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Published September 15, 1997
NETWORK: Fox Sports Detroit debuts today with a full lineup to include live events and reruns (DETROIT NEWS, 9/15)....In Hartford, WFSB-TV will televise four regular- season ABL Blizzard games this season. The deal includes a preseason special, and an option on playoff games (HARTFORD COURANT, 9/13)....In Tacoma, Bob Condotta put the Mariners' new KIRO radio deal at $6M/season (NEWS TRIBUNE, 9/13). PUBLICATIONS: The N.Y. Times introduced format changes today that includes a stand-alone sports section seven days a week, color photos on the front page of the sports section, and more "complete and streamlined" sports results pages, organized league-by-league, with capsule reports on each team (N.Y. TIMES, 9/15). TV PROGRAMMING: In N.Y., Kay Gardella gave the SI For Kids Show four stars. Gardella: "[I]t's not just for kids, either. Adults like myself, who aren't fanatical followers of sports, can learn from this" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/13). ...In Toronto, Rob Longley: "Perhaps its time for ABC to consider starting Monday Night Football at 8 p.m. Games that are consistently ending after 12:30 a.m. are creating weary viewers that are surely contributing to the 18% decline in ratings" (TORONTO SUN, 9/15). In Miami, Barry Jackson wrote that while ratings are down for "MNF," the game "seemingly despite itself now -- continues as the NFL's venerable flagship. Gray and listing, perhaps, but a flagship nonetheless" (MIAMI HERALD, 9/14). PERSONALITIES: As Marv Albert prepares for his September 22 assault trial, Joel Myers will replace him in NBC's NFL lineup (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 9/15).