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THE WORD FROM BRISTOL: ESPN NEWS AND NOTES
Published June 30, 1995
Robin Roberts has signed a deal through 2001 with ESPN and ABC Sports. In addition to hosting the 6:30 pm EDT edition of "SportsCenter," Roberts will host ABC's "Wide World of Sports"; host and do play-by-play for ESPN's NCAA women's basketball coverage; anchor "SportsCenter" at Wimbledon and U.S. Open tennis; and continue to host "Sunday SportsDay" and "In the SportsLight" (ESPN). The six-year deal is reportedly worth $650,000/year. Roberts: "People can't remember a woman being given this kind of variety. I really want to do a good job because I think that will make it easier for women, particularly women of color, to succeed in this business (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 6/29). ONE MAN'S PERSPECTIVE OF LIFE ON THE EDGE: In this morning's N.Y. TIMES, Richard Sandomir asks if ESPN's Extreme Games are "bad for America" or even "good TV"? While clearly not a fan of the "weekend psycho Olympics," Sandomir believes "in virtually every technical way, ESPN and ESPN2 were excellent, using every camera possible -- on helmets, courses, walls, toes, eyelashes, nostrils, and toenails -- to enliven the events" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/30). SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Domestically, ESPN and ESPN2 will present 11 hours of coverage from the 1995 Special Olympics World Games, which kick-off tomorrow and run through July 9. ESPN Int'l will telecast the games to 115 countries (ESPN).