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Published December 2, 2002
The IL DAILY HERALD's Ted Cox wrote, "People are already buying ever-larger wide-screen TVs because they get the most out of movies on digital video. But the thing that will really fuel television's move to HDTV – on both the broadcast and cable networks – is sports" (IL DAILY HERALD).
The ATLANTA CONSTITUTION's Mike Tierney commented on the nationwide trend of trimming local sports telecasts and wrote, "It's the era of the incredible shrinking sports slot on local news," as the segments now get "shoved to the rear and often presented with the haste of a football team running a two-minute drill" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION).
The WASHINGTON POST's Alan Goldenbach writes "With more and more high school students competing for the hundreds of millions of dollars that colleges devote to athletic scholarships every year, a growth industry has sprung up to coach, market and place budding" athletes. Goldenbach highlights the National Collegiate Scouting Association, which claims that its 304 clients in its '02 class "received an average of $13,500 per school year in grants and scholarships" (WASHINGTON POST).
- John McEnroe discusses the future of the men's senior tennis tour.
- Despite Spurs' departure, Alamodome is "no white elephant."
- One local Charlotte sportscaster begins his fourth decade of work.
- Young NFL stars are learning to work the media to their benefit.
- The L.A. DAILY NEWS' "Dubious Dozen" highlights media foibles for '02.
- During a research trip to France, one writer fell in love with Eurosport.
- Incoming NCAA President Myles Brand faces many challenges in new position.
- In Athens, Olympic builders take care when unearthing ancient artifacts.
- For how long will Tollin/Robbins Productions provide Clear Channel with an inroad to TV?
- Gaylord Entertainment Center finds its calendar full thanks to GM Hugh Lombardi.
- The battle for endorsement dollars: Kobe Bryant vs. Tracy McGrady.
- Royalty fees keep celebrities earning from beyond the grave.
- In the race for America's Cup, are lawyers plotting the course?
- Amid the NFL's attempt to increase minority hiring, the Bengals front office is looking pale.
- Showtime Senior VP Jay Larkin discusses the state of boxing on TV.
- DirecTV and Dish Network do battle with satellite pirates.
- For upstate NY television stations, picking which NFL game to air is risky business.
- One columnist hopes that all the Michael Jordan comparisons will be retired along with the player.
- Seattle seeks a naming rights deal for the Seahawks new stadium, but at what cost?
- Red Sox hit the books with hiring of "Baseball Abstract" author Bill James.
- The San Antonio Sports Foundation uses loss of '07 Pan American Games to help plot its future.
- Allure of financial windfall has civic organizations competing for sporting events.