The '99 Ryder Cup at The Country Club in Brookline, MA,
"will be the centerpiece" of an "impressive array of events"
scheduled to take place in Boston that year, according to
Will McDonough of the BOSTON GLOBE. The Country Club has
"already sold" 57 corporate tents at $250,000 each for the
week. That, along with TV revenues, ticket sales, and
concessions and merchandising revenue means the event "will
spin off" $90-100M. Pat Moscaritolo, President of Boston's
Visitors and Convention Bureau said "something like" 6,000
of the city's hotel rooms "have already been booked for that
week," half of the rooms in Boston. In '99, Boston will
also host MLB's All-Star Game at Fenway Park, two rounds of
the NCAA basketball tournament at the FleetCenter, and The
Davis Cup, with Foxboro being one of the finalists to host
the Women's World Cup (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/12).
ESPN announced the launch of ESPN Grill, a sports-
themed restaurant, scheduled to open in Baltimore's Inner
Harbor in '98 and in Chicago's River North neighborhood in
'99. ESPN plans to extend the concept in other major cities
following the opening of the initial two locations (ESPN).
In Baltimore, Gary Gately writes that the ESPN Grill will
open by the spring, and that visitors to the new restaurant
will enter "a futuristic atrium immersed in everything
sports." The Grill will also "double" as ESPN studio sets,
although "neither Disney nor ESPN would say how often
broadcasts might be beamed from Baltimore" (SUN, 10/15).
Art Levitt, President of Disney Regional Entertainment, said
that it plans to open three to five U.S. Grills a year and
open outlets overseas (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/15).
The Women's Sports Foundation will hold its first
"Women's Global Challenge" in the greater Washington, DC,
region, from April 28-May 2, 1999. The Challenge will
include competition in basketball, beach volleyball, diving,
figure skating, gymnastics, soccer (pending), swimming and
track and field. More than $2.3M will be raised for girl's
sports programs and female athletes around the world
(Women's Sports Foundation). In Washington, Athelia Knight
reports that the Washington region will also host the
biennial event in 2001 (WASHINGTON POST, 10/15).
TUBE TIME: Lifetime TV will telecast three days of the
Women's Global Challenge, for a total of six hours of
coverage (Lifetime). CBS Sports will broadcast four hours
of coverage spread over the five days of competition (CBS).