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              CART will develop a one-hour action adventure show with
         Newman-Haas Racing, movie/TV producer Neil Russell and his
         partner Peter Kuyper, which will use the CART FedEx Series
         as the background, according to the AP's Mike Harris.  The
         show, "which will feature a fictional third Newman-Haas
         entry," is scheduled for a fall '99 start.  Russell, who
         created and produces the syndicated program "SOF (Soldier of
         Fortune): Special Ops Force," said that he plans to take the
         show "directly to syndication on a market-by-market basis,
         rather than trying to sell it to a network or cable
         channel."  Casting has not yet begun (AP/SPEEDNET, 11/1).
              CHANNEL SURFING: In Indy, Bill Koenig reported that the
         IRL "remains without" a TV deal for '99, "more than two
         months" after the IMS "had hoped" to finalize one. IMS VP
         John Newcomb: "We're still negotiating actively with several
         networks.  We think we're getting close" (STAR-NEWS, 10/30).

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              FRIGHT NIGHT? HBO Sports President Seth Abraham, asked
         whether Prince Naseem Hamed, who won a decision over Wayne
         McCullough on Saturday, is a fighter or showman: "He's both. 
         He is what he is.  We knew what we were getting when we
         bought his fights.  He hasn't shown us anything that's been
         a surprise."  Abraham, on whether Hamed's performance
         against McCullough was "disappointing": "Disappointment is
         relative.  A fighter has three audiences -- the media, the
         boxing community and the fans. They're not always interested
         in the same things" (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 11/2).  In N.Y.,
         Timothy Smith writes that Hamed's performance was
         "unsatisfactory" in the eyes of the crowd of 8,138 at the
         Atlantic City Convention Center (N.Y. TIMES, 11/2). 
              OTHER NOTES: Yankees manager Joe Torre is writing a
         motivational book tentatively titled "Ground Rules for
         Winners."  Writer Henry Dreher is writing the book with
         Torre, who may "fetch a six-figure contract."  Other Yankees
         players pitching books include Orlando Hernandez, Derek
         Jeter and Darryl Strawberry (Keith Kelly, N.Y. POST, 11/1).
         ...The basketball novel "Homecourt Advantage" is in its
         third printing.  Author Rita Ewing: "We've been very
         surprised at its success."  In Chicago, Carol Slezak
         reported that actor Wesley Snipes "has gobbled up the
         television and movie rights" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/1).
              NOTE: In Toronto, Chris Zelkovich questions how
         Canada's CBC can "continue to live with [Hockey Night In
         Canada co-host] Don Cherry's incessant attacks on selected
         ethnic groups? ... How can the CBC give Cherry valuable time
         to denigrate Europeans and French-Canadians?"  The "latest
         in a string of bigoted remarks" saw Cherry refer to a fan
         dressed in a fairy godmother costume for Halloween as "the
         latest Swedish import."  Zelkovich calls it "sad ... that
         the CBC continues to defend his actions by pointing to his
         high ratings, as if that somehow justified it all.  The CBC
         should be ashamed of itself" (TORONTO STAR, 11/2). 

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