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SBD/March 15, 2011/Media
Published March 15, 2011
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FOURSOME PLAYING THROUGH: YAHOO SPORTS' Jonathan Wall noted NBC for its coverage of the WGC-Cadillac Championship "did something you don't see very often, doing Sunday's telecast with a four-man crew" consisting of Dan Hicks, Johnny Miller, Peter Jacobsen and Gary Koch. It was an "interesting dynamic, especially when you have an opinionated guy like Miller in the mix." The telecast "wasn't a train wreck, and it seemed that the four talking heads got along quite well during the round." Jacobsen and Koch are "consummate professionals, so it was nice to have a new view from time to time" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 3/14).
AN OFFER HE COULDN'T REFUSE? ABC’s Jeff Van Gundy during Sunday’s Magic-Suns game discussed the recent comments made by his brother, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, concerning NBA Commissioner David Stern, and Stern’s response a couple days later. Jeff Van Gundy said, “I thought Stan’s comments were snarky and I was surprised by what I thought were unbecoming comments by Commissioner Stern.” Van Gundy later compared Stern’s powers to Michael Corleone, which prompted ABC’s Mike Breen to compare Stan Van Gundy to Fredo. Jeff Van Gundy: “It’s very godfathery-like, ‘we’ll never hear from him again.’ I thought he was being taken to the Meadowlands to be buried. I mean my goodness, commissioner, don’t bury my brother yet” (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 3/14).