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          TCI Chair John Malone said that "he's heard some cable
     operators -- not TCI -- may sue" if Disney tries to shift
     some of the costs of its $550M ABC Monday night package to
     ESPN's Sunday night telecasts, according to Bradley Johnson
     of AD AGE.  ESPN is "hiking" its charges to cable operators
     to cover its $600M NFL deal, but a spokesperson for the net
     said "there will be no transfer of costs" (AD AGE, 6/1).  
          ESPN WEST CARRIAGE IN JEOPARDY? In CA, Barbara Kingsley
     writes that with ESPN West set to launch in September, some
     cable companies "aren't sure they'll carry the new station"
     due to cost.   Kingsley: "[I]t's fair to say that [the] new
     channel will cost big money ... as sports programming rights
     fees spiral ever-upward" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 6/1).
          ALL EARS: AD AGE's Chuck Ross reports that Disney is
     "in talks" to acquire "up to a" 40% stake in Excite Inc. 
     The talks are part of Disney's Web strategy that would make
     all its Web sites, which include ESPN SportsZone, NFL.Com
     and NBA.Com, available through an "umbrella site," to be
     called "D Guide or Go Online" (AD AGE, 6/1).  ESPN Internet
     Ventures VP/Marketing & Business Development Steve Kalin is
     profiled by Jeff Jensen of AD AGE.  While the structure at
     Disney's new Buena Vista Internet Group has "yet to be
     finalized," Jensen wrote that Kalin "likely will focus" on
     new business development in the new setup (AD AGE, 6/1).

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