World Cup's Overnight Rating Tops '99 Final St. Louis Stadium Task Force Pursuing Land For Rams NBC Generally Praised For NASCAR Coverage Turner Sports Reinstates Greg Anthony Expectations High For NASCAR On NBC NBC Lands New Advertisers For Race Coverage Steelers Exploring '23 Super Bowl Bid Redskins DC Stadium Could Hinge On Name Change Female Audience Strong For World Cup ESPN Denies Wanting To Dial Down Olbermann
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).