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MEDIA GIVE MIXED REVIEWS TO CONTENT OF ESPN'S TOWN MEETING
Published March 3, 1997
The following are reax on ESPN's special. In St. Louis, Bernie Miklasz called its "fascinating, intelligent television" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 3/2). The Newark STAR-LEDGER's Nat Gottlieb called the Town Meeting "a lively and worthwhile sports forum" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 3/2). But in K.C., Jason Whitlock called the Meeting "too unfocused. Too many panelists. Too many agendas. And way too much posturing" (K.C. STAR, 3/2). In Houston, David Barron wrote the show "had its moments. Unfortunately, there weren't many of them. Perhaps had there been fewer participants, and had many of the speakers been more interested in substance rather than advocating their own agendas, we would have had a panel on which Robinson would have been proud to sit" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 3/2). NEWSDAY's Steve Zipay added that Webber and Brown received the "most applause," while the "jeers were primarily aimed" at MLB (NEWSDAY, 3/2). In L.A., Mike Penner notes the "lively, often contentious ... discussion was conspicuous by the absence" of MLB officials (L.A. TIMES, 3/3). USA TODAY's Michael Hiestand gives ESPN "kudos," but adds the show was "flawed by an inability to ... define key issues" (USA TODAY, 3/2).