MLB Game Viewership Lower On ESPN ESPN Negotiates Out-Of-Home TV Deals NFL Losing Money On London Games Padres Honor Retiring Broadcaster Enberg Richard Sherman Calls Out NFL On Player Safety Ortiz Heading Up Production Company In Retirement Philly Retailers Cash In On Wentz' Hot Start Too Many MLB Postseason Broadcasters? NBA Allows Teams To Streamline Video Access Mike Francesa Announces Final Show With WFAN
Published April 23, 1998
TV: Hall of Fame RB John Riggins will join WFAN's Chris Russo as co-host of "Riggins and Russo Live," an NFL pregame show which will air on N.Y.'s WCBS-TV Sundays at 11:00am this season. The duo will also contribute to the station's "Sports Rap" Sunday night highlights show during the season (N.Y. POST, 4/23)....In Boston, Bob Ryan, on NBC NBA analyst Doug Collins: "When he's done completing a thought, Isiah Thomas might just as well head to the men's room, because it's all been said" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/23)....In Las Vegas, Tim Graham rated sports broadcasters and called ESPN's Chris Berman the "most overrated sportscaster in the history of the profession." Graham cited NHL announcer Bill Clement as the "most underrated," and wrote that MSNBC's Keith Olbermann is "right where he belongs. ... Olbermann is finding out he needed 'SportsCenter' much more than it needed him" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 4/22)....In '99, the PGA Tour will broadcast 196 hours of early-round coverage of its events in int'l markets, an increase of 59% from this year. Weekend coverage will rise 14%, and total hours of int'l coverage will jump 32% (GOLFWEEK, 4/18 issue)....NHL Rangers F Kevin Stevens and Panthers F Bill Lindsey will serve as guest analysts on ESPN2's "NHL 2Night" throughout the first round of the NHL playoffs (ESPN2). NOTES: Traffic to ESPN SportsZone, NFL.com and a special NFL Draft site accessible from both sites generated more than 34 million page views and 4.7 million visits last weekend (ESPN)....In N.Y., Paul Tharp reports that magazine launches numbered 852 last year, down from a record 933 startups in '97. Experts say, however, that the "cooling- off" of the magazine boom "is only temporary." Sports titles were the second-most-popular category of startups last year, with 103 titles launched (N.Y. POST, 4/23).