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  • BEARS AND 'FINS MAY MOVE TO MONDAY IF MARLINS GO ALL THE WAY

              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).
    
    

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  • MEDIA NOTES

              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). 
    
    

    Print | Tags: ESPN, HBO, NBA, NHL, Sports Illustrated, Media, Time Warner, Walt Disney
  • MLB PLAYOFF MEDIA NOTES: ALCS OPENER EARNS 9.2/15 OVERNIGHT

              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). 
    
    

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  • NFL RADIO DEALS, PART II: THE NFC ON THE AIR

              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).
    
         
    TEAM
    FLAGSHIP
    #NET
    COST OF :30
    SALES
    Arizona
    KHTC-FM
    13
    $1,400
    T
    Atlanta
    WZGC-FM
    40
    $1,550
    S
    Carolina
    WBT-AM
    98
    $5,500
    S
    Chicago
    WMAQ-AM^
    30
    $2400-$4500
    S
    Dallas
    KVIL-FM 1
    8
    $4,800
    S
    Detroit
    WXYT-AM
    40
    $2,200
    S
    Green Bay
    WTMJ-AM
    64
    N/A
    S
    Minnesota
    WCCO-AM
    65
    $2,995
    S
    NY Giants
    WNEW-FM^
    11
    N/A
    S
    New Orleans
    WWL-AM
    34
    $1,500
    S
    Philadelphia
    WYSP-FM
    20
    $3,500
    S
    San Francisco
    KGO-AM
    37
    $1,750
    S
    St. Louis
    KFNS-AM/KSD-FM
    30+
    $2,500
    S
    Tampa Bay
    WQYK-AM/FM
    15
    $1,200
    S
    Washington
    WJFK-FM
    53
    $1500-$2000
    S

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  • TEAM MEDIA NOTES: CNN/SI TO JOIN "PANTHERS TONIGHT"

              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).
    
    

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