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Motorola EMBARC announced its new wireless sign, The Know- It-All, which will deliver current news and information and has further expanded their alliance with ESPN to provide ESPN and SportsTicker sports information. Sports info will include the four major leagues and Division I college basketball and football. ESPN GM Tom Hagopian said the sign is "another creative way that we can help businesses develop better customer relations, increase business and provide the information that suits the public lifestyle." Prices range from $40-50 per month for the service and a one time cost between $349-2,899 for the hardware (Motorla EMBARC).
During their initial Raptors broadcast, Toronto's CITY/CKVR put on "an impressive" show, according to Rob Longley of the TORONTO SUN. CITY was "creative in its approach," using a low- angle shot for much of the play "plus an on-screen score clock." Raptors Dir/Broadcasting Chris McCracken: "We still have to work out some kinks, but it adds something to the broadcast." CTV's first telecast last Friday between the Raptors and Nets drew "a strong audience of 888,000, 6% higher than projections (TORONTO SUN, 11/10). The Raptors home opener Sunday drew 965,000 viewers. CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" pulled in 1.395 million viewers (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/10)....Sunday's New York Marathon has attracted "a dozen new sponsors, including Nike, Tri-State Jeep-Eagle, and Breathe-Right and has sold out all of its air time" (NEWSDAY, 11/10)....Steve Zipay reports NBC will "likely" ask for a rebate from the NFL when the Browns move to the smaller Baltimore market (NEWSDAY, 11/10).... "Overall interest" in the NFL, and thus the ratings, have declined in L.A. since the Rams' and Raiders' moves, writes Larry Stewart, disproving speculation with no blackouts and doubleheader restrictions, L.A. ratings might go up (L.A. TIMES, 11/10)....Seth Abraham reports TVKO's PPV totals for Bowe- Holyfield were 650,000 (USA TODAY, 11/10)...No local Baltimore outlets will televise Sunday's CFL Southern Division final with San Antonio (Baltimore SUN, 11/10).
Revenue for NBC, CBS and ABC rose 4.8% in the third quarter to $1.62B from $1.55B last year. The increase "chiefly reflected a 19% jump in sports revenue." Revenue for sports programming increased to $248.2M over the $202.8M of last year, with the return of MLB and a "solid" NFL schedule "contributing" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11/10).
GAME LOCAL TIME NETWORK Atlanta at Buffalo 1:00 Fox Tampa Bay at Detroit 1:00 Fox Cincinnati at Houston 12:00 NBC Indianapolis at New Orleans 12:00 NBC Minnesota at Arizona 2:00 Fox