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Published October 9, 1997
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).