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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).
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