Ballmer Reportedly Declines Prime Ticket's Extension Jim Buss Remains Optimistic About Lakers Men In Blazers Planning To Hold Convention Leonsis Weighing Wizards Practice Facility Spots Hornets Announce New Broadcast Team ESPN's Mendoza To Replace Schilling Sunday Players' Tribune Launching Branded Video Series "Ballers" First Season Strong For HBO Media Notes NFL Reluctant On Long-Term "TNF" Deal
Published March 19, 1996
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: http://www.sportschannel.com (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).