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Published March 19, 1997
SI's Steve Lopez writes on the Flyers libel suit against Philadelphia WIP-AM under the header, "Put Up Or Shut Up." Lopez: "Some observers think this could do for talk radio what Carol Burnett did for supermarket tabloids. When the comedian won a $1.6 million libel judgement against the National Enquirer, it prompted a flood of other suits by celebrities. ... And if the Flyers lose in court? Sports could end up making professional wrestling look like a high art form" (SI, 3/24 issue)....Detroit Free Press sports columnist Mitch Albom has won first place in sports writing in the National Headliner Awards. The L.A. Times' Bill Plaschke finished second and the Wall Street Journal's Roger Thurow was third (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 3/19)....USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke writes that PGA Tour officials, "opposed to Fox's proposal to incorporate FoxTrax hockey puck technology into golf balls, will remain with ABC, NBC and CBS in new deals that likely will increase from $45 million annually over four years to about $70 million" (USA TODAY, 3/19)....IL-based One-on-One Sports Network has bought WXLX- AM in the New York area, part of a $45M deal that includes AM stations in Miami and Los Angeles. All three stations will be converted to sports. In the New York market, WXLX will go up against WFAN (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/19)....The Broncos' Shannon Sharpe is a spokesperson for Cyberforce, an Internet access provider that rivals AOL. Sharpe joins "several NFL players," including the Packers' Sean Jones, the Bills' Andre Reed, and the Raiders' Tim Brown, as members of the NV-based service (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 3/19).