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Published October 10, 1997
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).