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Published July 31, 1995
The U.S. Justice Department is said to be preparing an antitrust suit against Microsoft to block the company from linking its online service to its new Windows 95 operating system (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/29)....In Baltimore, Milton Kent examines the "Cal Compromise of 1995," in which Baltimore's Channel 13 and DC's Channel 50 will get a waiver from ESPN's Wednesday night exclusivity for Cal Ripken's record-breaking September 6th game. The two local stations will pick up ESPN's feed, including all ESPN commercials (Baltimore SUN, 7/31)....Troy Aikman, from HBO's "Real Sports": "The league doesn't want the NFL to be seen as a violent sport, yet I've seen the commercials, I see what they're advertising. They sell videos on big hits. That's what the public wants to see. ... Heck, behind closed doors, they're saying we hope we knock out a few more this week" (HBO, 7/30)....Cable companies Comcast Corp. and Continental Cablevision will each invest $45M in a programming venture with Cox and Times Mirror, essentially buying 40% of Times Mirror's 50% stake. The venture will soon launch two cable channels, the Outdoor Channel and Speedvision (PHILA. INQUIRER, 7/29)....In an extended piece on the Detroit newspaper strike, the WASHINGTON POST's Frank Ahrens notes that Lions and Tigers players are not honoring the strike and are talking to nonunion reporters. In addition, the Tigers are advertising in the strike editions (WASHINGTON POST, 7/30)....The National In-Line Hockey Association has partnered with Tricom Pictures to develop a special edition of "American Lifetsyles: SportsTime" on in-line sports. The series will air on various cable channels prior to the holidays (NIHA).