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Volume 24 No. 156

Sports Media

     Viacom Chair Sumner Redstone announced yesterday that the
company has plans for 10 "entertainment and studio stores," with
the first possibly opening on Chicago's Michigan Avenue "Miracle
Mile" next year (N.Y. NEWSDAY, 6/22)....The NBA Expansion Draft
will be televised by NBC and CTV this Saturday, June 24 at 4:30pm
EDT, co-hosted by Bob Costas and CTV's Rod Black (NBA)...."A wall
of silence has formed around talks between Interbrew SA and the
suitors jostling for control of the broadcast arm of John Labatt
Ltd" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 6/22)....Norman Lear has agreed to sell
eight TV stations controlled by Act III Broadcasting for more
than $500M.  The stations, all Fox affiliates: WZTU, Nashville;
WUTV, Buffalo; WRGT, Dayton; WRLH, Richmond; WVAH, Charleston-
Huntington, West VA; WNRW, Greensboro, NC; WUHF, Rochester; and
WTAT, Charleston, SC (WASHINGTON POST, 6/22)....This week the
U.S. Justice Department "has broadened its investigation" of
Microsoft's plans for the Microsoft Network, by issue subpoenas
to its "information suppliers" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/21)....Sony will
release its digital TV system this month, which should sell for
approximately $700.  Two pricier versions will be rolled out in
August (USA TODAY, 6/22)....Prime Sports Northwest airs the
CISL's Seattle Sea Dogs first ever regular season game tomorrow
(Prime).... The CISL Washington Warthogs will open their world
wide web site at midnight this Friday.  The site, developed by
Dynamcic Technology in Springfield, VA, will offer access to box
scores, CISL standings, player bios, and special ticket offers.
The Warthog's address is: washwarthogs
(Warthogs)....The IHL Houston Aeros and Prime Sports have reached
a cablecast agreement that will keep the Aero's on TV during the
1995-96 season.  Prime will televise 25 live home games (Aeros).

     In a preview of their coverage of the Wimbledon
Championships, HBO introduced analysts Billie Jean King and
Martina Navratilova to discuss the upcoming Grand Slam event.
Among the highlights:  Navratilova expressed her opposition to
Slazenger and Wimbledon taking air out of the ball to slow down
the game.  Martina says she has seen arm problems and shoulder
problems for women in the last week that has been caused by
practicing with the slower ball.  Navratilova: "It is a short
term solution to a long term problem."  She said the problem is
really one of technology, with today's racquets being too
powerful.  King and Navratilova both spoke on the state of the
game.  Both said Monica Seles' comeback would be a great benefit
to the women's game, and King responded to last year's talk that
tennis was "dying."  King:  "Tennis is not dying.  It has been
through some crisis, but I think the WTA and ATP have responded
appropriately and positively.  Women are giving more and more
time off the court."  King stressed the game has to be looked in
two parts -- both professional and recreational, and both sides
need attention by the governing bodies.  She also suggested
comparing interest in Europe, Asia, and Australia, with that of
the U.S.  King:  "Things do go in cycles, but I think the players
have responded ... I would like to see more continuity with U.S.
grass roots programs.  We are trying to figure out ways that we
can all be on the same page, same direction."  King said the game
was at its "peak" in '78 (THE DAILY).