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WAS TED TURNER CONSIDERING ENDING HIS GOODWILL?
Published February 21, 1996
Ted Turner at one point considered cancelling the Goodwill Games scheduled for New York in Summer '98, according to Neal Travis of the N.Y. POST. Sources report Turner "has been operating with a particularly short fuse" as he awaits approval of the Time Warner merger, and "there was some squabbling about the Goodwill Games format." According to a source, "Ted wasn't getting his way and he basically said to hell with it." But with his newly planned CNN/SI 24-hour sports channel, staging the Games "makes more economic sense than they have in the past." A spokesperson for TBS denied any threats of cancellation, but said the TBS board did "approve some format changes." The spokesperson added, "We're not really behind schedule. We have 2 1/2 years to get the event scheduled" (N.Y. POST, 2/21).