NETWORK: Fox Sports Detroit debuts today with a full
lineup to include live events and reruns (DETROIT NEWS,
9/15)....In Hartford, WFSB-TV will televise four regular-
season ABL Blizzard games this season. The deal includes a
preseason special, and an option on playoff games (HARTFORD
COURANT, 9/13)....In Tacoma, Bob Condotta put the Mariners'
new KIRO radio deal at $6M/season (NEWS TRIBUNE, 9/13).
PUBLICATIONS: The N.Y. Times introduced format changes
today that includes a stand-alone sports section seven days
a week, color photos on the front page of the sports
section, and more "complete and streamlined" sports results
pages, organized league-by-league, with capsule reports on
each team (N.Y. TIMES, 9/15).
TV PROGRAMMING: In N.Y., Kay Gardella gave the SI For
Kids Show four stars. Gardella: "[I]t's not just for kids,
either. Adults like myself, who aren't fanatical followers
of sports, can learn from this" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/13).
...In Toronto, Rob Longley: "Perhaps its time for ABC to
consider starting Monday Night Football at 8 p.m. Games
that are consistently ending after 12:30 a.m. are creating
weary viewers that are surely contributing to the 18%
decline in ratings" (TORONTO SUN, 9/15). In Miami, Barry
Jackson wrote that while ratings are down for "MNF," the
game "seemingly despite itself now -- continues as the NFL's
venerable flagship. Gray and listing, perhaps, but a
flagship nonetheless" (MIAMI HERALD, 9/14).
PERSONALITIES: As Marv Albert prepares for his
September 22 assault trial, Joel Myers will replace him in
NBC's NFL lineup (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 9/15).