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Published January 19, 1999
"Fox Sports News"' Keith Olbermann commented on the "Esquire" article by Charles Pierce claiming former Dodger Kirk Gibson took steroids before his historic home-run during the '88 World Series. Olbermann noted that Gibson received a cortisone shot, which is "not an anabolic, illegal, banned, growth or performance-enhancing steroid." Olbermann: "It's just so unfair to drag Gibson into, and through, [controversy] merely because -- technically -- cortisone is a steroid" ("FSN," 1/19)....The Padres have reached a five-year agreement with flagship station KURS-AM to allow the Spanish-language network to broadcast games in much of Baja California (S.D. UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/16)....In Miami, Barry Jackson reviewed the year in the NFL and wrote that CBS's AFC telecasts "were not awful or offensive" but "simply did not measure up to NBC's" (MIAMI HERALD, 1/18). ...ABC's lockout of 2,400 NABET employees ended Friday (Mult., 1/16)....In N.Y., George Vecsey wrote that ESPN's "SportsCentury" series on the best North American athletes in the past century "will keep people talking for the entire year." He added that ESPN "put on its journalistic hat" and "did its homework" as the series "seems legitimately rooted in history, by adults, for adults" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/17).