NBC apologized for misleading Los Angeles viewers last Sunday. Its late game turned out to be Miami-New England, which was fine, but surely some viewers wanted to see Seattle-San Diego instead. . . . Disdain for the networks' scheduling of NFL games is one reason the NFL is close to reaching its projected sales of 400,000 homes for its Sunday Ticket pay package. Also, DirecTV has a pretty good deal--a $399 dish with a $200 rebate plus NFL Sunday Ticket for $99. The Sunday Ticket price goes back to $159 after Sept. 15. . . . Some cable subscribers have complained that their systems are not offering the full supplement of college football pay-per-view games Saturday because they're using some of those channels to advertise Saturday night's Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon pay-per-view fight. Just another reason to scrap the cable and buy a mini satellite dish.
The USA network, in its 13th year of televising a portion of the U.S. Open, has reached agreement on a new deal that runs through 2002. . . . Tim Green, noted author as well as a Fox football analyst, will be on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday talking about his new book, "The Dark Side of the Game." . . . XTRA's UCLA coverage begins Saturday with Kevin Turner on "College Football Today" at 1 p.m. Chris Roberts and new commentator Steve Hartman begin "Bruin Talk" at 3:30, with the game broadcast beginning at 5. . . . UCLA's home opener against Northeast Louisiana Sept. 14 won't be televised live--it will be on Prime Sports the next morning--but does anybody really care? . . . Continental Cablevision, which services 210,000 L.A.-area subscribers, recently added the Golf Channel, but many golfers rely on mini-dish systems to get the network.