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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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02/26/99
ESPN CHILTON POLL EXAMINES THE CHANGE IN FAN ACTIVITY

This week, the ESPN Chilton Sports Poll examines the average size of fan activity for the twelve sports that account for nearly 80% of all fan activity in the U.S. Sports included are the NFL, MLB, NB

Tags: ESPN, MLB, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, The Back of the Book, Walt Disney

02/26/99
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY! MERGER MANIA HAS EVERYONE IN NY TALKING

The Yankees and Nets announced yesterday their plan "to merge into a company called the YankeeNets and promised that each team would continue to operate separately," according to Richard Sandomir of t

Tags: ABC, Cablevision, Franchises, Madison Square Garden, MLB, NBA, Brooklyn Nets, New York Yankees, News Corp./Fox, Walt Disney, YankeeNets

02/26/99
MEDIA NOTES

At a New Orleans advertising conference, CBS Corp. CEO Mel Karmazin said that "he would love to buy NBC." Karmazin: "If Exxon and Mobil can combine, then why can''t I buy NBC?" The FCC currently "proh

Tags: CBS, ESPN, Int'l Speedway Corp., MLS, NASCAR, NBC, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Media, Tampa Bay Rays, Viacom, Walt Disney

02/26/99
CART CARRYING PRIVILEGES? TRY RACING FOR $10M

CART formally announced plans for the Hawaiian Super Prix (HSP), a $10M PPV TV event to be run on November 19 in Honolulu, according to Dan Proudfoot of the TORONTO SUN. CART CEO Andrew Craig "confirm

Tags: Champ Car World Series, Leagues and Governing Bodies, NASCAR

02/26/99
MARKETPLACE ROUND-UP

Patriots restricted free agent K Adam Vinatieri is representing himself in contract negotiations, as he recently ended his relationship with MA-based Woolf Associates, which dismissed his agent, Andre

Tags: MLB, New England Patriots

02/26/99
"FOX SPORTS NEWS" REPORTS OF POSSIBLE DRUG TEST TAMPERING

On "Fox Sports News" last evening, Diana Nyad reported that "concrete evidence" of drug testing "cover ups is surfacing." Nyad: "John Leonard, head of the U.S. Swim Coaches Association, told me yester

Tags: IOC, News Corp./Fox, Olympics

02/26/99
BILLS OFFER DISCOUNT SHOPPING FOR SEASON-TICKET HOLDERS

The Bills won''t increase ticket prices next year and will "offer season-ticket holders a discount that will lower prices by an average of more than" 10%, according to Scott Pitoniak of the Rochester

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Franchises

02/26/99
HE WON'T TURN HIS MASBACK ON ATLANTA: USATF STAYS WITH CITY

With the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships six years into a 10-year deal with the Georgia Dome, USATF Exec Dir Craig Masback said that despite "nobody ... billing this as a breakthrough year" for

Tags: Events and Attractions

02/26/99
FRANCHISE NOTES

Bob McNair, leading the effort to bring an expansion team to Houston, said on KRIV-TV in Houston that NFL owners are split on where to place a 32nd franchise: "Right now, there are not enough votes fo

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Franchises, New Orleans Saints, NFL, Ottawa Senators, Palace Sports & Entertainment, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays

02/26/99
HE WON'T KARP ON THIS ANY LONGER: MALL DEAL NOT TIED TO SOX

MA developer Stephen Karp agreed yesterday to "sell off a big chunk of his mall operations" to Simon Property Group for $1.725B, according to Chris Reidy of the BOSTON GLOBE. Reidy notes that there "h

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Facilities

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