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WAS TED TURNER CONSIDERING ENDING HIS GOODWILL?

     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).
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