NFL Reluctant On Long-Term "TNF" Deal Fox Execs Impressed With FS1 Progress Schilling Bumped From "Sunday Night Baseball" NESN Sees Backlash From Orsillo Decision USOC Launching Third Team USA App Jose Bautista Refuses Sportsnet Interviews O'Brien's Softer Side Highlighted In "Hard Knocks" Joe Buck Gets New DirecTV Q&A Show Media Notes Sources: Whitlock Could Leave ESPN
Published May 15, 1998
DA DA DA: ESPN's Chris Berman, Dan Patrick and Bob Ley will host the 90-minute, 20,000th edition of "SportsCenter," Sunday at 11:00pm ET (THE DAILY). In Hartford, Dom Amore writes that the 20,000th show "smacks of self-congratulatory journalism," but "we must cut 'SportsCenter' some slack, even as ESPN's hype machine grinds into overdrive. The Big Show is that big, that good, and we owe it that much" (HARTFORD COURANT, 4/15). In St. Petersburg, Ernest Hooper writes that life without "SportsCenter" "is almost unimaginable" (ST. PETE TIMES, 5/15). The AP's Josh Dubow notes that ratings for "SportsCenter" are down 17% for the first quarter of '98, which can be "partially attributed" to competition from FSN and CNN (AP/DETROIT NEWS, 5/15). NOTES: Turner Sports has reached an agreement with NBC Sports to televise cable-exclusive early round coverage of The Presidents Cup golf tournaments in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006 (Turner Sports)....ABC will not use the Jockey Cam during its Preakness coverage. ABC Sports Producer Curt Gowdy: "The majority of trainers and owners have not supported our efforts to use it" (USA TODAY, 5/15)....In Chicago, Jim O'Donnell writes that the "[p]ros and cons of a major investigative book on the ways and means of Jerry Reinsdorf are being discussed by one extremely capable Chicago-based writer" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/15)....GOLF WORLD reports that The Golf Channel "has decided to slightly reduce the responsibilities of its most visible face, Peter Kessler," saying that it "hopes to develop other talent and ease his heavy workload" (GOLF WORLD, 5/15)....TSN VP/ Programming Phil King, on why TSN picked up an ESPN feed of the U.S. National Spelling Bee Finals: "Is it a sport, no, but it is a competition" (TORONTO SUN, 5/15)....SFX Entertainment's PACE Motor Sports, an event producer, and Petersen Cos. are join to produce auto/motorcycle special events plus other co-partnership opportunities (AD AGE, 5/12)....Univision signed Oscar de la Hoya as its "prime communicator to the Hispanic community," and he will appear in Univision programming, promos and PSAs (VARIETY, 5/11).