Questions Remain In Phillies' Front Office Ballmer Reportedly Declines Prime Ticket's Extension Portland Group Wants MLB Team Men In Blazers Planning To Hold Convention White Sox To Host Faith Day Hornets Announce New Broadcast Team ESPN's Mendoza To Replace Schilling Sunday Players' Tribune Launching Branded Video Series "Ballers" First Season Strong For HBO Media Notes
Published September 20, 1995
ELECTRONIC MEDIA reports on informal talks between top execs from Chris-Craft, Time Warner and Viacom on a possible merger of UPN and The WB Network (ELECTRONIC MEDIA, 9/18). ....Tony Cassara and Ray Rajewski, two top execs from Paramount TV, will be in Boston today in an effort to close out a renewal of Red Sox TV rights on UPN's WSBK-TV. Boston's WABU-TV was thought to have beat out WSBK, but the Red Sox are seeking more than the $10M a year reportedly on the table (BOSTON HERALD, 9/20)....DirecTV President Edward Hartenstein is urging Congress to include a provision in the pending telecom legislation to allow DBS carries to carry network TV (VARIETY, 9/18-24)....AT&T announced a new division to develop online services aimed at specific audiences, with AT&T Business Network to begin this fall. AT&T Worldnet Services will offer Internet access to AT&T's 80 million phone customers (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/20). ....SportsChannel Chicago and the Big Ten have agreed to a package for five live women's volleyball matches this year (SportsChannel)....In Philadelphia, baseball writer Jayson Stark rips the regionalized TV playoff format. Phillie President Bill Giles, a member of MLB's TV Committee: "We deserve to be hammered for this TV deal. But we had no other options" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/20)....NBC will counter ABC's World Series nights with a "hodge-podge" of sitcoms. VARIETY: "The network obviously sees baseball as an opportunity to get some of its comedies sampled, particularly by women" (VARIETY, 9/18-24)....Times Mirror unveils "Skinet" on the Web tomorrow, which draws from SKI, SKIING and TRANSWORLD SNOWBOARDING magazines. Address: http://www.skinet.com (AD AGE DAILY FAX, 9/19)....AD AGE's annual fall price survey finds "Monday Night Football" at No. 5 at $385,000 per 30-second spot. NBC's "Seinfeld" leads, nearing the $1M per minute mark (AD AGE, 9/18)....In New York, Phil Mushnick looks behind Fox reporter Pam Oliver's tough questioning of Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer. When Schottenheimer dodged a question on a possible feud with team President Carl Peterson, Oliver was seen retorting: "That's cute, Marty, but you didn't answer my question." Mushnick, however, reveals that the interview was a "one-camera shoot" and (a la the movie "Broadcast News") Oliver's response was edited in later. A Chiefs spokesperson said Schottenheimer remembers Oliver's reaction to be "roughly the same" as what appeared on tape, so Mushnick concludes that it doesn't seem Fox "strayed from the essence of the interview" (N.Y. POST, 9/20).