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SBD/March 1, 2013/Media
Wizards Broadcaster Owns Missed "Dagger" Call, But Claims New Location Difficult
Published March 1, 2013
BINOCULARS NEEDED: ESPN's Michael Wilbon said, “You know why his angle is a bad angle? Because his owner, Ted Leonsis, who I like very much, sold the seats. So the broadcast seats are up where Bob Uecker used to sit in that commercial in the ‘70s and they can’t even see it.” There “better not be any complaints” from Leonsis, since he "put them there.” ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said the announcers “don’t need a seeing-eye dog,” because while “they’re bad seats, they ain’t that bad” (“PTI,” ESPN, 2/28). The Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan said, “This is what happens when some little rich kid eating ice cream sits in the front row and the announcer has to sit 25 rows up and he can’t even see the game. This is what the NBA has brought you.” Meanwhile, ESPN’s Pablo Torre gave a “pass” to the announcers for their missed call on the last shot, saying, “I watched this three times and I couldn’t tell myself" (“Around The Horn,” ESPN, 2/28). ESPN’s Dan Le Batard said the missed call “would have happened to any of us” (“Dan Le Batard Is Highly Questionable,” ESPN2, 2/28). TNT’s Kenny Smith said, “He had to be looking at the monitor and not the game” (“Inside the NBA,” TNT, 3/1).