NFL Reluctant On Long-Term "TNF" Deal Fox Execs Impressed With FS1 Progress Schilling Bumped From "Sunday Night Baseball" NESN Sees Backlash From Orsillo Decision USOC Launching Third Team USA App Jose Bautista Refuses Sportsnet Interviews O'Brien's Softer Side Highlighted In "Hard Knocks" Joe Buck Gets New DirecTV Q&A Show Media Notes Sources: Whitlock Could Leave ESPN
SBD/Issue 167/Sports Media
Kornheiser Leaving "MNF" After Three Years; Gruden Joins Booth
Published May 18, 2009
|Kornheiser Cites His Fear Of
Flying As Reason For Leaving
SHAKEUP IN FOX' PRODUCTION TEAMS: EYE ON SPORTS MEDIA reported Fox Sports Chair & CEO David Hill has demoted lead NFL director Artie Kempner, relegating him from the "A" team to the "C" team. Sources said that there has been a "rift or some level of tension" between Hill and Kempner, who has served as lead director for Fox NFL games since '03. Meanwhile, Hill also has split the NFL team of producer Bob Stenner and director Sandy Grossman, who have "worked together at Fox and CBS Sports for more than four decades." A source said that the split "has many people scratching their heads, as this is supposed to be Grossman's last year" (EYEONSPORTSMEDIA.com, 5/18).