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  • FOX SPORTS WORLD REACHES DEAL WITH ITALIAN SOCCER LEAGUE

              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).
    
    

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  • MEDIA NOTES

              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). 
    
    

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  • RATINGS FOR LAST WEEKEND'S NETWORK SPORTING EVENTS

              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 Six
    10/25
    NBC
    8:00-11:59pm
    15.5/28
    NCAA Football: (regional)
    10/25
    ABC
    3:30-7:00pm
    5.3/13
    "College Football Today"
    10/25
    CBS
    3:00-3:30pm
    1.0/3
    NCAA Football: (regional)
    10/25
    CBS
    3:30-7:00pm
    2.6/7
    NCAA Football: BC-Notre Dame
    10/25
    NBC
    2:30-6:00pm
    2.6/7
    MLS Cup '97
    10/26
    ABC
    3:30-6:00pm
    1.4/3
    "Fox NFL Sunday" pregame
    10/26
    FOX
    12:00-1:00pm
    4.3/12
    "NFL on Fox" (regional)
    10/26
    FOX
    1:00-7:00pm
    12.2/28
    "NFL on NBC" pregame
    10/26
    NBC
    12:00-1:00pm
    3.7/10
    "NFL on NBC" Game One
    10/26
    NBC
    1:00-4:00pm
    9.9/23
    "NFL on NBC" Game Two
    10/26
    NBC
    4:00-7:00pm
    14.9/28
    MLB World Series: Game Seven
    10/26
    NBC
    7:00-11:30pm
    24.5/39
    MORE RATINGS: Through 13 games on MSG, Rangers ratings are up 8% from '96, from a 1.31 to a 1.41. The "big boost" came from the October 11 game against former Ranger Mark Messier and the Canucks, which earned a 1.63 despite ending at 1:15am (NEWSDAY, 10/31)....TSN reported 1.1 million viewers for Game Seven of the World Series, making it TSN's fourth-highest rated telecast ever (GLOBE & MAIL, 10/31). ...Fox Sports Pittsburgh posted a 5.3 rating for Penguins games in October, a 36% increase over October of '96 (FSP).

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  • TAPPING SPORTS VIDEO MARKET

              The following lists the top 10 sports tape sales and
         weeks in the top ten (ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, 10/31).
    
    
    NO.
    TITLE WEEKS NO. TITLE WEEKS
    1
    MJ: Above & Beyond
    75
    6
    '96 NBA Finals Video
    39
    2
    Tiger Woods: Son, Hero
    17
    7
    MJordan: Air Time
    225
    3
    TWIB: Plays & Bloopers
    47
    8
    Mike Tyson: Inside Story
    91
    4
    Ali: The Whole Story
    17
    9
    NFL Great Games: Ice Bowl
    3
    5
    '96-97 NBA Championship
    11
    10
    MJ: Ultimate Collection
    1

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