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SBD/Issue 72/Sports Media
Published January 4, 2001
TV MONITOR: Last night's 10:00pm ET 60-minute edition of FSN's "National Sports Report" led with the Redskins hiring Marty Schottenheimer as coach and Dir of Football Operations, followed by Knicks-Celtics. The first NHL report, at 47:39 into the broadcast, was Capitals-Penguins. "NSR" had a scoring update on the FedEx Orange Bowl at 57:30. Last night's 11:00pm ET 30-minute edition of CNN/SI's "Sports Tonight" also led with Schottenheimer, followed by a discussion on the lack of minority head coaches in the NFL. The first NHL report, at 23:06, was Capitals-Penguins. "Sports Tonight" had a scoring update on the FedEx Orange Bowl at 27:20. Last night's 11:30pm ET 90-minute edition of ESPN's "SportsCenter" led with the FedEx Orange Bowl, followed by Capitals-Penguins. The first NBA report, at 13:11, was Hawks-76ers. The first NFL report, at 15:16, was the Redskins hiring Schottenheimer (THE DAILY).
CABLE GUYS: DAILY VARIETY's Peter Hudson reported that Cablevision, Argentina's "largest multisystem operator" with over two million subscribers, "dealt a body blow" to Fox Sports Monday by "dumping the channel." The two sides failed to reach a deal on carriage fees. Cablevision's move "highlights a new, tougher approach to negotiations with content providers" (DAILY VARIETY, 1/3)....Cablevision is "postponing its shareholder vote on a spinoff" of Rainbow Media, which includes its cable and sports assets, from tomorrow until February 2 (DAILY VARIETY, 1/4).
NOTES: In S.F., Tommy Cummings called ESPN.com's hiring of journalist Hunter S. Thompson the "best sports Internet moment" of 2000. Cummings: "Scoring Thompson as a content producer embodies the pioneering spirit of the Internet" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/28)....In Cincinnati, Tim Sullivan, on Playboy.com's "America's Sexiest Sportscaster" poll: "While some journalists are appalled by this prurient proposition, it is the logical extension of the networks' hiring practices" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/4)....In Toronto, William Houston notes CBC President Robert Rabinovitch discussing the network's "eventual divestiture" of the Blue Jays and the "reduction of postseason hockey," and cites industry sources who "interpret Rabinovitch's remarks as a warning to the Jays and the NHL that the era of escalating rights fees, at least in Canada, is over" (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/4)....In NJ, Don Stancavish profiled NJ-based sports marketing company Fan Guide, which is "trying to break into the game program market with a sleek, playbill-style program." The company estimates that is has distributed nearly six million guides over the past two years. Since the product's launch last year, Fan Guide has "signed up several clients," including the Big East, Big Ten and Atlantic 10 conferences, as well as the AFL (Bergen RECORD, 1/3).