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Published August 16, 1995
Two media organizations announce their form of tribute for the late Mickey Mantle. This week's issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED will feature a black-and-white photo of Mantle as a 19-year-old rookie on the cover -- without a headline. It is only the third time in the magazine's history that the cover shot has not included a headline (SI). Yesterday, Delphi Internet Services Corp. launched an online tribute to Mantle on the Web, including interviews, reports from Mantle's restaurant, stats, a timeline and several photos. The address: http://www.delphi.com (Delphi)....SET Exec VP McAdory Lipscomb is expecting a million homes to buy the Tyson-McNeeley fight on Saturday -- that out of the 25 million homes that have access to the pay-per-view event. Hitting the million mark would guarantee SET $42M in gross revenue, half of which has to go to local cable operators (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/16)....The Red Wings have named former Univ. of Michigan play-by-play man Ken Kal to be the lead broadcaster on the team's WJR-AM games. Kal replaces Bruce Martyn, who retired after 31 years (OAKLAND PRESS, 8/16)....Time Warner Sports President & CEO Seth Abraham sat in for Rudy Martzke and Mike Hiestand as guest writer of USA TODAY's "TV Sports" column this morning. Citing the state of boxing in particular, Abraham used the piece to urge those in the sports industry to "take further responsibility to tend to their respective sports' ills" (USA TODAY, 8/16). ...."Fox NFL Sunday" and "NFL on Fox" will air on the Fox Latin America Channel. Canal Fox, a News Corp. company, will air Fox Sunday sports programming in Mexico, Central and South America with former Cowboys kicker Efren Herrera doing commentary (INSIDE MEDIA ONLINE, 8/15)....ABC, NBC and MLB officially ended The Baseball Network triggering an exclusive 45-day negotiating period for the two nets. While NBC has "reaffirmed its desire not to re-enter baseball's TV picture," ABC "could renew its interest" in the sport after the Disney buyout (N.Y. TIMES, 8/16).