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  • BRITISH HOOLIGANS CONTINUE TO DISRUPT GAMES IN FRANCE

              Crowd violence yesterday "broke out for a second day in
         Marseilles, as opposing fans hurled rocks and bottles at
         each other during England's match against Tunisia,"
         according to Nicholas Woodsworth of the FINANCIAL TIMES. 
         The trouble began on a city beach where the game was seen on
         a large screen.  After England's first goal, "drunken
         England supporters threw bottles at the crowd," and the
         "violence quickly spread" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 6/16).  As of
         9:00pm, 16 people were arrested and 22 had been treated at
         local hospitals.  Fifty people were arrested and 35
         hospitalized on Sunday night during fights in Marseilles. 
         In N.Y., Christopher Clarey wrote, "Hooliganism, soccer's
         recurring headache, turned Marseilles into a city of tear
         gas for the second consecutive day" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/16).  In
         Houston, John Lopez: "The continued problems involving the
         Hooligans cast a pall on what has been a fast-paced, high-
         scoring and relatively peaceful tournament" (HOUSTON
         CHRONICLE, 6/16).  USA TODAY's Fred Coleman, on the English
         hooligans: "They are drunk.  They are violent.  They are
         racist.  And they are in France, starting to bloody the
         festive atmosphere of the World Cup soccer championships"
         (USA TODAY, 6/16).  Header over WASHINGTON POST story:
         "English Fans Incite More Violence."  British Prime Minister
         Tony Blair called the group of fans "a complete disgrace to
         the country."  Pele said, "Until now, (the World Cup) was so
         nice -- a lot of goals, everyone very happy.  Now, we have
         this problem" (Steven Goff, WASHINGTON POST, 6/16).  The
         FINANCIAL TIMES' Patrick Harverson writes that the fans'
         actions "have done nothing but harm England's chances of
         hosting the World Cup in 2006" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 6/16). 
              TEAR DOWN THE WALL: Nike said it was taking down
         posters featuring former soccer player Eric Cantona from its
         World Cup park in Paris after a French group said "they
         smacked of fascism."   Nike's posters "used stark 1930s-
         style graphics, including a dictator-like image of Cantona,
         and slogans such as 'Young people of the world, football is
         calling you!  Come and join us!'" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 6/16). 
    
    

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  • WILL UPCOMING GAMES BRING GOODWILL TO NEW YORK, MR. TURNER?

              By losing "millions of dollars" during the first three
         Goodwill Games, Ted Turner has shown that "making money is
         not his primary motivation in staging the event," according
         to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES.  Turner said
         yesterday at a news conference, "You don't evaluate
         everything by whether or not you make a profit.  Mother
         Teresa didn't make a profit."  Sandomir reports that so far,
         the 15-sport event has sold 130,000 of the 600,000 available
         tickets.  Turner: "It's early yet" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/16).  
              IS EVENT "A BUST"? In N.Y., Chris Isidore writes that
         with a $200M price tag and "modest viewership expectations,"
         Time Warner will be "closely" watching the games.  Univ. of
         MA Sports Management Assistant Professor Jay Gladden: "It
         could very well be the last gasp for the games. 
         Particularly with the (Turner-Time Warner) merger, this
         event now ultimately has to answer to shareholders." 
         Goodwill Games President Mike Plant said that organizers
         "always expected late ticket sales and have been holding
         back on their marketing efforts."  Plant: "This is a very
         challenging city in which to promote and sell an event. ...
         [I]t would have been foolish for us to have a blitz when
         people in New York weren't going to focus on it for a couple
         of months" (CRAIN'S N.Y. BUSINESS, 6/15). Also in N.Y., Paul
         Schwartzman wrote that the Games "are generating less-than-
         heated interest among fans and within the sports industry." 
         Grey Advertising's Jon Mandel: "No one cares about it; no
         one knows about it."  A senior mayoral advisor, who spoke on
         the condition of anonymity: "It's probably going to be a
         bust." But Games spokesperson Michael Llewellen said, "The
         buzz is building" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/14).
    
    

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  • WORLD CUP NOTES: TV RATINGS DOWN ON ABC, COVERAGE PANNED

              ABC's coverage yesterday afternoon of the USA-Germany
         match earned a 4.4/12 overnight rating (THE DAILY).  In St.
         Louis, Tom Wheatley calls ABC's coverage of the match
         "incompetent."  Wheatley: "Brent Musberger anchored the
         studio coverage at his melodramatic worst."  Noting
         Musberger's question, "Do we have a chance?," Wheatley
         wonders, "Why do U.S. broadcasters turn into jingoists when
         a U.S. national team is at play?" (POST-DISPATCH, 6/16).  
              NUMBERS: USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke shows that ABC's
         weekend overnight ratings are down from '94 and reports,
         "Soccer fever, as expected, has dwindled in the USA, with
         the World Cup being played in France."  ABC's Belgium-
         Holland opening match on Saturday earned a 2.4 overnight,
         down 49% from '94's 4.7 opener.  Sunday's Jamaica-Croatia
         overnight of a 2.6 was down 67% from '94's 7.8, a match that
         featured the U.S. team.  For more ratings, see (#32).
              
    

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