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Published March 27, 1998
FINAL FOUR: Valparaiso coach Homer Drew, UCLA coach Steve Lavin and George Washington coach Mike Jarvis will be in the studio for CBS's Final Four coverage of the men's NCAA Tournament (CBS Sports)....CBS will devote a 15-minute segment about the gambling in college sports, during its "Road to the Final Four" show at 4:00pm ET Saturday (USA TODAY, 3/27). ...ESPN's NCAA women's Tournament coverage is now down 11% from last year, to 0.8, after being off more than 20% a week ago. The 13 games on ESPN2 are up from 0.3 to 0.4. USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke writes that Robin Roberts, Mimi Griffin and Rebecca Lobo "have proven to be an effective ESPN studio team" (USA TODAY, 3/27)....CBS Sports signed a three-year extension for Coach's Edge, a sports media company specializing in animation for use by broadcast, the Internet and coaches, to be its exclusive supplier of animation for college basketball (Coach's Edge). PROGRAMMING: Fox will televise about 1,400 MLB games this season, including about 1,200 on its 22 Fox Sports Net RSNs (L.A. TIMES, 3/27)....ESPN plans to unveil a new graphic, "BatTrack," to determine how fast the bat is being swung in relation to how fast the ball is being thrown (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/27)....A's Manager Art Howe, 3B coach Ron Washington and OF Jason Giambi will wear microphones today for their game against the D'Backs, to air on Fox Sports Bay Area (Fox Sports Bay Area)....Former Pistons coach Doug Collins makes his NBC debut Sunday, joining Bob Costas and Isiah Thomas for the Spurs-Pacers game (L.A. TIMES, 3/27). ...Fox Sports World and Fox Sports Americas have reached a three-year deal with the Int'l Tennis Federation to air exclusive coverage of all non-USA team Davis Cup matches in the U.S., beginning in April (Fox Sports World)....In DC, UPN affil WDCA-TV will televise six Sunday WNBA Mystics games live this summer (Mystics). NOTES: Casey Martin reached a collaborative agreement with Craig Wolff, a Columbia Univ. journalism professor and former N.Y. Times reporter, to write a book on Martin. The target date for publication is spring '99 (USA TODAY, 3/27). ...Pending legislation that may outlaw online fantasy sports leagues which charge an admission fee and award prizes is expected to reach the floor of the Senate sometime this spring. Opponents "are trying to get parts of the bill rewritten before then" (AD AGE, 3/27)....Fastball.com added new programming for the '98 MLB season, including All-Star Game and World Series promos and the addition of live chat sessions with MLB players (Fastball.com).