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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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01/28/98
IS DETROIT BELIEVING THIS MAY BE THE YEAR OF THE TIGERS?

The Tigers ticket department "is showing a new energy now that the sellers are on commission for the first time," according to Tom Gage of the DETROIT NEWS. The Tigers have launched an "aggressive cam

Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, Franchises

01/28/98
RILEY RULES THIS ROOST AS HEAT BREAK GROUND ON HOME FOR 'ZO

The Heat yesterday broke ground on its new American Airlines Arena, according to Luisa Yanez of the Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL. The $190M, 20,000-seat arena is scheduled to open in December of ''99.

Tags: Facilities, Miami Heat

01/28/98
BRAVE NEW WORLD: NFL EUROPE SEEKS SINGLE TITLE SPONSOR

The NFL''s Int''l Division is negotiating with Coca-Cola and Visa USA, each competing to become the single title sponsor of the rebranded NFL Europe, formerly the World League, according to Jeff Jense

Tags: Coca-Cola, Dallas Stars, ESPN, NBA, NFL, Southwest Sports Group, Visa, Walt Disney

01/28/98
CABLEVISION PROPOSES ACQUISITION OF NOBODY BEATS THE WIZ

Cablevision Systems Corp., "in a bid for more of New Yorkers'' entertainment dollars," yesterday offered "about" $95M for the "troubled" Nobody Beats The Wiz chain, according to James Madore of NEWSDA

Tags: Cablevision, Finance, New York Knicks

01/28/98
LEAGUE NOTES

FOOTBALL: ELECTRONIC MEDIA Publisher Ron Alridge writes that after the NFL''s TV deal, "it''s hard to imagine a better time for starting a new pro football league. ... [A] real football league that wo

Tags: CFL, ESPN, Leagues and Governing Bodies, NBC, NFL, TBS/TNT, Walt Disney

01/28/98
FRANCHISE NOTES

NBA: Pacers coach Larry Bird, on the Pacers registering only five sellouts this season, despite having the best record in the East: "It''s a little mind-boggling this team is off to one of its best st

Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Franchises, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Twins, NBA, NHL

01/28/98
MEDIA NOTES

SUPER BOWL: The Super Bowl earned a final 44.5/67 rating, which helped give NBC the "largest margin" of prime- time ratings victory in a Super Bowl week since ''87, the year Nielsen "introduced its pe

Tags: ESPN, NBA, NBC, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Nielsen, Reebok, Sports Illustrated, Media, Walt Disney

01/28/98
NATIONAL THOROUGHBRED RACING PARTNERS WITH TV GAMES NETWORK

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and CO-based TV Games Network (TVG) agreed to a five-year membership, sponsorship and development agreement. The deal is estimated at $15M over five

Tags: NTRA

01/28/98
CONFUSION IN S.F.: DEBARTOLO YORK TEMPORARILY HALTS STADIUM

49ers co-Owner Denise DeBartolo York, "citing unforseen costs," said yesterday that her board of directors "is putting the brakes -- at least temporarily -- on plans to build a new stadium and mall at

Tags: Franchises, San Francisco 49ers

01/28/98
NAMES IN THE NEWS

At the Australian Open, SERENA and VENUS WILLIAMS yesterday each challenged KARSTEN BRAASCH, ranked No. 203 on the men''s ATP Tour, to a set, and each lost. Serena fell 6- 1, while Venus lost 6-2 (Mul

Tags: ATP, Dallas Stars, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, NBC, News Corp./Fox, Southwest Sports Group, People and Pop Culture

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