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.