's spot on the No. 2 NBC team with Marv Albert (Larry Stewart, L.A. TIMES, 6/29).... With backing from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Liberty Media, Alliance Communications looks like "the front-runner in the race to bid for John Labatt Ltd.'s broadcast assets" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 6/29).