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Published November 24, 1997
ONLINE: AOL Studios, which has been "coming up with snazzy online content targeted at mass TV audiences and Internet surfers who may be bypassing AOL," is examined in BUSINESS WEEK. Among AOL Studios' new content is the Real Fans Sports Network, "expected early next year." AOL Studios purchased Extreme Sports, which will relaunch as "the core" of Real Fans (BUSINESS WEEK, 12/1)....Tiger Woods will launch his new Web site and "Club Tiger," his new fan club, on December 2 in Orlando, FL. The Web site is being launched with SportsLine USA (AD AGE, 11/23). GENERAL: In San Diego, Fritz Quindt ranks his top football announcing teams, with Fox's Pat Summerall and John Madden No. 1, followed by NBC's Dick Enberg, Phil Simms and Paul McGuire and ESPN's Mike Patrick and Joe Theismann. Quindt: "However, the gap between [Summerall and Madden] and the creme de la networks has been closing, and the current margin of brownie points between Nos. 1 and 3 is thinner than Kate Moss" (UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/21)....In N.Y., Michael Shain profiled Total Sports, which "has created its own imprint" to publish its own books, and will release "Total Hockey" next year. Total Sports is also negotiating with the NBA to do a "Total Basketball." "Total Baseball" Publisher John Thorn said that Total Sports, which merged with NC-based Koz Sports last year, has combined revenues "of less than" $10M, and that the new company will "extend the concept" of the "Total Baseball" and "Total Football" to non-team sports such as boxing, auto racing and "maybe even chess" (N.Y. POST, 11/23)....The Canucks will televise four regular season home games on PPV cable in British Columbia. The four-game package will cost C$34.95, and single games may be selected for C$9.95. The games will be sponsored by Molson Canadian and be commercial free (VAN. SUN, 11/20).