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"THE BIG SHOW" LIVE FROM THE JAKE: COSTAS, WHITE, ET AL.
Published October 21, 1997
MSNBC's "The Big Show" broadcast live from Jacobs Field in Cleveland last night, with Keith Olbermann interviewing Cleveland Mayor Michael White, Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Dick Feagler and NBC's Bob Costas (THE DAILY). HELLO, CLEVELAND: Mayor White said the Indians' playoff run and the World Series "will contribute about" $51M to the Cleveland economy. White: "But it also gives us a chance to show our city to more than a thousand media types from all over the world, to show what Cleveland is today versus what it was just a few, short years ago." White, on the city's new sports facilities: "It's far more than sports. ... It's about economic development first. It's about creating jobs. It's about creating ancillary spinoffs before it is about sports." White added that with the new Browns stadium, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and other new attractions, "we're creating a destination, which will not only bring people here to see what we have but will give us the ability to use it as a link to our convention and business industry in this town. So for us the sports is about business and the business is sports and how we use it as a generator." NBC's Costas, on public stadium financing: "My feeling is that in some situations you can justify building a new stadium if its well thought out and if the team itself contributes to the building of the stadium" ("The Big Show," MSNBC, 10/20). WHAT ABOUT IT, BOB? More Costas, on MLB's divisional series: "The divisional playoffs have been a television bust. They get very low ratings by network television standards, and I would contend they diminish the ratings of the League Championship Series and maybe even the first few games of the World Series, because the World Series is beginning to feel like the baseball finals -- like the end of a protracted process instead of something special that stood alone and unique in American sports" (MSNBC, 10/20).