Discovery Looking To Sublicense Olympic Rights Sources: FS1 Cutting Back News Operation NFL To Hire Forensics Expert ESPN Changes Format For MLB ASG Reveal NFL To Celebrate Season Opener In S.F., Boston Could 31-Year-Old Become Face Of Titans? Media Notes Discovery Lands European Oly Rights Through '24 Hyundai Signs Four-Year Deal As NFL Auto Sponsor Fox, USGA "Pleased Overall" With U.S. Open Coverage
Published November 28, 1995
ESPN has announced that over 70,000,000 fans have participated in their "Football Phone-atic Sweepstakes" sponsored by Visa -- aimed at increasing awareness for ESPN's Sunday Night NFL Telecasts (ESPN)....DirecTV, which signed their one millionth customer on November 2, is profiled in USA TODAY. It will be another year before DirecTV breaks even, with Primestar "closing in" and new challenges from MCI-News Corp (USA TODAY, 11/28)....The recent "noteworthy spate of new sports features and documentary work" are reviewed by Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES. Mentioned: CBS' "World Ride: The Possible Dream," HBO's "Fields of Fire," and TBS' "Idols of the Game" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/28)....Ted Turner's exclusive interview with the WALL STREET JOURNAL was noted in many media outlets. In Atlanta, Charles Haddad calls it the "first of several publicity moves" to win Wall Street support for TBS' merger with Time Warner (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/28). The N.Y. POST runs with the header "Doomed? Time Rocked by Turner Interview." Tharp & Durie report Turner "enraged" Time Warner execs "by apparently putting himself in line to run the entire company" (N.Y. POST, 11/28).....Developers on the internet are examined by Dan Turner of the L.A. BUSINESS JOURNAL. Santa Monica-based Baby Mogul Interactive signed a deal in late October to create a site for the Raiders, to be supported by the team and "by many of the same advertisers that sponsor football games on television" (L.A. BUSINESS JOURNAL, 11/20 issue)....Reach for cable networks as of November '95: ESPN -- 67,248,000; ESPN2 -- 26,180,000; TNT -- 65,713,000; TBS 67,029,000; and fX -- 24,029,000 (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 11/27 issue)....A federal judge ruled yesterday that bulletin board operators and major Internet access providers can be held liable for copyright violations committed by one of their users if they are aware the activity is taking place (L.A. TIMES, 11/28).