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CBS AND WESTINGHOUSE REPORTEDLY PUT BASEBALL OFFER ON HOLD
Published October 25, 1995
CBS yesterday pulled their five-year offer to split MLB coverage with Fox, according to Rudy Martzke of USA TODAY. CBS was expected to pay between $80-90M for a deal giving the network two World Series, but new owner Westinghouse "won't OK those numbers and a Thursday night regular season package." CBS "could remain" in the picture, and ABC and possibly NBC "might pay $70 million a year, but that would surely" bring Fox down from its $110M a year offer to $100M or lower. MLB officials had hoped to announce a new TV deal during the World Series, but that is now a remote possibility with news of CBS' withdrawal (USA TODAY, 10/25). JUST TAKING IN A BALLGAME? Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol sat together during last night's Game 3. The two were shown talking and laughing during NBC's broadcast. Ebersol was outfitted in full NBC Sports garb ("1995 World Series," NBC, 10/24). MLB NEWS & NOTES: It appears that Fox affiliates are "embracing" the possibility of baseball as a vehicle to "boost their profiles," according to Milton Kent in Baltimore. The stations may lose some revenue during the regular season, but the opportunity to present post-season and World Series games would "make baseball palatable" (Baltimore SUN, 10/25). On World Series coverage, Barry Horn in Dallas writes that from a "technical standpoint," the telecasts are a reminder that NBC and ABC "know how to produce baseball" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/24).