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NBC Sports Group has collaborated with chef Thomas Keller 's Bouchon Bakery on a "Puck Cake" to kick off NBC's coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. More than 6,500 of the cakes will be produced with the logos of the 16 playoff teams and are being distributed to athletes, celebrity hockey fans and ...

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09/23/97
UNIVERSAL BUYS OUT VIACOM'S STAKE IN USA NETWORK FOR $1.7B

Viacom Inc. has agreed to sell its 50% stake in USA Networks to partner Seagram Co.''s Universal Studios for $1.7B, according to Eben Shapiro of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. The deal gives Universal "comp

Tags: Media, Viacom

09/23/97
MLB NEWS: FINAL ATTENDANCE TO SEE AN INCREASE OF OVER 5%

MLB final attendance for ''97 "will show an increase of approximately" 5.6%, according to USA TODAY''s Hal Bodley. Acting Commissioner Bud Selig: "We''re going to have the second-biggest year in our h

Tags: Anheuser Busch, Atlanta Braves, Leagues and Governing Bodies, MLB, Time Warner

09/23/97
FILA SCORES WITH SEVEN-YEAR, $80M CONTRACT DEAL FOR HILL

Fila Holding signed Grant Hill to "one of the richest sports endorsement contracts ever" with a pact for "at least" $80M over seven years, according to Stefan Fatsis of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. The de

Tags: Fila USA, NBA, Nike

09/23/97
IS ESPN MAGAZINE CRYING WULF OR WILL IT LAND TANDEM?

In addition to SI''s Rick Reilly, ESPN Magazine is "trying to lure" the husband-and-wife team of Steve and Jane Wulf from Time Inc. titles, according to Keith Kelly of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Steve Wulf

Tags: ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Media, Time Warner, Walt Disney

09/23/97
MARKETPLACE ROUND-UP

SPONSORSHIPS: ProServ has secured more than $2M in sponsorship for the Rose Bowl''s new scoreboard. Sponsors include GTE, Honda, the L.A. Times, Glendale Federal Bank and McKesson Water (ProServ)....E

Tags: ABC, Carolina Panthers, Champ Car World Series, Coca-Cola, GTE, McDonalds, NFL, Nike, Phoenix Coyotes, San Francisco 49ers, Walt Disney

09/23/97
BLOOMBERG EXAMINES SNEAKER INDUSTRY: CAN ANYONE CATCH NIKE?

The athletic shoe industry was examined by Charlie Pellett of "Bloomberg Business News." Pellett reported that with "over" 43% of the U.S. sneaker market, "at this time it is unlikely that any one com

Tags: Finance, Nike, Washington Nationals

09/23/97
NFL ENTERPRISES SEEKS MANAGER OF PROGRAMMING DEVELOPMENT

NFL Enterprises is currently seeking a Manager of Programming Development at NFL Interactive. Job requirements include management of daily editorial development for NFL.COM and Team NFL on AOL, primar

Tags: Classified Advertisements, NFL, Time Warner

09/23/97
MEDIA NOTES

JUST SOME GOOD OL'' BOYS: In Charlotte, Kay McFadden gives Fox''s NASCAR film, "Steel Chariots," which debuts tonight at 8:00pm ET, a "B," and calls it "a well-produced family movie that makes the mos

Tags: Microsoft, NASCAR, News Corp./Fox, NHL, Media

09/23/97
BEN HOGAN CO. MAY BE SUBJECT OF A THREE-WAY BIDDING WAR

Spalding Sports Worldwide, backed by its parent, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., "is interested in buying all of" Ben Hogan Co., including its golf-ball manufacturing plant in OH, according to Lynn Hen

Tags: Finance, Russell Athletic, Washington Nationals

09/23/97
ROOF BID MAY HELP HOUSTON BALLPARK STAY ON SCHEDULE

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) "has offered a guarantee maximum price" to prospective facility contractor Brown & Root to build a retractable roof for a new baseball park in Houston, according to J

Tags: Facilities

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