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Published March 23, 1998
CBS'S NCAA MEN'S TOURNAMENT COVERAGE: CBS Sports President Sean McManus said CBS, in conjunction with the NCAA, is "exploring the long-term benefits of possibly providing out-of-market games as the NFL does on DirecTV's 'NFL Sunday Ticket'" for the NCAA tourney. USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke writes that PPV games may be available by the 2000 Tournament, with CBS making all games in the first and second weekend available in a package for $69 or $79 (USA TODAY, 3/23). In N.Y., Phil Mushnick calls CBS's Tournament coverage the "best logistical work in the 16 years it has owned the rights" (N.Y. POST, 3/23). But in Boston, Howard Manly wrote that studio analyst Dean Smith "is not an asset on the air. For one thing, his Southern storytelling style does not fit today's sound-bite world" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/22). WHITHER ESPN TOWN HALL? While a White House spokesperson said last week that a Presidential Town Hall meeting focusing on race and sports would be held April 14 in Houston, an ESPN spokesperson said Sunday "that while the idea had been discussed, neither the date nor the site has been set in stone" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 3/23). Charles Barkley, on the meeting that will focus on race and sports: "I find that racist in its own right. The black people can't do anything but sports?" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 3/21). OTHER NOTES: The IOC's new TV deal with the CBC/TSN, from 2000-2008, "marks the first time the IOC has handed a Canadian broadcaster rights to a series of Olympic games under a multiyear deal. Previously, rights were sold on a Games-by-Games basis" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 3/23)....MSG Network and Fox Sports NY have a toll-free number (1-888- 6743769) that viewers can call to locate their teams on nights when multiple games are being telecast (N.Y. POST, 3/23)....Reggie White is being considered for a studio analyst position with CBS (MIL. JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/22).