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SBD/Issue 13/Sports Media
Published September 29, 2004
MULTICHANNEL NEWS reported that in a joint effort between Comcast Sports Southeast/Charter Sports Southeast, Michigan-based Comcast Local and the Comcast Media Center, Comcast is “filling the roster of college-football programming available via its Comcast On Demand [VOD] service.” The service provides content such as entire football games and 10- to 15-minute game recaps “within hours of the last play.” Comcast On Demand will also offer 30-minute weekly coaches’ shows from ACC, Big Ten and SEC teams (MULTICHANNEL.com, 9/28).
HELD AT BAY: While Glenn Dickey and Tom FitzGerald both announced last week they would no longer write sports columns for the S.F. Chronicle, S.F. Chronicle Sports Editor Glenn Schwarz said that the paper’s merger with the S.F. Examiner four years ago “left the paper with an embarrassment of riches as far as columns were concerned. The paper’s recent cost-cutting efforts have nothing to do with FitzGerald and Dickey’s reassignments.” Schwarz: “The consensus (among) the top editors in sports and at the paper is that the entire paper had too many columnists” (S.F. BUSINESS TIMES, 9/24 issue).
ON THE AIR: In N.Y., Andrew Marchand reports Marv Albert “may do at least some Nets games on the YES Network this upcoming season.” With Nets play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle’s commitments to CBS for the NFL and NCAA basketball, Albert “could pick up about 10 games as a fill-in.” Eagle still has a year remaining on his contract with YES (N.Y. POST, 9/29)....Former LPGAer Dottie Pepper has signed a deal with The Golf Channel to become an announcer in ’05 and “is negotiating with NBC and ABC to do additional announcing duties” (PALM BEACH POST, 9/29).