NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT NIKE'S SMART MOUTHS TO NBC'S ANN MEYERS
NBC WNBA announcer Ann Meyers said that the new WNBA-
Nike spots, which feature little girls with "a smart mouth,"
lack "respect," according to David Barron of the HOUSTON
CHRONICLE. Meyers: "As a woman, as a mother and as an
athlete, I didn't appreciate it." Meyers, on Nike's NBA
"Fun Police" spots, in particular one that teaches young
girls how to "talk trash": "I'm totally not for that. I
know that as advertisers that they are looking for something
that will catch the eye of young people, but to continue to
show disrespect is wrong." Meyers said her concerns "are
not limited to advertisers," and include NBA players and her
own network. Meyers: "Scottie Pippen's comment that 'Oh,
Utah ought to wait for the WNBA to start' -- I would like to
see more respect. I would like to see ESPN highlights.
They're one of the networks doing the games. Did you see
any highlights the other night? ... I'd like to see NBC
show more highlights" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/15).