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Published May 19, 1998
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).