RSNs Pushing MLB For Streaming Rights Jets Hire Ian Lasher; Brian Matthews Joins NFL Bills Raise Season-Ticket Prices McCarver To Call 30 Cardinals Games Indians See Slight Increase In Season-Tickets Final Ratings Media Notes Fox' James Murdoch Discusses Sports Rights Questions Arise On Soldier Field Expansion Lions' Suh Could Negotiate Own Contract
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Published September 8, 1995
America Online announced that it has exceeded 3.5 million subscribers, making it the largest online service. CompuServe currently claims about 3.4 million subscribers, and Prodigy more than 2 million. Delphi/MCI and The Microsoft Network have less than 500,000 each (AD AGE ONLINE, 9/8)....CompuServe is sponsoring CompuServe Day at the Ballpark for the Indians' September 9 game at Jacobs Field. The promotion includes a CompuServe display, distribution of free software and membership kits and prizes for fans (CompuServe)....Despite SportsChannel Florida's acquisition of U/Miami football rights, TCI and Continental Cablevision "say they have no plans to bring back the channel." Barry Jackson writes that SportsChannel "probably needs to acquire one of the local pro teams to get back on every cable system in South Florida." SportsChannel is expected to pursue the Marlins and Panthers, whose contracts are up next year, but getting the Lightning or Devil Rays would boost SportsChannel upstate where the Sunshine Network "dominates" (MIAMI HERALD, 9/8)....Still no word on Astros radio rights. Incumbent KPRC-AM is "intent on keeping the games," but KILT-AM is making a "big push." KTRH-AM is the "surprise contender" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/8)....The Center for Media Education and the United Church of Christ will protest the proposed sale of CBS to Westinghouse with the FCC (WASHINGTON POST, 9/8)....Merger talks between US West and Cablevision have reportedly broken off (NEWSDAY, 9/7). ....MSG Network is expected to announce Monday the signing of Kenny Albert, the 27-year-old son of Marv Albert, to handle Rangers games and other assignments. Albert, who has been doing Capitals play-by-play on HTS, will be replaced by Al Koken. The Capitals also announced that radio voice Ron Weber will continue for two more years and then be replaced when the team moves to a new arena (WASHINGTON POST, 9/8). ....In L.A., Larry Stewart reports that, for now, NFL ratings in the area are up over last year, when they actually had teams. Ratings for '95 Week 1 topped last year, 29.8 to 25.3 (L.A. TIMES, 9/8).