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Olympics On TV Fell Victim To, Basically, Overkill

Want to know why the TV ratings for these Winter Olympics were down roughly 30 percent from four years ago? Want to know why TV ratings for the Winter Olympics were the worst since 1968? Here are six reasons:

Tables Turned For Cbs’ Final Olympics For At Least 12 Years

What a difference four years make. In 1994, the Olympics provided a diversion for CBS employees devastated over losing the NFL. This year, it's the other way around - the NFL's return to CBS is taking some of the sting out of the network's loss of the Olympics for at least 12 years after the Nagano Games.

Nbc Bids Nfl Goodbye With Solid Broadcast

With a bizarre goodbye, a surprisingly exciting game and a typically solid broadcast, NBC said farewell to the NFL on Sunday after 33 years of broadcasting professional football. Dick Enberg, probably announcing his final NFL game, said last week he wanted to go out with a memorable game. The Packers and Broncos obliged, providing one of the most exciting Super Bowls.

Patriots, Steelers Swap Personas New England’s Defense, Pittsburgh’s Offense Shine

NBC's Randy Cross has been an analyst for numerous Patriots games this year and last year's foggy playoff clash against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Foxboro, Mass. Cross likes the Patriots, largely because of their unheralded defense, and has defended coach Pete Carroll when most other national commentators consistently questioned him.

Sudden Finish, Proud Dad, Left Time For Tears

You really didn't expect, or even want, complete neutrality, did you? At least it took a highly charged personal experience to crack Bob Griese's exterior objectivity. When Griese - the analyst on ABC's coverage of the Rose Bowl - dissolved into tears at the announcement that his quarterback son Brian was Most Valuable Player, it was TV at its immediate and intimate best.

Cbs Tries To Get Back Into Nfl TV Picture

The temptation is to cease chronicling the National Football League television negotiations until the winners announce their deals and one network that bid the ranch loses because the other networks bid bigger ranches. Mind you, it's a temptation impossible to act on, for no subject on the business side of television sports boasts more endgame rumors than the NFL television talks. One subject that ran rampant Monday was whether CBS brazenly opened its wallet to league officials during a meeting on Friday to show what it would pay to acquire what ABC or NBC have. All we know for sure is they met to discuss the parameters of the process. But did their chat become a mock auction? (And it's "Monday Night Football" for $500 million, Mr. Tagliabue!) Not likely.

Women’s Olympic Hockey To Get Prime Coverage

After watching NBC give only passing reference to the gold-medal women's teams in soccer and softball at the Atlanta Games, CBS insists it won't make a similar mistake at the Nagano Olympics. The U.S. women's ice hockey team, runner-up at the last four world championships, will have two early-round games shown on CBS. TNT will also carry some games. The gold-medal game will be shown on same-day tape Feb. 17 from 7-9 a.m. "Obviously we think this is a compelling event and a sport in which the Americans will do well," said Rick Gentile, CBS' executive producer for the Olympics. "Our goal is to put everything on that we can, and in this case, the schedule broke well for us.

Fox Sports Net Is No Espn, Yet

Fox has already changed the broadcast television sports landscape. Now it's attacking the cable side. Fox Sports Net, which was formed two years ago with Liberty Media, has grown dramatically in the past year, gobbling up rights to local sports teams and regional sports networks. It is seen in 58 million homes, 14 million fewer than ESPN.

In Ohio, All That Matters Is To Beat Michigan

Kirk Herbstreit has lived the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry. His father played for the Buckeyes and coached under Bo Schembechler at Miami, he grew up an avid Buckeyes fan in Ohio, was recruited by both schools and played in the rivalry as Ohio State's quarterback. On Saturday, he will be on the sideline as part of ESPN's "College Gameday" pregame show with Chris Fowler and Lee Corso.

There’s Nothing Slick About Griese

It's the biggest game of his son's career, but Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese cannot help Brian Griese break down the opposition's defense or work on his mechanics. That's because Brian is the quarterback at Michigan and Bob will be ABC's analyst for the Wolverines' game Saturday at Penn State. "We talk football every week, but we don't talk about who he plays this week or who he played last week," Griese said. "If I gave Brian any information from my meeting with the Penn State coaches, my credibility wouldn't be very good. That's why we talk about generic things."

Fans Speak: Put Scores On TV Screen

A public relations firm has quantified what has been suspected for a while: Fans really want a constant score box on the screen during games. According to a national survey of 1,000 adults, conducted by Eisner & Associates last weekend, 54 percent of the total sample said they noticed and liked a box that shows the score and game situation on screen during games, and a whopping 76 percent of those who identified themselves as sports fans said they liked the box.

Dimaggio’s Entrance Was Right On Cue

Just as when a celebrity or member of royalty passes through a room, there were, no doubt, more than a few gasps across the country earlier this week when Joe DiMaggio turned up in the NBC booth during the World Series. Decades after he last patrolled center field in Yankee Stadium, DiMaggio still projects a near-mystical aura, which, combined with his reluctance to be seen publicly outside occasional stadium appearances, make him sports' answer to late actress Greta Garbo, who wanted very much to be left alone. The timing of DiMaggio's appearance couldn't be better for a new HBO documentary, "Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio," that will appear on the pay-cable channel through the next month.

Baseball Fans Get Unique Look At Game

It's not your father's baseball broadcast anymore. Gone are the days of a couple of cameras, some instant replays and reverse angles. Baseball on TV, 1997 version, features microphones on bases, walls and coaches, in-depth scouting reports, multiple replays and high-tech innovations, bringing immediate replays of each pitch in an at-bat and simulated pitches to the screen.

Unlikely Mnf Would Start Earlier

For football fans on the East Coast, Monday night football often means Tuesday morning yawns. Games don't end until after midnight, sometimes close to 1 a.m., forcing many fans to either tune out before the finish or face a jarring wakeup the next morning. With the NFL television contract up at the end of this season, there is speculation the starting time might be pushed back an hour to 8 p.m. EDT, 5 on the West Coast.

Nbc’s Playoff Return A Long-Distance Affair

The baseball playoffs started this week, with the return of NBC and the absence of catcher cameras. The cameras, mounted on catchers' masks, were successfully used by Fox and ESPN during the regular season. Now they've been sidelined by managers and catchers not wanting any postseason disruptions. That doesn't bother Fox producer John Filippelli: "We're not there to be a distraction, we're there to cover the game."

Glanville’s Ideas Not Music To Every Ear

Jerry Glanville is an acquired taste, sort of "NASCAR meets the NFL." Coach-turned-analyst Glanville knows the game. Sunday, the Glan-man provided the color for the Bears-New England Patriots game and sidekick Kevin Harlan provided the humility.

Fox, Espn Give Baseball A New Look

If you were lucky enough not to be one of the 95,000 fans who suffered through the two Baltimore Orioles-New York Yankees blowouts last weekend at Camden Yards, but rather took them in on television, you got to see the work of two networks, Fox and ESPN, that clearly cherish the sport, but approach it in very different ways. The matchup of the two best teams in the league drew each network's No. 1 production and announce team, and the contrasts couldn't be more startling. Start with Fox's John Filippelli, 46, who heads the baseball operation for the network. He is a gregarious type who provides a human face to the word "animated."

Abc Sports To Open A New ‘Wide World’

One of sports television's most distinctive programs, ABC's "Wide World of Sports," will undergo an expansion and face lift in January, when the show will encompass all of the network's weekend sports programming, save for college and NFL football. "Wide World," which for 37 years has been the home of some of the most unconventional of sports - like barrel-jumping and lumberjack competitions - and made sports like gymnastics and figure skating more conventional, will, in effect, become a fairly conventional sports show.

Cbs Has Eye On Nfl

The games have begun. Sports Illustrated's Peter King is telling media folks that CBS is angling to purchase the rights to "Monday Night Football." King is a former employee of ABC, the network that has held the rights to "Monday Night Football" for all of its 28 years. King reportedly said that CBS czar Mel Karmazin has held talks with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Patriots owner Bob Kraft, two members of the NFL's television committee.