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Gammons Says He Was Trying To
Get Rodriguez In His Own Words
NO TRUTH TO CLAIMS: In N.Y., Rubin & Gagne report police departments in N.Y., Miami and Coral Gables, Florida, claim Rodriguez "never reported Selena Roberts' alleged crimes to them." Miami Beach police detective Juan Sanchez: "I haven't been able to find anything to corroborate that she has tried to break into his home. I haven't been able to find anything that corroborates the statement Alex Rodriguez made to ESPN." Sanchez said that Miami Beach police "did file a 'miscellaneous incident report' after police were called to answer a security guard's question about whether the island where Rodriguez lives is public or private property." Sanchez said Roberts was "trying to gain access onto the island, and they had no right to stop her." Sanchez: "It's a public right of way" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/11).
Some Critical Of Gammons
Not Backing Up Roberts
HANGING CURVE: Two writers, who both preface their comments by relating negative experiences they each had with Gammons, react to his interview of Rodriguez. SI's Jeff Pearlman on his blog wrote Gammons scored the interview with Rodriguez because he is the "Larry King of sports television." Pearlman: "Softball questions, limited inquisitiveness, an easy time for all involved. ... He had to -- absolutely had to -- follow up Rodriguez's presumably ludicrous accusations with a question or two or three or 10" (JEFFPEARLMAN.com, 2/9). In N.Y., Filip Bondy wrote Gammons is "basically a professional apologist" for MLB. Bondy: "The only reason I'm writing so bitterly about him ... is that he sat there on Monday and allowed Alex Rodriguez to call Selena Roberts ... a 'stalker' without challenging him on that point at all. Gammons couldn't carry Roberts' laptop, when it comes to real journalism" (NYDAILYNEWS.com, 2/10).
EARNING THEIR STRIPES: On Long Island, Neil Best wrote MLB Network "deserves the props it has gotten for covering a story that does not reflect well on MLB," but the MLBPA has taken the "brunt of the criticism in the wake of this story." Best: "Will the network be as aggressive when a story makes the commissioner's office look bad? No way to answer that until such a story comes up." Also, "did someone tip off MLB Network execs Saturday that the story was coming, allowing them to begin putting everyone in place, including getting [Bob] Costas and Roberts on live four hours after the initial report was posted?" A source "did not deny the network likely got a heads up before the SI story was posted" (NEWSDAY.com, 2/10).
LAYING LOW: In Albany, Pete Dougherty wrote, "Apparently not every network was devoting as much of its air time as possible to the Alex Rodriguez admission of steroids use." YES Network, which is owned by the Yankees, had a Rodriguez "Yankeeography" scheduled for midnight ET Monday night, but the net ran a Baseball HOFer Yogi Berra "Yankeeography" instead (TIMESUNION.com, 2/10).
A-Rod Has Generated Big Numbers For ESPN
With His Exclusive Steroid Confession Interview
LPGA's New Deal With J Golf Means Severing
15-Year Relationship With SBS
All-Star Content Will Be
Available For iPhones
CHANGING CHANNELS? Bruins Exec VP Charlie Jacobs said that WBZ-AM’s exclusive negotiating rights to extend their radio deal with the team beyond this season “expired last month, prompting the club to search for other suitors to broadcast its games” next season. Jacobs: “Our No. 1 hope is to stay on WBZ. We’ve enjoyed the association. They have a strong signal, clear channel.” Jacobs said that “another possibility, though not his first choice, would be to carry the NESN feed … on radio via simulcast” (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/11).
STEPPING UP TO THE DISH: The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s Kerry Grace notes DirecTV yesterday reported a 4.6% decline in Q4 profit on “narrower margins, but both its U.S. and Latin American operations continued to add subscribers at a steady clip.” Sanford C. Bernstein LLC analyst Craig Moffett said that DirecTV has been “virtually ‘untouched’ by the economic downturn.” However, Grace writes DirecTV “relies on discretionary items such as NFL Sunday Ticket on top of its core service, and subscribers could cut back as they look to save money” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/11).
RACING DOWN UNDER: In response to the growing interest in Australian NASCAR driver Marcos Ambrose, Australian free-to-air TV for the first time will telecast both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying runs and final practices on Network Ten's new sports channel, ONE. Prior to ONE's launch in March, NASCAR Nationwide Series and select Sprint Cup coverage will be seen on Ten-HD (JAYSKI.com, 2/10).