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Bruin Fans: Quiet, Taping in Progress

October 13, 2000|LARRY STEWART

You may have heard that UCLA's game against California at Berkeley on Saturday is not on live television. The immediate reaction is: How can that be?

Couldn't Fox Sports Net 2 or ESPN2 or something 2 find room for one football game?

It's not always that simple.

Pacific 10 Conference schools can go up against a 12:30 p.m. ABC game only once a year, and UCLA opted to use that one exception a week from Saturday when the Bruins play host to Oregon State.

For this Saturday, ABC chose Oregon-USC as its 12:30 game, Fox Sports Net has Washington- Arizona State at 7:15 p.m. as its Pac-10 game of the week, and Stanford-Oregon State is FSN's syndicated game that Channel 9 is carrying at 3:30 p.m.

Cal could have moved the time of its game with UCLA to 3:30 or 7 p.m., but since Memorial Stadium does not have lights, temporary lights--at a cost of $75,000--would have been needed. That expense for a Fox Sports Net 2 telecast couldn't be justified.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday October 14, 2000 Home Edition Sports Part D Page 2 Sports Desk 2 inches; 42 words Type of Material: Correction
TV-Radio--Pacific 10 Conference schools can pick one game a year to go up against a Fox Sport Net Pac-10 telecast at 3:30 p.m. There are no exceptions for ABC's 12:30 p.m. window, as reported Friday. Oregon State-UCLA on Oct. 21 at the Rose Bowl is a 3:30 p.m. game and will be televised by Fox Sports Net 2.

So Fox Sports Net 2 will tape the game, with Bill Macdonald and Mike Sherrard announcing, and show it Sunday at 5 p.m. Of course, there's always the live radio broadcast with Chris Roberts, Billy Ray Smith and Matt Stevens on KXTA (1150).


ABC Radio is very close to a deal in which it will purchase KRLA (1110) and turn it into an all-sports station featuring ESPN Radio programming.

That presumably means that Los Angeles will finally get Dan Patrick's popular 10 a.m.-to-1 p.m. show.

It would also mean a spot for ESPN's complete postseason baseball radio coverage--a definite need.

Although an ABC Radio spokesperson in New York said it is company policy not to comment until a deal is completed, other sources said this one is imminent.

The plan is to supplement the ESPN Radio programming with two local shows on the new KRLA, with speculation that one will feature Joe McDonnell and Doug Krikorian in afternoon drive time. They are already in the ABC fold, doing a Sunday night show for KABC Radio.


Vince McMahon was in Los Angeles this week to promote a wrestling show at Staples Center and make a speech at a Hollywood Television and Radio Society luncheon in Universal City.

McMahon's latest venture is the XFL, the new eight-team football league that begins play Feb. 3, the weekend after the Super Bowl, and concludes with a championship game April 21. Los Angeles' entry, the Xtreme, will play at the Coliseum.

Games will be on Saturdays and Sundays, with NBC carrying Saturday games at 5 p.m. and UPN--Channel 13 in Los Angeles--televising Sunday games at 4 p.m. A cable outlet for Sunday games has not been determined.

McMahon called the league "reality football." Apparently, that means the XFL will be a sports version of "Survivor" and "Big Brother."

"We'll have cameras and microphones everywhere," McMahon said. "When a player gets chewed out by a coach, viewers will hear it. Of course, we'll have to have a slight delay [to bleep out the expletives].

"Everything that takes place in the locker room or anywhere else will be on camera."


To generate interest, the Xtreme has turned to an Ohlmeyer. Drew Ohlmeyer, 32, the oldest of Don Ohlmeyer's four sons, is the team's media relations director. Ohlmeyer comes from the NBC affiliate in Palm Springs, where he was the sports anchor the last 2 1/2 years.

There, he used the name Justin Drew, his first and middle names. Although he said he does grow tired of people asking if he is Don Ohlmeyer's son, he said he wasn't trying to hide his identity. He said the main reason he used Justin Drew is because it sounds better. Makes sense. That's the reason Dan Patrick Pugh dropped the Pugh from his on-air name.

If Drew Ohlmeyer generates even a fraction of the publicity his father has for "Monday Night Football," he will have done a fine job.


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