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  • MEDIA ROUND-UP

         HBO's average national rating for the first two broadcast
    dates at Wimbledon is up 113% over last year.  The '95 average
    rating is a 1.7/5 share, compared to a 0.8/3 in '94 (HBO
    Sports)....With the close of the NBA season, CNN is replacing
    "This Week in the NBA" with one hour editions of "Sports Today"
    and Sunday "Sports Tonight" (CNN)....The 12th annual NHL Awards
    Television Special will be carried live July 6 on CBC and shown
    on tape delay by ESPN (NHL)....Prime will air "Baseball at the
    Break," a live two-hour show previewing the MLB All-Star Game on
    July 10 (Prime Sports). ...."There is a growing possibility" that
    the Maple Leafs will part ways with The Fan 590 in Toronto.
    According to David Shoalts, "Telemedia isn't willing to pay" more
    than C$700,000 for radio rights to the '95-96.  Molson is
    reportedly asking C$1.2M (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 6/30).... KMAX,
    L.A.'s only all-sports radio station, will serve as the flagship
    station of the IHL Ice Dogs and broadcast all games during the
    1995-96 season (Ice Dogs)....With its first-ever annual profit in
    hand ("in the $2 million range"), DC's all-sports WTEM-AM is
    "seriously crunching the numbers to see if it makes sense" to go
    after rights to the Capitals (Leonard Shapiro, WASHINGTON POST,
    6/30).
    

    Print | Tags: Canadian Broadcasting Corp., ESPN, HBO, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, MLB, NBA, NHL, Media, Time Warner, Toronto Maple Leafs, Walt Disney, Washington Capitals
  • SURF'S UP FOR TICKETMASTER IN CYBERSPACE

         Ticketmaster has launched "Ticketmaster Online," an Internet
    guide to event information, entertainment news, venue
    information, and ticket prices.  Components of the service
    include:  "Events" -- information on over 10,000 live events sold
    through Ticketmaster; "Connections" -- information on 2,700
    ticket centers, a list of charge-by-phone numbers, and seating
    charts for more than 400 venues; and, "Backstage" -- editorial
    contributions from VARIETY and EXTRA magazine.  Ticketmaster
    Online is updated up to 12 times per hour and produced by ESPN
    partner Starwave. Address:  http://www.ticketmaster.com
    (Ticketmaster).
    

    Print | Tags: ESPN, Media, Ticketmaster, Walt Disney
  • THE WORD FROM BRISTOL: ESPN NEWS AND NOTES

         Robin Roberts has signed a deal through 2001 with ESPN and
    ABC Sports.  In addition to hosting the 6:30 pm EDT edition of
    "SportsCenter," Roberts will host ABC's "Wide World of Sports";
    host and do play-by-play for ESPN's NCAA women's basketball
    coverage; anchor "SportsCenter" at Wimbledon and U.S. Open
    tennis; and continue to host "Sunday SportsDay" and "In the
    SportsLight" (ESPN).  The six-year deal is reportedly worth
    $650,000/year.  Roberts:  "People can't remember a woman being
    given this kind of variety.  I really want to do a good job
    because I think that will make it easier for women, particularly
    women of color, to succeed in this business (ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION, 6/29).
         ONE MAN'S PERSPECTIVE OF LIFE ON THE EDGE:  In this
    morning's N.Y. TIMES, Richard Sandomir asks if ESPN's Extreme
    Games are "bad for America" or even "good TV"?  While clearly not
    a fan of the "weekend psycho Olympics," Sandomir believes "in
    virtually every technical way, ESPN and ESPN2 were excellent,
    using every camera possible -- on helmets, courses, walls, toes,
    eyelashes, nostrils, and toenails -- to enliven the events"
    (N.Y. TIMES, 6/30).
         SPECIAL OLYMPICS:  Domestically, ESPN and ESPN2 will present
    11 hours of coverage from the 1995 Special Olympics World Games,
    which kick-off tomorrow and run through July 9.  ESPN Int'l will
    telecast the games to 115 countries (ESPN).
    

    Print | Tags: ABC, ESPN, NCAA, Media, Walt Disney
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