NEW YORK (AP) _ The NFL will begin scrambling satellite feeds of its network-televised Sunday games, making the signals available only through a season subscription package.
NFL Enterprises on Thursday announced a five-year agreement with Group W Network Services, which will collect the feeds from regional games and transmit them to the C-Band backyard market beginning with the 1994 season.
Viewers must subscribe for the entire season, and cannot receive just one game or one Sunday’s worth of games, NFL spokesman Pete Abitante said. Prices have yet to be determined.
The service will include games on NBC and Fox, but not Sunday night games on cable networks TNT and ESPN, or Monday night games on ABC.
The NFL has vigorously guarded its satellite signals, including taking court action against those who pirate signals.
LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) - Cammy Myler, the first U.S. woman to win a World Cup luge race, was elected Thursday to carry the American flag in the athletes’ parade at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.
Myler, 25, from Lake Placid, N.Y., was chosen in a vote of U.S. team captains.
Other candidates included speedskaters Dan Jansen, Bonnie Blair and Kristin Talbot, and frestyle skier Donna Weinbrecht.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Luther Wright has been released from the hospital where he was being treated for manic depression, but the rookie forward is not expected to rejoin the Utah Jazz for at least two weeks.
Wright, who was released from the Western Institute of Neuropsychiatry on Wednesday, was cited for disorderly conduct on Jan. 24 after police found him shouting and banging garbage cans at a Tooele County rest stop.
In a prepared statement, Wright’s agent, Sal DiFazio, said the former Seton Hall player would continue to receive treatment as an out-patient for an indefinite period.
DiFazio said Wright would continue to be unavailable for interviews until doctors determine he is able to make public statements.
The 7-foot-2 Wright decided to forego his senior year of eligibility in 1993 and was chosen by the Jazz in the first round of the NBA draft. At Seton Hall, he averaged 9.0 points and 7.5 rebounds during his junior year.
Wright has appeared in only 15 games for Utah this season, averaging 1.3 ppg and 0.7 rebounds.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds reached agreement today with starting pitcher Tim Pugh on a one-year contract.
Pugh, 27, a right-hander, was 10-15 last season with a 5.26 earned run average. He made 27 starts and relieved in four other games.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The City Council allocated $10.9 million toward repairing the quake-damaged Memorial Coliseum, but expressed concern that danger signs about the stadium may have been ignored before the temblor.
The council launched a probe Wednesday into whether the Coliseum’s private managers were negligent in handling of a 1991 report concluding the stadium did not meet current seismic safety standards.
The engineering report was allegedly paid for by Spectacor Management Group, a Philadelphia-based company which runs the Coliseum. The report was prepared for the architectural firm of Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff.
There was no retrofitting to upgrade the safety of the coliseum after the report was delivered three years ago. Two firms, HNTB and Tutor-Saliba construction group, completed a $15 million renovation of the stadium last year.
The Coliseum sustained an estimated $35 million damage in the Jan. 17 Northridge temblor. The $10.9 million allocated Wednesday represents a share of the $75 million in federal aid received so far by the city.
The Coliseum, site of two Olympics and home to the Los Angeles Raiders and University of Southern California football teams, requires $17 million for repairs and another $18 million for seismic upgrading, renovation project Don Webb said.
The 71-year-old Coliseum south of downtown has cracks running through the stands and a section of the Olympic torch was dislodged. Support pillars and peristyle arches were badly damaged.