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              In a letter last Friday to Cablevision Chair James
         Dolan from Classic Sports Network (CSN) President Stephen
         Greenberg, CSN accused Cablevision of "refusing to
         distribute" the network because CSN "declined to sell"
         Cablevision an equity stake, according to Mark Landler in
         the N.Y. TIMES.  Greenberg said Cablevision had violated a
         Federal law that prohibits cable operators from using
         "coercive tactics" to obtain ownership interests and added
         that CSN "intended to file" a complaint with the FCC after a
         required one-week waiting period.  Execs at Cablevision
         declined to say if they demanded an ownership stake as a
         condition of carrying CSN (N.Y. TIMES, 3/3).  Cablevision
         COO Robert May said the company "will respond to the
         veracity of their allegations if and when they file [an FCC]
         complaint" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/3).  NEWSDAY's Pradnya
         Joshi notes that CSN says that Cablevision "plans to launch
         its own version of Classic Sports" (NEWSDAY, 3/3).

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              Sports Illustrated "has terminated the contract" of
         Lisa Hyman, who earlier this month sent out e-mail messages
         "asking users to hit a portion of the SI site to bump up
         traffic numbers," according to AD AGE.  Hyman had worked on
         the "SIonwomen" area of the SI site.  In her e-mail, she
         "asked women to visit the site" in order "to prove that
         indeed, women's sports are interesting and readable.  My
         bosses are judging the success of my project on how many
         people see it. ... I promise, the pieces are infinitely
         fascinating but I guess you don't even have to read them. 
         Just click on everything clickable" (AD AGE, 3/3).

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