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Published October 17, 1997
ESPN: ESPN has "dropped" Gary Miller from its World Series coverage in light of charges against him stemming from events at a Cleveland nightclub (NEWSDAY, 10/17). In N.Y., Phil Mushnick writes that, "Regardless of the outcome of the case, Miller's not expected to lose his job, and, at worst, will face a suspension by ESPN" (N.Y. POST, 10/17). ...ESPN's "Outside The Lines -- Breaking the Line: Jackie Robinson's Legacy" has received Northeastern Univ.'s '97 Excellence in Sports Journalism Award/Broadcast Media. Also honored was the follow-up discussion, "ESPN Town Meeting: Sports in Black & White" (ESPN)....ESPN will broadcast the MLBPA Players Choice Awards on November 5 (MLBPA). TEAM NOTES: CO-based Web developer CCG Online was named by the Rockies to design its Web site, which will launch later this year at www.coloradorockies.com (AD AGE, 10/17). ...Red Sox telecasts on WABU-TV averaged a 5.7 rating this season, up 8% from '96. The team's telecasts on NESN averaged a 2.4, up 20% from last season (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/17)....The Magic "are making a serious move" into the Hispanic community this season with their first weekly Spanish radio show on WRMQ-AM (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 10/17). GENERAL: "Fox Sports News" takes an in-depth look at the role of religion in pro sports in a two-part "Spotlight" report, tonight and Monday (Fox)....The Corel WTA Tour is letting fans select its "Most Exciting Player" award for '97. Voting can be done at corelwtatour.com, and on links to the Tennis Magazine site and on USA Today Online. Balloting will run through early November, and the winner will be announced November 17 at the Chase Championships (THE DAILY)....SI Presents' "Pro Basketball '97" preview magazine is on newsstands. The 160-page issue has a cover price of $5.95 and has 19 regional covers (SI).