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  • MEDIA NOTES

              MYERS GETS UP CLOSE: ESPN's Chris Myers interviewed
         O.J. Simpson in a "no-holds-barred" session on yesterday's
         "Up Close."  In N.Y., Larry Sutton writes that Myers "fired
         tough questions" at Simpson (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/16).  In
         L.A., Larry Stewart: "Myers, who had more to lose than gain
         by doing the interview, didn't soften the questions, nor did
         he badger Simpson.  If anything, Simpson badgered him.  Give
         credit to ESPN for letting the live interview run minutes
         over the allotted time" (L.A. TIMES, 1/16).  In N.Y., Steve
         Zipay writes that Myers "played the role of interrogator"
         (NEWSDAY, 1/16).  In Philadelphia, Bill Conlin writes that
         Myers "maintained enough editorial control to prevent O.J.
         from [a] Don King-style monologue" (DAILY NEWS, 1/16).  Also
         in Philadelphia, Raad Cawthon writes that "as the hour ended
         with a deadly serious Myers saying good-bye, an off-camera
         Simpson could be heard saying, 'I thought I was going to be
         talking about sports with you'" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER,
         1/16).  In Baltimore, Milton Kent: "In the biggest moment in
         his career, Chris Myers did himself, his network and his
         profession quite proud" (Baltimore SUN, 1/16).   
              TV: In N.Y., WNBC-TV President/GM Dennis Swanson has
         both Jets coach Bill Parcells and Giants coach Jim Fassel
         under contract, and even though NBC doesn't have the NFL
         anymore, Swanson "is planning to do both a Jets and Giants
         show next season" (Bob Raissman, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/16).
         ...WCBS-TV in N.Y. ran a station promo which showed the CBS
         eye and the voiceover: "CBS-2 your home for the Olympic
         games and this fall, home of the NFL."  The end of the spot
         featured the NFL and WCBS eye logo (THE DAILY)....CNN will
         debut a new weekly series, "CNN's Page One With Nick
         Charles" on Saturday from 11:00-11:30am ET (CNN).
    
    

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  • MONDAY NIGHTS? BOOM! MADDEN RE-UPS WITH FOX FOR FIVE YEARS

              John Madden has signed a new five-year deal to return
         to Fox Sports.  The 61-year-old Madden rejoins his partner
         of 17 years, Pat Summerall, as Fox's No. 1 NFL team (Fox
         Sports).  Industry sources said that Madden's contract "was
         close" to the $8M a year he was paid to join the network
         (Leonard Shapiro, WASHINGTON POST, 1/16).  USA TODAY's Rudy
         Martzke writes that Madden will be paid $8M a year (USA
         TODAY, 1/16).  Madden's agent, Barry Frank, said the deal
         was for "at least" $8M a year (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/16).      
              A 2ND BOOMER? In Cincinnati, Geoff Hobson reports that
         ABC "went after" Bengals QB Boomer Esiason on Thursday with
         a five-year contract to be an analyst for "MNF" (CINCINNATI
         ENQUIRER, 1/16)....In N.Y., Richard Johnson of the POST's
         "Page Six" reports that Kathie Lee Gifford, is "threatening
         to quit her own show" if her husband, Frank Gifford, "gets
         axed" from "MNF."  Johnson adds that Kathie Lee met with ABC
         President Bob Iger (N.Y. POST, 1/16).
              EASY, DAVE: CBS' Jim Nantz was on the "Late Show" with
         David Letterman last night.  Letterman, on speculation that
         Madden would return to CBS: "That carpetbagger, we're not
         bringing him back.  I'm telling you, before the ink was dry
         on the deal at Fox he was outta here."  Nantz: "[W]e would
         love to have him back."  Letterman: "No, no, no.  We don't
         want him back.  He's a traitor. ... Who needs him?  And Pat
         Summerall, how old is Pat Summerall? ... (imitating
         Summerall) 'You know when I used to kick, we wore cardboard
         helmets.' ... It certainly shows, Pat" ("Late Show," 1/15).
              KEEPING AN EYE OUT: CBS announced that it "has ended
         its long-standing policy of automatically making matching
         contributions to employee 401(k) retirement plans."  Tim
         Jones of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE reports that future payments
         "will be tied to CBS meeting overall company objectives and
         profit goals."  Jones: "Although the policy switch was made
         before CBS announced its expensive return to NFL broadcasts,
         employees are grumbling that the football contract will only
         heighten corporate cost pressures" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/16).
    
    

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  • NHL ALL-STAR MEDIA NEWS: FOX GETTING FUNKY AGAIN WITH NHL

              Fox Sports begins its fourth season of NHL coverage
         Sunday with the 48th NHL All-Star Game from Vancouver at
         4:00pm ET.  Mike Emrick and John Davidson return as Fox's
         No. 1 team, with analysts Joe Micheletti and Craig Simpson
         serving as reporters.  James Brown and Dave Maloney will do
         the studio show from Vancouver during pre-game, intermission
         and post-game coverage.  Fox's Saturday NHL regular season
         coverage begins next week (Fox Sports).  
              TECH-TALK: Fox Sports Exec Producer Ed Goren said that
         "technical advances will be noticed" during Sunday's game.
         Goren: "We're testing a helmet cam on a linesman for face-
         offs, and we plan on as many as five robotic cameras around
         the rink to bring the viewer more of the excitement you feel
         at a hockey game in person" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 1/16). 
         ESPN will debut the "MaskCam," a 16-ounce lipstick-sized
         camera affixed to Sabres G Dominik Hasek's mask, during its
         coverage of "NHL All-Star Saturday" at 9:00pm ET.  He will
         wear the camera throughout the skills competition.  ESPN's
         Brian Engblom will wear a version of MaskCam on his helmet
         and a microphone for commentary.  Gary Thorne and Barry
         Melrose will host ESPN's coverage, with Bill Clement and
         Darren Pang serving as ice-level reporters.  Steve Levy will
         host ESPN's weekend-long coverage (ESPN).  
    
    

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  • RATINGS FOR LAST WEEKEND'S NETWORK SPORTING EVENTS

              The following lists ratings from last weekend's network
         events.  CBS' regional NCAA basketball was Mississippi-
         Alabama or St. John's-Georgetown.  All times are ET.  The
         numbers are gathered from the networks (THE DAILY).
    
    
    EVENT DATE NET TIME RAT/SHR
    PGA Tour: Mercedes Championships
    1/10
    ABC
    2:00-4:30pm
    3.2/8
    U.S. Figure Skating Championships
    1/10
    ABC
    4:30-6:00pm
    6.4/14
    U.S. Figure Skating Championships
    1/10
    ABC
    8:00-11:00pm
    13.0/21
    NCAA Basketball: Kansas-Texas
    1/10
    CBS
    Noon-2:00pm
    1.3/4
    NCAA Basketball: Regional
    1/10
    CBS
    2:00-4:00pm
    1.7/5
    NCAA Basketball: L'ville-Syracuse
    1/10
    CBS
    4:00-6:00pm
    1.6/4
    Discover Stars on Ice Fig Skating
    1/10
    NBC
    2:00-3:30pm
    2.6/8
    PGA of America Year in Review
    1/10
    NBC
    3:30-4:30pm
    1.3/4
    PGA Tour Qualifying School
    1/10
    NBC
    4:30-6:00pm
    1.6/4
    PGA Tour: Mercedes Championships
    1/11
    ABC
    3:00-6:00pm
    3.1/6
    "Fox NFL Sunday" Pre-game
    1/11
    FOX
    3:30-4:00pm
    9.1/19
    NFC Championship: GB-SF
    1/11
    FOX
    4:00-7:00pm
    26.2/47
    "NFL on NBC" Pre-game
    1/11
    NBC
    Noon-12:30pm
    8.8/24
    AFC Championship: DEN-PIT
    1/11
    NBC
    12:30-4:00pm
    25.0/54
    Visa Celebrity Ski Classic
    1/11
    CBS
    1:00-2:00pm
    0.9/2
    Canadian Pro Figure Skating Champ
    1/11
    CBS
    2:00-6:00pm
    4.1/8

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