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  • ESPN ANNOUNCES WINTER X GAMES' LOCATION SET

         Snow Summit Mountain Resort in Big Bear Lake, CA, will host
    the inaugural Winter X Games, to be held January 30-February 2,
    '97.  ESPN and ESPN2 will each televise eight hours from the
    Games. ESPN2 will re-air all telecasts and ESPN International
    will distribute the Games worldwide.  Jack Wienert will serve as
    Exec Dir of the Games -- the same post he holds for the summer
    event   (ESPN).
    

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  • MEDIA NOTES

         Westinghouse has purchased Miami-based news company,
    TeleNoticias, and will launch a 24-hour Spanish-language new
    channel in the U.S. later this year (NEWSDAY, 6/28)....In Tampa,
    Doug Carlson comments on Peter Vecsey's analysis during TNT's NBA
    Draft coverage.  Carlson notes Vecsey "was wrong nearly every
    time he opened his mouth," and finally refers to him as "Peter
    Guessy" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 6/28). ...Prime Sports and the Jazz
    agreed to a multi-year deal allowing the RSN to carry 25 live
    Jazz games beginning next season (Prime Sports)....Professional
    Sports Publications will publish a college football conference
    magazine for both the Big 12 and the WAC this fall. PSP is also
    selling ad packages for both magazines (PSP).....INTERACTIVE WEEK
    notes Management Plus, the agency for Shaquille O'Neal, "shut
    down" his site on the Microsoft Network two months ago in part
    due to MSN's decision to move its online service to the World
    Wide Web.  Management Plus's Bruce Binkow: "We just decided that,
    if we were moving to the Web anyway, the SportsLine would be a
    better fit for us" (INTERACTIVE WEEK, 6/24 issue).  Leonard
    Armato, Chair & CEO Management Plus Enterprises, on O'Neal's
    SportsLine site: "Shaq has now embraced the global culture of the
    internet, which is something that has exploded and the great
    people in America are doing it and Shaq has joined them.  Bill
    Gates is doing it.  All the people, I think, with foresight in
    this world are now saying that the internet is the place to be"
    ("Bloomberg Business News," 6/28)....NBC's coverage of the U.S.
    Diving and Track and Field Trials last weekend had a 4.7
    rating/15 share, up 24% from the two-day average in '92
    (NBC)...THE SPORTING NEWS' "Fly" notes rumors of NFL Commissioner
    Paul Tagliabue bringing CBS Sports back to the NFL TV package by
    giving them a Sunday night schedule and having TNT and ESPN split
    Thursday night games (TSN, 7/1 issue)....Spurs TV broadcaster
    Dave Barnett joins ESPN (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 6/28).
         CORRECTION: CBS has not signed on with PPG, Inc. to telecast
    Senior skiing's, "MCI's Downhill Challenge," as was reported
    Wednesday.  PPG is in negotiations with all networks regarding
    the event.  THE DAILY regrets the error.
    

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  • NASCAR AND "WINSTON CUP SCENE" ANNOUNCE LICENSING ALLIANCE

         NASCAR and "Winston Cup Scene" a publication on the Winston
    Cup division, announced a licensing alliance that includes new
    names for both weekly and monthly publications, and editorial and
    promotional contributions to NASCAR Online and CD-ROM projects.
    Effective this week, the weekly "Winston Cup Scene" magazine will
    be renamed "NASCAR Winston Cup Scene," and the monthly "Winston
    Cup Illustrated" will be called "NASCAR Winston Cup Illustrated."
    NASCAR and "NASCAR WInston Cup Scene" will team with Starwave and
    ESPN to develop a "NASCAR Winston Cup Scene" section on NASCAR
    Online. NASCAR and "NASCAR Winston Cup Scene" will develop a
    "NASCAR Winston Cup Scene" year in review CD-ROM (NASCAR).
    

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  • WIMBLEDON GOES ON WITHOUT TOP NAMES IN DRAW

         In Houston, Mike McDaniel compliments HBO's Wimbledon
    coverage, adding Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova and Mary
    Carillo "have proved to be a terrific broadcasting trio" (HOUSTON
    CHRONICLE, 6/28).  NBC begins 34-hours of Wimbledon coverage
    tomorrow. In Philadelphia, Bernard Fernandez writes the upset-
    ridden tournament is NBC's "nightmare."  If Pete Sampras and
    Steffi Graf don't advance to the finals, "NBC might have to use a
    magnifying glass to spot its Nielsen ratings" (PHILA. DAILY NEWS,
    6/28).
    

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