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SBD/December 18, 2012/Media
Published December 18, 2012
APOLOGY ACCEPTED? In S.F., Bruce Jenkins apologized for his Sunday column, in which he "criticized NBA Commissioner David Stern for scheduling five games on Christmas Day, ruining the holiday for many participants." Jenkins: "I've made this point with regularity over the years, but this time, I pointed out that Stern is Jewish and wrote that he 'has no feel for Christmas in the first place.'" Jenkins added, "That statement is just plain wrong, not to mention arrogant, and I apologize for it. I should not have brought up the subject of Stern's religion. ... I shouldn't have addressed the issue of David Stern's faith in any manner" (SFGATE.com, 12/17).
TEEING OFF: The AP's Michael Marot noted Golf Channel starting in '14 will "televise the NCAA Division I golf championships" with three days of coverage from the men's tournament. Golf Channel also will "carry the men's and women's championships the following year." It marks the "first time since 1997 that the women's championship will be televised live" (AP, 12/17).
SAYING GOODBYE: In DC, Dan Steinberg noted about "three-and-a-half years after Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise launched a radio show for" WJFK-FM, that program "is ending." Steinberg reported the show "will be replaced by a four-hour program hosted by Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier." WJFK-FM Program Dir Chris Kinard said it was a "ratings-based decision." Wise in a statement said, "It's not by choice" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 12/14).