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Fox Sports World (FSWo), which launches tomorrow, has reached agreement with Italian League Soccer (ILS) to broadcast weekend doubleheaders to its U.S. audience through the '97-98 and '98-99 seasons. FSWo will televise a total of 56 league contests this season, with games airing Sundays at 10:30am ET, followed by coverage of the ILS "Match of the Week" at 2:30pm ET. FSWo will air 68 games next year. FSWo will also broadcast 14 matches each year from Italy's premier tournament, Copa Italia; the Super Cup, a postseason match between the ILS champion and the Copa Italia winner, in August of '98; and a one-hour, weekly highlight show (FSWo).
PEOPLE: In Chicago, Michael Hirsley writes that Greg Gumbel heads the list of candidates to replace Marv Albert on NBC's NBA telecasts (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/31)....Meanwhile, CBS announced that Albert will appear on the "Late Show" with David Letterman on November 12 (N.Y. POST, 10/31). NEWSDAY's Verne Gay writes that the appearances of Albert on ABC's "20/20," CNN's "Larry King Live" and then the "Late Show" "is hardly surprising: "Albert ... clearly plans to get the hard- hitting interviews out of the way, then finish with a comedic one" (NEWSDAY, 10/31)....Jim Kelly will discuss his incident last week with Colts QB Jim Harbaugh this Sunday on NBC's NFL pregame show (N.Y. TIMES, 10/31). GENERAL: USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke writes that ESPN and Fox's FX "are gearing up to challenge TNT for NBA cable rights" (USA TODAY, 10/31)...With its expansion draft in November, MLB has set a $250,000 fine to anyone found guilty of leaking their respective 15-man protected list to the media (Colorado Springs GAZETTE TELEGRAPH, 10/30).
The following lists ratings from last weekend's network sporting events. All times are EDT. ABC's NCAA Football included N'Western-OSU; COL-TEX; AZ-WSU; and CLEM-MD. CBS' NCAA Football included VA TECH-WVU and UK-UGA. The numbers were gathered from the networks (THE DAILY).EVENT
DATE NET TIME RAT/SHR MLB World Series: Game Six10/25NBC8:00-11:59pm15.5/28 NCAA Football: (regional)10/25ABC3:30-7:00pm5.3/13 "College Football Today"10/25CBS3:00-3:30pm1.0/3 NCAA Football: (regional)10/25CBS3:30-7:00pm2.6/7 NCAA Football: BC-Notre Dame10/25NBC2:30-6:00pm2.6/7 MLS Cup '9710/26ABC3:30-6:00pm1.4/3 "Fox NFL Sunday" pregame10/26FOX12:00-1:00pm4.3/12 "NFL on Fox" (regional)10/26FOX1:00-7:00pm12.2/28 "NFL on NBC" pregame10/26NBC12:00-1:00pm3.7/10 "NFL on NBC" Game One10/26NBC1:00-4:00pm9.9/23 "NFL on NBC" Game Two10/26NBC4:00-7:00pm14.9/28 MLB World Series: Game Seven10/26NBC7:00-11:30pm24.5/39
The following lists the top 10 sports tape sales and weeks in the top ten (ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, 10/31).NO.
TITLE WEEKS NO. TITLE WEEKS1 MJ: Above & Beyond756 '96 NBA Finals Video392 Tiger Woods: Son, Hero177 MJordan: Air Time2253 TWIB: Plays & Bloopers478 Mike Tyson: Inside Story914 Ali: The Whole Story179 NFL Great Games: Ice Bowl35 '96-97 NBA Championship1110 MJ: Ultimate Collection1