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SBD/Issue 117/Sports Media
Published March 9, 2001
TV MONITOR: Last night's 10:00pm ET 30-minute edition of FSN's "National Sports Report" led with a report Bob Knight is being considered for the head coaching job with the Texas Tech men's basketball team, followed by Texas Tech-OK St. Univ. NCAA men's basketball. The first non-NCAA report, at 7:29 into the broadcast, was Lakers G Isaiah Rider discussing his suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy. "NSR" did not report on the NHL. Last night's 11:00pm ET 60-minute edition of ESPN's "SportsCenter" led with Seton Hall Univ.-Georgetown Univ. NCAA men's basketball, followed Univ. of Pitt-Notre Dame. The first non-NCAA report, at 10:22, was Spurs-Trail Blazers. The first NHL report, at 12:06, was Avalanche-Blues. The 11:00pm ET 30-minute edition of CNN/SI's "Sports Tonight" led with an update on Orioles OF Albert Belle, followed by Seton Hall-Georgetown. The first NBA report, at 4:52, was a health update on Heat C Alonzo Mourning. The first NHL report, at 23:10, was Penguins-Thrashers. New Buccaneers QB Brad Johnson discussed the upcoming NFL season, and Univ. of IL men's basketball head coach Bill Self discussed his team's season (THE DAILY).
THE GUEST LIST: "The Weekly Wrap" panel on FSN's "The Last Word" will include Spurs G Steve Kerr, Raiders DT Darrell Russell and comedian Jimmy Kimmel (THE DAILY).
NOTES: In Toronto, William Houston writes ABC begins its second season of broadcasting regular-season NHL games tomorrow and that the net is "counting on an improvement over last year's average rating of 1.3" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 3/9)....In N.Y., Richard Sandomir reports that during NCAA men's basketball tournament telecasts from March 15-18, CBS will "post a translucent graphic in the upper left-hand corner" of the screen that will offer "constant updates of games going on in other regions" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/9). Former Yankees and D'Backs manager Buck Showalter is joining ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" and Baseball2Day" as a studio host (NEWSDAY, 3/9)....In CA, Evan Tuchinsky writes while Bob Costas' "regular employer [NBC] slogs through the XFL fiasco, Costas is over at HBO putting out a program NBC would be proud to air." Costas, on "On the Record": "Some of it is more like a sports version of 'Later.' Some of it is more like a sports version of 'Meet the Press.' Some of it is commentary. Some of it is more light-hearted" (Riverside PRESS-ENTERPRISE, 3/9)....During halftime of TNT's broadcast of the Spurs-Trail Blazers, the Univ. of NC men's basketball team presented Univ. of NC grad/TNT broadcaster Kenny Smith a cake for his 36th birthday. TNT's Charles Barkley gave Smith a Duke Univ. hat on which Smith rubbed icing from his cake. Smith received video birthday wishes from ex-Tar Heels Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison and Dean Smith. Carter: "You're getting old" (TNT, 3/8).