Epstein's Deal With Cubs Serves As Benchmark MLB Game Viewership Lower On ESPN NFL Losing Money On London Games Padres Honor Retiring Broadcaster Enberg Richard Sherman Calls Out NFL On Player Safety Ortiz Heading Up Production Company In Retirement Philly Retailers Cash In On Wentz' Hot Start Too Many MLB Postseason Broadcasters? Mike Francesa Announces Final Show With WFAN Louisville Football Success Bolsters TV Profile
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).