September 22, 1994 |
Gene Vollnogle maneuvered through a throng of well-wishers as the clock wound down, stopping every few feet to accept handshakes, congratulatory slaps on the back and heartfelt hugs. Vollnogle, Carson High's venerable football coach, had just led the Colts to the 1990 City Section 4-A Division championship with a 37-16 victory over archrival Wilmington Banning at El Camino College in Torrance.
November 25, 1986 |
There's an eerie silence on the Howie Long front. He has four sacks, a couple of injuries that have slowed him down or sidelined him altogether for five weeks and he hasn't insulted one opponent all season. The NFL's most quoted player now often turns down requests to do telephone hookups to cities whose teams the Raiders will play. Not that the Raiders mind, since these often led to headlines on the order of, "Long: I Hate the (opponent)." His sack total is also fourth-high on the team.
October 12, 1999 |
Don Mischer--a producer of the Kennedy Center Honors and the Emmys among others --recently said he cautions people when they consider transforming some fledgling presentation into a televised event. TV, he noted, has a way of changing whatever it touches. Clearly, television's oily fingerprints are all over the world of big-time sports, shaping not only the way games are played but how they are experienced by those who actually possess the trust fund necessary to view the action in person.
June 30, 1994 |
CBS Inc. Chief Executive Laurence A. Tisch and QVC Inc. Chairman Barry Diller are in negotiations to combine their companies in a deal valued at roughly $3 billion, sources close to the talks said Wednesday. Under the terms being discussed, CBS would acquire the smaller QVC in a stock swap that would follow a cash payout to CBS shareholders. Diller would assume control of the combined company, with 71-year-old Tisch agreeing to retire or take a background role upon completion of the acquisition.
April 19, 2005 |
So this is the payback ESPN gets for scuttling "Playmakers." In the cutthroat world of television network rights negotiations, it is known as an offer ESPN could not refuse: Get rid of the foul-mouthed football soap opera the NFL finds so offensive and maybe, someday, the league will make nice and, you know, return the favor.
July 6, 1991 |
Roger Clemens can't join a jai-alai game. Will Clark can't crawl in caves. Wayne Gretzky can't lift a lacrosse stick. Jose Rijo can't play polo. As salaries increase, players' recreational options dwindle. Teams don't want their high-priced property getting hurt. "The risk is so much greater," said Boston Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman, who stopped outfielder Mike Greenwell from driving a race car. "When you guarantee that contract for two, three, four years, it's a tremendous risk.
July 11, 1986 |
While owner Alex Spanos grows more impatient by the day, the Chargers are pressing to sign two of their high draft choices before the start of training camp next Friday. If they succeed, they will be ahead of much of the competition in the National Football League. Only three of the top 83 players--and 36 out of a total of 333--in this year's draft have signed.
February 17, 1991 |
In a recent compilation of "the 100 most powerful people in sports," by the Sporting News, Mark McCormack could do no better than make the top six. So far as I am concerned, he is all six of them. No one stands above the sports compost the way Mark Hume McCormack does.
August 27, 1985 |
A decade-long spending spree by professional sports has boosted player salaries 400%, creating a generation of millionaire athletes who will keep on getting paychecks well into the 21st Century. The result: One in three teams is already losing money. And with television threatening to stop bankrolling the industry, sports executives are scrambling to cut costs and find new sources of revenue.
July 13, 1986 |
Tom Fields won't be hoisted for a victory ride if the University of Maryland's football or basketball team ever wins a national championship, but with earnings of about $200,000 a year, he makes more than anyone else in the athletic department except Lefty Driesell, the basketball coach. Never heard of Tom Fields? Well, in many ways, Fields, a 68-year-old retired Marine colonel, is the most valuable player of Maryland's $10 million, 22-team, self-supporting program.