Because CBS' Nantz was already in Nagano last weekend, Macatee filled in for him at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and did an excellent job. With Sunday's rainout, Macatee had to fill for three hours. "Longest three hours of my life," Macatee said. "After that, the 14-hour trip to Japan will seem like nothing." . . . Even without live golf, CBS got a 1.8 rating in Los Angeles, and that was going up against the Lakers and Chicago Bulls on NBC. Speaking of impressive ratings, the "Los Angeles Times High School Sports Show" on Sunday also got a 1.8. . . . Congratulations to Dodger Spanish-language broadcaster Jamie Jarrin for winning baseball's prestigious Ford C. Frick Award. There isn't a nicer or more classy gentleman in broadcasting.
ABC, CBS and Fox are looking to spread their financial pain incurred by the new NFL TV contract, asking affiliates to kick in cash or local advertising spots. ABC, which agreed to pay $550 million a year to retain "Monday Night Football," is reportedly seeking as much as $50 million a year from affiliates, which so far are resisting the network's tactics. . . . Brad Goode, formerly of CNBC, "Extra," and Channel 2, has joined Fox Sports News. . . . Jeff Shell has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Fox/Liberty networks.
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What Los Angeles Is Watching
A sampling of L.A. Nielsen ratings for Jan. 31-Feb. 1 SATURDAY*--*
Event Ch. Rating Share Speedskating: World Sprint Championships 7 4.4 9 Golf: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 2 3.2 9 College basketball: Washington at UCLA 7 3.2 8 Hockey: Chicago at Kings 11 2.1 6 College basketball: Notre Dame at St. John's 4 1.9 5 Softball: Pepsi Major League Challenge 4 1.7 4 College basketball: Minnesota at Indiana 2 1.3 4
Event Ch. Rating Share Pro basketball: Chicago at Lakers 4 13.1 31 Pro basketball: Miami at New York 4 6.8 18 Pro football: Pro Bowl 7 5.9 11 Golf: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (rainout) 2 1.8 3 College basketball: Michigan at Iowa 2 1.1 3 College basketball: Utah at New Mexico 2 0.7 2 Hockey: Chicago at Mighty Ducks 9 0.7 1
Note: Each rating point represents 50,092 L.A. households.