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          ONLINE: AOL Studios, which has been "coming up with
     snazzy online content targeted at mass TV audiences and
     Internet surfers who may be bypassing AOL," is examined in
     BUSINESS WEEK.  Among AOL Studios' new content is the Real
     Fans Sports Network, "expected early next year."  AOL
     Studios purchased Extreme Sports, which will relaunch as
     "the core" of Real Fans (BUSINESS WEEK, 12/1)....Tiger Woods
     will launch his new Web site and "Club Tiger," his new fan
     club, on December 2 in Orlando, FL.  The Web site is being
     launched with SportsLine USA (AD AGE, 11/23).   
          GENERAL: In San Diego, Fritz Quindt ranks his top
     football announcing teams, with Fox's Pat Summerall and John
     Madden No. 1, followed by NBC's Dick Enberg, Phil Simms and
     Paul McGuire and ESPN's Mike Patrick and Joe Theismann. 
     Quindt: "However, the gap between [Summerall and Madden] and
     the creme de la networks has been closing, and the current
     margin of brownie points between Nos. 1 and 3 is thinner
     than Kate Moss" (UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/21)....In N.Y., Michael
     Shain profiled Total Sports, which "has created its own
     imprint" to publish its own books, and will release "Total
     Hockey" next year.  Total Sports is also negotiating with
     the NBA to do a "Total Basketball."  "Total Baseball"
     Publisher John Thorn said that Total Sports, which merged
     with NC-based Koz Sports last year, has combined revenues
     "of less than" $10M, and that the new company will "extend
     the concept" of the "Total Baseball" and "Total Football" to
     non-team sports such as boxing, auto racing and "maybe even
     chess" (N.Y. POST, 11/23)....The Canucks will televise four
     regular season home games on PPV cable in British Columbia. 
     The four-game package will cost C$34.95, and single games
     may be selected for C$9.95.  The games will be sponsored by
     Molson Canadian and be commercial free (VAN. SUN, 11/20).