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Published November 3, 2000
TV MONITOR: Last night's 10:00pm ET 60-minute edition of FSN's "National Sports Report" led with first round coverage of The Tour Championship, followed by Hawks-Knicks. Last night's 11:00pm ET 30-minute edition of CNN/SI's "Sports Tonight" led with The Tour Championship, followed by Joe Smith's arbitration hearing. Last night's 11:00pm ET (late due to NCAA football) 60-minute edition of ESPN's "SportsCenter" led with T'Wolves-Spurs, followed by Pacers- Mavericks. The first non-NBA report, at 7:01 into the broadcast, was The Tour Championship (THE DAILY). NOTES: The DAILY RACING FORM's Matt Hegarty reports that the NTRA "has submitted a proposal to Fox Sports that would keep the NTRA's 'Champions on Fox' series for older horses on the network next year despite a dearth of available broadcast time" (DAILY RACING FORM, 11/3)...IMG Senior VP Barry Frank, on client Bob Costas' possible interest in working Blue Jays games for TSN next season: "We haven't been approached, but I guess if they offered $20- million or something, we might be interested. But I don't think it's realistic that he would be doing the Blue Jays games" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/3)....Rob Jacobson, the new Exec VP at PPV distributor In Demand, said he is looking to "level the competitive playing field with DirecTV in getting out-of-market sports events" to cable subscribers. He wants to approach MLB about an annual baseball package and hopes to end DirecTV's exclusivity with the NFL when the new NFL contract comes up after the 2002 season (DAILY VARIETY, 11/3)....In Baltimore, Milton Kent reports that the Orioles' eight-year TV deal with WJZ-CBS has ended at a time when the team's cable/broadcast ratings overall were down 21% for the 2000 season, and down 23% on WJZ (Baltimore SUN., 11/3).