Women's NBA sets TV deal

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The National Basketball Association announced that its new Woman's NBA would kick off next June with a TV deal on Lifetime and ESPN. Each network will cablecast 10 games; both networks will show the playoffs. Lifetime hopes to eventually spin off the WNBA to a new channel it wants to start, The Place. Though no sponsors were announced, all major NBA advertisers have been notified of ad possibilities, said Brian Donlon, Lifetime VP-sports, new media and public affairs. There will be eight WNBA teams, in cities that already have NBC teams. Reebok International already announced another women's basketball league, the American Basketball League.

The Church of Scientology's lawsuit against Time magazine over their May 6, 1991 cover story, "Scientology: The Cult of Greed," was dismissed Tuesday by Judge Peter K. Leisure of U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.

The case was dismissed in its entirety, putting to an end the Church of Scientology's $416 million lawsuit against Time. In two previous decisions, Judge Leisure dismissed all but one of six libel claims brought against Time, with the remaining unresolved claim dismissed Tuesday.

The story garnered numerous awards for reporter Richard Behar, including the Conscience in Media Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, as well as the 1992 Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial journalism.

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