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Bears Deny NBC Rift Despite Refusal To Make Personnel Available
Published November 20, 2009
|Smith Denies Rift With NBC After
Turning Down Interview Request
BITING THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU? Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan wondered if anyone with the Bears has "stopped to think that NBC is one of four major television entities paying ... lots of money and that all they want is a few minutes of their time for an interview. Roger Goodell should be stepping in and saying, 'This is nonsense, you can't refuse them'" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 11/19). ESPN's Michael Wilbon: "A lot of players are sophisticated and know how their salaries are made. ... I would think that Jay Cutler is sophisticated and knows his (salary) isn't made by tickets sold. It's made off TV revenue and the league's TV partners, of which NBC is one" ("PTI," ESPN, 11/19). A CHICAGO SUN-TIMES editorial is written under the header, "Media-Shy Bears Should Fear Another Loss More Than Costas." Football is "nothing more than another show, like 'America's Top Model,' grown fat on TV," and the networks "will pay the NFL more than $20[B] to broadcast games over the next few years" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/20).