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  • HOCKEY PLAYERS: TWICE AS ROUGH, AND IN THE BUFF

         Cable TV viewers in Kingston, Jamaica, searching for the
    latest hockey scores on Canada's The Sports Network were instead
    given a free shot of pornography.  Kingston Cablenet "apologized
    for the technical glitch, which mean that a U.S. adult channel
    was beamed into area homes for almost 15 minutes" on Wednesday
    (Toronto GLOBE AND MAIL, 12/1).
         MORE FLESH:  Finnish hockey wives are selling "semi-nude
    photographs" of their husbands to pay for the cost of
    accompanying them on a tour of China.  The calendar, "Boys on Ice
    1996," features 12 members of the champion Kalpa team in "various
    stages of undress."  Kirsi Virtanen, wife of center Janne
    Virtanen: "It's all good, clean fun and hey, the boys are good
    looking" (GLOBE & MAIL, 12/1).
    

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  • MEDIA NOTES

         L.A. TIMES media writer Larry Stewart calls on CBS to fire
    golf commentator Ben Wright in the wake of the recent story in
    SI.  Stewart:  "If Jimmy the Greek could be fired by CBS in 1988
    ... then Wright must go too.  Not so much for what he said to
    [reporter Valerie] Helmbreck in the first place, but for the lies
    he told afterward" (L.A. TIMES, 11/30)....TNT NBA ratings are up
    20% this season (USA TODAY, 12/1)....The Golf Channel and IMG
    announced the network will expand to Southeast Asia by the end of
    '96.  TGC CEO Joseph Gibbs: "Being a true niche network, we
    recognize that there are approximately 60 million golfers in the
    world, a large segment of which are in Southeast Asia" (Golf
    Channel).... Comcast officials plan to announce today they will
    move Home Team Sports from premium to basic status by early
    January on systems in three counties in the Baltimore area
    (Baltimore SUN, 12/1)....ESPN2 will televise the USA Basketball
    Women's National Team vs. Vanderbilt on Sunday at 1:00pm ET (USA
    Basketball)....NBA's "Inside Stuff" goes behind the scenes with
    the latest "I Love this Stuff" commercials.  The show also goes
    to Toronto and Vancouver to see how the expansion Raptors and
    Grizzlies are faring (NBA Entertainment).... Fox's planned uses
    of "gimmickry" for the NHL telecasts is examined by Ken McKee of
    the TORONTO STAR.  Although most Canadian fans "may wince" at
    some developments, such as a laser puck, Fox and the NHL "are
    trying to sell hockey to the uninformed American masses."  Fox
    analyst John Davidson said recently on CBC's "Hockey Night in
    Canada" that Fox has invested close to $2M in the project
    (TORONTO STAR, 12/1).
    

    Print | Tags: Canadian Broadcasting Corp., CBS, Comcast-Spectacor, ESPN, IMG, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, NBA, News Corp./Fox, NHL, Sports Illustrated, Media, TBS/TNT, Toronto Raptors, Viacom, Walt Disney
  • PHILADELPHIA FREE-FOR-ALL? FOX IS BACK IN THE FIGHT GAME

         Fox officially announced the network will be the exclusive
    live broadcaster of the Tyson-Mathis fight, now set for December
    16 at the CoreStates Spectrum in Philadelphia.  In addition to
    the Tyson fight, Fox will add three additional boxing shows, with
    the first on the eve of Super Bowl XXX eve from Phoenix,
    featuring Tommy Morrison.  Other fights in March and April will
    be announced at a later date.  Tyson-Mathis was rescheduled after
    the November 4 date was cancelled due to Tyson's broken thumb
    (Fox Sports).  Reports have Fox paying only half of the $10M
    rights fee it had originally agreed to.  There was speculation
    Fox would pull out of its deal with Don King entirely, but they
    are "to be commended for hanging in there with Don King
    Productions," according to Mike Bruton of the PHILADELPHIA
    INQUIRER.  Bruton does not believe Tyson will be "a headliner on
    a later card, because Fox probably has had all the instability it
    can take" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 12/1).
    

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  • STAND UP PACER PEOPLE! YOUR TEAM HAS A CABLE DEAL

         The Pacers and Group W Sports Marketing announced a multi-
    year cable TV deal that will begin with 28 games this year. The
    cable deal is the first in the team's 29-year history.  Pacers
    Cable will be in addition to the Pacers' 30-game broadcast TV
    schedule and American Cablevision has reached a deal in principle
    to begin carrying Pacers Cable on Tuesday.  Pacers President
    Donnie Walsh: "This package will expand our reach and will allow
    many people who have not had the opportunity to see the Pacer
    experience" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR/NEWS, 12/1).
    

    Print | Tags: Cablevision, Indiana Pacers, Media
  • THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY'S BLACKOUT MONITOR

         The following NFL games failed to sellout for this weekend
    and will be blacked out in their home markets:
    GAME                       LOCAL TIME           NETWORK
    N.Y. Giants at Arizona        6:00 (last night)   ESPN
         Indianapolis at Carolina      1:00                NBC
         Philadelphia at Seattle       1:00                Fox
         NOTE:  There are still tickets available in Detroit for
    Monday night's against the Bears.  The Lions have until midnight
    tonight to sell out that game.
    

    Print | Tags: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, ESPN, NBC, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Media, Walt Disney
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