ESPN: ESPN has "dropped" Gary Miller from its World
Series coverage in light of charges against him stemming
from events at a Cleveland nightclub (NEWSDAY, 10/17). In
N.Y., Phil Mushnick writes that, "Regardless of the outcome
of the case, Miller's not expected to lose his job, and, at
worst, will face a suspension by ESPN" (N.Y. POST, 10/17).
...ESPN's "Outside The Lines -- Breaking the Line: Jackie
Robinson's Legacy" has received Northeastern Univ.'s '97
Excellence in Sports Journalism Award/Broadcast Media. Also
honored was the follow-up discussion, "ESPN Town Meeting:
Sports in Black & White" (ESPN)....ESPN will broadcast the
MLBPA Players Choice Awards on November 5 (MLBPA).
TEAM NOTES: CO-based Web developer CCG Online was named
by the Rockies to design its Web site, which will launch
later this year at www.coloradorockies.com (AD AGE, 10/17).
...Red Sox telecasts on WABU-TV averaged a 5.7 rating this
season, up 8% from '96. The team's telecasts on NESN
averaged a 2.4, up 20% from last season (BOSTON GLOBE,
10/17)....The Magic "are making a serious move" into the
Hispanic community this season with their first weekly
Spanish radio show on WRMQ-AM (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 10/17).
GENERAL: "Fox Sports News" takes an in-depth look at
the role of religion in pro sports in a two-part "Spotlight"
report, tonight and Monday (Fox)....The Corel WTA Tour is
letting fans select its "Most Exciting Player" award for
'97. Voting can be done at corelwtatour.com, and on links
to the Tennis Magazine site and on USA Today Online.
Balloting will run through early November, and the winner
will be announced November 17 at the Chase Championships
(THE DAILY)....SI Presents' "Pro Basketball '97" preview
magazine is on newsstands. The 160-page issue has a cover
price of $5.95 and has 19 regional covers (SI).