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"We won the championship. We're drinking champagne, but we have 14 guys grinding it out at a ballpark trying to watch it on their cell phones. They are the ones missing birthdays and their son's first Little League game" – Nationals President of Baseball Operations & GM Mike Rizzo , ...

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03/22/96
SPORTING NEWS TEAMS UP WITH AOL ON MAJOR ONLINE PRESENCE

The Sporting News will become a "key provider" of sports news information for America Online, following a "unique" and "sweeping" agreement made between Times Mirror Magazines and the Vienna, VA-based

Tags: MLB, Media, Time Warner, Vulcan Ventures

03/22/96
MEDIA NOTES

Longtime TBS Sports Sales Exec VP Mark Mariani has resigned "to pursue other opportunities," according to INSIDE MEDIA. Sources speculate there may have been a "personality conflict" between Mariani a

Tags: CBS, Chicago Bulls, Cincinnati Bengals, NBA, NBC, Palace Sports & Entertainment, Media, Tampa Bay Lightning, TBS/TNT, Time Warner, UPN, Viacom, WUSA

03/22/96
SPARKY MOVES FROM THE DUGOUT TO THE BOOTH: JOINS PRIME

Sparky Anderson has inked a deal with Prime Sports to call play-by-play for the network''s 31 telecasts of the Angels (Prime). In L.A., Larry Stewart notes that Prime was "seeking its own identity" wi

Tags: LA Angels, Anaheim Sports, Media, Walt Disney

03/22/96
COLANGELO SECURES CABLE DEALS FOR D'BACKS, NHL TEAM

The Diamondbacks and Phoenix''s NHL franchise have signed separate 10-year cable deals with Fox-Liberty Sports for cable telecasts of their games, according to the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Don Ketchem report

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Cablevision, New York Liberty, News Corp./Fox, NHL, Media

03/22/96
NEWS & NOTES ON SPORTS' NEW P.T.P.-ER -- COMCAST

ABC and Comcast are in discussions about distributing the new ABC News cable network to the cableco''s 4.2 million subscribers. VARIETY notes, as part of the deal, Comcast may begin carrying ABC soap

Tags: ABC, Comcast-Spectacor, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Flyers, Media, Walt Disney

03/22/96
WHAT DO RIVALS FLORIDA AND FSU HAVE IN COMMON? SUNSHINE

The Univ. of Florida has signed a multi-year TV rights deal with Sunshine Network beginning with the upcoming school year. The network will televise over 100 Gator events annually, including tape-dela

Tags: Cablevision, New York Liberty, Media

03/21/96
MEDIA NOTES

ESPNet''s SportsZone is said to be having trouble getting users "to pony up the money for sports data that they can get elsewhere" (CRAIN''S NEW YORK, 3/18)....Fox will broadcast three NFL preseason m

Tags: CBS, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Edmonton Oilers, Acushnet, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, MLB, NBA, News Corp./Fox, NFL, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Media, Viacom

03/21/96
BASEBALL TONIGHT IS BACK: SEASON PREMIERE THIS EVENING

ESPN''s "Baseball Tonight" makes it season premiere tonight with the same cast as last season, except for former MLB second baseman Harold Reynolds replacing Roy Smalley as an analyst. ESPN also annou

Tags: ESPN, MLB, News Corp./Fox, Media, Walt Disney

03/20/96
FROM THE BOOTH: YOU'RE LOOKING LIVE AT ....

Fox has named former Giants catcher and coach Bob Brenly as a game analyst for its baseball coverage. Brenly has previously served as an analyst for Chicago''s WGN radio and currently works for San Fr

Tags: CBS, ESPN, MLS, New York Yankees, News Corp./Fox, Media, Viacom, Walt Disney, YankeeNets

03/20/96
MEDIA NOTES

Prime Sports West is reportedly working on rights deals with the Diamondbacks and Phoenix''s yet-to-be-named NHL team (CABLE WORLD, 3/18 issue)....The new women''s magazine from Conde Nast Publication

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, ESPN, IBM, NBC, NHL, Media, Walt Disney

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