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 . . ."
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 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.
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.
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.
January 21, 1994 |
Bob Stenner's life was sailing along. He has a great job. As the lead football producer for CBS, he gets to travel to a big NFL game every week. Pat Summerall and John Madden are his buddies. So are a lot of current and former football players. Stenner, a bachelor, lives in a picturesque area of Southern California. His New York colleagues, enduring freezing temperatures, were envious of the warm winter he was enjoying. Things were looking particularly good in early December, when Stenner signed a four-year contract with his network.
November 28, 1999 |
Charles Barkley is 36 and says--as he has before--that this is his last NBA season. For sure, playing for the struggling Houston Rockets doesn't inspire him. "I'm sick of us having team meetings and hearing cell phones and beepers ringing in the middle of them," he told Fran Blinebury of the Houston Chronicle. "We used to come into this locker room before games and watch videotape of previous games or scouting tapes of that night's opponent. Now we're in here watching and listening to BET.
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.