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Published April 25, 1996
The NFL released its '96 schedule yesterday, typically of more interest to network execs than fans at this time of the year. Fox immediately began hyping its October 27 match-up between Jimmy Johnson's Dolphins and the Cowboys. Also, for the third straight year, Fox will have a Cowboys-49ers matchup in November (Fox Sports). USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke notes Fox "won out" over ABC's "Monday Night Football" in getting the Jimmy- Jerry rematch. The only "frowns and shrugs" came from Turner, where they will show a nine-game Sunday night schedule. TNT's teams combined for a .472 winning percentage last year, compared to ESPN's teams, which averaged a .503. Turner Exec Producer Mike Pearl, on their draw: "It's not pleasant to look at." ESPN's Chris LaPlaca accused TNT execs of having "too much time on their hands." NFL broadcast head/schedule-maker Val Pinchbeck said of the networks' overall reactions: "You'd like to go 5-0. I'll take 4-1" (USA TODAY, 4/25).