September 17, 1998 |
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, played, heard, observed, worn, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here. What: "John Madden's Ultimate Tailgating," by John Madden with Peter Kaminsky Publisher: Viking Price: $24.95 Food and football go hand-in-hand with John Madden. So why not a Madden cookbook for football tailgaters?
January 26, 1994 |
A bus pulls up to Fox television's first football game and out steps John Madden. September, 1994. "OK! Let's earn that money! There's the kickoff! BOOM! That was some kick, Pat!" "Sure was, John." "WHAM! Good kick! So how much I make there? Ten thousand bucks? KA-CHING! Did you hear that cash register, Pat?" "Sure did, John." "I'll tell ya!" "First and 10, Cowboys." "This is a BIG play, Pat! Even though it's still EARLY, I mean! KA-CHING! Twenty thousand dollars!" "Aikman . . ."
April 16, 2013 |
Sportscaster Pat Summerall, who teamed with John Madden for more than two decades on NFL telecasts, forming one of the best known announcing duos in TV history, has died. He was 82. His death was confirmed by Fox Sports spokesman Dan Bell, according to the Associated Press. No other details were immediately available. Summerall had been living in Southlake, Texas, in recent years. Known for his deep, resonant voice and a smooth, understated delivery that wasted no words, Summerall worked with Tom Brookshier on the NFL for CBS from 1975 and was paired with Madden in 1981.
June 16, 2005 |
Rupert Murdoch shocked the sports world in December 1993, bidding a then-whopping $1.58 billion over four years and wresting the NFL away from CBS for his upstart Fox network. The next step was to establish credibility by hiring the biggest name in football commentating, John Madden. To get him, Fox paid Madden a yearly salary of $8 million, far more than anyone else in sports television was making. Madden, 69, apparently is still the hottest announcer in sports TV.
January 25, 1994 |
Is John Madden worth $8 million per year? Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of the Fox television network, apparently thinks so. As expected, it was announced Monday that Madden will be Fox's lead football analyst beginning next season, and sources are now saying he got a four-year, $32-million contract. Initially, it was reported as a $30-million contract. If the $32-million figure is right, he will make $325,000 per game . Few network analysts make that much a year.
September 6, 2012 |
Will the actors and filmmakers from your favorite movie be making room on their mantels this award season? Or watching the Oscars from afar? Oscar 8-Ball knows all. Throughout the coming months, Gold Standard columnist Glenn Whipp will assess the chances of the films in contention. Maybe that includes "Ted. " Probably it doesn't. Only the magic Oscar 8-Ball knows. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" charmed American audiences and wowed their U.K. counterparts, grossing more than $130 million worldwide since its May release.
December 29, 1998 |
What: Madden NFL '99 (PlayStation) Cost: $39.99 This latest version of the popular home video game has been on the market for more than four months, but its reputation continues to grow with players who appreciate the realism of the game. Former coach and current broadcaster John Madden hit the jackpot when he landed the deal to have this annual game--now in its ninth year--named after him.
September 15, 2006 |
John Madden has a high-profile personal spotter working for him in the "NBC Sunday Night Football" booth -- lifelong friend John Robinson, the former USC and Los Angeles Rams coach. Madden and Robinson have been friends since they were fifth graders at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Daly City, Calif. Robinson, the Oakland Raiders' backfield coach in 1975 when Madden was the head coach, left the Raiders to become the head coach at USC in 1976. Now they are working together again.
April 17, 2013 |
Sochi officials have announced that they hope to make their city safer and more appealing by killing more than 2,000 stray cats and dogs before the 2014 Winter Olympics, according to the RBC Daily newspaper. "It's obvious that there should be no animals on the streets," Sergei Krivonosov, a government official, told the paper. "We have responsibilities to the international community. Killing [strays] is just a faster way to solve this task. " Russian press has reported public protests in response to the announcement.