TV: USA TODAY's Gordon Forbes reports that the NFL's TV
negotiations "will run slower this year." The October 1
exclusivity deadline for talking to current broadcast
carriers "will be pushed back" to November 1. Forbes: "The
new deal won't be firmed up until after the Super Bowl" (USA
TODAY, 9/18)....Mike Keenan "has had talks with ESPN and Fox
Sports about becoming a hockey commentator this season"
(DETROIT FREE PRESS, 9/17)....Ed Pinckney will serve as an
in-studio host for UPN-33's Heat road TV broadcasts, as well
as a radio analyst on WIOD for home games (Heat).
PRINT: SI will publish "The Boston Collection: The Best
Boston Sports Stories from The Pages of Sports Illustrated,"
the first in a series of city-specific special issues. The
164-page issue will hit Boston newsstands on October 6, and
will have a cover price of $5.95. Ford Division/New England
is the exclusive advertiser of the issue which features Ted
Williams on the cover. Chicago will be the next issue (SI).