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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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02/25/98
WHILE TV RATINGS DOWN, WEB USAGE INCREASED DURING GAMES

SportsLine USA announced that traffic on CBS SportsLine during the 17 days of the Winter Games generated a record number of page views and visits. The average daily page views increased over 55% compa

Tags: Anheuser Busch, ATT, CBS, IBM, IOC, News Corp./Fox, Olympics, Quokka, Sports Illustrated, SportsLine.com, Time Warner, Viacom, Visa, Xerox

02/25/98
NFL.COM LOOKS TO "MAJOR PLAYERS" FOR NEXT ONLINE PARTNER

As the NFL''s Web site production contract with Starwave expires shortly, competition for the next deal "is expected to be fierce," with Starwave, CBS SportsLine and Fox Sports Online "understood to b

Tags: IBM, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Oakland Athletics, Media, SportsLine.com

02/25/98
MARINERS SIGN PARTNERSHIP WITH JAPAN'S ORIX BLUE WAVE

The Mariners have signed a two-year working agreement with the Japanese Pacific League''s Orix Blue Wave. The deal includes the exchange of coaches, players, front office staff and scouting informatio

Tags: Franchises, Seattle Mariners

02/25/98
FRANCHISE NOTES

NHL: The Predators have sold 8,002 season tickets as of February 16, meaning they must sell 3,998 by March 31 to meet NHL requirements (Predators)....N.Y. investment banker Michael Largue "is bringing

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Edmonton Oilers, ESPN, Franchises, Gale Force Holdings, Nashville Predators, NHL, Walt Disney

02/25/98
FOX BROADCASTING SEEKS ASSISTANT BRAND MANAGER

Fox Broadcasting is seeking an individual with a knowledge and interest in sports to be responsible for developing and executing marketing plans for video and computer game releases. This will include

Tags: Classified Advertisements, News Corp./Fox

02/25/98
EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

BRANDWEEK''s Terry Lefton reports that CHIP CAMPBELL has left Clarion/Performance Prop. for IMG''s NY-based corporate consulting group. Lefton adds that Nike is seeking a GROUP DIRECTOR for its Michae

Tags: IMG, Nike, People and Pop Culture

02/25/98
COMCAST REPORTS WIDER THAN EXPECTED LOSSES IN FOURTH QUARTER

Comcast Corp. reported "much wider losses" for its fourth quarter of ''97 and the full year ended December 31, although annual revenues increased 21.6%, according to Richard Morgan of VARIETY. Comcast

Tags: Comcast-Spectacor, Finance, Sprint

02/25/98
THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY TURNSTILE TRACKER

TODAY: NBA Eastern Conference Attendance Through February 23 YEAR-TO-DATE   TOTAL +/- ATTEND TEAM HOME DATES ''97-98 AVG. TOTAL %CAP ''96-97 AVG. FROM ''96-97 CHI 28 23,994 671,856 111% 23,844 +

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, NBA, The Back of the Book, Time Warner, US Airways

02/25/98
WILL THE OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE BE FOREVER CHANGED? WHAT'S NEXT?

CBS''s coverage of the Nagano Games, and the TV outlook for Sydney and Salt Lake, are examined by SI''s Richard Hoffer. CBS''s Rick Gentile, on how NBC should cover the Sydney Games: "If what the publ

Tags: ABC, Anheuser Busch, CBS, NBC, Olympics, Sports Illustrated, Viacom, Walt Disney

02/25/98
ASCENT INVESTOR WANTS ACTION; LYONS SAYS TEAMS STAYING PUT

Gabelli Funds'' Mario Gabelli, who owns 10% of Ascent Entertainment, said that it''s "time for [Ascent] to do some ''financial engineering'' to improve its value for shareholders," according to Stephe

Tags: Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Franchises, PepsiCo

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