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Published November 19, 1997
RATINGS: HBO's "Don King: Only In America" earned a 9.9/15 rating last Saturday, beating all broadcast networks from 8:00-10:00pm ET (N.Y. POST, 11/19)....USA TODAY's Michael Hiestand reports that Tiger Woods' TV "impact continues," as TBS' golf "Grand Slam" on Monday night received a 1.3 overnight rating, up 18% from '96 (USA TODAY, 11/19)....SRI's SMART TV ratings service was profiled by Valerie Block in this week's CRAIN'S N.Y. BUSINESS. Block: "While hardly a threat yet, the budding service is gaining credibility. ... SMART is already forcing Nielsen, which annually takes in $350 million for its services, to be more responsive." Block writes that SMART "will need to raise" more than $100M, and that observers "doubt that money will ever materialize" (CRAIN'S N.Y. BUSINESS, 11/17 issue). WEB: Wall Street Sports, at www.wallstreetsports.com, was profiled in today's WALL STREET JOURNAL. More than 17,000 people have joined the game where "investors" can buy and sell shares of athletes (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11/19). ...InterZine Productions launched The Mountain Club -- the World Wide Web's first year-round membership program for skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers and other mountain sports enthusiasts. The membership is accessible via InterZine's sports-specific sites. InterZine publishes THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY (InterZine)....UPS has launched its World Wide Web site dedicated to the company's Olympic sponsorship. The site is www.ups.com/olympics/ (UPS).