REVIEWS ARE IN FOR MAC AND CHRIS: WIMBLEDON WRAP- UP
Published July 10, 1995
In today's WASHINGTON POST, Leonard Shapiro writes from Wimbledon that, as broadcasters, Chris Evert and John McEnroe "became big-time players." On Evert: During the women's final she was "concise, focused and insightful. She also had no qualms going head-to-head with NBC's Dick Enberg. ... Evert even added a touch straight from Howard Cosell when she prefaced one bit of analysis by saying, 'I went over to Arantxa's house last night ...'" On McEnroe, Shapiro writes "his creative genius on the court has been transferred to the microphone" (WASHINGTON POST, 7/10). MORE ON MCENROE: Phil Mushnick says he is "the uncrowned champion of this year's Wimbledon," and that he offered "insightful, foresightful, forthrightful and delightful" analysis" -- but demonstrated a "poor sense of personal history" when discussing Jeff Tarango and his potential marketability on WFAN last Friday. Mushnick writes that McEnroe first "proved the value in being known more as a creep than as a gent" (N.Y. POST, 7/10). Michael Hiestand: "The way John McEnroe is going in the TV booth, he might gradually erode his old on-court image as a more-than-occasional jerk" (Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY, 7/10). FINAL RATINGS FROM HBO: HBO's live Wimbledon coverage earned the network a 1.9 average national rating and a 6 share, a 36% increase from a year ago. On July 5, its final day of live coverage, HBO scored a 2.5 rating and 7 share --the highest rated day of its presentation this year, and a 108% increase from last year (HBO Sports).