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OUI, MONSIEUR: NBC INKS EXTENSION TO STADE AT ROLAND GARROS
Published December 18, 1997
NBC has reached a new multi-year deal to continue its coverage of the French Open tennis championships. The new contract takes effect this May, when NBC will carry 17 hours of coverage over two weekends (NBC Sports). NBC has covered the French Open since '83 (THE DAILY). WHEN WITH ROME: Fox Sports Net will premiere "The Last Word," a nightly half-hour sports debate program featuring Jim Rome and Wallace Matthews, on January 5. The show will air Monday-Saturday at 12:00 midnight, and will be repeated at 6:00pm the following day, Monday-Friday (FSN)....Fox Sports announced it will broadcast three installments of skiing's "Sprints, Bumps & Jumps Championships" beginning December 21 from Steamboat Springs, CO. Ensuing broadcasts will be February 7 and March 28. The event combines elements of mogul and aerial freestyle skiing (Fox Sports). THE GREAT OUTDOORS: The Outdoor Life Network will feature exclusive coverage of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Skiing, Speed Skating, Bobsled, Biathlon and Curling as well as the U.S. Ski Team Gold Cup this January. The three- week coverage, which will run from January 3-25, will consist of 13 hours from the Trial events, and eight hours from the U.S. Ski Team Cup....In other news, Outdoor Life will also carry the '98 UCI World Mountain Bike Championships, set to take place September 19-21 at Mont- Sainte-Anne, Quebec. The network will offer 16.5 hours of coverage over the three day event (Outdoor Life Network).