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Published April 9, 1998
In K.C., club and network sources say that Chiefs RB Marcus Allen will announce his retirement today and join CBS Sports as an NFL studio analyst (K.C. STAR, 4/9)....ESPN has tapped the AP's Electronic News Production System as its newsroom computer system. The system features a fully integrated search engine, complete off-line and remote access capabilities for field staff, and the ability to work in any language (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 4/6 issue)....News Corp.-backed Sky Latin America and Fox Sports Americas "have bagged rights to most of the Chilean soccer to be broadcast over the next five years." Between them, Sky and FSA have exclusive rights to 90 out of 120 league games per season. FSA will carry one game per week through the 30-week season. DAILY VARIETY's Andrew Paxman wrote that the for Fox, "the deal signals the latest blow in its high-stakes battle with ESPN for pole position in the Spanish-speaking Americas" (DAILY VARIETY, 4/8)....British Sky Broadcasting and Scottish Media Group "are shutting down Sky Scottish, their soccer-based TV channel, after a run of less than 18 months." The 50/50 joint venture will close May 31 (DAILY VARIETY, 4/8)....Fox Sports Detroit will showcase a 22 foot- by-10 foot mobile Go Tigers! billboard today and tomorrow at various locations in metro Detroit. The billboard reads, "Go Tigers! Good Luck From Your Fans!" (Fox Sports Detroit).