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  • HAPPY HOLIDAYS? MULVOY AND MICHAELS NOT IN JOLLY SPIRIT

         A "nasty feud" between ABC's Al Michaels and Sports
    Illustrated Managing Editor Mark Mulvoy "exploded publicly this
    week," fueled by Michaels' criticism of SI's recent cover story
    on "Hot/Not" in Miami featuring Don Shula and Pat Riley.
    According to Steve Zipay of NEWSDAY, another "sore point" between
    the two is the role of SI's Peter King during halftime on "Monday
    Night Football."  The two have exchanged shots on NYC sports
    radio stations this week.  Mulvoy said he didn't appreciate
    Michaels' comments on the Miami story and accused him of
    "mistreating" King by not promoting his reports.  Michaels
    responded that recent King reports have included "a lot that I've
    seen earlier in the day on CNN Headline News. ... I'm waiting for
    something that I haven't heard before."  Mulvoy defended King and
    listed the stories King has broken on "MNF."   Michaels said that
    Mulvoy is setting him "up as the heavy" in case ABC's deal with
    SI is not renewed.  Michaels, on the Riley cover story:  "Pat was
    personally angered because he was deceived and double-dealt with.
    You owe it to someone to tell them where you're going with a
    piece" (NEWSDAY, 12/15).
         CONFLICT?  ABC "could do more" during halftime, writes
    Zipay, but with only 12 minutes, "how much more?"  Zipay
    questions why a magazine such as SI lets its writers work for a
    network, raising the potential for "conflicts on who gets
    information and when?" (NEWSDAY, 12/15).
    

    Print | Tags: ABC, Sports Illustrated, Media, Time Warner, Walt Disney
  • MEDIA NOTES

         Wednesday's Bulls-Magic game on TBS received a 3.9 rating,
    No. 6 all-time in Turner's 12 years of covering the NBA, with the
    "second highest audience."  Total ratings are up 44%. (USA TODAY,
    12/15)....Fox's Jerry Glanville says Jerry Jones "is killing the
    Cowboys by doing those commercials with Deion (Sanders).  How
    would you like to be Troy Aikman and Nate Newton with Cowboys
    Super Bowl rings and see Deion doing commercials with the owner?"
    (USA TODAY, 12/15)....Turner Sports President Harvey Schiller
    believes NBC's Olympic deals will help all major sports
    organizations because "other networks will refocus their efforts
    on quality sports events and the prices for entities such as the
    NBA and NFL will go higher." Schiller:  "It makes the
    rightsholder position so much stronger" (WASHINGTON POST,
    12/15)....Robert Lipsyte of the N.Y. TIMES writes on the protest
    by NOW and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
    against CBS golf analyst Ben Wright (N.Y. TIMES, 12/15)....Bill
    Webb, the "highly regarded" director currently under contract to
    MSG and ABC, will reportedly sign a deal with Fox to direct
    baseball (Phil Mushnick, N.Y. POST, 12/15)....Boomer Esiason
    joins CBS as an studio analysts for college football telecasts
    (CBS Sports).
    

    Print | Tags: ABC, Cablevision, CBS, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Cowboys, Madison Square Garden, NBA, NBC, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Orlando Magic, RDV Sports, Media, TBS/TNT, Time Warner, Viacom, Walt Disney
  • NBC AND MICROSOFT ANNOUNCE $440M ALL-NEWS VENTURE

         NBC and Microsoft Corp. announced their partnership
    yesterday to launch a 24-hour news and information cable channel
    and "a companion interactive online service," according to
    NEWSDAY.  The channel will be known as MSNBC Cable, and is
    expected to be on the air in six months.  NBC will transform its
    America's Talking cable channel, "giving the new service an
    immediate entree into 20 million homes and eliminating a hurdle
    most new cable channels face -- getting on the dial."  Microsoft
    will pay NBC $220M over five years for a 50% stake in the
    venture.  The two companies will also invest $200M each during
    the next five years in other ventures.  Martin Yudkovitz,
    President of NBC Interactive Media, called the deal the "first
    major example in television of an acknowledgement there's got to
    be a fundamental change in the way the TV industry approaches the
    future" (Elizabeth Sanger, NEWSDAY, 12/15).  NBC President &  CEO
    Robert Wright:  "This is not CNN.  This is a unique service.  If
    we just wanted to offer an interactive component we could do this
    ourselves. ... Hopefully the two of us together will be more
    ambitious" ("NBR," PBS, 12/14).    REAX:  In San Francisco,
    Michelle Quinn calls it a "clear indication" Microsoft Chair Bill
    Gates "wants to be a media mogul" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/14).
    Despite the "excitement" yesterday, "plenty of questions remained
    about the channel," according to Bill Carter of the N.Y. TIMES.
    They include whether the cable industry will "embrace a director
    competitor to CNN to whether there is enough audience to support
    two all-news networks."  Some cable operators could block
    distribution by saying changing the format of America's Talking
    means "terms of their contract with NBC has changed" (N.Y. TIMES,
    12/15).  John Durie writes it means the end to Ted Turner's news
    "monopoly profits" and "underscores the importance of content and
    distribution in the new media age" (N.Y. POST, 12/15).
         HOT LINKS:  The online service will be available through The
    Microsoft Network, with further possibilities explained yesterday
    on how broadcast, cable, and PCs will "mingle."  One example:
    NBC News might just touch on the budget battle in Washington.
    But interested parties could turn to the cable channel for
    interviews and analysis.  Computer users could use their PCs to
    type in income and other facts to find out how competing budget
    proposals would affect them personally (Elizabeth Sanger,
    NEWSDAY, 12/15).
         NOT FOR SALE:  After the announcement, GE Chair Jack Welch
    "quashed recent speculation" that GE would sell the network,
    although "he did not rule out" bringing in a partner.  Welch said
    GE would not have approved NBC's purchase this week of Olympic
    rights if it intended to sell. Welch also "expressed regret"
    attempts to buy TBS had failed (BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS/ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION, 12/15).
    

    Print | Tags: Microsoft, NBC, Media, TBS/TNT, Time Warner
  • THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY'S BLACKOUT MONITOR

         Today:  The NFL Week 16:
         GAME                             LOCAL TIME         NETWORK
         Green Bay at New Orleans (Sat.)     3:00               Fox
         Atlanta at Carolina                 1:00               Fox
         Cincinnati at Cleveland             1:00               NBC
         Jacksonville at Detroit             1:00               NBC
         New York Jets at Houston            1:00               NBC
         San Diego at Indianapolis           4:00               NBC
    

    Print | Tags: NBC, New York Jets, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Media
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