February 24, 2006 |
In December, NASCAR announced an eight-year, $4.48-billion television deal that goes into effect in 2007 and provides an annual TV income of $555 million. Only the NFL's $3.735 billion yearly TV income, the NBA's $767 million and baseball's $713 million rank higher. In an era of generally declining TV ratings, NASCAR household ratings have increased more than 20% over the last five years. NASCAR proved good to go again last weekend, when NBC got a rating of 11.
December 2, 1987 |
If the performance of the Simi Valley High basketball team on Tuesday night is any indication of how good the Pioneers will be this season, the scoreboard at the gym at Simi Valley High is in for a real workout. Four Simi Valley players--Don MacLean, Shawn DeLaittre, Butch Hawking and Mike Langford--scored in double figures as the Pioneers took the scoreboard for a loop, routing Saugus, 100-64, in the first round of the Simi Valley Tournament.
October 13, 2005 |
David Letterman's Top Ten List on Tuesday night was "New York Yankee Excuses." They included: * No. 6: Didn't know if they were playing the California Angels, Anaheim Angels or Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. * No. 4: How are you supposed to field a competitive team on $200 million? * No. 3: Due to a typo in latest memo, Steinbrenner demanded players give 10%. * No. 1: Who can concentrate on baseball when hockey is back?
July 22, 1995 |
Red meat, once considered the staple of Tour de France riders during competition, has fallen from favor for more low-fat foodstuffs such as pasta, rice and muesli, but cyclists still find a good steak can be useful. "Nothing absorbs shocks like animal tissue," said Yvan Vanmol, a team doctor, who said he recommended slipping a steak in a rider's cycling pants to protect a tender rear end on long stages. Stomachs are now protected from such extravagances.
June 5, 2005 |
For ESPN tennis commentator Mary Carillo, life apparently imitates clay-court tennis. She offered a moving essay last week during the French Open about her own two teenagers.
September 29, 2003 |
For the 1989 Super Bowl pregame show, NBC staged a talent contest involving NFL players. Dick Ebersol, who became the head of NBC Sports later that year, was not a fan of the talent contest. "You won't be seeing any more talent contests on NBC," he said. Ebersol, however, is not running ABC. A similar talent contest makes its debut at halftime of "Monday Night Football" tonight.
March 5, 1990 |
The West Coast Conference canceled its basketball tournament late Sunday night in the wake of the death of Loyola Marymount star Hank Gathers. Gathers collapsed with 13 minutes 34 seconds to play in the first half and the game against Portland was never resumed. Loyola, which won the WCC regular-season title, was granted the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. There seemed to be little sentiment for the tournament going on.
June 9, 1994 |
Georgia Tech is going to the championship game of the College World Series; Cal State Fullerton is returning home. Nomar Garciaparra's leadoff homer in the top of the 12th inning Wednesday night gave the Yellow Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Titans. Georgia Tech (50-16), seeded second in its first appearance at the series, will play the survivor of Bracket 2, in which Oklahoma (48-17) meets Arizona State (45-17) today.
February 3, 2005 |
Fox sportscaster Chris Myers, an avid Johnny Carson fan, said that when he was at ESPN doing the late-night editions of "SportsCenter" with Mike Tirico in the early 1990s, he would often say to Tirico, "I did not know that," a line Carson often used on the "Tonight Show." That evolved into a regular "Did You Know?" segment. Myers said he met Carson at a tennis event at UCLA in 1997 and told him how the "Did You Know?" segment came about. Said Carson: "I did not know that."
July 21, 2006 |
The British Open is underway, and one of the golfers viewers will be keeping an eye on is Phil Mickelson, who was last seen in a major when he suffered a meltdown at the U.S. Open. Mickelson went into the second round today only three shots off the lead, but Paul Azinger was impressed even before the tournament began. Azinger, who is working as a commentator on the TNT and ABC coverage of the Open, knows how it feels to let a major championship get away.