Fox Sports' Sprint Cup Viewership Down 6% NFL Cardinals' Amazon Series Debuts NBA Names Spruell President Of League Operations Tirico Receives Warm ESPN Send-Off Multiple NFL Teams Pushing For St. Louis TV Online Network Changing Gymnastics Coverage NBC Swim Trials Audience Down Big Lightning Keep Stamkos With $68M Deal NBA's N.C. Decision Looms Large For Other Events ESPN Viewership Slightly Lower In Q2
Published August 13, 1998
In CA, Greg Hardesty reported that after Petersen Companies' acquisition of Surfer Publications, about 15 Surfer employees in the accounting and circulation departments -- about 25% of the company -- "lost their jobs" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 8/12)...."Fox Sports News Primetime" drew its best rating ever on Fox Sports SW Tuesday following the Astros-Brewers game, earning a 5.4. With cable penetration in Houston at 56%, that translates into a 9.6 cable rating, and was the second-highest rated show on basic cable (FSSW)....In L.A., Scott Moe reviewed "Six Times As Sweet," a new book on the Bulls by NBA Exec Editor Publishing Ventures Jan Hubbard. Moe called it "nice to look at with plenty of quality photos ... [But] an insightful book full of information that the mainstream doesn't know? No way" (L.A. TIMES, 8/12)....PA-based Comcast cable exercised an option to purchase control of CO- based Jones Intercable, the largest cable operator in the DC area, for $700M (WASHINGTON POST, 8/13). PERSONALITIES: Blues VP/Dir of Ticket Sales Bruce Affleck was named the team's new analyst on Fox Sports Midwest (FSM). Affleck, on his two positions being a conflict of interest: "In order to have any credibility you have to be honest. ... If anything, I'll get flak from my (Blues) bosses for being too critical" (ST. LOUIS POST- DISPATCH, 8/13)....The Lightning will not offer a new contract to radio voice Larry Hirsch, who had called the team's games since its inception in '92 (Lightning). ONLINE: In Ft. Worth, Tommy Cummings profiled Athlete Direct (AD), which provides athlete sites on AOL. AD President Ross Schaufelberger: "We view ourselves as the primary company for athlete-oriented content. ... It's a medium where the athletes can stay in touch with the fans" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 8/10)....ATPTour.com received 120,000 page impressions, which translates into about 40,000 users, on Tuesday (CINCINNATI POST, 8/12).