SBD/2/Sports Media

MEDIA NOTES

          LOS LOBOS: In Hartford, Jeff Goldberg criticized a new
     ESPN ad promoting its ESPY Awards which appears to make "a
     joke of sexual harassment in the workplace, an issue that is
     decidedly not funny."  In the ad, ESPY host Norm MacDonald
     and Rebecca Lobo are shown demonstrating basketball
     techniques when MacDonald embraces Lobo "and holds her for
     several seconds.  A clearly uncomfortable Lobo tells
     MacDonald: 'That's a foul.'  MacDonald replies sheepishly
     that he's allowed five of them."  Goldberg: "It's hard to
     imagine the same network that has helped build national
     interest in women's college basketball would promote its
     award show in such a manner.  It's equally surprising that
     Lobo ... allowed herself to be part of it."  In the ad, Lobo
     appears in her WNBA Liberty uniform (HART. COURANT, 1/30).
          HEARING ISIAH: NBC's Isiah Thomas noted a sign during
     the WNBA Finals that said, "Cynthia Cooper -- You are da
     man."  Thomas: "That was the highest compliment that she
     probably could ever be paid, because she transcends" ("NBA
     on NBC," 2/1).  In Chicago, Michael Hirsley writes that
     Thomas "still has an annoying habit of laughing too long at
     his own attempts at humor," but that he "did impart some
     serious analysis Sunday" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/2). 
          NOTES: In Toronto, Rob Longley writes, "Much less
     intrusive than some of its other gimmicks, Fox's miking" of
     coaches Pat Burns and Colin Campbell during its NHL coverage
     Saturday "added something to the telecast" (TORONTO SUN,
     2/2)....In Chicago, Pat Sullivan wrote that the Tribune
     Co.'s decision to move some Cubs telecasts off WGN shows "a
     glaring lack of confidence" in the team (CHICAGO TRIBUNE,
     2/1)....In Montreal, Jack Todd: "[H]as there ever been a
     more wobbly Olympic Eve scandal than the pseudo-Sudafed
     scoop dreamed up by [SI]?"  Todd: "Is SI really that
     desperate to make an Olympic splash?" (GAZETTE, 2/2).
          
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