WERE FOX'S PRAYERS ANSWERED WITH PACK-PATS SUPER BOWL?
Fox Sports will cover Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans,
LA, on Sunday, January 26. Kickoff is set for 6:18pm ET.
Preliminary overnights from yesterday's games: Fox's NFC
Championship game earned a 30.7/56 overnight. NBC's AFC
title game earned a 28.3/46 (THE DAILY). In Atlanta, Prentis
Rogers notes Fox "breathed a sigh of relief" when Green Bay
beat Carolina. On possible low ratings due to the lack of
the Cowboys or 49ers in the Super Bowl, Fox's Lou D'Ermilio
notes the highest-rated Super Bowl was a 49.1 in '82 and
"that was San Francisco's first Super Bowl and before Joe
Montana became a legend" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/13). In
Houston, Mike McDaniel notes Fox's coverage of the NFC title
game yesterday was "prepared to prove beyond any doubt the
network is ready to host a Super Bowl," but "on the eve of
reaching that Super Bowl ... Fox fumbled" (HOUSTON
CHRONICLE, 1/13). In Milwaukee, Bob Wolfley notes Fox
"warmed to the task" of the title game (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
SENTINEL, 1/13). In New York, Phil Mushnick calls Fox's
replays "superb" (N.Y. POST, 1/13).
FOX HONORED AT LUNCHEON: The Int'l Radio and TV Society
Sports Foundation will honor Fox Sports' coverage of the
Super Bowl with a luncheon at N.Y.'s Waldorf Astoria Hotel
on January 16. The event will feature Pat Summerall, James
Brown, Fox Sports Exec Producer Ed Goren and Fox NFL Sunday
Coordinating Producer Scott Ackerson (The Marquee Group).