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Volume 24 No. 115

Events Attractions

          Crowd violence yesterday "broke out for a second day in
     Marseilles, as opposing fans hurled rocks and bottles at
     each other during England's match against Tunisia,"
     according to Nicholas Woodsworth of the FINANCIAL TIMES. 
     The trouble began on a city beach where the game was seen on
     a large screen.  After England's first goal, "drunken
     England supporters threw bottles at the crowd," and the
     "violence quickly spread" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 6/16).  As of
     9:00pm, 16 people were arrested and 22 had been treated at
     local hospitals.  Fifty people were arrested and 35
     hospitalized on Sunday night during fights in Marseilles. 
     In N.Y., Christopher Clarey wrote, "Hooliganism, soccer's
     recurring headache, turned Marseilles into a city of tear
     gas for the second consecutive day" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/16).  In
     Houston, John Lopez: "The continued problems involving the
     Hooligans cast a pall on what has been a fast-paced, high-
     scoring and relatively peaceful tournament" (HOUSTON
     CHRONICLE, 6/16).  USA TODAY's Fred Coleman, on the English
     hooligans: "They are drunk.  They are violent.  They are
     racist.  And they are in France, starting to bloody the
     festive atmosphere of the World Cup soccer championships"
     (USA TODAY, 6/16).  Header over WASHINGTON POST story:
     "English Fans Incite More Violence."  British Prime Minister
     Tony Blair called the group of fans "a complete disgrace to
     the country."  Pele said, "Until now, (the World Cup) was so
     nice -- a lot of goals, everyone very happy.  Now, we have
     this problem" (Steven Goff, WASHINGTON POST, 6/16).  The
     FINANCIAL TIMES' Patrick Harverson writes that the fans'
     actions "have done nothing but harm England's chances of
     hosting the World Cup in 2006" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 6/16). 
          TEAR DOWN THE WALL: Nike said it was taking down
     posters featuring former soccer player Eric Cantona from its
     World Cup park in Paris after a French group said "they
     smacked of fascism."   Nike's posters "used stark 1930s-
     style graphics, including a dictator-like image of Cantona,
     and slogans such as 'Young people of the world, football is
     calling you!  Come and join us!'" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 6/16). 

          By losing "millions of dollars" during the first three
     Goodwill Games, Ted Turner has shown that "making money is
     not his primary motivation in staging the event," according
     to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES.  Turner said
     yesterday at a news conference, "You don't evaluate
     everything by whether or not you make a profit.  Mother
     Teresa didn't make a profit."  Sandomir reports that so far,
     the 15-sport event has sold 130,000 of the 600,000 available
     tickets.  Turner: "It's early yet" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/16).  
          IS EVENT "A BUST"? In N.Y., Chris Isidore writes that
     with a $200M price tag and "modest viewership expectations,"
     Time Warner will be "closely" watching the games.  Univ. of
     MA Sports Management Assistant Professor Jay Gladden: "It
     could very well be the last gasp for the games. 
     Particularly with the (Turner-Time Warner) merger, this
     event now ultimately has to answer to shareholders." 
     Goodwill Games President Mike Plant said that organizers
     "always expected late ticket sales and have been holding
     back on their marketing efforts."  Plant: "This is a very
     challenging city in which to promote and sell an event. ...
     [I]t would have been foolish for us to have a blitz when
     people in New York weren't going to focus on it for a couple
     of months" (CRAIN'S N.Y. BUSINESS, 6/15). Also in N.Y., Paul
     Schwartzman wrote that the Games "are generating less-than-
     heated interest among fans and within the sports industry." 
     Grey Advertising's Jon Mandel: "No one cares about it; no
     one knows about it."  A senior mayoral advisor, who spoke on
     the condition of anonymity: "It's probably going to be a
     bust." But Games spokesperson Michael Llewellen said, "The
     buzz is building" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/14).

          ABC's coverage yesterday afternoon of the USA-Germany
     match earned a 4.4/12 overnight rating (THE DAILY).  In St.
     Louis, Tom Wheatley calls ABC's coverage of the match
     "incompetent."  Wheatley: "Brent Musberger anchored the
     studio coverage at his melodramatic worst."  Noting
     Musberger's question, "Do we have a chance?," Wheatley
     wonders, "Why do U.S. broadcasters turn into jingoists when
     a U.S. national team is at play?" (POST-DISPATCH, 6/16).  
          NUMBERS: USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke shows that ABC's
     weekend overnight ratings are down from '94 and reports,
     "Soccer fever, as expected, has dwindled in the USA, with
     the World Cup being played in France."  ABC's Belgium-
     Holland opening match on Saturday earned a 2.4 overnight,
     down 49% from '94's 4.7 opener.  Sunday's Jamaica-Croatia
     overnight of a 2.6 was down 67% from '94's 7.8, a match that
     featured the U.S. team.  For more ratings, see (#32).