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ESPN MLB analyst Dave Campbell "will no longer be a part" of Rockies TV broadcasts, according to Tony DeMarco of the DENVER POST. Campbell, who has worked Rockies games over the last four years, is "caught in the squeeze" of Fox Sports Rocky Mountain's (FSRM) acquisition of the team's TV rights. FSRM VP/GM Tim Griggs said that he didn't think Campbell would be back "[u]nless something extraordinary happens." Griggs said he has talked with Campbell's agent, Tony Attanasio, but has been "unable" to resolve certain "sticky issues," including the fact that FSRM "considers" ESPN a competitor and that working for both "would be a conflict of interest" for Campbell (DENVER POST, 11/7).
The following lists ratings from last weekend's network sporting events. All times are ET. ABC's NCAA Football included OSU-MSU; OKLA-NEB; USC-WASH; and NC ST-FSU. The numbers were gathered from the networks (THE DAILY).EVENTDATENETTIMERAT/SHR
PGA: Tour Champ. ('95 replay)11/1ABC1:00-3:30pm1.1/3 NCAA Football: (regional)11/1ABC3:30-7:00pm3.8/9 "College Football Today"11/1CBS3:00-3:30pm0.8/2 NCAA Football: Georgia-Florida11/1CBS3:30-7:00pm4.4/11 NCAA Football: Navy-Notre Dame11/1NBC1:30-5:00pm3.2/9 PGA: Tour Championship Final11/2ABC2:00-6:00pm2.7/6 "Fox NFL Sunday"11/2FOX12:00-1:00pm4.2/12 "NFL on Fox" Game One11/2FOX1:00-4:00pm5.6/13 "NFL on Fox" Game Two11/2FOX4:00-7:00pm16.5/31 "NFL on NBC" Pregame11/2NBC12:00-1:00pm3.6/10 "NFL on NBC" (regional)11/2NBC1:00-7:00pm12.0/28
After "months of wrangling and litigation" with SportsChannel Bay Area, the Warriors will announce today that they have signed a two-year deal that will give SportsChannel the broadcast rights to 30 games a season, according to Susan Slusser of the S.F. CHRONICLE. The "primary sticking point" throughout the negotiations was the right of first refusal, an option that SportsChannel has had in the past with the Warriors and with other pro teams. Warriors Owner Chris Cohan had "refused to grant that right" to SportsChannel and at one point, the team considered looking "elsewhere" for its home broadcasts. Slusser: "The Warriors won the battle: SportsChannel does not have the right of first refusal in future years and did not receive a longer deal in return for giving up that right, as SportsChannel officials had hoped" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/7). HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM: Barring a "last-second" deal between the Rockets and Fox Sports Southwest, tonight's Trail Blazers-Rockets game will not be televised in Houston, according to David Barron of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Sources said Fox Sports Southwest has offered the Rockets a five- year contract that would total "between" $25-30M. Officials on both sides would not comment (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/7).
Marv Albert will grant his first national interview since his sexual assault trial tonight on ABC's "20/20" with Barbara Walters. In Boston, Howard Manly writes that most of Albert's answers during tonight's interview "could be considered unresponsive, because they really don't matter now." Manly: "He didn't have the courage to tell his side of the story in court when it counted" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/7). In Hartford, Dom Amore writes that Albert is "either getting bad advice, or ignoring common sense" by granting the interviews (HARTFORD COURANT, 11/7). In N.Y., Richard Sandomir writes Albert's "media tour raises questions. Why is he freely answering questions to the news media, rather than on the witness stand? ... A week in the heavy news media spin cycle may raise as many questions as he says he's answering" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/7). In San Jose, Colin Seymour writes that Albert's "image can't get much worse, so why should he regret submitting to Barbara Walters' interrogation?" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 11/7).
After two test issues, SI Women/Sport "faces an uncertain future," according to Michael Hirsley of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, under the header, "Problems Illustrated: SI Delays Plans For Women's Magazine." Hirsley: "Whether the magazine ... becomes a monthly, as originally envisioned, is now up to a jury of its target audience. It seems unlikely that the January or February debut will be achieved." Direct-mail questionnaires were sent in late October to prospective women readers and their responses "will determine if and when the magazine gets published." Sandy Bailey, SI Women/Sport Editor: "The question is not whether there's an audience, but what are the numbers? A decision should come early in the new year." If the "fitness and fashion" niche represents the "full circulation potential" in the targeted age group of women 18 to 34, Bailey said it would be "too limiting and too duplicative" for SI. She estimated that audience at less than 500,000 with the targeted circulation of Women/Sport at 1 million. Bailey: "[S]ervices, advice and fashion is not where SI has experience and cachet" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/7).