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NEWS
April 5, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Armed men dressed in police uniforms slit the throat of television sports journalist Makhlouf Boukhezar and stuffed his mutilated body into the trunk of his car, state television reported. The killing in the eastern city of Constantine coincided with newspaper reports that Islamic extremists took control of a television transmitter's signal in the western city of Oran, the country's second largest.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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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
August 9, 2013 | By Joe Flint
"I think it's time for ESPN to get a little competition, don't you?" That tough talk is coming from an unlikely source - 81-year-old Regis Philbin. The former daytime television talk show host and David Letterman foil is one of the faces of Fox Sports 1, the cable network launching Saturday that is the latest David looking to knock off ESPN's Goliath. Given that Philbin is more accustomed to speaking to housewives and is more than twice as old as the viewers Fox Sports 1 is hoping to attract, his hiring seems unusual to say the least.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 1992 | STEVEN HERBERT
The Indianapolis 500 and the NBA playoffs are the top holiday choices for television sports fans this weekend. * Pro Basketball: With the Eastern Conference finals series tied, 1-1, the Cleveland Cavaliers will return home against the Chicago Bulls for Game 3 today at 12:30 p.m. on NBC (Channels 4, 36 and 39). The Portland Trail Blazers are in Utah for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Jazz on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on the same stations.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 1991 | STEVEN HERBERT
Stock car racing's Daytona 500 highlights the weekend's television sports viewing schedule. The 33rd running of NASCAR's premier event airs at 9 a.m. Sunday on Channels 2 and 8. Ken Squier, Chris Economaki, Ned Jarrett, Mike Joy, Dave Despain and David Hobbs report. College Basketball: UCLA's inconsistent No. 15 Bruins visit Stanford for a 3 p.m. Pacific 10 game today on Channels 2 and 63. USC, which still has a chance at its first NCAA tournament bid since 1985, faces California at 3 p.m.
SPORTS
November 25, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Fox Sports could pay at least $6 billion to retain the Dodgers' television rights, three parties familiar with the negotiations said Sunday. The deal could be worth three times what the Dodgers' new owners paid for the team and almost 20 times the value of the Dodgers' current television contract. The deal is not done, the parties said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing negotiations. If the two sides do not strike a deal by Friday, the Dodgers would have until the following Friday to present Fox with a final offer, according to the team's current contract.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 1991 | STEVEN HERBERT
Two is the magic number for television sports fans this weekend, with that number of anticipated NFL exhibition debuts, Dodger baseball games and days of coverage of three golf and tennis tournaments. Football: Seeking to bounce back from their 5-11 record of 1990, their most losses since 1962, the Rams open exhibition play against the Atlanta Falcons at 5 p.m. today on KCBS Channel 2.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 1989 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, TIMES TELEVISION CRITIC
Is television a true reflection of society? If so, Americans in the 1980s were obsessed with sex. We were also a thoroughly polarized nation consisting of either criminals or victims, a people at once violent and subjected to violence. What's more, our wealthy class was neurotic, miserable and scheming, our poor an insignificant, almost-invisible minority. Nahhhhh .
SPORTS
July 4, 1992 | STEVEN HERBERT
NBC plans to begin today's Wimbledon coverage with the Steffi Graf-Monica Seles women's final, but portions of both men's semifinals might be included during the scheduled four-hour telecast, depending on time and weather, an NBC Sports spokesman said Friday. The women's final has priority over the men's matches because it will be shown live in the Eastern and Central time zones. In Southern California, Wimbledon coverage will begin at 8 a.m. on a two-hour delayed basis on Channels 4, 36 and 39.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Showtime, already on a winning streak with the acclaimed "Homeland" series and other hits, is muscling for more turf on the crowded field of TV sports. The premium network is making an aggressive push in the sports arena that is extensively covered by broadcast networks, specialty venues such as ESPN and the NFL Network, and its chief rival, HBO. The arena got even more crowded Tuesday when News Corp. announced plans for Fox Sports 1, a new national cable channel that hopes eventually to challenge the ESPN empire.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Few cable companies have been as vocal about the rising costs of sports programming as Time Warner Cable. "What was a minor problem is turning into an astronomical problem," Time Warner Cable chief executive Glenn Britt told the Wall Street Journal just over a year ago. "The ultimate solution is to get that programming on some sort of smaller packaging scheme. " But Britt's words don't match up with Time Warner Cable's actions. As of late, few cable companies have been as instrumental in driving up sports costs as Time Warner Cable.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before pumping myself full of medicine. The Skinny: On Monday I said I wanted to stop my cold in its tracks. With that in mind I'm working from home today. One benefit is I won't have "Zero Dark Thirty" spoiled for me by all my co-workers who were at Monday's premiere. (I'm not that cool.) Tuesday's stories include a sports surcharge from DirecTV, a judge putting the brakes on a Hobbit knockoff and gossip heating up about what new chief Jeff Zucker has in store for CNN. Daily Dose: Clear Channel, the big radio station owner, is donating the license and transmitter for WDTW-AM in Detroit to the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, a partner with Clear Channel in an initiative to increase minority ownership of radio stations.
SPORTS
November 25, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Fox Sports could pay at least $6 billion to retain the Dodgers' television rights, three parties familiar with the negotiations said Sunday. The deal could be worth three times what the Dodgers' new owners paid for the team and almost 20 times the value of the Dodgers' current television contract. The deal is not done, the parties said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing negotiations. If the two sides do not strike a deal by Friday, the Dodgers would have until the following Friday to present Fox with a final offer, according to the team's current contract.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Sports rights deals are out of control and threaten the future of the pay-television industry, a lobbyist for small and mid-size cable operators said Tuesday in reaction to Major League Baseball's signing new deals with ESPN, Fox and Turner Broadcasting that run eight years and are valued at $12.4 billion. "The plain truth is that these MLB deals will send monthly pay-TV bills streaking skyward," charged Matthew Polka, president and chief executive of the American Cable Assn. The new baseball deal -- on top of what the NFL gets in rights fees from CBS, NBC, Fox and ESPN --  will "make life hard for families whose incomes, hammered by the recession, can't keep pace with the greed of broadcasters, cable networks and sports leagues.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Fox Sports no longer is pulling any punches with Ultimate Fighting Championship, announcing a seven-year deal that brings mixed martial arts fights to the Fox broadcast network and Friday night events to the company's FX cable channel. Fox declined to disclose financial terms, but Sports Business Daily reported the multiyear package was worth as much as $90 million. The deal, announced Thursday, is significant because it elevates the sport of mixed martial arts to the television mainstream.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 1988
With summer vacation awaiting the loser, the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks will meet today to decide the Western Conference championship. CBS carries the game from the Forum at 12:30 p.m. (2)(8). If necessary, Game Seven of the Eastern Conference final between the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons will be televised by CBS Sunday at 12:30 p.m. In golf, the Kemper Open gets under way today at 10:30 a.m. (2), with Sunday's start (10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2008 | Steve Baltin
ATHLETES aren't the only ones pumping up to new levels these days. Sports bars, once neighborhood dives where you gathered in front of one TV to cheer on your local team, have become megalopolises of TV screens. Take Santa Monica's new hotspot, the Parlor, a two-story cornucopia of 50 high-definition TVs of all sizes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2007 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Tom Moore, who helped define the business of TV and give prominence to professional sports broadcasts, has died. He was 88. Moore died Saturday of congestive heart failure in Palm Springs, his daughter Jean Edwards said. His career in television spanned four decades, from 1952 to 1983. He won at least six Emmy Awards for shows produced by his company, Tomorrow Entertainment, including "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," "The Body Human" and "Lifeline," which profiled the work of surgeons.
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