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ESPN Redesigning Magazine
Gosling Scores Crucial Goal In Extra Time To
Beat Liverpool, But Many Viewers Missed It
OUT OF LUCK? In Manchester, Owen Gibson writes through a "combination of bad luck and poor judgment," ITV's coverage of the FA Cup is "beginning to look cursed." The Histon-Leeds game "provided the hoped for shock but struggled for clear pictures through driving rain," and ITV later in that telecast apologized "after broadcasting swearing fans on the pitch and naked players in the dressing room" (GUARDIAN.co.uk, 2/5).
Cherry (r) Says He Would Quit Working The
CBC's "Hockey Night" If MacLean Quit
LARGER THAN LIFE: The GLOBE & MAIL's Tim Wharnsby writes of Cherry, "Love him or hate him, you can't deny his huge popularity," as there is a "movie about Cherry's life currently in the preproduction stage." Cherry's passion for hockey and for his "Coach's Corner" segment "has not dwindled," and he is "as bombastic as ever." Two issues have Cherry "up in arms these days: He wishes the NHL would adopt no-touch icing to protect the players from serious injury, and he can't stand critics who want to rid the game of fighting." Cherry: "The only people against fighting are the people who don't pay to get in or the people who don't go to the games. I see that (survey) that said 54[%] of the people don't want fighting in hockey. But if you look at it closely, over 70[%] of the people at the games want to see fighting. So let's see, we're going to change hockey for the people that don't go or aren't involved in the games. That's the logic that these people put out there" (GLOBE & MAIL, 2/5).
MLB.com Reduces Price
Of Game Packages By $10
Many Boston TV Stations Not Sending
Reporters To Cover Red Sox Spring Training
OFFENSIVE FOUL: OUTSPORTS.com's Jim Buzinski reported ESPN has "apologized for and stopped running an ad promoting its NBA coverage" featuring the net's Mike Breen attempting to give Suns C Shaquille O'Neal a "fist kiss." The ad was "really weird and problematic," mainly for O'Neal's "reaction to Mike Breen asking for the 'fist kiss.'" Buzinski: "Shaq's revulsion at Breen went on too long, which is why I can see the point of those who found it homophobic. It didn't bother me a great deal, but this stuff is all in the eye of the watcher, so kudos to ESPN for being sensitive" (OUTSPORTS.com, 2/2).
NOTES: The AP's Eli Segall reported more than 12 baseball and New Jersey state officials attended MLB Net's new studio unveiling yesterday, including New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine. The studios are "expected to bring 200 new jobs to the state" (AP, 2/4)....HDNet will soon debut a new weekly television series, which will bring Ring of Honor Wrestling to a national television audience for the first time (HDNet).