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MEDIA NOTES: ESPN MAGAZINE SET FOR MARCH DEBUT

          In Detroit, Bill Halls profiled ESPN Magazine, as the
     10-by-12 format, the same size as Rolling Stone, is designed
     to "make generous use" of photos, graphics, "often droll
     lists, short commentary and longer pieces written by some of
     the nation's top sportswriters," as well as members of
     ESPN's TV staff (DETROIT NEWS, 2/18).                  
          AT FOX: Fox Kids Worldwide reached a preliminary
     agreement to acquire a stake in Fox Kids Network, previously
     owned by Fox affils, in the "first step by Fox to help pay
     for its massive" NFL contract (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/19)... 
     Time Warner Cable of Pittsfield announced that it will begin
     providing Fox Sports New England (FSNE) as part of the
     system's "Standard Service" beginning March 1 (FSNE)....Fox
     Sports Americas has surpassed the 9 million subscriber mark,
     more than tripling its Latin American distribution to 7.2
     million since launching in November '96 (FSA).
          NOTES: Tommy John was added to the Yankees' broadcast
     booth on WPIX-NY (N.Y. TIMES, 2/19)....The Warriors agreed
     to a three-year radio extension with KNBR-AM, currently in
     its 12th season as the team's flagship (OAKLAND TRIBUNE,
     2/18). ...Germany's highest court ruled Tuesday that TV
     stations should not be allowed to show short highlights of
     pro sports events without paying broadcast rights.  But the
     court "insisted," that the cost of the rights "should not be
     excessive" to ensure broadcasters access (REUTERS, 2/18).

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