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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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01/19/99
NFL DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SEE LITTLE CHANGE IN RATINGS

Nielsen ratings for the NFL Conference Championships were "about even" with last year, according to USA TODAY''s Rudy Martzke. Fox''s earned a 26.2 Nielsen overnight for the Falcons-Vikings, similar t

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, CBS, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, NBC, New York Jets, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Nielsen, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Media, Viacom

01/19/99
FOX SPORTS ADDS NFL EUROPE GAMES TO SUMMER SCHEDULE

During halftime of Sunday''s NFC Championship Game, Fox Sports and the NFL announced a partnership to broadcast NFL Europe League regular-season games beginning this season. The deal, which is in plac

Tags: News Corp./Fox, NFL, NTRA, Media

01/19/99
LEAGUE NOTES

The NFL has hired Muhleman Marketing''s Max Muhleman to "assess" whether the L.A. market "can bear the prices two competing ... groups plan to charge" for seats if awarded the 32nd franchise. Muhleman

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, LPGA, NBA, NFL

01/19/99
ECONOMIC IMPACT OF IRON ON VEGAS; ATTENDANCE, PPV BUYS LOW

Mike Tyson''s fifth round KO of Francois Botha Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas "should generate at least" an $8M non-gaming economic impact for the city and "immeasurable exposure to a ne

Tags: ESPN, Events and Attractions, Showtime, Walt Disney

01/19/99
NBA MARKET ROUNDUP: HEAT OFFER $5 TICKETS; HORNETS A REBATE

The Heat are offering several incentive packages during the shortened season, including two free tickets to two games to every season-ticket account and $10 upper bowl tickets that include a voucher f

Tags: Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Franchises, Miami Heat, NBA, New Orleans Pelicans, PepsiCo

01/19/99
THE WEST IS THE BEST! COMPANY MAKES OLYMPIC PAYMENT

US West officials "decided Friday to deliver" a $5M sponsorship payment that they delayed while investigations were proceeding into SLOC bribery charges, according to Bruce Finley of the DENVER POST.

Tags: Anheuser Busch, IOC, NBC, Olympics, SLOC, US West/Qwest

01/19/99
SOMETHING'S COOKING IN DC? NFL MIGHT WANT COOKE TO OWN SKINS

The NFL wants John Kent Cooke to own the Redskins, a league official said Sunday, but a rep for the trustees of the Jack Kent Cooke estate said that they will "stand" by their agreement to sell the te

Tags: Franchises, NFL, Washington Redskins

01/19/99
STERN TAKES FRIENDLY POKE AT BETTMAN IN TOP TEN NBA SLOGANS

NBA Commissioner David Stern was a guest on the "Late Show" with David Letterman on Friday. Stern presented the "Top Ten New Slogans For The NBA." After walking out to the middle of the stage, Letterm

Tags: Microsoft, NBA, The Back of the Book, WNBA

01/19/99
NFL GETS THE THING THAT MAKES THE WORLD WIDE WEB GO ROUND

MA-based ThingWorld.com is joining with the NFL to "deploy its digital collectibles technology on all on-line venues of the league and its teams," according to Gregg Krupa of the BOSTON GLOBE. The rel

Tags: Detroit Pistons, MLB, MLS, NBA, NCAA, NFL, Palace Sports & Entertainment, Media

01/19/99
JUDGE'S RULING INCREASES NCAA COACHES PAYOUT BY ANOTHER $7M

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil has added "another" $7M "or so to the NCAA''s crippling restricted-earnings verdict," according to Steve Rock of the K.C. STAR. Ruling on "post-trial motions," Vrati

Tags: Colleges, NCAA

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