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  • MEDIA NOTES

              LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Fox will air "Daredevils Live:
         Shattering the Records," tonight from 8:00-10:00pm ET.  The
         show will consist of 70 stunts, including Kaptain Robbie
         Knievel attempting the longest distance jump on a
         motorcycle, over 30 limousines (Fox Sports).
              PERSONALITIES: In N.Y., Bob Raissman reports that CBS's
         Tim Ryan "will leave the network" following the NCAA
         basketball tournament to join ESPN, and that his first ESPN
         assignment will be play-by-play for boxing.  Raissman also
         reviews FSN's "The Last Word," and notes co-host Jim Rome's
         comment that Tara Lipinski "wears as much makeup as 'a
         prostitute.'"  Raissman: "Hey, maybe this is the kind of
         slime Fox Sports Net suits were hoping for when they signed
         Rome.  If that's the case, maybe they should consider how
         they would feel if Rome directed a similar statement at one
         of their children" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/24)....The CBC said
         that it "has no intention of firing" Don Cherry, despite his
         comments about skier Jean-Luc Brassard and separatists. 
         Cherry called Brassard a "French guy, some skier nobody
         knows about" and called Quebec sovereigntists "a bunch of
         whiners" during his segments from Nagano (CP, 2/24).
              NOTES: The Daytona 500 on CBS received an 8.6 rating/23
         share on Sunday, February 15 (THE DAILY)....The Sunshine
         Network announced that it will broadcast 15 MLS Fusion games
         this season, including nine home games (Ft. Lauderdale SUN-
         SENTINEL, 2/24)....Boston's WBCN, the Patriots flagship,
         will announce the team's first draft pick before the
         selection is announced at the NFL draft.  A WBCN exec: 
         "We'll be told by the Patriots before it's given to the
         draft.  Before ESPN, everyone" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/20).
    
    

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  • MSG TURNS THE PAGE SOONER THAN EXPECTED: IS MARV ON DECK?

              Bob Page was "yanked" as anchor of MSG Network's
         "SportsDesk," effective immediately, according to Phil
         Mushnick of the N.Y. POST.  MSG, which recently informed
         Page that his contract would not be renewed, had "originally
         planned" to keep him on-air through April, but Mushnick
         reports that Page "has publicly and privately bad-mouthed
         MSG's decision to let him go," leading to his early removal
         from the network.  Mushnick: "Speculation has mounted that
         the Garden will offer Page's position to Marv Albert" (N.Y.
         POST, 2/24).  MSG Exec Producer Mike McCarthy, on the Albert
         speculation: "That is speculation.  We've had no discussions
         with him.  I wouldn't rule anything out" (NEWSDAY, 2/24).  
    
    

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  • NBC'S NBA RATINGS UP; SHAQ'S TRASH TALK HEARD OVER THE AIR

              NBC's NBA coverage is averaging a 5.9 rating/14 share
         after 11 weeks of coverage of games played through Sunday,
         February 15.  That rating is up 5% from the '96-97 season,
         which averaged a 5.6 through the first 11 weeks.  On Sunday,
         the Rockets-Knicks early game earned a 4.2/11 overnight,
         while the Lakers-Magic earned a 5.4/12 (THE DAILY).
              NO LOVE LOST: Sunday's Lakers-Magic game marked
         Shaquille O'Neal's first game in Orlando since signing with
         the Lakers.  During the player introductions, O'Neal was
         seen and heard saying, "Shut the f--- up" to the crowd --
         more than once -- as they booed his introduction (THE
         DAILY).  USA TODAY's Michael Hiestand wrote that NBC rookie
         analyst Isiah Thomas "had his best game so far" during the
         Lakers-Magic game (USA TODAY, 2/23).  An editorial in the
         ORLANDO SENTINEL said the game was "more about beating L.A. 
         It was even about more than settling an old score with
         Shaquille O'Neal.  It was about community pride and spirit. 
         It was about believing in Magic" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 2/24).
    
    

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  • PUBLISHING NEWS & NOTES: TIME'S LOGAN NAMED TOP EXEC OF '97

              Time Inc. CEO Don Logan was named Publishing Exec of
         the Year for '97 by AD AGE in its "Best Magazines" awards
         section: "Mr. Logan's management style is one that marries
         tough demands to strong support once a new direction or
         project is approved and underway" (AD AGE, 2/23 issue).
              MORE DETAILS ON THE SOURCE: The Source's Publisher
         David Mays said circulation for its upcoming sports spinoff,
         The Source Sports, will be "about 300,000-plus."  Mays:
         "These issues will all be different sports, not just a
         preview of one kind of sport" (AD AGE, 2/23 issue). 
              CLOTHED IN CONTROVERSY? In Las Vegas, Dean Juipe
         commented on SI's swimsuit issue: "How does [SI] continue to
         get away with it?  How can the world's largest and best-read
         weekly sports magazine continue to treat women as mindless
         pawns?"  Juipe added that women "could have -- and still
         could -- put an end to this yearly charade, if only they
         chose to exert their power" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 2/20).  In L.A.,
         Bill Plaschke writes that SI "has changed the annual
         edition's focus.  Good luck figuring out what that focus
         is."  Plaschke also writes that the section with athletes
         and their wives "could have been called ... 'Setting The
         Women's Movement Back 25 Years'" (L.A. TIMES, 2/24).  
    
    

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