June 13, 1997 |
NBC Sports' coverage of the Chicago Bulls' victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night was the most-watched telecast in NBA history, the network said Thursday. NBC estimated 60 million viewers watched all or part of Chicago's 90-88 victory in Game 5 of the NBA finals. The previous record was 58 million for Game 6 of the 1993 NBA finals between Chicago and Phoenix. Wednesday night's game received a national Nielson rating of 20.
July 13, 1989 |
O.J. Simpson, dropped by ABC after the 1985 football season, is returning to network television on NBC's "NFL Live" pregame show for the 1989 season. He will replace Ahmad Rashad, who will become a game anaylst. USA Today quoted Dick Ebersol, NBC Sports president, as saying: "We ran a survey, and we found that 10 years after he's retired, O.J. still is the most recognizable football personality."
July 16, 1990
Mike Fratello, who quit as the Atlanta Hawks' coach last April 23, will take the NBA analyst's job with NBC Sports that Detroit Piston Coach Chuck Daly turned down in favor of trying to win a third straight NBA title. NBC said Fratello had signed a multiyear contract at an undisclosed sum to join Marv Albert and Bob Costas on the NBA broadcast team. Former Laker coach Pat Riley is NBC's studio host.
June 21, 1992 |
NBC, which reported extensively on the legal drama over Butch Reynolds' quest to run in the Olympic track and field trials, ended its Saturday coverage without a resolution to the story. NBC concluded its show at 3 p.m. PDT, with host Bob Costas saying the 400-meter preliminaries would be run no earlier than 5 p.m. The story was updated on the "NBC Nightly News." The preliminaries were moved to today at 10 a.m. PDT NBC Sports spokesman Ed Markey said had the event been run Saturday at 5 p.m.
November 30, 1987 |
Brent Musburger, reporting on CBS during NFL halftime breaks Sunday morning, gave viewers the results of the Skins Game, the made-for-television golf event that would be televised on a delayed basis on NBC later in the day. Musburger informed viewers that Lee Trevino won $310,000, with $175,000 coming for a hole-in-one on the 17th hole. A nice little promo for an NBC event? Not according to NBC.
May 2, 1990 |
CBS, which a month ago fired Brent Musburger, has lost another member of the "NFL Today" television cast. NBC announced Tuesday that it has signed Will McDonough to a four-year contract. Terms were not announced, but a source said the deal is worth $2 million. McDonough, 54, a sportswriter for the Boston Globe for more than 30 years, also worked for CBS the past four years. He will continue with the newspaper, but in a more limited role.
January 11, 1990 |
Bryant Gumbel, an avid golfer, has agreed to serve as the main host for 12 of the 19 golf tournaments NBC will televise this year. The new assignment is expected to have little effect on his role as the host of the "Today" show. Over a six-month period, he may miss only four days. NBC has named golfer Johnny Miller as its top analyst. He and Gumbel will work from the tower at the 18th hole. Gumbel and Miller replace Vin Scully and Lee Trevino, NBC's main golf team since 1983.
September 23, 1988 |
If NBC Sports' Summer Olympics effort can be called successful--and its overall production generally has been solid to date--much of the credit, ironically, should go to competitor ABC. ABC Sports, for better or worse, established an Olympic tradition over the past generation, and NBC's 1988 Seoul success is one part beg-and-borrow from ABC and one part build-and-blossom from within.
June 20, 1990 |
Pat Riley, who last week announced he was resigning as coach of the Lakers, today was hired by NBC Sports. Riley will serve as the host of the network's pregame shows when it begins covering the NBA next season. After a New York press conference, Riley said for the first time that he decided to leave the Lakers in February. He said that's when he and Lakers owner Jerry Buss first had discussions about him resigning. "We then decided to table those discussions until after the season," Riley said.
January 13, 1990
Words cannot express the dismay caused by NBC's appointment of Bryant Gumbel as its new golf host. I predict that what took Arnold Palmer years to build into a premier sport will take this dandy six months to relegate to a position below mud-wrestling. First, my sympathies to Johnny Miller, who will serve His Majesty as golf analyst. Johnny's fate has been sealed by NBC Sports' comment that: "He is absolutely independent. He's honest and contemporary and fully willing to speak his mind."