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06/11/97
LEAGUE NOTES

In Newark, Dan Wasserman writes that next season, MLB may try to "beef up interest" in its amateur draft, with possibilities including holding the draft at the All-Star game and allowing the trading o

Tags: Comcast-Spectacor, Leagues and Governing Bodies, MLB

06/11/97
NBA FINALS DOMINATE NIELSEN'S PRIME-TIME TOP FIVE SHOWS

The following lists the top five primetime programs for the week ended June 8 from Nielsen. NBC won the week with a 10.2/19 average rating (N.Y. POST, 6/11). SHOW DATE NET RTG/SHR 1 NBA FINALS GAME FO

Tags: ESPN, NASCAR, NBA, NBC, News Corp./Fox, Nielsen, Media, TNN, Walt Disney

06/11/97
WILL MSG'S CONTROL OF HARTFORD CIVIC CENTER ALTER ABL PLANS?

The AHL Board of Governors approved the sale of the Binghamton franchise to MSG, and the transfer of the franchise to Hartford, CT (AHL). As previously reported, MSG will now produce certain events at

Tags: AHL, Cablevision, Franchises, Madison Square Garden, New York Liberty, WNBA

06/11/97
MERCEDES-BENZ INKS BRITISH TENNIS PLAYER TIM HENMAN

Mercedes-Benz, U.K., has announced a two-year sponsorship agreement with British tennis player Tim Henman, currently ranked No. 22 in the world, according to INT''L TENNIS WEEKLY. Henman will wear the

Tags: DaimlerChrysler

06/11/97
STADIUM NOTES

The Indianapolis City-County Council "overwhelmingly agreed" to increase the hotel-motel tax and auto rental tax and expand the 5% ticket tax. The extra income is "expected to allow" for a new Pacers

Tags: Facilities, Indiana Pacers, NHL

06/11/97
RAPTORS TAKING LOGO 7 TO COURT OVER SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT

A dispute between the Raptors and IN-based Logo 7 "over the clothing worn by Raptors staff during basketball games ... is headed for court," according to Robert MacLeod of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. Th

Tags: Franchises, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Toronto Raptors

06/11/97
EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

PepsiCo announced personnel for its soon-to-be-spun-off $20B restaurant group. MIKE RAWLINGS, former President of DDB Needham Worldwide, Dallas, was named President - Chief Concept Officer for Pizza H

Tags: PepsiCo, People and Pop Culture, Time Warner

06/11/97
MARKETPLACE ROUND-UP

St. Louis-based Core Advertising won an assignment from NFL Properties and will develop a national campaign to publicize the NFL''s "Air-It-Out" flag football promotion (ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL, 6/

Tags: American Skiing Co., NFL, Phoenix Coyotes

06/11/97
THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY TURNSTILE TRACKER

TODAY: MLB National League Attendance Through June 8 ''97 YEAR-TO-DATE COMPARISONS TEAM HOME DATES AVG. TOTAL % CAP ''96 AVG. % +/- ''95 AVG. % +/- COL 29 48,058 1,393,677 96% 48,037 + 1% 47,084 + 2%

Tags: Atlanta Braves, MLB, The Back of the Book, Time Warner

06/11/97
FRANCHISE NOTES

The AFL CityHawks are profiled by Bruce Weber in the N.Y. TIMES. Weber writes that the starting QB also works as a mortgage broker and the WR/LB is also a barber: "Such is the charm and cruel anonymit

Tags: AFL, Cablevision, Franchises, Madison Square Garden

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