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FIFA FACES THREATS OF VIOLENCE DURING U.S.-IRAN MATCH

          FIFA President Sepp Blatter said that Iranian exile
     groups have threatened to disrupt the Iran-U.S. match on
     Sunday in Lyon, according to USA TODAY's Fred Coleman. 
     Blatter refused to "comment on possible groups involved or
     actions contemplated," and he "expressed confidence" that
     French police could handle any problems (USA TODAY, 6/18).
          OTHER NOTES: In N.Y., Michael Starr writes that while
     ABC Sports is "happy" with its 3.1 average rating for three
     games, spokesperson Mark Mandel said that the U.S.'s Sunday
     game "could determine how the network fares for the rest of
     its World Cup coverage."  In other news, Univision is more
     than doubling its ratings in the N.Y. market with its Cup
     coverage.  Games in its 8:00-10:30am time-slot have averaged
     a 1.9 rating, up 90% from the 1.0 it averaged in May. 
     Numbers in the 11:00am-1:30pm time slot have increased 75%
     to a 2.1.  Nationally, Univision "measures its ratings in
     Hispanic households only, and thus far" has averaged a 9.7
     rating through 13 matches (N.Y. POST, 6/18).

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