Expectations High For NASCAR On NBC NBC Lands New Advertisers For Race Coverage Female Audience Strong For World Cup ESPN Denies Wanting To Dial Down Olbermann IndyCar Gets Best Cable Audience In Years Xfinity Series Audience Lower On Fox Sports U.S.-Germany Sets Fox Soccer Record Media Notes Discovery Looking To Sublicense Olympic Rights Sources: FS1 Cutting Back News Operation
Published June 3, 1996
In Boston, Jack Craig examines the "nasty in-house dispute" among NESN's partners -- the Red Sox and Bruins vs. WSBK -- over the future of the regional sports network. Craig writes, "The issue is money, and indirectly, how quickly and how far NESN will move from a pay to a basic channel." One observer believes the legal action taken by the teams may lead to talks on a buyout of WSBK's 20% share (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/2)....In New York, Bob Raissman reports WPIX does not want to part with the Yankees, headed for MSG's new WBIS+. Also, the Nets will soon sign a new radio deal with WOR-AM (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/2)....The N.Y. TIMES' Bill Carter examines the networks' battles to gain cable access for their new all-news channels. NBC is threatening to pull network programming -- including the Olympics -- from any operator that refuses to carry MSNBC in place of America's Talking (N.Y. TIMES, 6/3).