ET's John Tesh previewed the swimsuit edition of INSIDE
SPORTS, which hits newsstands today. Tesh: "Competition is
intense to get your swimsuit on a model in the INSIDE SPORTS
special issue. 800 swimsuit-makers vie for a spot, but only 25
make it" ("Entertainment Tonight," 2/27)....TNT Exec Producer
Mike Pearl says he will ask Lawrence Taylor for a month's
extension on a decision to return to TNT's NFL "Stadium Show."
Pearl is also considering Boomer Esiason and Ronnie Lott (Rudy
Martzke, USA TODAY, 2/28)....Agent David Fishof denied that his
client, Phil Simms, has any "wanderlust" to leave ESPN. But
Simms is believed to have made an inquiry to NBC. ABC said there
has been no contact (Richard Sandomir, N.Y. TIMES, 2/28)....In
addition to partnering on in a new multimedia venture, Bell
Atlantic, Nynex and Pacific Telesis are combining efforts for
their purchase of TV set-top "boxes," spending upwards of $800M.
The devices will act as in-home gateways for interactive
programming (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/28).