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?
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.
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.
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.
November 5, 2012 |
The drama "Broken" led the way Monday with nine nominations for the British Independent Film Awards, including best film. Rufus Norris was nominated in the debut director and director categories. Also nominated were Tim Roth as lead actor and Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear as supporting actor. Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers" and Peter Strickland's "Berberian Sound Studio" earned seven nominations each. Joining those three titles in the category of best film are "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "The Imposter.
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.