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              Two years after the CFL's "failed expansion" into the
         U.S., it "appears no games will be televised south of the
         border," as there is no U.S. TV contract in place and
         "nothing imminent," according to Perry Lefko of the TORONTO
         SUN.  The CFL had been talking to Fox, but CFL Chair John
         Tory said that the league is "finding it difficult to agree
         on acceptable terms with (a) U.S. network."  Tory: "I'm not
         going to do a bad deal just to get coverage in the United
         States because frankly it's more important that we get good
         coverage in Canada."  CFL games aired in the U.S. were seen
         mostly on a tape-delay basis on ESPN2 (TORONTO SUN, 5/19).  

    Print | Tags: CFL, ESPN, Media, Walt Disney

              David Falk's FAME "hopes to launch a new cable channel
         and fill it with programs featuring the agency's 40 or so
         non-[Michael] Jordan clients," according to Terry Lefton of
         BRANDWEEK.  Four or five shows "are already in development,
         from the newly formed New Urban Entertainment."  One is a
         talk show featuring Wizards F Juwan Howard called, "Where
         Juwanna Go Today," which "may appear" on the DC Fox affil
         first.  FAME VP Rob Urbach said that Howard's show is "kind
         of loosely based on [ABC's] Politically Incorrect."  Urbach:
         "We've got the production part of this thing down and really
         the shows we're developing could air anywhere, but we're 
         close to a deal on the distribution part that we'd probably
         own with partners.  The idea is that we're involving our
         players for content and our player's corporate sponsors as
         possible sponsors" (Terry Lefton, BRANDWEEK, 5/18 issue).

    Print | Tags: ABC, Media, Walt Disney

              In L.A., Sallie Hofmeister reports that NBC will
         "unveil a landmark proposal this week" to affils in L.A. "to
         phase out nearly" $200M paid to TV stations annually "to
         carry its programs" in favor of a new system, which "would
         be the most radical restructuring of the economic model
         governing broadcasting and affiliates."  NBC is trying to
         make up for the loss of "Seinfeld," the cost to renew "ER"
         and its Olympic and NBA deals (L.A. TIMES, 5/19)....NFL
         Sunday Ticket expanded its distribution into the Bahamas via
         Cable Bahamas Ltd. (NFL)....Raycom Sports and The Sporting
         News will jointly produce, distribute and market TV
         programming in '98 and '99.  The programming will include
         eight one-hour specials branded with TSN's name and hosted
         by Pat O'Brien (Raycom Sports)....Speedvision will provide
         more than 11 hours of live coverage of the 24 Hours of Le
         Mans (Speedvision)....Rosie O'Donnell will narrate
         Lifetime's "Intimate Portrait: Rebecca Lobo" before the WNBA
         season-opener on June 11 (Lifetime).....In Minneapolis, Jim
         Souhan profiles the sports book industry: "Few sports books
         are printed in mass quantities or make big profits. 
         National publishers find few sports subjects worthy of
         books. ... Yet sports books fill stores in seemingly
         increasing numbers, because sports figures increasingly
         crave control over their stories" (STAR TRIBUNE, 5/19).

    Print | Tags: NBA, NBC, NFL, Raycom Sports, Media, WNBA
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