FRANCHISES: The Eagles TV Network, the team's in-house
production and programming arm, will be seen on stations
throughout PA, inculding flagship WPHL-WB in Philadelphia;
WPMT-Fox in Harrisburg, York and Lancaster and on WOLF-Fox
in Wilkes-Scranton. In addition, Philadelphia's WTXF-Fox
has also partnered with ETN for one program. The Eagles
also named Rob Alberino, formerly of NFL Films, to serve as
ETN's Exec Producer and named Rich Gentile as Associate
Producer (Eagles)....CABLE WORLD's Mike Reynolds writes that
"conversation about local TV carriage" for the Washington,
DC, and Detroit WNBA teams has "already been tossed out."
Team execs say that they've already "begun informal ...
conversations" with MD-based Home Team Sports and Fox Sports
Detroit, respectively (CABLE WORLD, 10/20 issue).
GENERAL: Golf commentator Mark Rolfing, with ABC the
last five years, will return to NBC to replace Dave Marr,
who died last month. ABC has replaced Rolfing with Roger
Twibell (USA TODAY, 10/23)...In N.Y., Mary Huhn reports that
Variety will launch a N.Y. edition of its Daily Variety
(N.Y. POST, 10/23)....Inside Sports Editor Ken Leiker, on
MLB's popularity: "We did a baseball cover this summer and
it might be the lowest-selling issue in the 18-year history
of the magazine" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/23).