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              N.Y. Fox-affiliate WNYC "was the only Fox affiliate in
         the country not to pick up the national network feed" of the
         Redskins-Cowboys game last night at 7:00pm ET.  Fox Sports
         VP/Media Relations Vince Wladika: "It was a decision that
         our New York station made on Friday, and they are the only
         one who chose not to go that route" (Baltimore SUN, 11/17).
         ...USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke reports that ESPN Radio, which
         now consists of 16 weekend hours, will add 55 weeknight
         hours in January, primarily game-related updates, as well as
         15 weekday hours via talk from "The Sports Reporters"
         panelist Tony Kornheiser (USA TODAY, 11/17)....Westinghouse
         said it will officially change its name and stock symbol to
         CBS on December 1.  The Pittsburgh-based company sold its
         industrial operations and said it will "focus solely on TV
         and radio" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11/17)....CNBC's "The Edge"
         examined the emergence of new women's sports magazines. 
         Dewitt Media President Gene Dewitt: "The [WNBA] sold out ...
         Figure skating commands a premium now on [TV] and does a
         very good rating.  So there are enough signs to me that
         women's sports are becoming more important and that makes
         them more important to marketers" (CNBC, 11/14).
    
    

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  • TWI PART OF JOINT $170M BID FOR ENGLISH SOCCER LEAGUE RIGHTS

              The English Premier soccer league has agreed "to a
         record-breaking" $170M, three-year deal with a joint venture
         involving IMG's Mark McCormack and French pay TV group Canal
         Plus for TV rights outside the U.K., according to Juliana
         Koranteng of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.  The deal, which will
         "sell international broadcasters matches involving the
         league's 20 teams, almost quadruples" the $15.3M paid
         annually by previous rights holder CSI since '92.  Although
         the deal has not been confirmed, the Premier League "is said
         to have preferred the offer" from McCormack's TWI and Canal
         Plus because "it promised to extend the games' reach from
         Europe and Australia to the much-coveted Asian market"
         (Juliana Koranteng, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 11/17).
         
    

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