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Published October 29, 1997
NETWORKS: NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol, on the altercation between the Colts' Jim Harbaugh and NBC Sports' Jim Kelly: "Usually, we're criticizing ex-athletes who become announcers for either saying nothing or being too timid to stand behind what they do say. This certainly has not been the case with Jim Kelly" (USA TODAY, 10/29). Kelly, in a statement, on the incident with Harbaugh: "I don't know how he hurt himself, since I never saw a punch and certainly did not get hit" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/29). ...The AP's Ron Sirak profiled The Golf Channel and notes that the network expects to finish this year with nearly 14 million homes. TGC CEO Joe Gibbs said the net gets 60% of its revenue from advertising and 40% from subscribers. Gibbs: "We've found that our average viewer plays more than 100 rounds of golf a year and watches over 7 1/2 hours of The Golf Channel a week" (AP, 10/28). PUBLICATIONS: Having invested $500,000 in brand research, The Sporting News (TSN) will unveil its "new look" December 8. Cost of the redesign and a supporting ad campaign will be $30M over three years. AD AGE's Ann Marie Kerwin reports that a prototype "looks and feels closer to the New York Times Sunday Magazine than the current newsprint tabloid" (AD AGE, 10/27 issue)....Miller Publishing Group President Robert Miller, on two of his new magazine acquisitions: "Tennis and Snow Country are both easily conceived as having active television presence, probably in the cable arena" (MEDIAWEEK, 10/27 issue).