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ABC RUNS FOR THE ROSES ON SATURDAY; DRAW DEBACLE STILL NEWS

          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).  

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