ESPN's Jed Drake Talks World Cup Prep Sources: Fox Keeps UEFA Champions League Rooftop Signs Are Sticking Point In Vikings Project LeBron James Favoring Old Nikes Arum: Pacquiao-Rios Drew 500,000 PPV Buys Filming Underway For HBO's "24/7" College Media Notes Final Ratings: CFB, LPGA, F1 Media Notes Winston News Bumps Ferrell Off "SportsCenter"
Published March 3, 1998
CASEY AT BAT: Casey Martin's return to the Nike Tour at the Greater Austin Open "can be seen this week only on" The Golf Channel, which will "train a dedicated camera" on him (Richard Sandomir, N.Y. TIMES, 3/3). In Austin, 176 media members have applied for credentials, where the media trailer accommodates 32 reporters. A tent will handle the overflow (Harry Blauvelt, USA TODAY, 3/3). NOTES: While the New Boston Garden Corp. is suing Fox Sports New England (FSNE), claiming they are owed "almost" $300,000 for FSNE's use of their broadcasting facilities in fall '95, FSNE GM Marc Edwards said that he "is confident the court will find his company doesn't owe the money" (Howard Manly, BOSTON GLOBE, 3/3)....HBO's "Inside The NFL" will return for its 22nd year next fall (HBO). In N.Y., Steve Zipay reports that HBO agreed to a four-year deal with the NFL at a 20-30% "increase," with the league "able to re- open" after two years. The show will feature four to eight minutes of additional highlights, a new set and new animation. Contracts with on-air talent "are being renegotiated, but some roles may change" (NEWSDAY, 3/3). ....CNN debuted a new, 30-minute soccer show called "World Cup Weekly" which airs on CNN/SI and CNN Int'l from now through the end of May. The show airs Saturdays at 2:30pm ET and re-airs on Sundays at 12:30pm ET (U.S. Soccer). ...ESPN will televise the 1,000th NHL game in its history on March 8, with the Penguins-Flyers game (ESPN)....For the third year in a row, NY-based WFAN-AM was the USA's top- billing radio station, according to BIA Research. The all- sports station held that spot in '96, with an estimated $47.7M in revenue (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 3/2).