SBD/31/Sports Media

MEDIA NOTES

     The NBA's Web Site, which premieres with the tip-off of this
season in tandem with Starwave and ESPNET SportsZone, is
previewed in this week's BROADCASTING & CABLE and in the Ft.
Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL.  B&C's Mark Berniker reports the NBA
intends to broadcast games over the Internet and use RealAudio
2.0 to carry live audio play-by-play of all NBA games.  The site
debuts on November 3 and can be reached at http://www.nba.com
(BROADCASTING & CABLE, 10/30).  The SUN-SENTINEL's Rachel
Alexander calls the site "flashy" but is critical for its
constant adherence to the "company line" (Ft. Lauderdale SUN-
SENTINEL, 10/31)....TVKO has announced its lineup for Friday's
Bowe-Holyfield fight.  In addition to the announcing team of Jim
Lampley, Larry Merchant, George Foreman and Harold Lederman, TVKO
will employ CNN's Nick Charles as host, Frank Deford to report on
the "unique night" in boxing, Roy Jones Jr. as a locker room
reporter, and ABC Sports' Alex Wallau (TVKO)....SportsChannel
Regional Network has entered into a multi-year agreement with
Elias Sports Bureau to provide SC with access to its graphics
library for NBA and MLB telecasts (SportsChannel)....AT&T and
America Online both unveiled Internet services yesterday (WALL
STREET JOURNAL, 10/31)....In Baltimore, Milton Kent previews
HBO's "Real Sports" and ESPN's "Outside the Lines," both of which
air again tonight, as examples of "good, old-fashioned enterprise
sports journalism" (Baltimore SUN, 10/31)....Data released
yesterday shows that seven of the 10 largest U.S. metropolitan
newspapers lost circulation in the six-month period ending in
September (N.Y. TIMES, 10/31).... SportsChannel Chicago will
broadcast a 23-hour retrospective on Michael Jordan's return to
the Bulls starting Thursday (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 10/29)....SI
Presents will publish a  special commemorative issue for the
Braves, available this week in Atlanta and nationally (Sports
Illustrated).
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