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  • ON THE ROCKS: ESPN'S CAMPBELL WON'T DO GAMES FOR FOX SPORTS

              ESPN MLB analyst Dave Campbell "will no longer be a
         part" of Rockies TV broadcasts, according to Tony DeMarco of
         the DENVER POST.  Campbell, who has worked Rockies games
         over the last four years, is "caught in the squeeze" of Fox
         Sports Rocky Mountain's (FSRM) acquisition of the team's TV
         rights.  FSRM VP/GM Tim Griggs said that he didn't think
         Campbell would be back "[u]nless something extraordinary
         happens."  Griggs said he has talked with Campbell's agent,
         Tony Attanasio, but has been "unable" to resolve certain
         "sticky issues," including the fact that FSRM "considers"
         ESPN a competitor and that working for both "would be a
         conflict of interest" for Campbell (DENVER POST, 11/7).
     
    

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  • RATINGS FOR LAST WEEKEND'S NETWORK SPORTING EVENTS

              The following lists ratings from last weekend's network
         sporting events.  All times are ET.  ABC's NCAA Football
         included OSU-MSU; OKLA-NEB; USC-WASH; and NC ST-FSU.  The
         numbers were gathered from the networks (THE DAILY).
    
    
    EVENT
    DATE
    NET
    TIME
    RAT/SHR
    PGA: Tour Champ. ('95 replay)
    11/1
    ABC
    1:00-3:30pm
    1.1/3
    NCAA Football: (regional)
    11/1
    ABC
    3:30-7:00pm
    3.8/9
    "College Football Today"
    11/1
    CBS
    3:00-3:30pm
    0.8/2
    NCAA Football: Georgia-Florida
    11/1
    CBS
    3:30-7:00pm
    4.4/11
    NCAA Football: Navy-Notre Dame
    11/1
    NBC
    1:30-5:00pm
    3.2/9
    PGA: Tour Championship Final
    11/2
    ABC
    2:00-6:00pm
    2.7/6
    "Fox NFL Sunday"
    11/2
    FOX
    12:00-1:00pm
    4.2/12
    "NFL on Fox" Game One
    11/2
    FOX
    1:00-4:00pm
    5.6/13
    "NFL on Fox" Game Two
    11/2
    FOX
    4:00-7:00pm
    16.5/31
    "NFL on NBC" Pregame
    11/2
    NBC
    12:00-1:00pm
    3.6/10
    "NFL on NBC" (regional)
    11/2
    NBC
    1:00-7:00pm
    12.0/28
    NOTE: USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke reports that NBC and Turner "are expected" to renew their NBA deals by Tuesday's NBA Board of Governor's meetings in N.Y. The new four-year deals "likely will double the current rights fees," bringing NBC to about $1.5B and TNT/TBS to about $700M. Martzke adds that "much of the additional cost" will be offset by ad revenue from more telecasts (USA TODAY, 11/7).

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  • TEAMS DEALS: WARRIORS END BATTLE; ROCKETS GROUNDED ON FOX?

              After "months of wrangling and litigation" with
         SportsChannel Bay Area, the Warriors will announce today
         that they have signed a two-year deal that will give
         SportsChannel the broadcast rights to 30 games a season,
         according to Susan Slusser of the S.F. CHRONICLE.  The
         "primary sticking point" throughout the negotiations was the
         right of first refusal, an option that SportsChannel has had
         in the past with the Warriors and with other pro teams. 
         Warriors Owner Chris Cohan had "refused to grant that right"
         to SportsChannel and at one point, the team considered
         looking "elsewhere" for its home broadcasts.  Slusser: "The
         Warriors won the battle: SportsChannel does not have the
         right of first refusal in future years and did not receive a
         longer deal in return for giving up that right, as
         SportsChannel officials had hoped" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/7).
              HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM: Barring a "last-second"
         deal between the Rockets and Fox Sports Southwest, tonight's
         Trail Blazers-Rockets game will not be televised in Houston,
         according to David Barron of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.  Sources
         said Fox Sports Southwest has offered the Rockets a five-
         year contract that would total "between" $25-30M.  Officials
         on both sides would not comment (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/7).
    
    

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  • WALTERS SPEAKS WITH ALBERT: WILL U.S. GO WA-WA OVER MARV?

              Marv Albert will grant his first national interview
         since his sexual assault trial tonight on ABC's "20/20" with
         Barbara Walters.  In Boston, Howard Manly writes that most
         of Albert's answers during tonight's interview "could be
         considered unresponsive, because they really don't matter
         now."  Manly: "He didn't have the courage to tell his side
         of the story in court when it counted" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/7). 
         In Hartford, Dom Amore writes that Albert is "either getting
         bad advice, or ignoring common sense" by granting the
         interviews (HARTFORD COURANT, 11/7).  In N.Y., Richard
         Sandomir writes Albert's "media tour raises questions.  Why
         is he freely answering questions to the news media, rather
         than on the witness stand? ... A week in the heavy news
         media spin cycle may raise as many questions as he says he's
         answering" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/7).  In San Jose, Colin Seymour
         writes that Albert's "image can't get much worse, so why
         should he regret submitting to Barbara Walters'
         interrogation?" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 11/7).    
    
    

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  • WILL SI WOMEN/SPORT GET GREEN LIGHT? DECISION COMING SOON

              After two test issues, SI Women/Sport "faces an
         uncertain future," according to Michael Hirsley of the
         CHICAGO TRIBUNE, under the header, "Problems Illustrated: SI
         Delays Plans For Women's Magazine."  Hirsley: "Whether the
         magazine ... becomes a monthly, as originally envisioned, is
         now up to a jury of its target audience.  It seems unlikely
         that the January or February debut will be achieved." 
         Direct-mail questionnaires were sent in late October to
         prospective women readers and their responses "will
         determine if and when the magazine gets published."  Sandy
         Bailey, SI Women/Sport Editor: "The question is not whether
         there's an audience, but what are the numbers?  A decision
         should come early in the new year."  If the "fitness and
         fashion" niche represents the "full circulation potential"
         in the targeted age group of women 18 to 34, Bailey said it
         would be "too limiting and too duplicative" for SI.  She
         estimated that audience at less than 500,000 with the
         targeted circulation of Women/Sport at 1 million.  Bailey:
         "[S]ervices, advice and fashion is not where SI has
         experience and cachet" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/7).
    
    

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