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BROADCAST NEWS: TNT DROPS MOON WHILE MONTANA HEADS FOR HILLS
Published February 15, 1996
Turner Sports yesterday officially dropped Vikings QB Warren Moon from its NFL and NBA broadcast teams. Turner issued the statement while Moon stands trial in TX for assaulting his wife, Felicia. Turner said they notified Moon in January that they would not pick up the option on his contract, according to the Bob Raissman of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Steve Rosner, Moon's marketing agent, said Turner's decision "was strictly business." Rosner: "The NFL is currently considering banning active players from working for networks involved in NFL coverage" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/15). Turner Sports President Harvey Schiller said the decision was based on Moon's playing status, but did say the network is "going in a different direction." Schiller: "Warren knew this was an experiment. It didn't work out. At the time (of the assault charges), I told Warren we were concerned and this was not the behavior we tolerated" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 2/15). Moon is also at the end of a two-year deal with WFTC-TV in Minneapolis for "The Warren Moon Show," a 30-minute weekly program during the season. WFTC GM Rip Riodan was unavailable to comment on the show's future (Curt Brown, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 2/15). MONTANA OPTS OUT: In a statement released by his representatives at IMG, Joe Montana announced he will leave his NFL analyst post at NBC Sports, saying the job "entailed too much time away from my family, in part because of the cross country travel." Montana plans to spend more time with his wife and children (IMG). Phil Mushnick notes, "From the start, NBC's hiring of Montana was not expected to be a long-term relationship (N.Y. POST, 2/15).