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GOREN BLASTS SPECULATION ON MADDEN/SUMMERALL ASSIGNMENTS
Published September 18, 1998
Sunday marks the 100th NFL game at Fox for the net's No. 1 broadcast team of Pat Summerall and John Madden, but USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke reports the pair will announce the Lions-Vikings game, which will be seen by only 15% of the U.S. That is Fox's No. 3 game, behind Packers-Bengals (going to 44% of the U.S.) and Redskins-Seahawks (24%). Summerall: "I guess I ought to be mad. If our milestone game is seen by only 15% of the country, this isn't much of a milestone." Madden: "If we're not on the 49ers-Packers game [November 1], then that'll be a story." Martzke notes this is the second time in three weeks that the pair hasn't had the top audience, but next week, the two are set to do the Packers-Panthers, going to 73%. Fox Exec Producer Ed Goren dismissed the "conspiracy" theory, adding, "This is the most ridiculous thing I've heard outside of Washington in the last five years" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 9/18).