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         Canada's YTV premieres "NBA Dunk Street" on April 5.  The
    half-hour program will feature NBA players, history and
    terminology with a Canadian spin (YTV)....Golfweek magazine will
    expand its business coverage with a pull-out section called
    "Strictly Business," beginning in the June 1 issue
    (Golfweek)....News Corp. Chair Rupert Murdoch's latest quest is
    launching digital TV in Europe (BUSINESS WEEK, 3/25).... TCI
    "strengthened its position" as the top U.S. cable operator
    yesterday when it bought Knight-Ridder's 50% stake in TKR Cable
    for $420M.  TKR has almost 500,000 subscribers in NY and NJ
    ("Moneyline," CNN, 3/18)....SportsTicker is expanding its sports
    news coverage to include all of Business Wire's SportsWire news
    releases (SportsTicker).... SportsChannel Regional Network
    launches a Web site this week.  The string of networks plans to
    include scheduling, programming highlights, interviews with team
    players, news, stats, information, trivia and contests on the
    site.  The address:
    (SportsChannel). ....GOLFWEEK's Dave Shedloski reports CBS'
    transition from longtime golf producer Frank Chirkinian to Lance
    Barrow "will not stray from the Chirkinian philosophy."  Barrow,
    who admits he will add his own identity: "If someone tells me our
    show looks like a Frank Chirkinian show, it would be an honor"
    (GOLFWEEK, 3/16 issue)....The IAAF will produce three shows in
    connection with the World Cross Country Championships from Cape
    Town, South Africa (USAT&F)....NBC's NBA games Sunday averaged a
    3.6 overnight -- down 73% from last year -- Michael Jordan's
    return which earned a 13.4 rating (USA TODAY, 3/19)....Richard
    Sandomir criticizes SET's Tyson-Bruno announcing team for not
    noticing the gash over Bruno's eye -- which occurred during Round
    1 -- until 10 seconds before Round 2.  On Tommy Morrison as an
    analyst, Sandomir asks, "Was no knowledgeable analyst available,
    rather than someone hired mainly because of his renown for
    contracting the H.I.V. virus?" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/19).

    Print | Tags: CBS, NBA, NBC, Media, Viacom

         NBC has announced a new on-line site to supplement and
    publicize its on-air coverage of the '96 Games.  "NBC Presents
    the Games of the XXVI Olympiad" is accessible on the network's
    Web site at and through NBC SuperNet
    Sports on the Microsoft Network (go word: NBC).  Feature areas
    include:  Athlete Profile of the Week; Golden Moments; Day-in-
    the-Life of an Olympic Hopeful; Sport-by-Sport previews; and a
    nightly "Golden Chat" with notable personalities (NBC).  NBC's Ed
    Markey said the network has yet to sell advertising on the site
    and, "for now," will use the site it to promote Games coverage.
    The site will be managed by a staff on-site in Atlanta during the
    Games (Jeffrey Scott, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/19).

    Print | Tags: Microsoft, NBC, Media

         STATS Inc. responded to the March 5 lawsuit filed against it
    and Motorola by the NBA over the alleged transmission of NBA
    highlights through the SportsTrax pager. STATS President & CEO
    John Dewan, from a release:  "STATS is a news-gathering company
    just like a wire service, radio station, television network or
    newspaper.  The difference between STATS and these other entities
    is that we report sports news in numbers rather than in words or
    pictures."  Dewan continues, "STATS strongly believes that it has
    the legal right to disseminate factual statistical information,
    since such content is news.  The statistics of sports have always
    been and must remain freely available to the public."  Dewan
    notes that "a ruling in favor of the NBA would mean unprecedented
    restrictions on how statistics and other game information could
    be made available to the public in the future.  The NBA could
    then claim ownership not just of news updates, but also of box
    scores, books about basketball that contain statistical analysis
    and even fantasy league information.  This lawsuit challenges the
    very nature of media reporting in sports" (STATS Inc.).

    Print | Tags: Motorola, NBA, Media
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