SBD/Issue 55/Sports Media

Media Notes

In a front-page Cover Story, USA TODAY's David Lieberman examines consumers' practice of pirating satellite TV services and writes, "At least 1 million households, possible as many as 3 million, enjoy a TV fan's paradise [for free]." Satellite companies and the channels, movie studios and sports properties "that supply programming lose well over $1[B] a year in uncollected revenue from piracy" (USA TODAY, 12/2)....In, N.Y., Phil Mushnick reported, "We hear that CBS might soon break from its SportsLine partners to establish a new, NCAA-approved CBS Sports site" (N.Y. POST, 11/29)....FSN Northwest earned a 21.0 Nielsen rating for the November 23 Washington-Washington State college football game, marking the net's highest football rating ever. The game was the most-watched telecast in the Seattle market that day (FSN).

Charles Barkley Not Gaining Favor
Of Media Members

WHAT'S UP, CHUCK? In N.Y., Mike Lupica wrote TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley is "trying too hard. And the harder he tries to be edgy and controversial and just plain bad, the less interesting he becomes" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/1). ABC Radio's Keith Olbermann wondered if Barkley will "retire soon or will he self-destruct first?" After receiving criticism from David Barron of the Houston Chronicle, Barkley called Barron an "idiot" on air. Barkley has "already wasted the good will and respect of those of us, like me, who admired him. He ought to take himself off the air before something disastrous happens" (ABC Radio, 11/27).

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