YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsJohn Madden

John Madden

October 8, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
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.
April 3, 2014
Sandy Grossman, 78, a television sports director who oversaw broadcasts of a record 10 Super Bowls and introduced several innovations to TV sports coverage, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Boca Raton, Fla., according to his son Dean. Grossman won eight Emmys for his work in a career that spanned more than four decades. From early on, he sought to not just cover the action, but also humanize sports matches by concentrating on individuals. "A good football broadcast should be like a good novel," Grossman said in a 1980 Los Angeles Times interview.
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!
November 28, 1999 | MAL FLORENCE
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 | By Susan King
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.
January 8, 1994 | LARRY STEWART
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."
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 | By Sam Farmer
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.
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."
Los Angeles Times Articles