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Published September 26, 1995
The $7.5B Turner-Time Warner merger may face another lawsuit. Continental Cablevision is considering action to secure the same terms received by TCI in exchange for its shares in TBS (N.Y. POST, 9/26). Meanwhile, US West, which has already filed suit over the deal, is considering joining the Baby Bells involved in Tele-TV. That move could violate US West's "non- compete" clause in its partnership with Time Warner (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/26)....HBO Sports will debut "Rebels with a Cause: The Story of the American Football League" in December. Fox's John Madden is serving as a consultant on the project (HBO)....Tom Marsillo, Local Sales manager at SportsChannel New York, reports that ad sales for the Devils are up 10%. Among the newcomers buying time: PaineWebber, SkyTel and Six Flags/Great Adventure. Renewals include: A-B, Discover, GMC Trucks, American Airlines, Volvo and the U.S. Postal Service (INSIDE MEDIA, 9/20-10/3). ....Grant Hill makes an appearance on NBC's Saturday morning series "Hang Time" on October 7 (NBC)....Steve Zipay notes that NFL officials are "touchy" about anything related to gambling -- and that includes the Taco Bell spots on the Hakeem-Shaq match-up which ran during NFL games Sunday. The ads had a "Trump Taj Mahal" logo. Zipay notes that Fox's promos for Tyson-Mathis will have an "MGM Grand" logo (NEWSDAY, 9/26)....Chronicle Publishing, owner of the San Francisco Chronicle, said it has no plans to sell its interest in the paper to Hearst (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/26)....MCI is petitioning Congress and the FCC to have an auction for the last remaining license to provide DBS. Analysts estimate the license could bring in as much as $300M. MCI would then join DirecTV, Primestar and USSB in DBS business (WASHINGTON POST, 9/26)....CBS is expected to renew its U.S. Open contract with the rights fee averaging $30M a year (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 9/26).... WGN will use its home page on the World Wide Web for another "webcast" of a Cubs game Thursday at 1pm CDT. Address: http://www. wgntv.com (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/26).