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LIVE FROM 42ND STREET, IT'S "SPORTSCENTER" -- MAYBE SOON
Published April 22, 1998
ESPN "is said to be negotiating for space inside the new Conde Nast Building" in NYC, where it would build a sidewalk studio and entertainment center, according to Paul Tharp of the N.Y. POST. Sources said that ESPN "plans to move in first -- by early 1999 -- before Conde Nast relocates its 15 titles there in April 1999." ESPN would broadcast from its sidewalk studios along Broadway and West 42nd Street, "hoping to lure more than 500,000 tourists annually" into the entertainment center with a restaurant, batting cages, virtual golf and numerous interactive sporting games. Disney officials said that they're "looking at several sites in Times Square for the ESPN-oriented center," but a spokesperson said that "No lease has been signed anywhere yet" (Paul Tharp, N.Y. POST, 4/22).