HE SAID, SHE SAID, THEY SAID WHAT?; THE BEST AND WORST MEDIA BLABS AND JABS OF 1998.Byline: TOM HOFFARTH The Media
Fifty-two weeks worth of stray sports media notes, goats, quips and quotes and smokes and chokes:
Nice theory, but slightly flawed logic: After the Dodgers signed Kevin Brown to the $105 million contract, Sandy Alderson, the executive vice president of Major League Baseball "MLB" and "Major Leagues" redirect here. For other uses, see MLB (disambiguation) and Major Leagues (disambiguation).
Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in North American professional baseball. , said it about Dodgers/Fox owner Rupert Murdoch:
``I think this says more about someone's fall prime-time schedule than anything else.''
True. But in the fall of '99, NBC NBC
in full National Broadcasting Co.
Major U.S. commercial broadcasting company. It was formed in 1926 by RCA Corp., General Electric Co. (GE), and Westinghouse and was the first U.S. company to operate a broadcast network. - not Fox - has the rights to the National League Championship Series as well as the World Series.
Watch it once on TV and you'll understand: Major League Soccer commissioner Doug Logan was so peeved peeve
tr.v. peeved, peev·ing, peeves
To cause to be annoyed or resentful. See Synonyms at annoy.
1. A vexation; a grievance.
2. that ESPN ESPN Entertainment and Sports Programming Network didn't cover a game earlier this month when DC United beat a Brazilian team in the InterAmerican Cup that he blurted out:
``Perhaps they were too busy filming one of those nice, slick promos they do, or they were getting their tuxes fitted for the ESPYs.''
Famous last words Famous Last Words may refer to:
``We'll make money. This is a marketing machine.''
Unless you count the next labor dispute: NFL NFL
National Football League
NFL (US) n abbr (= National Football League) → Fußball-Nationalliga commissioner Paul Tagliabue stated to him what seemed to be the obvious last January after Fox, CBS (Cell Broadcast Service) See cell broadcast. and ABC ABC
in full American Broadcasting Co.
Major U.S. television network. It began when the expanding national radio network NBC split into the separate Red and Blue networks in 1928. pledged almost $18 billion in rights fees:
``There is no downside for us.''
Talk about job security: It was a late September game when the Dodgers, suffering through a miserable season, fell behind 8-0 to the Giants. Vin Scully had the perfect caption to not just the game, but to all that happened to the team in 1998:
``May I ask you a personal question?''
``Are any of you keeping score of this one?''
San Francisco's Jeff Kent followed with a grand slam.
More job security: Kings center Ray Ferraro, in a December Sports Illustrated story that chronicled a day in the life of the team, finds out he's a scratch for that night's game and won't participate in the morning skate.
``Now I've got nothing to do for the next 75 minutes,'' Ferraro says, gesturing to the TV in the locker room, ``except watch ESPN2 workout shows - soft porn in the morn.''
For the last two years during the playoffs, Ferraro has been honing his broadcasting skills as a studio analyst for ESPN2's ``NHL2Night.'' That's a hard-core show for puck fans.
What job security? CBS golf producer Lance Barrows, on why analyst Gary McCord was left out of the network's coverage of the 1998 Masters last April even though the Augusta National Golf Club Augusta National Golf Club, located in the American city of Augusta, Georgia, is one of the most famous and exclusive golf clubs in the world. Founded by Bobby Jones on the site of a former tree nursery, the club opened for play in January 1933. had given a reluctant OK to bring him back the last two years:
``We had such a great coverage last year, I'm superstitious. I want to keep everything the same.''
Worst sit-com fears not coming true: Some baseball people worried that attendance would suffer on May 14 - the night of the final episode of ``Seinfeld'' airing on NBC.
Actually, attendance at ballparks that night was greater in some cities - including Dodger Stadium - than it was the night before. The Dodgers drew 30,867 for a game against Philadelphia after attracting 28,604 the previous game.
``I think a lot of intelligent people know how to run their VCR VCR: see videocassette recorder.
in full videocassette recorder
Electromechanical device that records, stores on a videotape cassette, and plays back on a TV set recorded images and sound. ,'' theorized Cincinnati Reds general manager Jim Bowden.
Best sit-com sports line: In the final episode of ``Seinfeld,'' it's Frank Costanza (Jerry Stiller) who stands up in the courtroom and yells at Yankees owner George Steinbrenner on the witness stand:
``How could you give $12 million to Hideki Irabu?''
Best piece of irony to everyone except NBC: Exactly one year after Jerry Seinfeld told the network he was doing his last season, the Peacock airs Jimmy Stewart in ``It's A Wonderful Life'' this afternoon because the NBA lockout knocked out its traditional doubleheader.
Best add to insult: Showtime replays ``The Game'' NBA exhibition today at 4:30 p.m. Only 450,000 out of 18 million homes that have the premium cable channel tuned into it live last Saturday.
So obvious even TV Guide caught it: ESPN ``SportsCenter'' anchor nerd Bob Stevens earned a ``jeer'' in the June 7 issue when he ``snidely wondered `whatever happened to' '' St. Louis Blues player Doug Wickenheiser during a story on NHL first-round picks that never panned out.
``Any Blues fan would tell Stevens that Wickenheiser has been battling cancer and the team even had a charity game for him earlier this season,'' the jeer pointed out.
Worst moonlighting job: Fox allows each one of its NFL studio guys to do other stuff for the network, but James Brown's work hosting Fox's ``World's Funniest!'' video show has to be the most degrading.
Particularly on an episode in November, when the dapper Harvard graduate hosted a night that was a tribute to home-video shots to the groin. Brown told viewers if they counted the number of groin hits during the show and mailed in their guesses, they could win a $5,000 prize. Brown even went so far as to define a groin hit as ``those shots to the privates.''
Stop calling it a sport: By our count, there was a figure skating competition A figure skating competition is a judged sports competition in figure skating. Types of figure skating competitions
Types of figure skating competitions include: International
Worst network decision: ABC ``Monday Night Football'' starts 40 minutes earlier.
Most interesting ratings fluke: ABC's ``Monday Night Football'' ratings have been 15-plus in Los Angeles over the 13.8 nationally.
Worst technical gaffe: NBC resistance to using the score graphic during any of its sports event coverage.
Best technical gadget: The first-down stripe on NFL Sunday Night Football Sunday Night Football can refer to one of three National Football League television series:
ABC ``Monday Night Football'' may use it next, but with the technical workers' strike, just producing a respectable broadcast this season has been challenging enough.
Worst career move: Magic Johnson, talk show host.
Smartest career move: Chris Myers leaving ``Up Close'' for Fox Sports News.
Second smartest career move: Gary Miller, to L.A., to accept role of ``Up Close'' host starting Jan. 11 after nearly watering down his career last year.
Loudest career move: Keith Olbermann, back to L.A., to resurrect Fox Sports News. And he hasn't even started yet.
Year's best media maven: Ashley Judd, already the star of a University of Kentucky club hockey poster featuring her with just a jersey and blue toe-nail polish, put on a Wildcats basketball jersey for the cover of November's issue of Kentucky Monthly. The University of Kentucky, also referred to as UK, is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky.
``That's the one that's good and meaningful,'' the actress and Wildcats alum told the Lexington Herald-Leader. ``I could care a rat's hooey hoo·ey
Nonsense: "the romantic hooey that always sold women's cosmetics" Jerry Adler.
[Origin unknown. about hockey.''
WHAT SMOKED ON LOCAL TV
The top 10 Nielsen-rated sports events (with their share numbers) on L.A. television from Dec. 17-23:
Event Date Station Rt/Sh.x
NFL: Denver at Miami 12/21 KABC KABC Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children 17.5/30
NFL: S.F. at New England 12/20 Fox 13.8/35
NFL: Philadelphia at Dallas 12/20 Fox 11.1/26
NFL: Tampa Bay at Washington 12/19 Fox 8.4/20
NFL: N.Y. Jets at Buffalo 12/19 KCBS KCBS Kansas City Barbecue Society
KCBS Korea Christian Book Service (now called KCB; Seoul, Korea)
KCBS Kerala Catholic Bible Society (Kerala, India) 7.6/18
NFL: Jacksonville at Minnesota 12/20 ESPN 6.9/12
NFL: Oakland at San Diego 12/20 KCBS 5.2/12
Figure skating 12/19 Fox 4.9/10
Lexus Golf Challenge 12/19 KNBC KNBC Kings Norton Bowling Club 2.2/5
Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge The Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge is an unofficial golf event held every November at the Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson, Nevada. The tournament is a unique stroke play event, and, as the name suggests, pits three-member teams from the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour, and Champions Tour 12/19 KABC 2.0/5
Note: Saturday's NBA exhibition game on Showtime did a 0.2 rating and the season's first college bowl game, the Las Vegas Bowl The Las Vegas Bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually at 40,000-seat Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1992. on 12/19, did a 0.4/1 mark for ESPN2.
xA One rating point equals 50,092 TV homes in Los Angeles; a share is the percentage of all the TV sets in use at that time.
Photo: The Dodgers' signing of pitcher Kevin Brown made nearly everyone speak up this holiday season.
John McCoy/Daily News
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