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Published November 16, 1995
SFX Broadcasting, New York, has entered into agreement to purchase Liberty Broadcasting, owner and operator of 19 radio stations in six markets, for $223M. SFX will transfer 11 of the stations to Multi-Market Radio and retain stations in DC, Baltimore and Long Island (AD AGE ONLINE, 11/16).... ABC's Al Michaels, on whether he believes O.J. Simpson has any interest in returning to broadcasting: "I don't think at this point he does. I think there are a lot of other things he has to be concerned with right now -- the situation with his children, the pending civil litigation that will come his way right now" ("Up Close," ESPN, 11/15). ....TNT's 3.4 rating for Tuesday's Bulls-Magic game was its second highest all time regular-season NBA rating. With two appearances by Michael Jordan, TNT has a five-game rating of 2.1, up 29% from last year (USA TODAY, 11/16)....The '95 NASCAR Winston Cup, which ended Sunday, saw total viewership for the year exceed 91 million for their 31 point races. Combined cable ratings (ESPN, TNN, TBS) showed a 25% increase from '94 (NASCAR)....Sony has formed a alliance with Visa USA to create a global info/entertainment center on the World Wide Web (N.Y. TIMES, 11/16).