Expectations High For NASCAR On NBC NHL Rangers' Sather Passes GM Torch To Gorton Female Audience Strong For World Cup What I Like With ESPN's Michelle Beadle ESPN Denies Wanting To Dial Down Olbermann IndyCar's Miles Fires Back At Critics Of Race Conditions IndyCar Gets Best Cable Audience In Years Xfinity Series Audience Lower On Fox Sports U.S.-Germany Sets Fox Soccer Record Bettman, Coyotes Deny N.Y. Post Report
Published April 25, 1996
The NHL's partnership with IBM led CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" to scuttle plans for a playoff-based Web site. The problem, according to CBC's Tom Curzon, was not the NHL, but rather CBC partner Microsoft, which withdrew upon learning of the NHL's IBM ties (GLOBE & MAIL, 4/25).... ESPN and ESPN2 begin their coverage of the U.S. Olympic trials this Saturday (ESPN)....In Atlanta, Charles Haddad examines the transition of TNT to a channel aimed at younger viewers. Haddad notes live sports programming has become TNT's "most popular offering" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 4/25). ....The Dodgers launch their official Web site, "Dodgers On-Line," at Dodger Stadium today. The site was designed by the team in conjunction with Only Multimedia Network. In addition to standard team Web site fare (info, press releases, scoreboard, etc.), the Dodgers mirror the international feel of their ballclub with areas in five languages: Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and English. Address: http://www.dodgers.com (Dodgers).... Indianapolis station WNDY-TV, owned by the same people who run the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, namely IMS and IRL President Tony George, will only report on the Indy 500 over the next month, ignoring CART's rival U.S. 500 to be held in MI on the same day. WNDY Sports Dir Vince Welch: "To us, that's the only race going on that day. That was not an edict, it was just a choice we made." Other local stations will cover both (INDIANAPOLIS NEWS-STAR, 4/25).... Westinghouse Chair & CEO Michael Jordan said he expects CBS to be "solidly on track" financially by the time of the '98 Nagano Winter Games (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 4/25).