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              The following lists the top 20 "Recreational Sports
         Videos" of '97, in terms of sales (BILLBOARD, 1/10 issue). 
    NO.  TITLE                         NO.  TITLE
     1)  MJ: Above & Beyond            11)  MLB: Super Sluggers 
     2)  TWIB: Plays & Bloopers        12)  '96 NBA Finals 
     3)  MJ: Air Time                  13)  MJ: Ultimate Collection
     4)  '96 World Series              14)  Ult. Fighting Champ. IV 
     5)  MJ: Come Fly With Me          15)  M. Ali: The Whole Story  
     6)  NBA At 50                     16)  Packers: Super Bowl XXXI 
     7)  Mike Tyson: Inside Story      17)  MLB: Pinstripe Destiny
     8)  T. Woods: Son, Hero & Champ.  18)  Dream Team '96 
     9)  Cowboys: Super Bowl XXX       19)  Dorf Goes Fishing
    10)  MJ's Playground               20)  '96-97 NBA Championship 

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              RADIO: Jeff Torborg "has emerged as a leading
         candidate" to replace Mike Flanagan as lead analyst on HTS
         Orioles TV broadcasts this season.  Torborg, who works as an
         analyst for Fox MLB broadcasts, would "miss virtually all
         weekend games" from June through the end of the season,
         which "might be a major stumbling block to his candidacy"
         (Milton Kent, Baltimore SUN, 1/8)....Former Astros C Alan
         Ashby was named the radio analyst for Astros road games, and
         will host a post-game show after home games (Astros).
              NETWORKS: In L.A., Larry Stewart reviewed Fox Sports
         Net's new show, "The Last Word," with Jim Rome and Wallace
         Matthews.  Stewart: "The first word on 'The Last Word' is
         potential.  If you can't judge a book by its cover, you
         can't judge a TV show after one episode.  But after the
         debut of 'The Last Word' Monday night, the initial reaction
         is that the foundation is there, but the show needs work"
         (L.A. TIMES, 1/7)....ESPN's '97 college football ratings
         showed a 22-28% improvement over '96 among male viewers in
         the 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 categories.  Overall, ESPN's
         college football ratings increased 6% from 2.23 in '96 to
         2.37 in '97, with an 11% increase in viewership, from 1.556
         million to 1.725 million households.  ESPN's "College
         GameDay" was up 25%, from a 1.2 to a 1.5 (ESPN).
              NOTES: CNBC's Tyler Mathison reported that the March
         launch of ESPN Magazine "is expected to cost" $75M
         ("Business Center," 1/7)....Raycom Sports and Sunbelt Video
         will syndicate "Think Fast," a NASCAR-endorsed weekly show
         available in September.  The 30-minute show, hosted by
         NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, will teach children problem
         solving and science based on NASCAR technology (Raycom). 

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