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McCarver Says MLB Does Not Like Fox, ESPN Showing Video Footage Of Pete Rose
Published July 16, 2013
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EXPECT NOTHING ON BIOGENESIS: In N.Y., Bob Raissman writes his "fantasy" would be for MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to "go into Fox’s All-Star broadcast booth" tonight and "deliver the word to friend and foe alike" on the investigation into the Biogenesis clinic. That would give Selig the "chance to spread the gospel to millions of eyeballs." While Selig in actuality "ain't going anywhere near that booth," it is fair to ask whether Fox' McCarver and Joe Buck will "say even a word about" Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez and Biogenesis during the All-Star telecast. Unless there is "breaking news on the investigation prior to, or during, the game, don’t expect the voices to go near the subject." Fox Sports VP/Communications Dan Bell said, “We’re not taking this event and going on a soapbox. To talk about what’s already been written, or broadcast, and add more speculation to it, is not appropriate. The All-Star Game is not the proper venue for that discussion" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/16).
MUST-SEE TV? In Illinois, Mike Imrem writes under the header, "All-Star Game Is Far From Must-See TV These Days." Imrem: "So what do you think, the All-Star Game or a night of 'NCIS,' 'Rizzoli and Isles' and 'Person of Interest'? For me, I'm still trying to make up my mind because the Midsummer Classic has been reduced to an All-Star Game-time decision instead of appointment television" (Illinois DAILY HERALD, 7/16). In Akron, George Thomas writes "long, drawn-out TV games don’t seem to hold TV audiences’ interest." The "chasm between the haves and the have-nots remains great despite the contention of smaller-market teams such as" the Indians and Pirates. Those "realities are reflected in TV ratings" for the ASG. Thomas: "From this corner there might be trouble on the horizon for Major League Baseball" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 7/16).
FINAL FAREWELL: In Memphis, Kyle Veazey notes this is McCarver's last ASG, and it is the "highest-profile assignment yet of something of a farewell tour." Fox asked McCarver to "compile his favorite All-Star Game memories for a segment to air later" in the broadcast. McCarver: "It's very difficult to squeeze almost 60 years into about two minutes" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 7/16).