Bettman Praises Shanahan's League Office Work Dierdorf Joins Michigan Booth For Football Disney: Cable Network Unit Growth To Continue MWC Schools Increase Nat'l TV Exposure James, Heat Top NBA Jersey Sales Sources: Islanders Draw New Suitors Final Ratings: NHL Playoffs, "Arnie" Raptors Merch Moving Quickly NBA Avg. Attendance Relatively Flat Media Notes
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Published December 1, 1995
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).