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  • DODGERS-GIANTS PENNANT RACE RESULTING IN BIG NUMBERS

              The Dodgers-Giants game on Wednesday gave SportsChannel
         Pacific (SCP) its "highest rating in the Bay Area,"
         according to Scott Hettrick of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. 
         Then, the extra-inning game yesterday "drew near-record
         numbers of online chat room participants" to KTLA-TV's Web
         site.  KTLA broadcast its first live online broadcast of the
         game through a chat room, feeding play-by-play notes to
         users.  Online producer Eric Lipton said that "as many as
         300 people were using the chat room at any one time, with an
         estimated 1,200 or more different users per hour."  On
         Wednesday, the 316,000 households that watched the game on
         SCP were "more than were watching any other broadcast or
         cable network in that market."  SCP's 11.5 Wednesday rating,
         with a peak of 13.9, broke the "previous ratings record" of
         5.5, with a peak of 6.9, during a July 6 Giants-Rockies game
         (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 9/19).
    
    

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  • ESPN STEPS UP TO THE PLATE WITH MLB RADIO AGREEMENT

              MLB and ESPN Radio reached a five-year agreement giving
         ESPN Radio exclusive domestic regular- and post-season
         broadcast rights.  ESPN Radio is broadcast across the U.S.
         by ABC Radio Networks.  The deal includes coverage of all
         post-season games; the World Series; the All-Star Game and
         All-Star events; a full schedule of regular-season games
         each year; Sunday Night MLB game of the week; one game every
         Saturday in September; at least two games every holiday and
         Opening Day; two additional "Pennant Race" games each week
         in September; as well as major award announcements and the
         Winter Meetings (ESPN).  In N.Y., Richard Sandomir puts the
         five-year deal at $40M (N.Y. TIMES, 9/19).  
              OFF CBS: The deal ends MLB's 21-year relationship with
         CBS Radio, and the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER'S Stephen Battaglio
         reports that CBS did not want to renew its MLB package,
         "which had been unprofitable in recent years."  MLB's radio
         network broadcasts "lost several major sponsors after the
         players' strike" and "made others skittish about signing
         on."  Battaglio adds while CBS affils "liked having the
         crown jewel events ... [they] griped about having to carry
         so many regular-season games."  ESPN will develop a radio
         version of "Baseball Tonight" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 9/19).  
    
    

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  • MEDIA NOTES

              TV NETWORK NEWS: In N.Y., Phil Mushnick, on NBC's
         coverage of the Ryder Cup.  Mushnick: "Already, NBC has
         assumed its low-brow Olympic posture in banging the drums
         for its Ryder Cup coverage.  Promos literally have included
         shouts of 'USA, USA!' and Tiger Woods has been pre-emptively
         cast in the role of Kerri Strug" (N.Y. POST, 9/19)....In St.
         Pete, Phil Gulick wrote that CBS Sports President Sean
         McManus "revealed the possibility of more bowling coverage"
         on CBS.  McManus: "If we can't break even on boxing, or make
         a small profit, we'll probably replace it next year (1999)
         with a lot of bowling hours" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 9/18). 
              RSN NEWS: Dei Lynam has signed on as a reporter/anchor
         for Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia which debuts October 1
         (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 9/19).  Comcast Sports Net also signed a
         one-year deal with the Eagles for programming on Sundays and
         Mondays.  Comcast will air 3 1/2 hours of Eagles programming
         each week (PHILA. INQUIRER, 9/19)....Fox Sports News named
         Van Earl Wright to its prime-time anchor team.  Wright will
         begin at Fox next week (Fox Sports Net)....In N.Y., Richard
         Sandomir: "Between 110 and 120 layoffs have occurred at
         Rainbow Sports because of the merger of SportsChannel and
         MSG Network, the shutdown of NewSport, the delayed start of
         American Sports Classics and cuts in sports advertising
         sales.  About 25 percent have landed jobs at Rainbow's
         nonsports networks and at Cablevision" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/19).
              GENERAL: Last Saturday's Oscar De La Hoya-Hector
         Camacho PPV fight was bought in 650,000 TV households,
         making it the third best non-heavyweight fight ever.  It
         will be replayed tonight on HBO (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/19).
         ...Matt Guokas will be an analyst for SportsChannel Ohio's
         42 Cavs games this season (SportsChannel).
    
    

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  • RATINGS FOR LAST WEEKEND'S NETWORK SPORTING EVENTS

              The following lists ratings from last weekend's network
         sporting events.  All times are EDT.  "MLB on Fox" games
         were SF-FL; CIN-PHI; NYY-BAL; KC-ANA.  ABC's NCAA Football
         was ND-PUR; UCLA-TEX; and MD-FSU.  CBS' NCAA Football was
         ASU-MIA; SC-GA; and IL-LOU.  NBC "Sports World" was the '97
         Beach Volleyball World Championships.  The numbers were
         gathered from the networks (THE DAILY).
    
    
    EVENT
    DATE
    NET
    TIME
    RAT/SHR
    NCAA Football: Colorado-Michigan
    9/13
    ABC
    12:00-3:30pm
    3.8/13
    NCAA Football (regional)
    9/13
    ABC
    3:30-7:00pm
    4.5/13
    NCAA Football (regional)
    9/13
    CBS
    3:30-7:00pm
    2.9/8
    "MLB On Fox" (regional)
    9/13
    FOX
    1:00-4:00pm
    2.1/6
    "NFL On Fox" (regional)
    9/14
    FOX
    1:00-4:00pm
    4.4/11
    "NFL On Fox" (regional)
    9/14
    FOX
    4:00-7:00pm
    11.1/25
    "NFL On NBC" (regional)
    9/14
    NBC
    1:00-4:00pm
    11.5/29
    NBC "Sports World"
    9/14
    NBC
    4:00-6:00pm
    1.9/5
    RATINGS NOTES: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir reports that Fox's 4.4 rating for the 1:00pm ET regional games was "the lowest in league history" (Richard Sandomir, N.Y. TIMES, 9/19)....In Philadelphia, Bill Fleischman, writing on the early NFL returns: "It's too early for the network suits to panic, but there is cause for concern about the decline in NFL television ratings" (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 9/19)....In Milwaukee, Bob Wolfley writes that with two games left in the 68-game package, Brewers ratings are likely to end up at 5.3, just below the 5.5 over the same period last season and "exactly the same as the average for all of '95." Wolfley notes the pre-strike ratings were a 7.5 (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 9/19)....In Toronto, TSN VP/Programming Keith Pelley says its CFL telecasts are down between 7-10%. TSN is averaging about 170,000 viewers in '97, down from 180,000-190,000 in '96 (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/19).

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