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THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES
• In another step towards owning all historical Olympic film and TV footage, IOC purchasing ABC’s entire video archive. • With the U.S. Open beginning this week, a special report on tennis includes news that USTA may launch the women’s “road to the U.S. Open” in ’04, one year ahead of men. • MLB on pace in August for best monthly attendance since August ’01. • NTRA execs to begin talks with jockeys about logo patches during Breeders’ Cup. • Subscription sites for fans of NFL teams brings online revenue for newspapers. • Continuing our One-on-One interview with NFL Films President Steve Sabol.
• Marketing Matters: Microsoft campaigns to bump its share of online video game market; football HOFers line up for more marketing; style of turf football shoes worn by Walter Payton scores for KangaROOS, Eastbay.
• Tube Talk: ESPN ups the ante for World Series of Poker coverage; Jefferson-Pilot offers previews of ACC, SEC football.
• Olympics Update: USOC marketers say they are getting a warm welcome from prospective sponsors for ’05-08; Europeans balance Athens’ high hospitality costs with easy travel; Longines extends USOC sponsorship to the Web.
Labor & Agents: Swimmer Michael Phelps collected five world records last month, expects to add five national endorsements; IMG’s Jay Danzi adds Hunter Mahan to stable.