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  • APPELLATE JUDGE GIVES NBA NEW HOPE IN CASE AGAINST WGN

         The NBA's "longstanding legal fight" over how many Bulls
    games can be telecast on WGN is "essentially back to Square One,"
    according to Matt O'Connor of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE.  O'Connor: "In
    a victory Tuesday for the NBA, a federal appeals court threw out
    a lower court decision that had allowed telecasts of 30 games on
    the superstation in each of the last two seasons.  The lower
    court also held the NBA's proposed fee for the telecasts to be
    excessive."  A three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of
    Appeals ruled the lower court decision "legally flawed and
    ordered the case returned to a federal judge."  The court wrote,
    "With apologies to both sides, we conclude that they must suffer
    through still more litigation."  Despite the ruling, an
    attorney's for the Bulls and WGN said the superstation would
    still be able to telecast 25 Bulls games this season, but the NBA
    "disputes that" and cited the closing sentence of Tuesday's
    decision that the Bulls and WGN "must respect" limitations of
    both the NBA and its contract with NBC on the maximum number of
    superstation telecasts (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/11). NBA Exec VP
    Jeffrey Mishkin, said the league was "pleased that the Court of
    Appeals has vacated the trial court's decision limiting the
    League's exclusive right to sell games in the national
    marketplace" (NBA).
    

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  • FAIRWAYS IN CYBERSPACE: GOLF DIGEST/US WEST JOIN GOLF.COM

         NBC, US West and GolfData announced that US West and Golf
    Digest have become equity partners in "golf.com," the NBC and
    GolfData Corp. World Wide Web site.  US West will purchase up to
    a 15% share of the site, while Golf Digest will receive a five
    percent share in exchange for exclusive rights to Golf Digest
    content (NBC).
         INTERZINE ON LAND: Interzine Productions acquired the
    GolfAmerica course directory and launched golfcourse.com in
    conjunction with its current iGolf site on the World Wide Web.
    Golfcourse.com features more than 16,000 golf courses from around
    the world and Interzine will continue licensing the directory and
    selling related CD-ROM's, software and books (AD AGE ONLINE,
    9/11).
    

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  • MEDIA NOTES

         Classic Sports Network has entered into an expanded
    distribution agreement with Cox Communications that could
    ultimately add "more than one million subscribers for the
    network."  Under the deal, Cox will begin a broader roll-out of
    the network in October beyond current Cox systems in AZ, NE, OH,
    and CT (Classic Sports Network)....ESPN and ESPN2 have announced
    their schedules for the '96-97 NHL season.  ESPN will televise 26
    regular season games, beginning October 4 with the Avalanche-
    Blues.  ESPN2 will show up to 78 regular season contests,
    beginning October 6 with Wayne Gretzky's Ranger debut against the
    Panthers (ESPN). ..ESPNEWS chief Vince Doria says the channel,
    scheduled for launch November 1, plans to spend more time on
    breaking news stories and cover topics that "don't get enough
    attention on 'SportsCenter,' such as the business of sports,
    sports technology, women's sports and high school sports"
    (ELECTRONIC MEDIA, 9/9 issue).
    

    Print | Tags: Colorado Avalanche, ESPN, NHL, Media, St. Louis Blues, Walt Disney
  • RATING NOTES: USTA ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS

         The Men's U.S. Open final earned a 6.1 rating and 11 share,
    making it the highest-rated Men's final since '90.  A rain delay
    pushed the match into the "highly coveted" "60 Minutes'" time
    slot....The Eagles-Packers game Monday night on ABC drew a 15.8
    rating (Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY, 9/11)....In Baltimore,
    Milton Kent writes the Orioles and Ravens are cutting into each
    other's local ratings.  The Ravens-Steelers game Sunday drew a
    local rating of 16.6/36, down from the 18.9/48 of the opening
    week.  But "one need look no further than Camden Yards for an
    explanation" as the Orioles-Tigers game drew an over-the-air
    equivalent of a 4.8/10 on RSN HTS (Baltimore SUN, 9/11).  In
    Cleveland, the Ravens-Steelers game in Cleveland drew a 15.1/33
    share, down from a 16/44 in week one.  WKYC-NBC officials
    attribute the drop to competition from the Indians-Mariners game
    on SportsChannel (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 9/10).
    

    Print | Tags: ABC, Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Indians, Comcast-Spectacor, Detroit Tigers, Green Bay Packers, NBC, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Mariners, Media, Walt Disney
  • WEDNESDAY WEB SITE: A CYBER TRIP TO THE PGA INT'L GOLF SHOW

         If you were not able to make to Las Vegas' Sands Expo and
    Convention Center for the PGA Int'l Golf Show this week, the PGA
    of America's web site offers you the chance to participate via
    the Internet.  PGA Online, http://www.pga online.com, offers a
    link to a special PGA Int'l Golf Show site via an easily
    identifiable "Golf Show" icon.  Once accessed, web browsers can
    choose among such links as "Press Room," "PGA TV," "Expo People,"
    "Celebrity Sightings," and "Sign the Guest Book."  "Press Room"
    offers PGA press releases, exhibitor press releases, new product
    announcements, and PGA Show news.  Browsers can access
    information from these sites which is categorized by the
    different days of the Show.  "PGA TV" provides a video feed of
    new product announcements, golf trends and sights from the floor.
    Taylor Made is the official Cybercast sponsor, and a special link
    to "Taylor Made Golf Show News" is available on the "Golf Show"
    home page.  "Expo People" offers photos from the event, while
    "Celebrity Sightings" shows well-known golf fans in attendance.
    Rock legend/golf guru Alice Cooper was featured yesterday (THE
    DAILY).
    

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