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Overnight Ratings: CBS Leads Week 8 College Football With A&M-Alabama; ABC Primetime Up

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CBS earned a 5.4 overnight rating Saturday afternoon for No. 1 Alabama’s 33-14 win over sixth-ranked Texas A&M in the 3:30pm ET window, the highest-rated college football game of the weekend. The rating is up 29% from a 4.2 overnight for the comparable Tennessee-Alabama matchup in ’1...

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Media Notes

Saturday''s MI-Ohio State Univ. college football game earned an 8.5/20 overnight Nielsen rating on ABC, the highest overnight for a regular season college football telecast on any net since a regional

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Maui Invitational Inks TV Deal

ESPN and Kemper Lesnik Sports Marketing have entered an exclusive ten-year agreement for national TV coverage of the NCAA men''s basketball Maui Invitational. The deal begins with this week''s EA Spor

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Senators Pushing Partner Units

Senators Chair Rod Bryden has "gone back to the markets looking to raise more than" C$200M for his hockey franchise, and the sale of partnership units, scheduled to close December 4, "could be stretch

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Cubs & Celtics Sign Pepsi Deals

The Pepsi Bottling Group has signed a three-year deal with the Celtics, making Pepsi the official soft drink of the team. Pepsi receives category exclusivity for all its products, including Pepsi-Cola

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Weekend Nielsen Ratings

The following lists overnight Nielsen ratings from weekend sports events. NBC''s Sunday ratings do not include the Boston market (THE DAILY). EVENT DATE NET TIME RAT/SHR NCAA Football: MI-OH State 11/

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Stadium Frustrations In San Diego

Frustration "is running high at City Hall over the Chargers'' push for a new stadium, with several council members complaining of being kept in the dark by city bureaucrats and the mayor''s office," a

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Bruins' Attendance Woes

The "thousands of empty seats at most Bruins games" are "an indication of serious trouble," according to Stephen Harris of the BOSTON HERALD. The Bruins "are off to their best start in decades, with o

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Franchise Notes

SHOOTING STARS: Southwest Sports Group (SSG) COO Mike Cramer said that SSG has "finished the first stage of distributing information to prospective buyers" of the Stars. SSG will now "find out which o

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MLS Wizards Push Ticket Sales

MLS Wizards Owner Lamar Hunt "is personally leading a campaign to nearly double team season-ticket sales for next season," according to David Boyce of the K.C. STAR, who added that Hunt "wants to incr

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Padres New Ballpark Plans

The latest plans for the Padres'' downtown ballpark project "call for high-rises ringing the outfield, a change critics say would wall off the development from the East Village," according to Jonathan

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