SBD/16/Sports Media

MEDIA NOTES

          The case concerning's Viacom's suit against the Red Sox
     and Bruins, its partners in NESN, over rights fees
     inequities and compensation if NESN goes from premium pay
     status to basic cable, goes to an arbitration hearing this
     week.  In Boston, Jim Baker wrote that the outcome, "in
     addition to addressing Viacom's dissatisfaction," may set
     the stage for more moves, including Fox Sports New England
     becoming a more aggressive bidder for local rights (BOSTON
     HERALD, 6/14)....The NHL Kings signed a new three-year radio
     deal with CBS-owned KRLA-AM, making it the team's new
     flagship.  KRLA will carry all Kings games beginning this
     season, and the deal marks the end of the Kings' eight-year
     relationship with San Diego-based XTRA (Kings)....N.Y.'s
     WCBS-TV sports anchor Warner Wolf "found himself at a loss
     for words" yesterday "when his dentures popped out on live
     TV."  Wolf eventually replaced the bridge and finished his
     report: "I've been on the air for 38 years and that's the
     worst thing that's ever happened to me" (N.Y. POST, 6/16).

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