Monthly Archives: April 2005

When is a deal not a deal?

I was not planning to do links today as stories about the sports media have been rather scarce. But there are a couple of interesting stories. Back in February, I did some links to the firing of Chris Cuthbert, then a longtime announcer for the CBC in Canada. Cuthbert called the CFL, Olympics and Hockey […]

NFL Draft Fallout and Other Things

The NFL Draft is over and the next big sporting event is the NBA Playoffs and next week, it’ll be the Kentucky Derby. The rites of the Sporting Spring are well underway. First the links. USA Today’s Michael Hiestand has the review of the weekend ratings. Just four events were measured which shows that the […]

NFL Draft Weekend

Tomorrow is the NFL Draft, an event which at one time, was a group of team executives sitting at tables at some hotel conference room, talking on the phone and handing their pick to Commissioner Pete Rozelle. Now, the event has grown to a made-for-TV event with ESPN providing wall-to-wall coverage on its family of […]

The NFL on NBC, Day 2

With two days to absorb the news of NBC re-obtaining the rights to broadcast the NFL, writers across the country are now making their analyses of how the network returned to a relationship that lasted almost 40 years before the General Electric-owned entity dropped out in 1998. It’s amazing how the NFL legitimizes or reinvigorates […]

Fallout from the NFL primetime changes

As we now have a day to absorb the implications of the moves the NFL made in its primetime packages, we realize that once again, a long time TV partner now finds itself on the outside looking in. In 1994, CBS was surprised by Fox in the bidding for the NFC package. In 1998, CBS […]


I attended the Patriots Day game between the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Lots of fun was had by a well behaved crowd. As I’m driving home, I hear that the NFL finally made a decision about the primetime packages and it was no surprise that ESPN got Monday Night […]

So long to Rudy Martzke

Today is the final day for USA Today Sports TV Media Critic Rudy Martzke. He started his column for the newspaper in 1982 and he ends his long newspaper career today. I’ve been calling for his retirement for quite some time and sometimes, your requests are granted. I feel he yields too much power and […]

Red Sox Ring Ceremony on YES? No!

On Monday, the Boston Red Sox received their World Series rings and raised their championship banner in center field at Fenway Park. It was all to culminate a five month celebration of the 2004 World Series which the Sox won, breaking an 86 year drought. In Boston, the ceremony was covered wall to wall on […]

Real Sports 10th Anniversary & The Masters

This weekend, the sports viewing consisted of The Masters and HBO’s 10th Anniversary of the sports magazine show, “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”. CBS is handcuffed by antiquted rules put forth by the Augusta National Golf Club. Under the parameters imposed Hootie Johnson and the members of August National, CBS cannot expand coverage from its […]

White Sox Move and the Masters

Back to the blog after a couple of days of impossible deadlines. I hate deadlines. Anyway, let’s get cracking on the links today. It appears that WSCR in Chicago will be the new radio home of the White Sox. White Sox General Partner Jerry Reinsdorf met with station officials on Wednesday. If the Sox sign […]

The Final Four & Baseball Tonight

For sports fans, being able to watch great events such as the Men’s Final Four and the start of the baseball season prove that it can bring people from all walks of life together. And at the same time, reality sets in with the death of Pope John Paul II. Saturday’s coverage of the Final […]

April Fools Edition

Back with the Friday media columns from across the country. Don’t worry, I’m not going to passing off false reports, that’s not what this whole thing is about. If you do want to read some humorous columns, you can click on the link to the “Call of the Green Monster” site which is all parody […]