Marciani Out As MLB VP/National Sales Hammon Headlines espnW's "Impact 25" St. Pete Denies Rays' Ballpark Search Deal "TNF" Ratings Down For Titans-Jags Luck Reiterates Stance On Likeness Compensation Angels, Red Sox Eliminate Pension Plans Heisman Audience Among Lowest In Last Decade Media Notes MLB Franchise Notes Rice Univ. Upgrading Football Stadium
Published July 14, 1995
Cap Cities/ABC, GE's NBC and News Corp.'s Fox are all expected to post second quarter gains, with one analyst predicting that NBC is on their way to a "blockbuster year." Smith Barney's John Reidy: "Overall, broadcasting is looking strong. CBS's results misstate what's going on in the industry" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 7/14)....Ratings for the season premiere of Arena Football on ESPN may be 21.2% higher than last year, but the league did not break the 1.0 barrier. The AFL's July 1 debut drew a rating of 0.8, up from 0.66 in '94 (AFL)....In Houston, Carlton Thompson notes Pam Oliver's move from ESPN Houston bureau chief to join Fox's NFL coverage. Oliver: "ESPN was a great experience for me. They allowed me to carve out a niche for myself in the NFL and the NBA. But Fox affords me an opportunity to grow" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 7/14)....ABC is touting Lyn St. James as the first woman to work the booth on network auto racing. St. James joins Paul Page and Sam Posey in coverage of the Molson Indy Toronto on Sunday (Prentis Rogers, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 7/14).... ESPN's "Up Close" prime time special, with Roy Firestone, hosts Hideo Nomo and Greg Norman (Larry Stewart, L.A. TIMES, 7/14)....Sean McDonough may be considering a "part-time" job announcing BC football on Boston's all-sports WEEI-AM.... Patriots VP/Corporate Marketing & Sales Daniel Kraft says the team has sold out all ad spots for the three exhibition games to be shown on WCVB. Kraft, son of Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, promises a production comparable to the networks....Danny Ainge has an audition for the TBS/TNT analyst job, as he contemplates retirement from the NBA (Jim Greenidge, BOSTON GLOBE, 7/14). ....The Astros will begin negotiations on a new radio contract later this summer. All-sports KILT is expected to join incumbent KPRC in the bidding for the team's rights (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 7/14). ....NBC Super Sport, a joint venture between NBC and Parallel Media Group, will provide a "broad range" of programming to NBC's pan-European Super Channel, including Notre Dame football, NCAA basketball, MLB and the Volvo PGA European Tour (NBC Super Channel).... Boston-based ad agency Houston Effler Herstek Favat will create an image campaign for "The NFL on TNT." The assignment was based on Houston's work for "The NBA on TNT" (ADWEEK, 7/10)....PrimeStar reports a 700% growth rate in its DBS service. Officials there say they have hit the 500,000 household mark and are on their way to a million subscribers by the end of the year (GOULD MEDIA, 7/13).