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Published November 22, 1995
Phil Mushnick writes some TV execs "are trying to influence a major cable operator in New Jersey to share in the creation of a real-deal New Jersey sports network" that would carry the Nets and Devils before 2000. Both are currently on SportsChannel. The channel would also look to carry Rutgers, Seton Hall, and Princeton athletics. A large cable operator is "needed to ensure clearance" (N.Y. POST, 11/22)....ESPN Enterprises and Starwave Corp. are developing new broadband technologies to increase multi-media and real-time viewing of ESPNet SportsZone on the World Wide Web. The technology uses a more powerful cable modem enabling data transmission 1,000 times quicker than standard phone modems (ESPN)...The FCC is expected to approve Westinghouse Electric's $5.4B purchase of CBS (N.Y. TIMES, 11/22)....Doug Flutie will appear as guest analyst during "The CBS Sports Show" this Saturday. He will discuss college football with host Pat O'Brien (CBS)....Bob Raissman speculates, if Don Mattingly retires from baseball, he could end up in the booth Yankee flagship WPIX (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/22)....ESPN will televise the Heisman Trophy presentation on December 9 (ESPN)....Izzy Asper, who is "on the verge of becoming Canada's richest and most powerful broadcasting tycoon," is profiled in the current MACLEAN'S. Asper recently offered $636M for WIC Western International Communications LTD. If the bid is successful, Asper will have build his CanWest Global into a "third national chain alongside the CBC and CTV Network" (MACLEAN'S, 11/27 issue)....The USGA has established its own site on the Web. Address is either http://www.usga.org or http://www.usopen.com (USGA).