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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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09/11/97
MEDIA NOTES

The Warriors "have replaced" Greg Papa as their TV announcer with "untried" KNBR-radio talk show host Bob Fitzgerald (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/11)....TNT VP/Media Relations Greg Hughes said that TNT "has mad

Tags: ABC, Golden State Warriors, Kansas City Chiefs, NBC, New England Patriots, New York Jets, New York Mets, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Phillies, Media, TBS/TNT, Walt Disney, WNBA

09/11/97
A GOOD WEEKEND READ: TOTAL SPORTS OFFERS UP TOTAL FOOTBALL

Total Football, the official encyclopedia of the NFL, edited by Total Sports and Elias Sports Bureau, has been published by HarperCollins. The 1,652-page book lists all 17,037 players ever to play in

Tags: NFL, Media

09/11/97
IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT AND ABC FEELS FINE

The anthology format of ABC''s "Wide World of Sports" will soon "taste the agony of defeat," according to Stephen Battaglio of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Beginning in January, "Wide World of Sports" will

Tags: ABC, NASCAR, PGA Tour, Media, Walt Disney

09/11/97
CBS AFFIL GETS 10 WIZARDS GAMES, INCLUDING MCI OPENER

The Wizards will have 10 games aired on WUSA-CBS this season, "including the first game at MCI Center," under terms of an agreement between the station and rights-holder HTS, according to Leonard Shap

Tags: CBS, Comcast-Spectacor, Media, Viacom, WUSA

09/11/97
EXTREME FANTASIES CAUSES MASSIVE DELAYS AT CNNSI.COM

CNNSI.com, which offers a free fantasy football site, has "over 100,000 users signed up, causing delays and traffic jams on the site," according to Mary Huhn of the N.Y. POST. CNNSI.com''s partner, Sa

Tags: ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Media, Time Warner, Walt Disney

09/10/97
TEAM MEDIA NOTES: WIZARDS, CAPS & O'S TO BE ON FREE TV LESS

In Washington, WBDC-TV and HTS announced a two-year deal "that means" Washington area TV viewers "will see fewer games" of the Wizards, Capitals and Orioles "on a free, over- the-air basis," starting

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Comcast-Spectacor, Seattle Mariners, Media, Washington Capitals

09/10/97
MEDIA NOTES

Variety reported that advertising costs for top network shows "are going down," and that a 30-second spot on ABC''s "perennially top-ranked" series, "Monday Night Football" costs $330,000, down 17.5%

Tags: ABC, Comcast-Spectacor, ESPN, NBA, News Corp./Fox, Media, Time Warner, Walt Disney

09/10/97
DAN PATRICK CITES BRISTOL AS REASON FOR NEW ESPN MEGA-DEAL

Dan Patrick has re-signed with ESPN for five more years through 2003, at more than $600,000 annually, according to USA TODAY''s Rudy Martzke. His current deal expires at the end of ''98. Patrick: "The

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

09/10/97
COWBOYS APPEAL UNQUESTIONED: TNT'S SEASON HIGH CABLE RATING

TNT''s coverage of Cowboys-Cardinals Sunday night game "was the highest-rated basic cable program of any kind this year," according to Scott Hettrick of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The 9.8/16 rating repre

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09/10/97
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Tags: CBS, Nike, PepsiCo, Sports Illustrated, Media, Time Warner, Viacom

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