NFL Reluctant On Long-Term "TNF" Deal Fox Execs Impressed With FS1 Progress Schilling Bumped From "Sunday Night Baseball" NESN Sees Backlash From Orsillo Decision USOC Launching Third Team USA App Jose Bautista Refuses Sportsnet Interviews O'Brien's Softer Side Highlighted In "Hard Knocks" Joe Buck Gets New DirecTV Q&A Show Media Notes Sources: Whitlock Could Leave ESPN
Published January 23, 1998
ESPN's "Up Close" with O.J. Simpson on January 15 drew a 2.1 rating and was seen by 1.5 million households, a "record audience" for the program (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/23). ...The '98 PBA Tour will debut on ESPN with the Brentwood Classic this Sunday from 1:30-3:00pm EST. Among the new additions on ESPN telecasts of the six-event Tour are a new broadcast team of Mike Bush and Marshall Holman; a "mini- arena" set up for telecasts; and microphones on the players and coaches. Bleachers will also be placed down-lane on both sides of the bowlers and closer to the bowlers (The Marquee Group)....The ATP Tour announced that Hamburg-based Kabel New Media will re-develop and market the Tour's Web site, www.atptour.com., set to relaunch on March 1 (ATP).