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ESPN Narrowly Avoids Record-Low "MNF" Rating With Colts' Blowout Of Jets

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 06 / 16

ESPN barely avoided a record-low "MNF" overnight rating for the Colts' 41-10 win over the Jets. The telecast from 8:15-11:32pm ET drew a 6.0 overnight rating, which is still above the record-low 5.7 overnight that ESPN drew for Falcons-Saints on Sept. 27. That game was up against the highly-anticipa...

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12/18/98
TENNIS MAGAZINE NETS DIFFERENT LOOK UNDER NEW EDITOR

The December-January issue of Tennis magazine will introduce a new look under editor Mark Woodruff, as the title "has been redesigned with an artsy touch and more contemporary graphics," according to

Tags: Media

12/18/98
FINAL NATIONAL RATINGS FOR LAST WEEKEND'S SPORTING EVENTS

The following lists final national ratings from last weekend''s network sporting events (THE DAILY). EVENT DATE NET TIME RAT/SHR Ironman Triathlon 12/12 NBC 4:00-6:00pm 2.0/5 President''s Cup 12/12 CB

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

12/18/98
MEDIATOR SMOOTHES THE ICE BETWEEN WHITE PINE AND CBC

A settlement has been reached in the "bitter dispute" between the producers of "The New Ice Age" and the CBC, according to William Houston of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. The "battle" between White Pine

Tags: CBC, Media

12/17/98
CBS RAISES ITS STAKES IN SPORTSLINE USA TO 10.4% OF COMPANY

CBS Corp. has increased its stake in SportsLine USA Inc., according to the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The network has acquired 380,000 shares for $15 totaling $5.7M. CBS now owns 10.4% of FL-based SportsLine

Tags: CBS, Media, Viacom

12/17/98
MEDIA NOTES

In Chicago, Bernie Lincicome criticizes SI''s cover shot featuring "Sportsmen of the Year" Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in togas. Calling it the "dumb-idea of the year," Lincicome writes it is the "wor

Tags: CBS, Cincinnati Reds, ESPN, NASCAR, Sports Illustrated, Media, Viacom, Walt Disney

12/17/98
FOX SPORTS GETTING SUNBURNT? EYES SWITCH TO SPORTSCHANNEL FL

Fox Sports Net, which provides programming to the Sunshine Network, "is considering switching to rival SportsChannel when its contract with Sunshine expires at the end of the year," according to Barry

Tags: Media

12/17/98
WEB EXECS GAZE INTO THE FUTURE AND PREDICT WEB DEVELOPMENT

The "merging of TV and the Web" is the "overriding theme for sports sites next year," according to David Sweet of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Sweet surveyed top sports site Web execs and industry analyst

Tags: ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Media, Walt Disney

12/16/98
CBS SAYS SEE YA TO SEIFERT; JETS-DOLPHINS HIT IT BIG

CBS Sports President Sean McManus said Tuesday that former 49ers coach George Seifert, "whose role as a studio analyst has steadily diminished, will be off the air for the remainder of the regular sea

Tags: ABC, Buffalo Bills, CBS, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, ESPN, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, NFL, San Francisco 49ers, Media, Turner Sports, Viacom, Walt Disney

12/16/98
EMAP'S ITS COURSE AND ACQUIRES PETERSEN COMPANIES

British-media group Emap "confirmed Tuesday its agreement" to buy Petersen Cos. for $1.2B, according to James Peltz of the L.A. TIMES. The merger brings Emap''s magazine titles to more than 400 as it

Tags: NBC, Media

12/16/98
MEDIA NOTES

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