Westinghouse Electric Corp. agreed to buy American
Radio Systems Corp. for $1.6B, plus the assumption of $1B in
debt, according to Aeppel & Bulkeley of the WALL STREET
JOURNAL. The move adds 98 stations to Westinghouse, giving
it a total of 175 stations (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/22).
ONE EYE OPEN: In N.Y., Jon Elsen wrote "the race is on
to eventually succeed Michael Jordan" as CBS Chair, with CBS
Station Group Chair Mel Karmazin and CBS TV Chair Les
Moonves potential successors (N.Y. POST, 9/22). Elsen
profiled Jordan in Sunday's N.Y. POST and wrote, "While CBS
is not for sale, many think it would be an attractive
target." Elsen: "Some think Microsoft or others might back
Barry Diller in an acquisition of CBS (N.Y. POST, 9/21).
NUMBERS: TVKO reported 650,000 pay-per-view buys and
over $26M in pay-per-view revenue from the September 13
Oscar De La Hoya/Hector Camacho title fight, making it the
third-highest-grossing non-heavyweight pay-per-view event of
all time (TVKO)....TNN's cable rating for the CMT 300 NASCAR
Winston Cup event on September 14 was a 3.9 rating, hitting
2,776,000 households (NASCAR).
WOMEN'S PROFILE: In N.Y., Robin Pogrebin examined the
influx of new women's sports publications in Sunday's N.Y.
TIMES. Pogrebin: "Editors of the new magazines trumpet
their publications as a refreshing change from business as
usual -- even, on a grander level, political progress. But
far from advancing some brave new vision for women in the
21st century, the industry experts say, the new sports
magazines have simply identified a potentially lucrative
market and are hoping to cash in" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/21).
NAMES IN THE NEWS: Billy Cunningham said NBC called to
see if he is interested in possibly replacing Julius Erving
on the network's studio show (MIAMI HERALD, 9/20)....The
Cavs named Brad Daugherty as their analyst for 20 games on
WUAB-Cavs TV this season (Cavs)....Matt Guokas was named as
the new analyst for SportsChannel's 42 Cavs games
(SportsChannel)....Rob Parker of Newsday, and his new
magazine, OSCAR, the only quarterly written by and about
sports journalists, is noted in MEN'S JOURNAL (10/97 issue).
The "annual tussle" among ESPN, Fox and NBC for first-
round MLB playoff games "will be finalized this week,"
according to an AP report in the N.Y. POST. Each wants "as
many games as they can get involving the Yankees and
Dodgers." MLB officials say that if the Yankees advance to
the AL Championship, "they would like to switch" Game 3 of
the AL series, currently scheduled for Saturday, October 11
at 4:10 pm ET, with Game 4 in the NL, currently due to start
at 7:40 pm ET. The later start "would push the start of the
Yankees game until after sunset, and the end of Yom Kippur
... which affects a significant percentage of their ticket
holders." The move "would cost NBC a prime-time game and
give an extra one to Fox, and so," MLB officials say, some
TV execs "are resisting the change" (AP/N.Y. POST, 9/20).
Nine racetracks "have signed contracts or letters of
intent" with ODS Entertainment to become part of the
proposed TV Games Network (TVG), a "national entertainment
and wagering network featuring horse racing," according to
an AP report in the Baltimore SUN. Churchill Downs,
Hollywood Park and Pimlico are among those that committed
the "bulk of their races exclusively" to ODS over the next
five years. TVG, which "is expected" to begin broadcasting
by late '98, will been seen on subscriber's TV through cable
carriage, and will provide odds, weather conditions,
scratches, equipment and jockey changes, handicapping data
and results. Wagering "will be possible" in states that
have legislation already in place (Baltimore SUN/AP, 9/21).
With seven sponsors paying a total of nearly $9M, and
USA Network paying "more than" $1M for the rights to first-
round coverage, NBC will take in "nearly" $3M after
production costs for its telecast of the Ryder Cup,
according to Dave Shedloski of GOLFWEEK. NBC paid the PGA
nearly $4.5M for rights to this year's event, "with that
figure jumping to an estimated" $7M starting in '99.
Karsten Manufacturing's Dir of Communications Bob Cantin:
"From a (ad) buying standpoint, the Ryder Cup ranks right up
there with the majors." NBC's second round coverage will be
tape delayed on Saturday from 12:00pm-6:00pm ET, while
Sunday's final round will pick up the matches live in
progress from 8:30am-12:30pm (GOLFWEEK, 9/20 issue).
MORE FROM THE CUP: USA Network will carry the first-
round on Friday from 8:00am-6:00pm ET (USA)....IBM is
offering two official World Wide Web sites, with the U.S.
site at www.rydercup.com, and the European site at
www.97rydercup.com. The sites feature a custom scoring
program which allows users to launch a second browser to
follow matches in progress (IBM).