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Published December 18, 1997
U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright "approached the NBA in November, asking if the league would supply programming" to the Balkan area as "part of an effort to help support war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina," according to Langdon Brockinton of MEDIAWEEK. The NBA finalized a deal with the OBN network, which reaches "about" 80% of the Bosnian and Herzegovinan population, under which OBN will air two NBA games per week as a well as the weekly half-hour highlights show, "NBA Action." The first game "is expected" to air "before the end of the month." The league currently delivers league programming to neighboring Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro (Langdon Brockinton, MEDIAWEEK, 12/15 issue). NBA NOTES: Brockinton also reports that NBC is "said to have sold about" 90% of its NBA ad time for this season. For February's All-Star Game, NBC has sold "all but about" three or four 30-second spots, and is "said to be asking" $450,000 for each of the remaining units. NBC is also "getting ready to pitch" new four-year NBA sponsorship packages to incumbent automotive sponsors, with the price "likely" to "climb considerably." Also, Turner Sports has moved "about" 90% of its regular season ad inventory, and 85% of its postseason time (MEDIAWEEK, 12/15 issue).