Despite competition from Tuesday night's Angel game, Channel 9 got an impressive 4.7/7 for the Lakers' exhibition game against the Clippers at Bakersfield. That's a 47% increase over the Lakers' first exhibition telecast last year. The Laker rating went to a 7.0 once the Angel game ended.
Television and sports executives discussed the future of NFL Sunday Ticket at an industry event in New York this week. The consensus was, the package will remain exclusively with DirecTV until the current television deal expires after the 2005 season.... Bob Myers, after two seasons, will not return as the radio commentator for UCLA basketball this season. Myers works for agent Arn Tellem and school officials were concerned about appearances. UCLA spokesman Marc Dellins said Myers had done nothing wrong. Don MacLean and Sean Farnham are the leading candidates to replace Myers.
Ahmad Rashad will be part of the NBA coverage on ESPN and ABC this season.... Telemundo's NBA schedule of 15 weekend telecasts beginning Nov. 10 will involve the Lakers once and the Clippers three times. Could that mean that the Clippers are considered more popular among Spanish-speaking viewers? ... ESPN is expanding its Sunday night "SportsCenter" to 90 minutes, beginning this weekend.... ESPN begins its Professional Bowlers Assn. coverage Sunday at 10 a.m. All 20 PBA tournaments will be televised over a 22-week span.
Marge Hearn looked elegant while being interviewed live via satellite from her home in Encino during halftime of the Lakers' exhibition game against the Clippers at Bakersfield Tuesday night. She also came up with a great line.
"With two Samakis on the team [Samaki Walker and Soumaila Samake], I'm not sure how Chick would have handled that," she said.
Some of Chick's wit no doubt rubbed off on his wife, or maybe it was the other way around.