TEAM MEDIA NOTES: BLAZERS' WHITSITT SAYS DECISION IS FINAL
The Blazers "are not reconsidering their decision" to
remove Bill Schonely from its radio play-by-play, according
to Steve Brandon of the Portland OREGONIAN. Blazers
President Bob Whitsitt: "I think that was pretty well
decided last summer. ... I think the whole situation is
unfortunate for everybody" (Portland OREGONIAN, 5/8).
NHL RATINGS: The Sharks earned a 5.9 rating on Fox
Sports Bay Area for their final first-round playoff game
against the Stars. Up until then, ratings had averaged
around a 2.0 (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 5/9)....Fox Sports Southwest
reported its top two ratings of the season for coverage of
the Stars first round games against the Sharks. Game Two
earned a 3.9 total rating and 7.5 cable rating. Game Six
earned a 3.6 total overall, and a 6.9 cable rating.
Regular-season Stars games drew an average of 0.7, with a
1.3 cable rating (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 5/9).