Ballmer Reportedly Declines Prime Ticket's Extension Jim Buss Remains Optimistic About Lakers Men In Blazers Planning To Hold Convention Leonsis Weighing Wizards Practice Facility Spots Hornets Announce New Broadcast Team ESPN's Mendoza To Replace Schilling Sunday Players' Tribune Launching Branded Video Series "Ballers" First Season Strong For HBO Media Notes NFL Reluctant On Long-Term "TNF" Deal
Published April 30, 1998
Tuesday night's Knicks-Heat playoff game earned a 6.1 rating on MSG, the highest rating for a Knicks game this season (N.Y. POST, 4/30)....CTV says that the 28% decrease in its NBA ratings this season was caused by the absence of prime-time telecasts. Last year, the net aired three prime- time games. CTV's Sunday afternoon NBA numbers were down 15% (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/30)....The Magic will appoint Dennis Neumann as their radio play-by-play announcer next season. Neumann has been studio host for Magic telecasts (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 4/30)....In Dallas, Holly Cain gives "thumbs down" to Formula One's new TV deal with FSN. Whereas "easy access" ESPN and ESPN2 used to do live broadcasts, FSN affils "decide when to air the races, and sometimes that means a tape delay." While SpeedVision carries all the races live, "few" TX stations carry that channel (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/30)....SportsFan Radio has acquired exclusive rights to broadcast and syndicate national radio coverage of the '98 Preakness. SportsFan has also added Cleveland's WKNR as an affil (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 4/27 issue)....In N.Y., Neal Travis reports that The Marquee Group is "getting into women's sports and books" and is repping Ellen Ladowsky, who co-authored "How To Dump A Guy: A Coward's Manual" (N.Y. POST, 4/30).