CBS HOSTS:

Tim McCarver and Paula Zahn yesterday were named studio hosts for CBS's coverage of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. McCarver, known for his baseball commentary on CBS and WWOR in New York, was a freestyle skiing announcer for the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. Zahn has been seen on various network news shows.

JET LAG:

If you thought your last flight was rough, listen to what longtime television commentator Jim Simpson had to endure last week. Simpson, 62, whose principal home is in Bethesda, was scheduled to fly from his winter home in the Virgin Islands to Nagoya, Japan, for the Chunichi Gymnastics Cup.

Unfortunately, Turner Broadcasting's travel agents made some scheduling mistakes. Instead of flying him west, he went east via San Juan, London, Bahrain, Hong Kong and Taipei before finally arriving in Nagoya 47 hours later (that included 17 hours of layover).

Simpson took it well: "I'm kind of proud I did it, but I wouldn't want to do it again."

An exhausted Simpson can be seen during the taped broadcast Saturday after the Knicks-Hawks game on TBS.

HTS MILESTONE:

With the addition of five new cable systems, Washington-based Home Team Sports has become only the fifth regional sports network in the country to reach 2 million subscribers. Added were Cumberland, Md., Spotsylvania and Middlesex counties, Va., and Washington County, N.C.

The other networks that have at least 2 million subscribers are Madison Square Garden (New York), Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), Sunshine Network (Florida) and Home Sports Entertainment (Texas).

ROAD SHOW:

George Mason University will produce its first away basketball game tonight when the Patriots play St. John's in the first round of the Brigham Young tournament in Provo, Utah.

The game can be seen on Media General Cable's Channel 8 in Fairfax County on a 30-minute delay, starting at 8. HTS will show a tape at midnight.

Since the George Mason campus is not wired for cable, the school will pull the game live off the satellite and show it on big-screen televisions in the student union. Bob Gotkin and GMU Athletic Director Jack Kvancz will handle the commentary. The game will be produced by Mike Foss, a 1988 George Mason graduate.

OUTSIDE HELP:

The U.S. Soccer Federation hired the European Broadcasting Union to produce television coverage of the 1994 World Cup in the United States. A company in the host country usually feeds the 52-game soccer tournament to the rest of the world, but U.S. networks have been reluctant to incur the expense.