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 8, 1994 |
John Madden might eventually end up in ABC's "Monday Night Football" booth, replacing Dan Dierdorf, but Madden said Friday that reports that a deal has already been completed were not accurate. "I haven't decided on anything, and I won't until after the season," Madden said from his apartment in New York. "This is the fun part of the season and I want to enjoy it."
April 22, 1992 |
CBS' John Madden maintained his streak of winning a Sports Emmy each time he has been nominated and the network captured five other statuettes at the 13th annual Sports Emmy Awards. ABC, NBC, ESPN and Home Box Office captured five each. Madden was cited as the outstanding sports personality-analyst of 1991, beating out fellow CBS announcers Tim McCarver and Terry Bradshaw, ABC's Dan Dierdorf and Jim Valvano of ABC and ESPN.
March 7, 2012 |
The Indianapolis Colts have called a news conference for 9 a.m. PT Wednesday to announce the release of quarterback Peyton Manning, the centerpiece of their organization for 14 seasons and in many ways the face of the NFL. Both Colts owner Jim Irsay and Manning will participate. It's a sad end to an era for many people, among them John Madden, who told The Times he cannot envision Manning in another uniform. "Some guys deserve a happy ending, and he does," Madden said by phone.
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.
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.
October 17, 1991 |
John Madden, as one might imagine, is a tailgating kind of guy. And he likes his tailgating the way he likes his football: down and dirty. "If you have ribs and chicken, hell, you can't beat that," the CBS-TV football analyst and former Raider coach said. "And beans. And a good barbecue sauce. You just go in and leave the stuff hanging on you. Then you know you've been to a ballgame."
October 8, 2011 |
The question has lingered in the air for years: What happens to the Raiders when Al Davis dies? Because the organization is so shrouded in secrecy, we can only piece together a partial picture, though Davis has said for years that his succession plan will keep the team in his family — with his wife, Carol, and son, Mark. In 2006, when asked who might run the team when he was gone, Davis said Amy Trask, Raiders chief executive, would certainly have a role and that Hall of Fame coach John Madden might be involved too. "That's if I don't outlive them…," Davis said, changing the subject.
September 9, 2002 |
John Madden is an anomaly. In a business where youth and hipness mean everything, Madden is neither young nor hip. Madden is quirky. You've probably heard he's afraid to fly, so he travels by bus. Also, he doesn't like to ride on an elevator if other people are on it. At stadiums, it's usually only Madden and the elevator operator. His claustrophobia is that severe. And off the air, he's actually kind of bland. Believe it or not, he doesn't talk much. No booms! No bangs!