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Preview '93 : Blade Runners

September 12, 1993|JOHN SCHEIBE | TIMES STAFF WRITER

The 1993-94 sports season has been put on ice, with the Kings and the Mighty Ducks ready to join the Olympics in a wonderland of fall and winter sports coverage rarely seen at one time.

From the Forum, to the Pond and on to Lillehammer, Norway, Southland hockey fans will face an unprecedented number of shots on screen.

HOCKEY

The Kings: The defending Campbell Conference champions are on Prime Ticket for 68 games, and Bob Miller and Jim Fox are back as announcers. The Kings' first home game is against the Vancouver Canucks. Oct. 6 .

As it did last season, KTLA will broadcast a limited number of Kings games. TBA .

The Mighty Ducks: Disney's newest attraction on Katella Avenue will have 45 games telecast--25 by Prime Ticket and 20 by KCAL, including the Ducks' home-opener. Oct. 8 .

THE WINTER OLYMPICS

CBS heads to the Games at Lillehammer for the winter's big event. The network will televise 120 hours of coverage of 12 sports that will award medals in 61 events. Greg Gumbel will be the host of the network's prime-time show. Feb. 12-27 .

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

A well-rounded schedule of games will be televised by ABC, NBC, ESPN and Prime Ticket.

ABC: Key matchups of the nation's best teams, including Nebraska at UCLA. Saturday on ABC at 12:30 p.m.

NBC: All Notre Dame home games, including the meeting against intersectional rival USC. Oct. 23 . TBA.

ESPN: A variety-filled 50-game schedule, featuring its weekly Thursday evening game.

Prime Ticket: A 70-game schedule that includes the popular Pac-10 Game of the Week. On USC telecasts, Craig Fertig will join Tom Kelly as a color commentator.

PRO FOOTBALL

Rams and Raiders: All road games on KCBS and KNBC, except for the Raiders-Seattle matchup Sunday at 5 p.m. and the Rams-Atlanta Falcons game Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. Those will be shown on cable's TNT and KCAL. ESPN's Sunday-night schedule begins Nov. 7 , 5 p.m.

Also, the Raiders will be featured on "ABC's Monday Night Football" against the Denver Broncos. Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.

The NFL: Regional, national and playoff telecasts by CBS, NBC, ABC ESPN and TNT. NBC will top the season with Super Bowl XXVIII from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Jan. 30.

PRO BASKETBALL

The Lakers: The team begins its second season under coach Randy Pfund, with Prime Ticket televising 40 home games. KCAL will counter with 41 road games and Chick Hearn and Stu Lantz will announce the entire season.

The Clippers: The beleaguered team has no cable contract, so the number of televised regular season games has been reduced to 36 on KCOP. Ralph Lawlor and Bill Walton will return as commentators.

The NBA: NBC begins its fourth consecutive year with a doubleheader. Christmas Day .

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

CBS will take the court with 26 telecasts. Dec. 4 , TBA. The network also will carry all NCAA Tournament games. March . TBA.

USC and UCLA: KTLA will air several games as part of its Pac-10 basketball coverage. TBA.

BASEBALL

CBS, in the final year of its contract, takes its last at-bats when the league playoffs begin. Oct. 5 . The World Series follows. Oct. 16. TBA.

BOXING

Two heavyweight bouts highlight a slim fall schedule. Lennox Lewis vs. Frank Bruno meet in Londo on HBO. Oct. 1 . TBA.

Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield fight on Pay-Per-View. Nov. 6 .

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