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Mar 12, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Match about over for ECW
New York–Extreme Championship Wrestling may be down for the final count. ECW’s scheduled wrestling pay-per-view event for Sunday night was canceled when ECW couldn’t hammer out a deal with PPV distributor InDemand. Sources said ECW couldn’t round up wrestlers or find a place to hold the event. “The company has basically stopped operating,” a former ECW employee said. “I understand ECW may be even going out of business.” ECW, which staged its last PPV event Jan. 13, had been carried by the former Nashville Network until September, when Viacom dropped it after picking up Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation.
Westlake exits Universal
Los Angeles–Blair Westlake has elected to step down from his position as chairman of the Universal Television & Networks Group to pursue other interests. He expects to make a transition by early April.
Lieberman bill looming
Washington–Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., is putting the finishing touches on legislation that gives the Federal Trade Commission the authority to crack down on companies that market violent and vulgar content, such as films, video games and music, to kids.
FCC-TW dispute settled
Washington–The Federal Communications Commission last week announced that Time Warner Cable had signed a consent decree agreeing to pay $72,000 to the U.S. Treasury for dropping ABC stations from 96 cable systems during a retransmission consent dispute with the network during the May sweeps last year. An FCC spokesperson said the decree settled the agency’s enforcement case against the cable company.