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Published April 15, 1998
In Oakland, Tony Kuttner examined the speed with which sports Web sites are able to update real-time baseball action. Kuttner: "And the winner is ... not that clear cut. ... It's easier to say which ones are losing than it is to pick a winner." Kuttner wrote that Nandonet, USA Today and The Sporting News sites are "in the back of the pack for being too slow," while Fox and CNN/SI fall "[s]omewhere in the middle," and CBS SportsLine and ESPN SportsZone are the "fastest" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 4/14)....USA Today's Baseball Weekly hit a circulation record of 422,881 with its March 25 Season Preview edition. That figure represents an 18.7% increase from the '97 preview issue, which sold 356,258 copies (Baseball Weekly)....For its coverage of MLS Revolution road games, WEEI-AM in Boston will pick up the audio feed from the TV broadcast on Fox Sports New England, simulcasting the call of announcers Derek Rae and Seamus Malin. Dale Arnold and Adrian Healey will continue to call home games (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/14)....A Citizens Action Committee in NJ will stage a protest this Sunday at its local Adelphia Cable office because the company has refused to add Comcast SportsNet to its basic package. Adelphia, which serves 100,000 area subscribers, has balked at the cost of adding SportsNet (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 4/14).