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ESPN Won't Continue Airing French Open, Citing Meager Ratings, Poor Time Slots

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 03 / 15

ESPN is "walking away from the French Open after 13 years," according to SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Kaplan & Ourand. ESPN execs said that the decision is "based on the network’s position as the second or third TV outlet covering the tournament -- behind NBC and Tennis Channel." Tha...

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11/26/97
NBC HAS REASON TO GIVE THANKS: A NEW "NBA ON NBC" TEAM

Bob Costas and Isiah Thomas were named by NBC as its No. 1 NBA broadcast team. Greg Gumbel will remain the No. 2 play-by-play man, teaming with Bill Walton and Steve Jones. Former No. 1 NBA analyst Ma

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, NBA, NBC, Seattle Storm, Media

11/26/97
BLUE JAYS CUT TIES WITH TELEMEDIA, SIGN SHAW TO RADIO DEAL

The Blue Jays "will announce today that their affiliation with Telemedia Inc. has ended after 21 years," and that their radio rights will move to Shaw Communications, according to sources of Marty Yor

Tags: Media, Toronto Blue Jays

11/26/97
MEDIA NOTES

CABLE: ESPN''s ''97 NASCAR Winston Cup ratings rose for the sixth straight year, averaging a 4.3 for 14 races (ESPN)....Classic Sports Network will be available in more than 1,000,000 new homes in Med

Tags: ESPN, HBO, NASCAR, NHL, R J Reynolds, Sports Illustrated, Media, TBS/TNT, Time Warner, Walt Disney

11/25/97
MEDIA NOTES

RATINGS: ABC''s telecast of Michigan-Ohio State on Saturday earned a 8.7 overnight rating, while CBS earned a 6.2 overnight for its FL-Florida State game (N.Y. TIMES, 11/25)....Thursday night''s Marti

Tags: ABC, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, Cablevision, CBS, Dallas Stars, ESPN, Los Angeles Dodgers, Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks, News Corp./Fox, Southwest Sports Group, Media, Time Warner, Viacom, Walt Disney

11/25/97
NO. 1 VS. NO. 2 OR YOUR MONEY BACK -- WELL, AT LEAST $5M

CBS "will receive a $5 million rebate" for not having the No. 1-ranked team in its January 2 Orange Bowl telecast, according to Rudy Martzke of USA TODAY. CBS now will pay $19M for the likely matchup

Tags: ABC, CBS, Media, Viacom, Walt Disney

11/25/97
REPORT HAS COSTAS-ISIAH TEAM LEADING NBC'S HOOP COVERAGE

Bob Costas will replace Marv Albert on NBC''s new No. 1 NBA announcing team with Isiah Thomas, according to Rudy Martzke of USA TODAY. Martzke reports that Thomas "is completing negotiations with NBC

Tags: NBA, NBC, Seattle Storm, Media

11/24/97
CHICAGO TRIBUNE EXAMINES THE "CRAZY" BIDS FOR NFL TV RIGHTS

When the NFL completes its TV rights negotiations, a combined $7B will be committed by five networks over the next four years, according to Jones, Kirk & Hirsley of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Jones, Kirk &

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11/24/97
NHL'S CANADIAN MAKEOVER: TSN OUT AS CTV INKS FOUR-YEAR DEAL

The NHL announced a new Canadian cable agreement with CTV Sports Net for English language cable telecast rights in Canada. The four-year deal will take effect at the start of next season. CTV will bro

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11/24/97
MEDIA NOTES

ONLINE: AOL Studios, which has been "coming up with snazzy online content targeted at mass TV audiences and Internet surfers who may be bypassing AOL," is examined in BUSINESS WEEK. Among AOL Studios'

Tags: ESPN, NBA, NBC, News Corp./Fox, Canucks Sports and Entertainment, Media, Time Warner, Vancouver Canucks, Walt Disney

11/21/97
MEDIA NOTES

NEWSDAY''s Steve Zipay notes technological additions to this weekend''s NFL coverage. ESPN will use "Preplay" for its Redskins-Giants game, "sort of a ''90s version of the old electric football game,

Tags: CBS, ESPN, HBO, NASCAR, NBC, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Nike, Showtime, Media, TBS/TNT, Time Warner, Viacom, Walt Disney, Washington Redskins

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