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ABC RUNS FOR THE ROSES ON SATURDAY; DRAW DEBACLE STILL NEWS
Published May 1, 1998
ABC will have "more than 26 manned cameras" and the ability to shoot from 75 positions at Churchill Downs for its coverage of Saturday's Kentucky Derby, according to Prentis Rogers of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION. Event Producer Curt Gowdy Jr. said the net "will attempt to have a jockey- cam" if it can obtain permission (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/1). Gowdy also hopes to have wireless mikes on "as many as" four riders (Michael Hirsley, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/1). DRAWING FLAWS? Wednesday's Derby draw mix-up on ESPN is still in the news. In N.Y., Phil Mushnick writes that the "ESPN-aided butchering" of the draw is "more evidence of sports TV's misguided, arrogant desire to both cover and conduct a news event" (N.Y. POST, 5/1). Also in N.Y., Bob Raissman writes that Churchill Downs President Tom Meeker "never should have given ESPN the opportunity to run the draw. ... TV has too much control over sports already" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/1). In St. Pete, Ernest Hooper faults ESPN for becoming "part of a story it simply was supposed to cover" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 5/1). In San Antonio, Tim Price called it a "made-for-TV mess" (EXPRESS-NEWS, 5/1).