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  • HARK! THE HERALD IBM SWINGS AT JOINT SUPER BOWL WEB SITE

              The NFL, NBC Sports and IBM will jointly produce the
         official Super Bowl XXXII Web Site at www.superbowl.com. 
         The site will launch December 20 and culminate with a live
         cybercast of the game on January 25.  Superbowl.com will
         include: a virtual tour of cities hosting playoff games;
         audio and video coverage of all Super Bowl events; Jay Leno
         characters; a Super Bowl sweepstakes; a Super Bowl store;
         chats with NFL players and coaches; party guide/recipes;
         polls; trivia contests; and animated playbooks (NBC).  The
         project will include an on-air and online cross-promotional
         campaign by NBC and the NFL (AD AGE DAILY, 12/19).
    
    

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  • O' LITTLE SECTION OF MEDIA NOTES

              In his year-in-review column, NEWSDAY's Steve Zipay
         calls NBC and Turner's NBA TV contract the "Riskiest Deal"
         of the year, citing the NBA's "uncertain future with the
         retirement of one-man ratings machine Michael Jordan and a
         potential lockout or strike over a new [CBA]" (NEWSDAY,
         12/19)....NBC renewed the French Open for two years, plus an
         option (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 12/19).
    
    

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  • RATINGS FOR LAST WEEKEND'S NETWORK SPORTING EVENTS

              The following lists ratings from last weekend's network
         events.  All times are EST.  CBS' basketball coverage
         included: CLEM-ILL and CSU-AZ.  CBS' "Olympic Winterfest"
         was the Ladies Professional Figure Skating Championships. 
         The numbers are gathered from the networks (THE DAILY).
    EVENT
    DATE
    NET
    TIME
    RAT/SHR
    PGA Tour: Diners Club Matches
    12/13
    ABC
    4:00-6:00pm
    1.7/4
    World Team Skating Championships
    12/13
    CBS
    1:00-2:00pm
    1.8/6
    NCAA Basketball: regional
    12/13
    CBS
    2:00-4:00pm
    1.5/4
    NCAA Basketball: Duke-Michigan
    12/13
    CBS
    4:00-6:00pm
    2.2/6
    "Fox NFL Special"
    12/13
    FOX
    noon-12:30pm
    3.3/10
    "NFL on Fox": Redskins-Giants
    12/13
    FOX
    12:30-4:00pm
    8.4/25
    NFL on NBC pregame
    12/13
    NBC
    3:30-4:00pm
    4.7/13
    "NFL on NBC": Steelers-Patriots
    12/13
    NBC
    4:00-7:00pm
    12.0/29
    PGA Tour: Diners Club Matches
    12/14
    ABC
    3:00-6:00pm
    1.6/4
    Jeep Eagle Downhill Skiing
    12/14
    CBS
    3:00-4:00pm
    1.3/3
    "Olympic Winterfest"
    12/14
    CBS
    4:00-6:00pm
    3.7/8
    "Fox NFL Sunday"
    12/14
    FOX
    12:00-1:00pm
    4.5/13
    "NFL on Fox" Game One
    12/14
    FOX
    1:00-4:00pm
    11.0/28
    "NFL on Fox" Game Two
    12/14
    FOX
    4:00-7:00pm
    11.7/24
    "NFL on NBC" pregame
    12/14
    NBC
    12:00-1:00pm
    3.7/10
    "NFL on NBC" (regional)
    12/14
    NBC
    1:00-7:00pm
    9.0/19

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  • SILENT NIGHT, CABLE FIGHT, ALL IS NOT CALM, TNT THE TOP SITE

              The following is a list of the top ten most watched
         cable channels of the year.  Figures are based on average
         primetime audiences (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/19).
    CHANNEL
    AVG. AUD
    CHANNEL
    AVG. AUD
    1) TNT
    1,606,000
    6) Lifetime
    1,041,000
    2) USA Network
    1,425,000
    7) A&E
    923,000
    3) Nickelodeon
    1,331,000
    8) Discovery
    839,000
    4) TBS
    1,304,000
    9) Family Ch.
    741,000
    5) ESPN
    1,089,000
    10) CNN
    632,000

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  • TOTAL SPORTS IS ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

              NC-based Total Sports "might be about to break into the
         big leagues," as the online sports information service has
         "attracted" $4M in private investment, signed up "several
         big-name clients," and is "making plans" to go public,
         according to Chris O'Brien of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER. 
         Total Sports Founder Frank Daniels projects that revenues
         will grow from $1.5M in '97 to $10M next year.  Total
         Sports, with 57 employees, has outgrown its parent, Koz,
         which has only 20.  Daniels also wants to take the company
         public in '99 (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 12/19).
    
    

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