April 12, 1996 |
ESPN's Steve Bornstein replacing Dennis Swanson as president of ABC Sports this week is a sign ABC is shifting into a higher gear under Disney, its new owner. Bornstein, 43, has brought ESPN and its sibling, ESPN2, to the point to which they almost run themselves. He was looking for another challenge, and it happened to be under the Disney umbrella. Disney thinks big. Maybe if it had bought ABC a few years ago, NBC might not have had such an easy time wrapping up the Olympics into the next century.
March 4, 2003 |
In 10 days, ABC Sports and ESPN will be headed by the same person. George Bodenheimer, the top man at ESPN for the last 4 1/2 years, will add the presidency of the ABC division to his title, effective March 14, succeeding Howard Katz. ESPN and ABC are subsidiaries of the Walt Disney Co.; they often share programming, production and personnel. In a conference call yesterday, Bodenheimer and Alex Wallau, president of ABC, said that viewers should notice no immediate changes on either channel.
April 11, 1996 |
Dennis Swanson, the president of ABC Sports for the last decade, announced his retirement from the network yesterday. ESPN president Steve Bornstein replaced Swanson, 58, in a move that had been expected since the Walt Disney Co. took over the network. Bornstein, 43, has been ESPN's president since September 1990, six years after ABC bought 80 percent of the all-sports cable network. "We have long felt that the two divisions need to have a closer relationship to better coordinate their goals and activities," Robert Iger, the president of Capital Cities/ABC Inc., said in a memorandum to his department heads.
April 12, 2000 |
Donna deVarona, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who set 18 world swimming records before setting out on a 30-year broadcasting career, has sued ABC Sports, saying she was discriminated against because of her age. DeVarona, 52, filed the $50 million lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan late Monday, saying she was terminated from her most recent employment with ABC Sports because of her age and gender. ABC responded with this statement: "As a result of the change in events covered by ABC Sports, including the loss of the Olympics, deVarona's role had diminished greatly over the years.
May 3, 1995 |
ABC will televise this summer's All-Star Game, Dennis Swanson, president of ABC Sports, announced yesterday. The telecast of the July 11 game at The Ballpark in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers, will be a joint production between ABC Sports and The Baseball Network. NBC thus will televise the World Series. This year's All-Star Game will be the first carried by ABC since 1988. Al Michaels, Tim McCarver and Jim Palmer will be the announcers on the telecast, scheduled to begin 8 p.m. Eastern time.
January 18, 1995 |
Jeffrey Lurie doesn't want Dick Vermeil, but ABC Sports still does. Vermeil, primarily a college football analyst for ABC, will be part of the network's pregame show for the San Francisco-San Diego Super Bowl matchup on Jan. 29. Vermeil and Brent Musburger, the pregame host, have been an ABC announcing team for five years. They'll continue working together next season, now that Vermeil and the Eagles have failed to reach agreement on a deal to make him coach and general manager.
July 19, 1996 |
Friends at ABC Sports, and many others in the industry, are mourning the deaths of Jack O'Hara, his wife, Janet, and daughter, Caitlin, 13. They perished Wednesday night in the TWA plane explosion off Long Island, N.Y. O'Hara, 39, had been the executive producer of ABC Sports since 1991. One of the bright young people in sports television, O'Hara had been with the network for 14 years. A five-time Emmy Award-winner, he was on the Paris-bound flight to supervise coverage of the final weekend of the Tour de France cycling race.
May 3, 1995 |
ABC will televise this summer's All-Star Game, its first telecast of the mid-season event since 1988, ABC Sports president Dennis Swanson said yesterday. The telecast of the July 11 game at the Ballpark in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers, will be a joint production of ABC Sports and the Baseball Network. Al Michaels, Tim McCarver and Jim Palmer will be the announcers. Last year's telecast had a rating of 15.7, the highest-rated sports program of the summer. The Internal Revenue Service, in a decision that could have repercussions throughout professional sports, approved a complicated plan yesterday to help keep the Royals in Kansas City.
August 3, 1987 |
Good news for sports fans: The ABC sports department, after losing more than $60 million in 1986, has a sporting chance to make a profit this year. Such a return to profitability should mean more and better viewing. For ABC (Channel 6), it depends on the World Series, which the network will telecast in October. If the baseball classic lasts only four or five games, the ABC sports division will lose money again. If the series requires six or seven games to reach a conclusion, the additional commercials will enable the department to finish 1987 in the black.
April 19, 1991 |
Sunday is the biggest day of the year for draftniks. For the 12th consecutive year, ESPN is televising the NFL draft live from the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan. ESPN will be on the air from noon to 6:30 p.m. Chris Berman will be the host, supported by Tom Jackson, Joe Theismann and Mel Kiper. At another set, Mike Gottfried and Fred Edelstein will join Robin Roberts. Kiper's top five forecast is: wide receiver Raghib Ismail and cornerback Todd Lyght, from Notre Dame; defensive lineman Russell Maryland, Miami; wide receiver Alvin Harper, Tennessee; and running back Nick Bell, Iowa.