SBD/Issue 56/Sports Media

NFL Reportedly “Peeved” At Announcers For Making Wrong Calls

The NFL is "once again plenty peeved by the battering its game officials are taking, on all of its networks, by announcers who simply don't know the rules of the game," according to Phil Mushnick of the N.Y. POST, who reported that last Tuesday, the league "took the unusual step of distributing to the media a written explanation of an incomplete call made by referee Ron Blum" during the Bucs-Rams game on ABC's "MNF" last week. The announcers said Blum's call was wrong, but the NFL "insists that Blum, based on the rules, got it right." One NFL exec: "The TV guys don't pay attention to the rules seminars we conduct, they don't watch the rules tapes we send them and they don't take the time to study the rulebook. Then they sit there and scream that the officials blew the call" (N.Y. POST, 12/2).

THE KURT AND MARSHALL SHOW: In St. Louis, Dan Caesar cited sources as saying that the Rams are "close to signing a new deal for their radio rights, and that incumbent Clear Channel is the favorite to keep the broadcasts." Clear Channel carries the games on KLOU-FM and KATZ-AM, but its new bid "calls for it to move the AM broadcasts to KTRS [-AM], which has separate ownership and would pay Clear Channel a fee for those rights." But KMOX-AM GM Karen Carroll "also has made a strong push" for the rights. The Rams' old radio deal is "believed to have brought the club slightly more than" $3.7M annually, and sources say that the new deal would average about $2.7M and run for three years. If Clear Channel gets the rights, KTRS would pay about $300,000 annually (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 12/1).

OFF THE BEAT: In San Diego, Jay Posner reported that Chargers officials have told San Diego Union-Tribune Chargers beat writer Jim Trotter that team GM John Butler and President Dean Spanos "aren't going to talk to him anymore" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/30).

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