TV/VIDEO: Evander Holyfield will defend his WBA
heavyweight title against Henry Akinwande on June 6 at MSG.
Showtime will handle PPV distribution for the fight (N.Y
DAILY NEWS, 3/24)....BROADCASTING & CABLE's John Higgins
writes that Cablevision Chair Charles Dolan's interest in
buying the Yankees may stem from SportsChannel's experience
in Philadelphia, where Comcast took control of the 76ers and
Flyers and launched Comcast SportsNet. One media exec:
"Chuck learned his lesson in Philadelphia" (BROADCASTING &
CABLE, 3/23)....After CBS "failed to offer" Marcus Allen the
job he sought with the network, Allen will return to the
Chiefs for the final year of his contract (K.C. STAR, 3/24).
PUBLISHING: In Akron, Michael Weinreb reviews ESPN
Magazine, calling it SI "for slackers." Weinreb: "What I
want from a sports magazine is simple: Compelling writing,
great photography. The Magazine has that. Now I wish they
would cool it with the inside jokes" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL,
3/24)....The Sporting News' VP/Sales Jay Burzon told AD
AGE's James Brady that after TSN's December relaunch, ad
pages are up 89% in January (AD AGE, 3/23 issue).