LeBron Praised For Role In Apatow's "Trainwreck" NBA Free Agency Begins With Money Flying Expectations High For NASCAR On NBC NBC Lands New Advertisers For Race Coverage NHL Rangers' Sather Passes GM Torch To Gorton Female Audience Strong For World Cup ESPN Denies Wanting To Dial Down Olbermann IndyCar Gets Best Cable Audience In Years Xfinity Series Audience Lower On Fox Sports U.S.-Germany Sets Fox Soccer Record
Published April 14, 1998
NOTES: Former 49ers coach George Seifert "is expected to land a job at CBS, perhaps as early as tomorrow." Seifert said that he "isn't sure" whether he is being considered for a studio position or as a game analyst (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/14)....NBC Sports VP/Communications Ed Markey said that the net "erred" by leaving Sunday's Knicks-Heat game without showing a replay of its controversial ending. Markey: "It was probably a mistake" (MIAMI HERALD, 4/14). ...THE DAILY RACING FORM's Steve Haskin, on Fox's April 4 broadcast of the Santa Anita Derby, its first foray into racing coverage: "This was a flawless telecast that left us yearning for more" (DAILY RACING FORM, 4/7)....Turner Sports has re-signed Bob Neal to a new multiyear contract. Neal will continue to call NBA games on TBS and TNT through the 2001-2002 season (Turner Sports). USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke wrote Neal's new deal is worth "close to" $500,000 annually (USA TODAY, 4/10)....N.Y. Times Magazines took out a full page ad in Monday's N.Y. Times touting its three golf titles, GolfWorld, Golf Digest and Golf Shop Operations. The ad text noted that the three won 14 Golf Writers Association of America Awards (THE DAILY)....Mets announcer Ralph Kiner is taking an extended leave of absence due to his wife's battle with cancer and his recent health problems. Kiner said his return date is "wide open" and that the Mets said he could take the entire season off, if necessary (Bergen RECORD, 4/10). RATINGS: See (#32) for a full listing of overnights from this weekend's network sports events. In S.D., Fritz Quindt wrote that the Padres' March 31 season opener on Padres/Channel 4 got a 3.4 rating, while last Tuesday's home opener earned a 6.9. Wednesday's first prime-time game did a 9.3, which placed second locally during its time slot (UNION-TRIBUNE, 4/10)....In Boston, Howard Manly writes that WABU's coverage of Friday's Red Sox opener received a 6.9/17 rating, while Saturday's Sox game got a "whopping" 9.2/31, and Sunday's an 8.1/31 (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/14). NHL: In N.Y. Richard Sandomir notes that Saturday's Fox NHL coverage pulled a "wee" 1.5 overnight, including a "microscopic" 0.8 rating in the New York market. Through nine dates this season, Fox's NHL coverage is averaging a 1.5. Fox Sports President David Hill: "We don't know what's wrong, but we still believe in hockey" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/14). The NHL wants Fox to move its telecasts to Sunday afternoons next season, the final year of the net's five-year, $155M deal. Fox's Dan Bell said that "nothing has been decided," but talks "are ongoing" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 4/11).