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  • MEDIA NOTES

              NETWORK: NBC Sports and their pan-European and pan-
         Asian sports arm, NBC Super Sports (NBCSS), have formed a
         new venture to distribute NBC Sports and NBCSS programs
         worldwide.  NBCSS will be the int'l distributor for NBC
         Sports programming and VP/Int'l Sales & Distribution Mark
         Jeffers will oversee the venture.  Jeffers, who will be
         based in N.Y., will work with Thierry Pascal, who is in
         NBCSS' London office.  Jeffers comes from NBC Enterprises,
         where he was the Dir of Sports Sales & Ops (NBCSS).....In
         N.Y., Steve Zipay examined the upcoming TV contract
         negotiations for both the NFL and NBA.  Zipay, on the NFL:
         "[T]he gut feeling is that the current networks and cable
         partners will ink new deals.  Having seen CBS lose not only
         status but affiliates and ad revenue to Fox, the NFL
         partners can't afford to bow out."  Zipay, on the NBA: "The
         early line: NBC ... and TNT each will pay more, but not
         twice as much, to keep shooting hoops" (NEWSDAY, 10/10).
              PUBLISHING: USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke reports that Rick
         Reilly "turned down" an ESPN/Disney offer and will remain at
         SI for "more than" $500,000 annually.  Reilly will "add
         duties" at HBO, CNN and Warner Bros (USA TODAY, 10/10)....In
         N.Y., Keith Kelly reports that with SI Publisher David Long
         moving to become President-Media Sales & Marketing at Time
         Inc., "there is an intense intramural competition going on
         to land his old job."  Kelly: "Insiders say the two leading
         candidates are Time publisher Jack Haire and Life publisher
         Ed McCarrick" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/10).
              
    

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  • N.Y. DAILY NEWS REPORTS OF MARV ALBERT TALKS WITH WFAN

              WFAN "has been seriously negotiating" with Marv Albert
         "in hopes of landing" him to join the station in January,
         according to sources of Bob Raissman in a front-page feature
         in today's N.Y. DAILY NEWS.  A source said: "There have been
         numerous discussions, including phone conversations and a
         meeting."  Albert would reportedly "join a lineup" anchored
         by Don Imus in the morning and Mike Francesa and Chris Russo
         -- "Mike and the Mad Dog" -- in the afternoon.  WFAN GM Joel
         Hollander said "no offer" had been made to Albert but would
         not confirm or deny negotiations with him.  Sources said
         that Hollander has "approached MSG Network executives about
         moving Albert into the Knicks radio both sometime in the
         first quarter of 1998, but MSG brass would not agree to the
         move."  But Raissman writes there are "a variety of
         assignments WFAN could offer Albert," including a talk show
         format, Mets baseball or Jets and Giants football (N.Y.
         DAILY NEWS, 10/10).  Also in N.Y., Ian O'Connor reports the
         offer from WFAN consists of a one-hour, five-nights-a-week
         show.  But O'Connor calls Hollander's interest in Albert a
         "tawdry move, inspired by the bottom line."  One industry
         source told O'Connor that Albert "'might very well reject'
         the offer because he realizes it will be perceived as too
         much, too soon."  But O'Connor adds that Albert "is said to
         be in dire need of cash" to pay off his legal bills, leaving
         himself "vulnerable.  Perhaps vulnerable enough to accept an
         offer he should refuse" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/10).
              MORE MARV FALLOUT: WFAN's Mike Breen will replace
         Albert as lead play-by-play announcer for Knicks telecasts
         on MSG Network (N.Y. TIMES, 10/10)....In Chicago, Michael
         Hirsley reports that NBC "is not rushing to name a
         replacement" for Albert, since its first NBA telecast isn't
         until Christmas.  Greg Gumbel, Tom Hammond, Dick Enberg, Bob
         Costas and Mike Breen are all mentioned as possibilities.
         Hirsley: "If NBC seeks talent elsewhere, it will get a good
         look at TNT's Bob Neal" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/10).  Also in
         Chicago, Jim O'Donnell reports that NBC "insiders" say the
         network is "finalizing a plan to use an expanded five-man
         play-by-play staff on NBA games this season," and not
         filling the top spot until next spring.  Sources also said
         that Bob Costas asked NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol "not
         to be considered for the first chair" (SUN-TIMES, 10/10).
    
    

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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.  NOTE: NBC had the NFL
         doubleheader.  Numbers are from the networks (THE DAILY).
    
    
    EVENT
    DATE NET TIME RAT/SHR
    AL Division Series: SEA-BAL
    10/04
    FOX
    4:30-7:00pm
    5.0/13
    AL Division Series: NYY-CLE
    10/04
    NBC
    7:30-11:00pm
    5.6/11
    NCAA Football: MIAMI-FL ST.
    10/04
    ABC
    12:00-3:30pm
    2.4/9
    NCAA Football: OSU-IA/TX A&M-COL
    10/04
    ABC
    3:30-7:00pm
    4.7/13
    "College Football Today"
    10/04
    CBS
    3:00-3:30pm
    0.9/3
    NCAA Football: GT-BC/MISS-TENN
    10/04
    CBS
    3:30-7:00pm
    2.3/6
    AL Division Series: NYY-CLE
    10/05
    FOX
    7:30-12:00am
    8.2/14
    "Fox NFL Sunday"
    10/05
    FOX
    12:00-1:00pm
    4.1/13
    "NFL on Fox" (Regional)
    10/05
    FOX
    1:00-7:00pm
    12.5/32
    "NFL on NBC Pre-game"
    10/05
    NBC
    12:00-1:00pm
    2.8/9
    "NFL on NBC" Game One
    10/05
    NBC
    1:00-4:00pm
    5.8/15
    "NFL on NBC" Game Two
    10/05
    NBC
    1:00-4:00pm
    9.5/22
    MORE NEWS: Fox's coverage last night of the ALCS Game Two earned a 9.6 overnight rating/16 share (THE DAILY). Fox's broadcast of Game One of the ALCS scored a final national rating of 8.9/15, a 1% increase over Fox's NLCS Game One in '96, and 14% higher than NBC's '96 ALCS Game One (Fox Sports)....USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke notes that college football ratings are "[s]lumping," with CBS down 14%, ABC off 13%, ESPN down 13% and NBC down 34% (USA TODAY, 10/10). PIRATES HOOK VIEWERS: Fox Sports Pittsburgh saw a 51% ratings increase over '96 for its '97 Pirates telecasts, posting a 5.6 average, up from a 3.7 in '96 (FSP).

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  • SPORTS NOMINATIONS FOR CABLEACE AWARDS: ESPN LEADS WITH 22

              The National Academy of Cable Programming has announced
         the nominations for the CableACE Awards to be presented    
         November 14-15 in L.A.  In sports categories, ESPN leads the
         field with 22 nominations; HBO has five, including "Real
         Sports'" Bryant Gumbel for Best Magazine Host; MSG Network
         has four; TNT, Showtime and CNN/SI have three, while CNN,
         TBS, The Golf Channel, Lifetime Network and SportsChannel NY
         each received one nomination.  HBO's "Arli$$" garnered seven
         nominations, including Best Comedy Series.   The following
         lists the sports-related nominations:
              SPORTS EVENTS COVERAGE SPECIAL: "Stanley Cup Finals,"
         ESPN; "Jackie Robinson Game," ESPN; "NCAA Women's Tournament
         Final Four," ESPN; "Holyfield-Tyson II," Showtime.
              SPORTS EVENTS COVERAGE SERIES: "Braves Baseball," TBS;
         "SpeedWorld," ESPN; "Sunday Night Baseball," ESPN; "Sunday
         Night NFL," ESPN; "Tour de France," ESPN.
              SPORTS NEWS SERIES: "College GameDay," ESPN; "Golf
         Central," The Golf Channel; "NFL Prime Monday," ESPN;
         "SportsCenter," ESPN; "SportsWeekly," ESPN. 
              SPORTS INFORMATION SERIES: "Inside the NFL," HBO;
         "Outside the Lines," ESPN;  "Real Sports With Bryant
         Gumbel," HBO; "The Sporting Life W/Jim Huber," CNN; "The
         Sports Reporters," ESPN.
              SPORTS INFORMATION SPECIAL: "Breaking Through: Our Turn
         To Play," Lifetime; "Football America," TNT; "Long Shots:
         The Life and Times of the ABA," HBO; "NBA At 50," TNT;
         "Sports On The Silver Screen," HBO.
              SPORTS HOST: Chris Berman, ESPN; Vince Cellini, CNN/SI;
         Fred Hickman, CNN/SI; Bob Page, MSG; Dan Patrick, ESPN.
              PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER: Marv Albert, Knicks Basketball,
         MSG; Mike Emrick, Devils Hockey, SportsChannel NY; Jon
         Miller, ESPN Baseball, ESPN; Mike Patrick, Sunday Night
         NFL/College Basketball, ESPN; Dick Stockton, NBA/TNT, TNT.
              SPORTS COMMENTATOR/ANALYST: Bobby Czyz, Steve Albert,
         Ferdie Pacheco, Showtime; Tom Jackson, ESPN; Leigh
         Montville, CNN/SI; Joe Morgan, ESPN; Dick Vitale, ESPN.
              DIRECTING LIVE SPORTS SPECIAL OR SERIES: Bob Dunphy,
         "Holyfield-Tyson II," Showtime; Douglas Holmes, "Stanley Cup
         Playoffs," ESPN; Bobby Lewis, "Rangers Hockey," MSG; Marc
         Payton, "Major League Baseball," ESPN; Bill Webb, "Yankees
         Baseball," MSG.
    
    

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