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HAPPY HOLIDAYS? MULVOY AND MICHAELS NOT IN JOLLY SPIRIT
Published December 15, 1995
A "nasty feud" between ABC's Al Michaels and Sports Illustrated Managing Editor Mark Mulvoy "exploded publicly this week," fueled by Michaels' criticism of SI's recent cover story on "Hot/Not" in Miami featuring Don Shula and Pat Riley. According to Steve Zipay of NEWSDAY, another "sore point" between the two is the role of SI's Peter King during halftime on "Monday Night Football." The two have exchanged shots on NYC sports radio stations this week. Mulvoy said he didn't appreciate Michaels' comments on the Miami story and accused him of "mistreating" King by not promoting his reports. Michaels responded that recent King reports have included "a lot that I've seen earlier in the day on CNN Headline News. ... I'm waiting for something that I haven't heard before." Mulvoy defended King and listed the stories King has broken on "MNF." Michaels said that Mulvoy is setting him "up as the heavy" in case ABC's deal with SI is not renewed. Michaels, on the Riley cover story: "Pat was personally angered because he was deceived and double-dealt with. You owe it to someone to tell them where you're going with a piece" (NEWSDAY, 12/15). CONFLICT? ABC "could do more" during halftime, writes Zipay, but with only 12 minutes, "how much more?" Zipay questions why a magazine such as SI lets its writers work for a network, raising the potential for "conflicts on who gets information and when?" (NEWSDAY, 12/15).