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GOODWILL TO GO ON: TURNER TO ANNOUNCE 2001 GAMES
Published July 15, 1998
With this year's Goodwill Games in N.Y. "doing better financially" than the first three Games, USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke writes that Ted Turner "will go ahead with the fifth Goodwill Games." Turner spokesperson Greg Hughes said the announcement will come at a Saturday news conference. The first three Games lost "more than" $100M combined. The next Goodwill Games will be held in 2001 -- "to avoid" the 2002 Olympics -- in either Asia or Australia (USA TODAY, 7/15). FIGHT NIGHT: The 5,200-seat Theater at MSG has sold "about half" of its tickets for Saturday's Roy Jones Jr.-Lou Del Valle fight (Michael Katz, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/15). IN THE ZONE? ESPN Zone Dir of Marketing & Sales Scott Dickey said that Philadelphia "is definitely on the list of possible expansion cities for the venture," and that the criteria for launching in a new city includes population, tourism, traffic and, "most importantly, the type of sports town." Zone VP & GM William Freeman: "We think Philadelphia is certainly a market that we can find a niche in." Kevin Feeley, a spokesperson for Mayor Ed Rendell, said he "was unfamiliar with the Zone moving to Philadelphia," but that "the concept seemed appealing" (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 7/15).