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MUSHNICK: ALBERT MAY END UP BACK IN NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Published July 17, 1998
The "people most interested" in giving Marv Albert an opportunity to return to national TV "are those at Turner Sports," according to Phil Mushnick of the N.Y. POST. Mushnick writes that "in the coming weeks," Turner Sports execs "will closely monitor public and advertiser response" to Albert's return to MSG. Mushnick: "If the negative reactions blow over -- and they should -- and if Albert stays clean, expect him to be named TNT's lead NBA voice early this fall" (Phil Mushnick, N.Y. POST, 7/17). CHECKETTS TALKS STRAIGHT? In N.Y., Mark Kriegel writes that the "single moment of high candor" at the MSG press conference announcing Albert's return was when MSG President Dave Checketts admitted that Albert's presence may boost ratings and said, "I won't deny we made a business decision, too" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/17). Phil Mushnick writes that Checketts' candor "wins our admiration" (N.Y. POST, 7/17). In Milwaukee, Michael Bauman gives Checketts "points for honesty, although no points for anything else" (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 7/17). But in Hartford, Jeff Goldberg writes that if MSG brought Albert back for ratings, "then MSG is clearly sending the wrong message" (HARTFORD COURANT, 7/17). MORE REAX: In Denver, Bob Kravitz offers a point/ counterpoint on Albert's return, and writes that Albert has "every right to return to work, and [MSG] has every right to employ him" (DENVER POST, 7/17). In L.A., Tom Hoffarth writes that MSG "was right to take him back" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 7/17). In Milwaukee, Bob Wolfley: "The lesson of the Marv Albert case? If you are a celebrity in the field of sports, have talent, have at least one powerful friend and you screw up, don't worry. You'll get another chance" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 7/17). In L.A., Larry Stewart writes that Albert's "stock went up during the NBA playoffs," as NBC's Bob Costas "didn't make viewers forget Albert." Stewart: "He deserves another chance, and starting out on a local basis in New York seems the way to go" (L.A. TIMES, 7/17). In San Antonio, Kevin O'Keefe writes under the header "Albert Hiring Another Affront To Women" (EXPRESS-NEWS, 7/17). In N.J., Adrian Wojnarowski: "Thirty years of sparkling work as a New York sportscaster should give him the right to a second chance here." But he added, "The national networks aren't going to touch him" (RECORD, 7/16). TV Guide's Greg Fagan, on Albert's reputation: "His name has been dragged through the mud, but a lot of people's names have been dragged through the mud in this modern media environment. I think that he'll have to face that music every night every time he goes on" ("Extra," 7/16).