TBS Sees Uptick In Wild Card Rating Hawks Rebounding From Scandal Blazers' Allen Addresses Payroll, Profitability FCC Could Ban Stations From Using "Redskins" Sources: NBA Reviewing Creative Business CBSSN Airs Debut Of "We Need To Talk" Dish Dropping ESPN Classic For VOD Service Nuggets Mascot Appears At GOP Rally Epix Going Heavy On Digital With NHL Media Notes
Upcoming Conferences and Events
SPREAD FRED: HICKMAN HEARS IT FROM COLLEAGUES OVER MVP VOTE
Published May 10, 2000
Lakers C Shaquille O'Neal was a near unanimous choice to win the NBA's MVP Award yesterday, with only CNN/SI's Fred Hickman voting for 76ers G Allen Iverson. FSN's Kevin Frazier, on Hickman's lone dissenting vote: "No disrespect to Allen, but my guy was obviously tripping." FSN's Marques Johnson, on Hickman: "What happened? Some of Allen Iverson's boys had his daughter tied up in a Brooklyn basement, there was some extortion going on? It's really hard to fathom how this guy could not vote for Shaquille O'Neal." FSN's Jack Haley: "For Fred Hickman not to vote for Shaquille O'Neal is one of two things: either a publicity stunt or total ignorance for the game of basketball" ("TNSR," 5/9). On "TNT," Peter Vecsey: "Fred obviously thinks that CNN/SI is 'Shaq Ineligible.' ... I think Fred should have a new game show" ("NBA on TNT," 5/9). Lakers Exec VP Jerry West: "God, I feel sorry for the one guy who didn't vote for [O'Neal]" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/10). FRED'S DEFENSE: Last night on "Sports Tonight," Hickman held up O'Neal's No. 34 Lakers jersey and said, "I love you Shaq-man. I'm not player-hating, OK. I love you, man. Don't hit me. You're still my guy" ("Sports Tonight," CNN/SI, 5/9). Hickman defended his vote on CNNSI.com: "I am amazed by the uproar my vote ... has drawn. ... If I were asked today to pick a player to start my own franchise with it would be Shaq in a heartbeat. But asked who the most valuable player of this past season is, I stay with Iverson. No reservations, no regrets" (CNNSI.com, 5/9). Hickman tells the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION that he voted for Iverson "thoughtfully, and I would do it again. I have no problem with anybody voting for Shaq, but why anyone has a problem with me, I don't get it. I can sleep with my decision. If I'd voted for [Bulls backup C] Chris Anstey, I could understand the reaction" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/10).