SBD/9/Sports Media


          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). 

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