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  • IS ESPN MAGAZINE CRYING WULF OR WILL IT LAND TANDEM?

              In addition to SI's Rick Reilly, ESPN Magazine is
         "trying to lure" the husband-and-wife team of Steve and Jane
         Wulf from Time Inc. titles, according to Keith Kelly of the
         N.Y. DAILY NEWS.  Steve Wulf covers sports as a Senior
         Writer at Time, while Jane Wulf is the Chief of Reporters
         for SI.  The Wulfs, reached separately, would not comment,
         nor would ESPN Magazine Editor-in-Chief John Papanek. 
         Reilly did not return calls either (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/23).
    
    

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  • MEDIA NOTES

              JUST SOME GOOD OL' BOYS: In Charlotte, Kay McFadden
         gives Fox's NASCAR film, "Steel Chariots," which debuts
         tonight at 8:00pm ET, a "B," and calls it "a well-produced
         family movie that makes the most of NASCAR as a backdrop." 
         McFadden: "As for the racing itself, the filmmakers take a
         pass on big crashes in favor of dialogue-intensive pit
         stops. ... [M]ost of the action is off-track and focuses on
         the week leading up to Talladega" (CHARL. OBSERVER, 9/23).  
              FOX PROGRAMMING: Fox Sports Americas (FSA) has acquired
         the Latin American rights to the Ryder Cup (FSA)....Fox
         Sports Southwest (FSS) reached agreement with Community
         Communications Company to expand into 16 AK communities
         reaching over 8,000 subscribers (FSS)....The '97 John R.
         Wooden Classic will be televised nationally by Fox Sports
         Net.  The doubleheader features Georgia-Stanford and UCLA-
         New Mexico (John R. Wooden Classic). 
              GENERAL: More than 20% of MSNBC's Internet operation
         will be "laid off as Microsoft presses to cut costs at all
         of its Web-publishing businesses."  Sources said about 50 of
         the operation's 230 employees could be laid off (SEATTLE
         TIMES, 9/22)....The Elias Sports Bureau will serve as the
         official statistical consultant to the NHL.  Elias will
         develop, maintain and update a historical database dating
         back to 1917, the year the NHL was formed (NHL).  
    
    

    Print | Tags: Microsoft, NASCAR, News Corp./Fox, NHL, Media
  • NBA CANADA SIGNING CHARTER SPONSORS FOR TSN SEASON

              For NBA games in Canada this season on TSN, NBA Canada
         "has opted to sell all the commercial time itself -- a rare
         undertaking by a major pro sports league," according to
         Langdon Brockinton of MEDIAWEEK.  Among the first companies
         to "cut deals" with NBA Canada are Gatorade, Champion,
         Warner-Lambert and Labatt Breweries of Canada.  NBA Canada's
         Managing Dir Ken Derrett said "agreements with several
         automakers and athletic shoe marketers are imminent." 
         Derrett, on the NBA selling all the inventory itself: "We
         want to provide a one-stop shopping service.  We think that,
         long-term, we can build stronger partnerships this way.  We
         can get all of an advertiser's marketing needs met." 
         Brockinton: "Whether NBA Canada will move its entire
         inventory load remains to be seen.  The deals just signed
         are season-long commitments.  A season-long buy consisting
         of one 30-second spot per game carries an [C]$80,000-$95,000
         price tag."  TSN "plans" to televise 26 Friday night
         regular-season games and "a minimum" of 12 playoff matchups.
         The network will produce eight of the 26 regular season
         games, with the remainder being TNT feeds (MEDIAWEEK, 9/22)
    
    

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  • OVERNIGHT RATINGS FOR LAST WEEKEND'S NETWORK SPORTING EVENTS

              The following lists preliminary overnight ratings from
         last weekend's network sporting events.  All times are EDT. 
         NBC had the NFL doubleheader, with Fox showing one regional
         game either at 1:00pm or 4:00pm ET.  Since these numbers are
         preliminary, they may change from later reports (THE DAILY).
    
    
    EVENT
    DATE
    NET
    TIME
    RAT/SHR
    NCAA FOOTBALL:(regional)
    9/20
    CBS
    12:15-3:45pm
    3.0/9
    NCAA FOOTBALL:(Tenn-Fla)
    9/20
    CBS
    3:45-7:15pm
    5.6/13
    NCAA FOOTBALL:(regional)
    9/20
    ABC
    3:30-7:00pm
    4.1/10
    "MLB on Fox"(regional)
    9/20
    Fox
    1:00-4:00pm
    2.6/7
    "NFL On NBC"(regional)
    9/21
    NBC
    1:00-4:00pm
    8.5/20
    "NFL On NBC"(regional)
    9/21
    NBC
    4:00-7:00pm
    13.0/27
    "NFL On Fox"(regional)
    9/21
    Fox
    1:00-7:00pm
    13.2/30

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  • THE OLYMPIC GAMES: PLAYING AT AN IMAX THEATRE NEAR YOU?

              Film producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy --
         "best known for their involvement in" such films as "Who
         Framed Roger Rabbit?" and "Jurassic Park" -- have signed a
         deal to make "the first large-format films about the Olympic
         Games," according to Kirk Honeycutt of the HOLLYWOOD
         REPORTER.  The Kennedy/Marshall Co. announced it will
         partner with PA-based EMC Films Inc. to make two Imax films,
         one on the '98 Winter Games in Nagano and another focusing
         on the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.  "Olympic Glory," the film
         based on the Winter Games will be shot at the Games in
         February and released in November '98.  It will be directed
         by Oscar-winning documentarian Kieth Merrill and will run 40
         minutes, with a budget estimated at $6.5M.  Six Imax camera
         crews will cover the Nagano Games.  Marshall, a member of
         the USOC's Executive Board, said that he "hopes" to direct
         the Sydney 2000 film.  EMC Films CEO Hilary Grinker said
         that EMC has also secured "the right of first refusal on all
         subsequent" Olympic Games (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 9/23).  
    
    

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  • UNIVERSAL BUYS OUT VIACOM'S STAKE IN USA NETWORK FOR $1.7B

              Viacom Inc. has agreed to sell its 50% stake in USA
         Networks to partner Seagram Co.'s Universal Studios for
         $1.7B, according to Eben Shapiro of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. 
         The deal gives Universal "complete control" of cable
         networks USA and the Sci-Fi Channel.  Seagram Vice Chair
         Robert Matschullat: "USA is not the endgame.  We could buy
         another cable network to go with this.  We have the ability
         to do more."  Universal Studios Chair & CEO Frank Biondi 
         Jr. said USA's schedule, which includes sports coverage such
         as the U.S. Tennis Open, requires only "fine-tuning.  You
         won't see massive programming changes" (WALL STREET JOURNAL,
         9/23). The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's Andrew Collier reports that
         Universal "expects to retain current management," including
         USA Chair & CEO Kay Koplovitz (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 9/23).
    
    

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