ESPN's Jed Drake Talks World Cup Prep Sources: Fox Keeps UEFA Champions League 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 NBA Mexico City Game Cancelled Winston News Bumps Ferrell Off "SportsCenter" '14 F1 Austin Race Conflicts With NASCAR
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).