Isiah Thomas Expected Backlash Over Hiring Jeff Gordon Hired As Full-Time Analyst For Fox Babcock Prepared For Tough Maple Leafs Gig NHL Coaching Salaries Likely To Change "SNF" Leads Primetime For Fourth Time Ducks' Perry Miffed By Milbury's On-Air Remark MASN: Manfred Comments "Highly Prejudicial" NBC Again Airing Final EPL Matches Live Buck Anxiously Awaiting U.S. Open Broadcast Preakness Audience Down From Recent Years
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Published May 19, 1995
The NHL's "scramble to please" Fox "has some team executives fuming." According to David Shoalts, one "potential schedule sent out to teams" has the Red Wings and Canucks playing back-to- back in each city (if the Canucks advance against the Blues) "so Fox could televise Game 4 of the series on May 28 as part of its Sunday afternoon package." This "would come at the expense of Hockey Night In Canada on CBC, since it usually would have had the Vancouver-Detroit game as the second half of its Saturday night doubleheader" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/19)....NBC's NBA playoff coverage has the highest cumulative playoff average in 18 years. NBC's national average is a 7.0 rating and 19 share. That is the highest rating after the first three playoff weekends since '77 when CBS posted an 8.5 for its eight telecasts (NBC)....ESPN's baseball ratings are down 29% from last year -- "another piece of evidence baseball hasn't recovered from its strike hangover" (USA TODAY, 5/19)....Prime Sports will broadcast the '95 Pac-10 Baseball Championship tonight featuring Washington State vs. USC at 7pm (Prime)...Liberty Sports will televise the NCAA Division I, II, and III Women's Lacrosse playoffs live this weekend on the Women's Sports & Entertainment Network, and on tape delay on various Liberty regionals (Liberty)....Fox Broadcasting and Western Pacific Airlines have unveiled the carrier's first "flying billboard" -- a Boeing 737-300 adorned with the faces of "The Simpsons" (AD AGE, 5/19).