TBS Sees Uptick In Wild Card Rating New Maple Leaf Square Name Skips Confusion FCC Could Ban Stations From Using "Redskins" CBSSN Airs Debut Of "We Need To Talk" Glut Of NFL Games Affecting Ad Rates Dish Dropping ESPN Classic For VOD Service Epix Going Heavy On Digital With NHL Media Notes FCC Ends Its Sports Blackout Rule "MNF" Sees Slight Overnight Ratings Dip
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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).