CBS says it broke even on Olympic coverage
CBS said it broke even financially on the Albertville Winter Olympics because ratings were 10 percent above the guarantee to advertisers.
The 16 nights of prime-time coverage got an 18.7 rating and a 29 share, according to figures released yesterday. That was 3 percent below ABC's 19.3 rating and 30 share for the 1988 Calgary Winter Games, but well above the advertising guarantee of 17.0.
Howard Stringer, president of the CBS Broadcast Group, said CBS Inc. broke even on its investment of $243 million in rights fees and approximately $70 million in production costs. However, Stringer wouldn't provide details.
Two Nebraska football players have been kicked off the team after their arrests in connection with a brawl with members of the school's baseball team, Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said. Seven football players were cited for assault, trespassing and other violations in what police said was a fight with members of the school's baseball team at a house party.
Osborne said he wouldn't give the names or the number of players involved. He said other players allegedly involved would be suspended for part or all of spring practice. Six members of the baseball team and one former player were injured.
* Several assistants who worked under former University of Maryland coach Joe Krivak have found new jobs in the coaching ranks. Krivak resigned at Maryland on Dec. 7.
Former Maryland defensive coordinator Greg Williams will work in the same capacity at the University of Connecticut, where Lew Perkins, formely of Maryland, is currently the athletic director. John Zernhelt, who handled Maryland's offensive line, has become an offensive assistant at Rice and Rod Sharpless, the Terps wide receiver coach, will coach the defensive line at Cornell.
Paul Tortorella will coach defensive backs at Akron. He wa Maryland's special teams' coach. George Foussekis, Maryland's assistant head coach and linebackers coach, is expected to take a coaching position with Virginia Tech.
An official announcement on the heavyweight championship fight between Evander Holyfield and challenger and former champ Larry Holmes is expected soon. The fight will be in June at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
"In the next day or two it will all be together, and we'll make a formal announcement," said Holyfield's manager Shelly Finkel. "We're meeting with people from Caesar's and TVKO tomorrow [today] to wrap things up."
TVKO is a monthly pay-per-view boxing series that will televise the bout.
Momma and poppa gave their approval, so Alberto Tomba will ski in a super giant slalom in Japan on Sunday as part of his campaign to win the overall World Cup title. His agent, Paolo Comellini, said that Tomba made the decision after two days of discussions with his parents, who share the skier's dislike for speed races. The Italian skier has not competed in the super-G since 1989.
Sam Wyche is asking NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue to determine whether the Cincinnati Bengals owe the former coach about $1 million for two years that remained on his contract.
The Bengals say they owe Wyche nothing because he resigned as coach. But Wyche says the team fired him when he met with general manager Mike Brown on Dec. 24.
* San Francisco 49ers linebacker Tim Harris, arrested for drunk driving last fall, reportedly has begun alcohol abuse treatment at the Betty Ford Clinic.