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The Dolphins are scheduled to host the Bears at Pro Player Stadium on Sunday, October 26 -- the same day the Marlins could host "the deciding seventh game of baseball's World Series," according to Michael Hirsley of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. An NFL spokesperson said that if the Marlins do reach the World Series, and it goes seven games, the Bears- Dolphins game will be moved to Monday night, and there would be two "MNF" games on ABC. The Bears-Dolphins game would be shown in the Chicago market, pre-empting the regularly scheduled Packers-Patriots "MNF" game. The Miami market would get the Bears-Dolphins game only if it is a sellout. Hirsley notes that this has happened once before, in '87 when the Cardinals-Twins Game Seven moved the Broncos- Vikings game to Monday. ABC's regular broadcasting team of Al Michaels, Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf will be in New England on October 27, and a backup team would be assigned to the Bears-Dolphins game (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/9).
TV NOTES: In Orlando, Larry Guest writes that a "rumor floating that ESPN is on the verge of moving its entire operations from Bristol, Conn., to Disney World" is "not true." Guest: "However, the cable network does plan to increase its presence at Disney by moving certain production facilities" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 10/9)....PrimeStar is offering its "NHL Center Ice" package for a full-season price of $129. PrimeStar is also offering its "NBA League Pass" package for $139 before October 15 (PrimeStar)....HBO Sports' documentary, "Where Have You Gone Joe DiMaggio?," debuts Monday, October 20 at 8:00pm ET (HBO Sports). THE FRANCHISE: In N.Y., Christopher Lehmann-Haupt reviews Hyperion's "The Franchise: A History of Sports Illustrated Magazine," written by Michael MacCambridge. Lehmann-Haupt: "Although confused in its perspective, 'The Franchise' makes one nostalgic for that long-ago time when the printed word defined that unseen game and we all first fell in love with it" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/9). In K.C., Mike Vaccaro interviews MacCambridge and reports that he "interviewed more than 300 people and accumulated more than 600 hours of taped reflections, anecdotes and memories from a wealth of people in and around the magazine." Vaccaro writes, "His reward for that effort is a decisive, definitive oral history" of SI (K.C. STAR, 10/9).
Fox said its telecast of Game One of the ALCS earned a 9.2 preliminary overnight rating with a 15 share. NBC's late afternoon coverage of Game Two of the NLCS received a preliminary overnight of 6.1/15 (THE DAILY). The final national rating for NBC's NLCS Game One was 10.5/18 (WASHINGTON POST, 10/9). In Miami, the NLCS Game One was WTVJ-NBC's highest-rated program this year, and the fourth most-watched program on local TV in Miami in '97. Tuesday's game received a 29.2 local rating in Miami, which ranked higher than any Heat, Panthers or Marlins game "ever" (Barry Jackson, MIAMI HERALD, 10/9). NOTES: In Baltimore, Milton Kent reviews Fox's coverage of Game One of the ALCS under the header "Wall-to-Wall, Fox Coverage of Game is Sound." Kent: "[T]he voices were up to the level of the technical brilliance" (Baltimore SUN, 10/9). In Boston, WEEI-AM reached an agreement with CBS Radio to air the MLB playoffs. The Divisional Series games were not heard on radio in Boston, but WEEI GM Brad Murray said that "the deciding factor was the opportunity to air a Baltimore-Cleveland series in an American League East city." Murray: "If the series had turned out to be California versus Seattle, I'm not sure we would have had the same interest" (Howard Manly, BOSTON GLOBE, 10/9).
THE DAILY surveyed each NFL team and their radio partners for the '97-98 season. The following lists the NFC teams' flagship radio station(s), number of affils in the network and the cost of a 30-second, in-game network spot. SALES = whether team (T) or station (S) sells ad time. ^ denotes a change from '96-97. NOTE: The Giants' broadcasts are produced by WFAN-AM (THE DAILY).TEAMFLAGSHIP#NETCOST OF :30SALES
ArizonaKHTC-FM13$1,400T AtlantaWZGC-FM40$1,550S CarolinaWBT-AM98$5,500S ChicagoWMAQ-AM^30$2400-$4500S DallasKVIL-FM 18$4,800S DetroitWXYT-AM40$2,200S Green BayWTMJ-AM64N/AS MinnesotaWCCO-AM65$2,995S NY GiantsWNEW-FM^11N/AS New OrleansWWL-AM34$1,500S PhiladelphiaWYSP-FM20$3,500S San FranciscoKGO-AM37$1,750S St. LouisKFNS-AM/KSD-FM30+$2,500S Tampa BayWQYK-AM/FM15$1,200S WashingtonWJFK-FM53$1500-$2000S
SportsChannel FL (SCFL) has launched "Panthers Tonight," a show designed specifically for NHL Panthers telecasts. "Panthers Tonight" pre-game and between periods news reports will come from Eric Goodman in the CNN/SI studios in Atlanta. CNN/SI will update NHL games in progress with scores, highlights and injury reports (SCFL). SUNSHINE & LIGHTNING? Lightning broadcasters Rick Peckham and Bobby Taylor will co-host a 30-minute, weekly, magazine-style TV show, "Lightning Weekly," on the Sunshine Network. The show will air Fridays at 6:00pm ET, with repeat airings before select Lightning games (Lightning). THE MIGHTY QUINN: Quinn Buckner will work as an analyst for Pacers home cable telecasts this season. Buckner will also continue as CBS Sports commentator (STAR-NEWS, 10/9). THE WIZARD: Dave Johnson was officially named the new play-by-play voice for the NBA Wizards on their flagship station, WRC-AM. He replaces Charlie Slowes (Wizards).