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  • BOSTON SPORTS SCENE SET TO PARTY LIKE IT'S 1999

              The '99 Ryder Cup at The Country Club in Brookline, MA, 
         "will be the centerpiece" of an "impressive array of events"
         scheduled to take place in Boston that year, according to
         Will McDonough of the BOSTON GLOBE.  The Country Club has
         "already sold" 57 corporate tents at $250,000 each for the
         week.  That, along with TV revenues, ticket sales, and
         concessions and merchandising revenue means the event "will
         spin off" $90-100M.  Pat Moscaritolo, President of Boston's
         Visitors and Convention Bureau said "something like" 6,000
         of the city's hotel rooms "have already been booked for that
         week," half of the rooms in Boston.  In '99, Boston will
         also host MLB's All-Star Game at Fenway Park, two rounds of
         the NCAA basketball tournament at the FleetCenter, and The
         Davis Cup, with Foxboro being one of the finalists to host
         the Women's World Cup (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/12).
    
    
    
    
    

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  • NEW ESPN GRILLS TO SERVE A MEAN BERMAN BOUILLABAISSE?

              ESPN announced the launch of ESPN Grill, a sports-
         themed restaurant, scheduled to open in Baltimore's Inner
         Harbor in '98 and in Chicago's River North neighborhood in
         '99.  ESPN plans to extend the concept in other major cities
         following the opening of the initial two locations (ESPN). 
         In Baltimore, Gary Gately writes that the ESPN Grill will
         open by the spring, and that visitors to the new restaurant
         will enter "a futuristic atrium immersed in everything
         sports."  The Grill will also "double" as ESPN studio sets,
         although "neither Disney nor ESPN would say how often
         broadcasts might be beamed from Baltimore" (SUN, 10/15). 
         Art Levitt, President of Disney Regional Entertainment, said
         that it plans to open three to five U.S. Grills a year and
         open outlets overseas (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/15).    
    
    

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  • WOMEN'S SPORTS FOUNDATION CHOOSES DC FOR FIRST "CHALLENGE"

              The Women's Sports Foundation will hold its first
         "Women's Global Challenge" in the greater Washington, DC,
         region, from April 28-May 2, 1999.  The Challenge will
         include competition in basketball, beach volleyball, diving,
         figure skating, gymnastics, soccer (pending), swimming and
         track and field.  More than $2.3M will be raised for girl's
         sports programs and female athletes around the world
         (Women's Sports Foundation).  In Washington, Athelia Knight
         reports that the Washington region will also host the
         biennial event in 2001 (WASHINGTON POST, 10/15).
              TUBE TIME: Lifetime TV will telecast three days of the
         Women's Global Challenge, for a total of six hours of
         coverage (Lifetime).  CBS Sports will broadcast four hours
         of coverage spread over the five days of competition (CBS).
    
    

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