AFC/NFC Title Games Sunday Off From '16 MLB Reorganizes Diversity, Social Efforts "Real Sports" Seen As Unique In Modern Times Social Studies: Capitals' James Heuser Does NFL Need Epic Super Bowl To Salvage Playoffs? Pepsi Using Super Bowl To Hype Premium Water NFL Making Pro Bowl "Autism Friendly" Media Notes Blank Taking All Falcons Employees To Super Bowl Mixed Results For Conference Championship Ratings
Published October 6, 1995
This season, 14 NFL games and "FOX NFL Sunday" are being carried over Star TV, News Corp.'s Pan-Asian network. Star TV, which covers the Far East, Middle East and Asia, has an estimated audience of 220 million viewers in 53 million households. Star TV joins News Corp.'s Sky (UK) and Canal TV (South America) in covering the NFL (Fox)....ESPN's "Up Close," hosted by Chris Myers, will present nightly news segments on the federal mail fraud case against boxing promoter Don King (ESPN). Myers, on the new "Up Close" format which includes more live coverage: "It gives us a chance to be more topical, to be more like a 'Nightline'" (L.A. TIMES, 10/6)....Sandra Neil, formerly sports anchor at Toronto's CFTO, has signed on as host of Fox's new figure skating coverage and to work on their NHL broadcasts as well (TORONTO SUN, 10/6)....PRIME/NewSport will re-establish Fred Edelstein's Pro Football Insider, a newsletter which had stopped publishing in August (PRIME/NewSport).... SportsChannel Pacific tried to install an in-goal camera for the IHL Spiders' opener, but the players demolished it during warm-ups. SportsChannel VP Mark Shuken: "Our great innovation this time is to have the NetCam installed after warm-ups" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/6)....Electronic Arts has released "NHL 96" on three different hardware platforms -- Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo and PC CD-ROM (GOULD MEDIA, 10/6)....Vancouver Sports Only, a new weekly sports mag published by the Toronto Sun Corp., had its Toronto launch yesterday. The paper starts "for real" on October 19 (TORONTO SUN, 10/6)....Journalists Frank Deford and Mitch Gelman have signed on with ESPNET SportsZone (ESPN)....NESN has launched a page on the World Wide Web. Address: http://www.nesn.com (NESN). ....VARIETY examines the potential new look for WTBS if the channel is transformed into a basic cable, as planned under the Turner-Time Warner merger. Sources say TBS will have to drop the Braves since ESPN has the exclusive national cable rights to MLB through '99 (VARIETY, 10/2-8)....ESPN2 will carry the New York Marathon November 12. Trans World International, a division of IMG, will produce (ESPN2).... A select group of NHL stars and coaches will be available for a live online chat on the NHL's Web site today from 4-7pm EDT. The forum will be hosted by MSG analyst John Davidson and Panthers analyst Denis Potvin. Address: http://www.nhl.com (NHL)....Time Inc. Editor-in-Chief Norman Pearlstine has been encouraging senior staffers at Time Warner magazines "to get to know" counterparts at Turner. This week, Pearlstine, SI Managing Editor Mark Mulvoy and Time Managing Editor Jim Gaines were to travel to Atlanta. Mulvoy: "I'm sure over time we'll all work together on a whole host of projects. But for now, this is a game of show-and-tell" (VARIETY, 10/2-8).