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December 2, 1991 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Night after night you get jock "news," the spewing of industry-promoting scores, "big plays," cozy interviews and cutisms that have always made up the bulk of local and network sportscasting. Although stats, lightness and videotape are necessary to the mix, there should be more to sports coverage than this.
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March 31, 2014 | By Warren Grimes
Imagine famous football coaches and professional athletes taking a 50% salary cut. University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban's annual salary would be a mere $3.5 million or so. Angels baseball star Albert Pujols would earn just $8 million a year. And the Lakers' Kobe Bryant would have to be satisfied with a yearly $15 million. Not by chance, if this came to pass, you the consumer would reclaim control of your rapidly rising monthly subscription TV bill. This is not just idle speculation.
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BUSINESS
May 20, 2011 | Joe Flint and Meg James
Dick Ebersol, one of the most influential and colorful figures in sports television for the last four decades, abruptly quit as chairman of NBC Sports Group less than a year before he was to produce what many expected to be his crowning achievement -- the 2012 Olympic Games from London. A tall and imposing presence, Ebersol rewrote the rules for television sports, paying huge broadcast fees for marquee events and pioneering a drama-heavy narrative version of the Olympics that often set ratings records but also rankled sports purists for its focus on sentimentality rather than the actual competition.
SPORTS
August 15, 2013
Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss whether the new all-sports channel Fox Sports 1 will succeed. Join the conversation by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own. Don Amore, Hartford Courant It may be a very long day, but at the end of it Fox Sports 1 will survive and succeed. It will succeed because like its foil, ESPN, it has the brand strength, resources and patience to stick it out. We live in a sports and business landscape in which new ventures spring up every day -- new sports, new leagues, new media.
NEWS
December 1, 1991 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Television loves celebrating itself. Witness the reunion and clip shows that have become a staple of the networks' sweeps weeks. But sports have been absent from such retrospective specials until this week, when HBO premieres the first of a two-part special, "Play by Play: A History of Sports Television."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 1991 | STEVEN HERBERT
A weekend of firsts is in store for sports television viewers. * Hockey: The Kings make their first appearance on local broadcast television since 1985 when they visit the Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers at 5 p.m. Sunday on KTLA Channel 5. The Kings play host to the Flames at 1 p.m. today on Prime Ticket. * Football: Spring pro football returns to TV for the first time since the U.S.
SPORTS
February 18, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
There is nothing like listening to Stephen A. Smith drop names, places and other various references to his many friends in the sporting world when he's on ESPN's First Take morning program or breaking down the NBA on various other broadcasts. A lot of people don't like his shtick, but let's face it, most of the big-time personalities on sports television mimic talk radio these days: the louder and more emphatic you say it, the better. You don't have to be right. Or wrong.
SPORTS
October 6, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
The Lakers' first exhibition game is on television Sunday night, but not on my television, and probably not on your television. This is not rumor. This is not urban legend. This is not some glitch. This is real. As of now, the majority of the games played this season by the new-look, buzz-soaring, championship-or-bust Lakers will not be seen in the majority of Los Angeles households. Odds are, you didn't know this. Chances are, you wouldn't discover it until you turned on your TV to watch Steve Nash's Lakers debut against the Golden State Warriors in Fresno on Sunday at 7 p.m. Just a guess, but you're going to wear out your thumb trying to scroll to a channel that isn't there, and then yank at your roots trying to figure out how this could happen.
SPORTS
September 18, 2012 | Chris Erskine
With Steve Sabol as lensman, editor and resident poet, NFL Films didn't just capture pro football's blood-stained quirks and foggy breath, it established an aura you could see and feel. "The autumn wind is a pirate, blustering in from sea," he once wrote for voiceover specialist John Facenda, whose bell-tower tones earned him the nickname "The Voice of God. " So, yeah, in a way, Sabol put words into God's mouth. Sabol, an art history major who went on to become one of the most celebrated sports filmmakers of his time, died of brain cancer Tuesday at the age of 69, leaving behind a legacy that can be seen in every video montage from "SportsCenter" to your local news.
SPORTS
October 11, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
Frank McCourt's divorce trial so troubled Bud Selig that the commissioner circumvented his own rules and choked off the Dodgers' money supply in a scheme to oust McCourt as the team owner, the Dodgers alleged in a court filing Tuesday. And, as the Dodgers pressed for the television rights sale with which McCourt claims the team could prosper, Fox Sports said such a sale could leave the team liable for damages so "massive" as to threaten the viability of McCourt's strategy to exit bankruptcy as the team's owner.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2011 | Joe Flint and Meg James
Dick Ebersol, one of the most influential and colorful figures in sports television for the last four decades, abruptly quit as chairman of NBC Sports Group less than a year before he was to produce what many expected to be his crowning achievement -- the 2012 Olympic Games from London. A tall and imposing presence, Ebersol rewrote the rules for television sports, paying huge broadcast fees for marquee events and pioneering a drama-heavy narrative version of the Olympics that often set ratings records but also rankled sports purists for its focus on sentimentality rather than the actual competition.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2010 | James Rainey
Joe Davidson has been slinging copy for the Sacramento Bee for more than 20 years and, though he loves pro and college games, the sportswriter's real passion is high school sports. Davidson has become enough of a fixture that coaches and fans in Folsom must have been surprised Friday when a television producer shouted at the veteran writer that he didn't belong in the press box for the big Grant-Folsom high school football game. When Davidson insisted that he indeed did have a seat reserved in the press box, the TV woman snapped: "I'm ESPN!"
SPORTS
February 18, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
There is nothing like listening to Stephen A. Smith drop names, places and other various references to his many friends in the sporting world when he's on ESPN's First Take morning program or breaking down the NBA on various other broadcasts. A lot of people don't like his shtick, but let's face it, most of the big-time personalities on sports television mimic talk radio these days: the louder and more emphatic you say it, the better. You don't have to be right. Or wrong.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2010 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
This month's World Cup in South Africa has soared to some of the best U.S. TV ratings since the tournament was held in Chicago 16 years ago. But fans hoping for a concurrent boost in the stateside popularity of soccer should hold off blowing their vuvuzelas just yet. Saturday's match between the U.S. and England on ABC and the Spanish-language network Univision scored an average of 14.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched first-round...
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