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Published January 7, 1998
MADDEN TO MNF? USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke reports that Fox NFL analyst John Madden, whose contract expires after Sunday's NFC Championship game, "appears headed" to ABC's Monday Night Football. Martzke writes that Madden "probably would accept a decrease" in his $8M annual salary, down to "about" $5M, to move to ABC. If Madden goes to ABC, Martzke notes that Dan Dierdorf and Frank Gifford "figure to be out" as ABC "likely would go with a two-man booth" of Madden and Al Michaels. Madden, on speculation of a move: "Anyone who says he knows what's going to happen is wrong." Gifford, when asked to comment: "This (Monday night issue) is so incredibly small compared to what I'm dealing with for my daughter, Vicky, and our grandchildren. I don't have a clue, and frankly, I'm not interested" (USA TODAY, 1/7). WEB: The A's have selected CA-based Silicon Graphics to enhance their Web site. The site, www.oaklandathletics. com, now includes a Push Channel, where customers can be sent trivia, information, merchandise and tickets specials among other things (A's)....The Angels relaunched their site at www.angelsbaseball.com. In L.A., Bill Shaikin reviewed the site and noted that the team "couldn't call their site angels.com because that name was already reserved for a network of disaster response volunteers" (L.A. TIMES, 1/6).