preseason games this year
REGULAR IN THE LINEUP: On Long Island, Neil Best noted "after years of limiting himself to about 20 games," YES analyst Paul O'Neill "will roughly double that" this season. O'Neill will work "14 games in June alone," and the "busy June will test whether he wants to expand his schedule further." O'Neill: "We'll see how I do. I might get overexposed. ... I don't ever see myself doing 162 games. But I could see myself doing 80 or something" (NEWSDAY, 5/31).
PRIZE OFFERINGS: MULTICHANNEL NEWS' Mike Reynolds noted Tennis Channel from Monday through Thursday this week is presenting its "first-ever 'Tennis Week'" on "Wheel of Fortune," which includes a "host of tournament-tinged prizes and top player appearances." Tennis Channel worked with the WTA, the ATP and the USTA "to provide the featured packages for 'Wheel of Fortune,' which include luxury vacation trips tied to upcoming major tennis tournaments." Reynolds noted "some of the world's top tennis players past and present ... appear in show openings, bumpers and closing segments and to award the prize packages" (MULTICHANNEL.com, 5/30).
NORTHERN EXPOSURE: TSN has extended its partnership with the PGA Tour. The net as part of the deal secures the rights to the '11 and '13 Presidents Cups. TSN also acquires the multiyear rights to at least eight PGA Tour events, including opening-round coverage of the RBC Canadian Open (TSN).