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  • BROADCAST NEWS: TNT DROPS MOON WHILE MONTANA HEADS FOR HILLS

         Turner Sports yesterday officially dropped Vikings QB Warren
    Moon from its NFL and NBA broadcast teams.  Turner issued the
    statement while Moon stands trial in TX for assaulting his wife,
    Felicia.  Turner said they notified Moon in January that they
    would not pick up the option on his contract, according to the
    Bob Raissman of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS.  Steve Rosner, Moon's
    marketing agent, said Turner's decision "was strictly business."
    Rosner:  "The NFL is currently considering banning active players
    from working for networks involved in NFL coverage" (N.Y. DAILY
    NEWS, 2/15).  Turner Sports President Harvey Schiller said the
    decision was based on Moon's playing status, but did say the
    network is "going in a different direction."  Schiller: "Warren
    knew this was an experiment.  It didn't work out.  At the time
    (of the assault charges), I told Warren we were concerned and
    this was not the behavior we tolerated" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY,
    2/15).  Moon is also at the end of a two-year deal with WFTC-TV
    in Minneapolis for "The Warren Moon Show," a 30-minute weekly
    program during the season.  WFTC GM Rip Riodan was unavailable to
    comment on the show's future (Curt Brown, Minneapolis STAR
    TRIBUNE, 2/15).
         MONTANA OPTS OUT:  In a statement released by his
    representatives at IMG, Joe Montana announced he will leave his
    NFL analyst post at NBC Sports, saying the job "entailed too much
    time away from my family, in part because of the cross country
    travel."  Montana plans to spend more time with his wife and
    children (IMG).  Phil Mushnick notes, "From the start, NBC's
    hiring of Montana was not expected to be a long-term relationship
    (N.Y. POST, 2/15).
    

    Print | Tags: IMG, Minnesota Vikings, NBA, NBC, NFL, Media, Time Warner
  • GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNING, GET OUT ON THE (SUPER)HIGHWAY

         The producers of ESPNet's SportsZone and NASCAR have joined
    to announce NASCAR online, the official Web site of NASCAR.  The
    service will be produced by ESPN and Starwave Corporation and can
    be accessed at http://www.nascar.com.  The site will provide
    news, information on teams, tracks and schedules, and a
    merchandise department (ESPN).
    

    Print | Tags: ESPN, NASCAR, Media, Walt Disney
  • MEDIA NOTES

         Jeff Gralnick, Exec Producer of "NBC Nightly News," has been
    named to head ABC's planned 24-hour news channel.  He will be
    responsible for content and production (N.Y. TIMES, 2/15)....The
    Phoenix Firebirds, the AAA affiliate of the Giants, announced
    they have joined up to 30 minor league teams on the Web.
    Address:  http://primenet.com/~firebirds (Firebirds)...In N.Y.,
    WFAN's Mike & the Mad Dog will award use of a KIWI Int'l airplane
    for one winner and 129 of their closest friends to go to a Cubs-
    Mets game in Chicago (KIWI)....NBC Sports will celebrate Black
    History Month with "GMC Presents Stride to Glory," an Olympic
    special that chronicles the history of African-Americans in the
    Olympic Games.  It will run February 24 (NBC Sports)....A Chinese
    rocket carrying a TV satellite exploded seconds after its
    launching yesterday, "dealing a potential blow to Rupert
    Murdoch's ambitions to offer satellite programming in Latin
    America."  News Corp. and TCI were two of four media companies
    that leased space on the satellite, which was to service Latin
    America.  A News Corp. spokesperson said the accident "would not
    hinder the group's plans" to offer news and sports programming to
    Latin America and the Caribbean (N.Y. TIMES, 2/15)....The A's
    have hired former Angels broadcaster Ken Wilson to do play-by-
    play on KRON-TV.  Wilson has been the TV voice for the Angels for
    five years, and will team with Ray Fosse, who returns as color
    analyst (S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/14)....Winston Cup driver Dave Marcis,
    who signed a full sponsorship deal with Prodigy, is profiled by
    Angelique Chengelis of the DETROIT NEWS.  With Prodigy's support,
    Chengelis has "his first car show, his first motor home and ...
    press kit" (DETROIT NEWS, 2/14).
    

    Print | Tags: ABC, LA Angels, Anaheim Sports, Chicago Cubs, General Motors, NBC, New York Mets, News Corp./Fox, Oakland Athletics, R J Reynolds, Media, Walt Disney, Wilson Sporting Goods
  • NBC TO LOCK IN RYDER CUP; ESPN ANNOUNCES BASEBALL COVERAGE

         NBC Sports is expected to announce today that they have
    inked a long-term deal with the PGA of America to renew their
    rights to the Ryder Cup, according to Phil Mushnick of the N.Y.
    POST.  The event between the top golfers from the U.S. and Europe
    takes place every two years and is "fast becoming the most
    appealing watch in golf."  It was first televised by NBC in '91.
    Mushnick notes the PGA of America is also expected to sign a
    "long-term renewal of NBC's rights to show the Senior
    Championships" (N.Y. POST, 2/15).
         ESPN'S MLB GAMES:  ESPN begins its season of MLB coverage on
    March 31 at 9:00pm with the Mariners hosting the White Sox in the
    network's "Sunday Night Baseball" opener.  ESPN will show 26
    straight Sunday Night Baseball games this year.  Teams with three
    Sunday games:  Braves, Yankees, White Sox, Rockies, Red Sox,
    Indians, Dodgers.  ESPN will also show select Wednesday night and
    holiday games (ESPN).
    

    Print | Tags: Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, ESPN, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, NBC, New York Yankees, News Corp./Fox, PGA Tour, Seattle Mariners, Media, Time Warner, Walt Disney, YankeeNets
  • TAYLOR MADE GOLF TO UNVEIL INFORMERCIAL AROUND TOURNAMENTS

         Taylor Made Golf is in the process of unveiling an
    informercial.  The company will "test its 30-minute program in
    early March," according to Steve Pike in GOLFWORLD.  Taylor Made
    says it has budgeted more than $1M for "slots on local, network
    and cable stations before and after televised professional golf
    tournaments."  The show will be hosted by CBS Sports analyst Gary
    McCord (GOLFWORLD, 2/9 issue).
    

    Print | Tags: CBS, Media, Viacom, Washington Nationals
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