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Published July 18, 1995
ABC SPORTS: Cap Cities/ABC and Stella Interactive Inc. have announced a partnership to "produce and develop a series of interactive college sports CD-ROM reference titles in conjunction with ABC Sports." The "College Sports Series" features ABC's Keith Jackson hosting an "interactive tour" through the archives of six teams. Stella Interactive has licensing agreements with Michigan, Notre Dame, USC, Ohio State, Florida State and Penn State. The disks will be available in August and September (Cap Cities/ABC). NBC SPORTS: RealTime Sports, NBC Sports and NBC Digital Publishing have announced the release of "The '95-96 NFL Interactive Yearbook" -- called the "ultimate multimedia guide to the NFL." Hosting will be NBC analyst Phil Simms. The "Yearbook" will feature stats, '94 reviews, '95 previews, info on the expansion teams, merchandise sales, and a "free online service to provide seamless downloading of the latest NFL statistics and previews" (NBC). SI FOR KIDS: SI For Kids has launched a site on the World Wide Web as an "integral part" of Pathfinder's "Kid's Stuff" -- an area on the net dedicated to kids. Located at http://www.pathfinder.com/SIFK, the SI For Kids site includes a home page, features from that month's issue, a sports quiz, contributions from readers, an Olympic countdown, and stories on games and software (SI for Kids). DIGITAL SHAQ: Microsoft Chair Bill Gates and Shaquille O'Neal unveil Shaq World, an online feature on the soon-to-be- launched Microsoft Network, at a Microsoft Multimedia Conference today near L.A. Featured: Stats for the Magic and other NBA teams, the "Shaq Paq" for kids, Shaq's diary, "The Show" -- a look at Shaq's entertainment ventures, and a "Cyber Shop." Shaq World, designed by Magnet Interactive Studios, will carry ads, but no sponsors have been announced (Dottie Enrico, USA TODAY, 7/18).