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Published July 18, 1995
The Baseball Network received a 6.5 rating and a 13 share in Nielsen overnight ratings for its Saturday night debut of "Baseball Night in America." Viewership is down 13.3% from last year's opener (Steve Zipay, NEWSDAY, 7/18). ....One NBC exec, reiterating that the net is not interested in bidding on baseball: "It's not like we're losing something -- it's more like, 'Yippie!' Baseball is a declining sport" (ELECTRONIC MEDIA, 7/17 issue)....HBO Sports has announced the hiring of Nicole Watson, a reporter and host for Turner Sports, to join the "Inside the NFL" team as a reporter. Also, HBO's July 30 edition of "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" includes a piece on Lenny Dykstra produced by two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple (HBO). The Dykstra piece includes his comments on the strike and his belief that letting Fay Vincent go as commissioner was baseball's "biggest mistake" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 7/18).