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Volume 24 No. 116
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          JUST SOME GOOD OL' BOYS: In Charlotte, Kay McFadden
     gives Fox's NASCAR film, "Steel Chariots," which debuts
     tonight at 8:00pm ET, a "B," and calls it "a well-produced
     family movie that makes the most of NASCAR as a backdrop." 
     McFadden: "As for the racing itself, the filmmakers take a
     pass on big crashes in favor of dialogue-intensive pit
     stops. ... [M]ost of the action is off-track and focuses on
     the week leading up to Talladega" (CHARL. OBSERVER, 9/23).  
          FOX PROGRAMMING: Fox Sports Americas (FSA) has acquired
     the Latin American rights to the Ryder Cup (FSA)....Fox
     Sports Southwest (FSS) reached agreement with Community
     Communications Company to expand into 16 AK communities
     reaching over 8,000 subscribers (FSS)....The '97 John R.
     Wooden Classic will be televised nationally by Fox Sports
     Net.  The doubleheader features Georgia-Stanford and UCLA-
     New Mexico (John R. Wooden Classic). 
          GENERAL: More than 20% of MSNBC's Internet operation
     will be "laid off as Microsoft presses to cut costs at all
     of its Web-publishing businesses."  Sources said about 50 of
     the operation's 230 employees could be laid off (SEATTLE
     TIMES, 9/22)....The Elias Sports Bureau will serve as the
     official statistical consultant to the NHL.  Elias will
     develop, maintain and update a historical database dating
     back to 1917, the year the NHL was formed (NHL).