August 9, 2016 |
Michael J. Ferguson, 64, of Ardmore, a broadcast producer, adjunct professor, and mentor to many, died Aug. 3, of stomach cancer at his family's home in Narberth. He was the second oldest of eight children born in Chicago to Thomas and Frances Ferguson. "Michael was the perfect big brother to everyone in our family," his brother Steve said. Mr. Ferguson graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in 1969 and Villanova University in 1973, majoring in education and the classics.
May 12, 2016 |
ALAA ABDELNABY remembers the embarrassment he felt as a young boy growing up in North Jersey. He'd go to a friend's house with orders from his mom, Selia, to call her when he got there. Being a dutiful son, Abdelnaby would make the call. When he assured her he was fine, he was always met with silence at the other end. He could feel his mom's impatience growing through the phone line. Selia didn't want to hear her son's words in English, but rather in Arabic. Abdelnaby, who just completed his first season as the color analyst for Sixers' telecasts on Comcast SportsNet with play-by-play man Marc Zumoff, was born in Alexandria, Egypt, before his family moved to New Jersey when Abdelnaby was 2. It was important to his mother that her son, a McDonald's all-American at Bloomfield High School before playing for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, be fluent in Arabic while growing up American.
January 29, 2016 |
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. acquired the 24-hour Tennis Channel - which has had a long-running legal feud with Comcast Corp. - for $350 million. Sinclair also will realize tax benefits related to the Tennis Channel's $200 million in net operating losses. Sinclair executive vice president Barry Faber said Wednesday that the Tennis Channel will boost its distribution through pay-TV operators to 50 million homes, from 30 million homes, over the next year. Sinclair owns, operates or provides services to 171 local TV stations and has said it would diversify into cable channels.
January 21, 2016 |
On the day the case was scheduled for trial in a federal courtroom in New York, Major League Baseball settled a class-action antitrust lawsuit claiming that baseball's longtime practice of carving the nation into media markets for TV broadcasts was anti-competitive and hurt fans. Tuesday's settlement left intact Major League Baseball's exclusive geographical territories for TV broadcasts and online streaming - Philadelphia remains a Phillies TV market - but the league agreed to concessions estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars to consumers over time in lower prices for baseball packages.
October 7, 2015 |
Harry L. Clark Jr., 77, of Hatboro, a broadcast pioneer, educator, and Hatboro councilman, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, of aplastic anemia in Abington Hospice, Warminster. The son of Harry L. Clark Sr. and Lillian Dameron, he graduated from Hatboro-Horsham High School in 1955 and earned a bachelor's degree in music from Susquehanna University. Bucky, as he was called, completed master's and doctoral degrees in educational administration, both from Temple University. From 1971 until 2014, he was principal of the Log College Middle School in Warminster.
August 27, 2015 |
THE FLYERS announced their local broadcast schedule for the 2015-16 season. The Flyers will have 71 of their games televised locally in the Philadelphia market. Of those games, 60 will air on Comcast SportsNet, with 11 airing on The Comcast Network. The remaining 11 game will be exclusive national telecasts. Nine will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network and two will be on NBC. The Comcast Network will also televised three preseason games - vs. the Rangers on Sept. 22, the Islanders on Sept.
August 14, 2015 |
MALIK ROSE, a former standout at Drexel who has been the TV analyst for Sixers games since 2011, is leaving the organization to join the front office of the Atlanta Hawks, according to a report. Chris Vivlamore, the Hawks' beat writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, tweeted last night, "The Hawks have hired Malik Rose to a front-office position. " On the website, he wrote that Rose was expected to work in the basketball operations department and that a person familiar with the hire said the Hawks are "very excited.
July 28, 2015 |
PHILLIES FANS have on occasion stopped in their tracks and pointed to Chris Wheeler. They hesitate, then say: "Hey . . . hey, you're Harry Kalas!" To which Wheeler replies, "Now, that would be a big story. " Wheeler, a/k/a "Wheels," is recounting this yesterday, somewhere around the eighth hole at Blue Bell Country Club in Montgomery County, where he's playing a round of golf. He did color commentary and called play-by-play action for 37 years until 2013, when Comcast, in a $2.5 billion TV deal with the Phillies, dropped both Wheels and Gary "Sarge" Matthews.
February 21, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Former major-league catcher Ben Davis, a Malvern Prep graduate and West Chester resident, will join the Phillies' broadcast team this season as the third member in the booth, Comcast SportsNet announced Thursday. Davis and second-year broadcaster Matt Stairs will provide color commentary alongside play-by-play man Tom McCarthy. Davis replaces Jamie Moyer, who opted not to return for a second season in order to spend more time with his family on the West Coast. The other finalist for the job, former Phillies shortstop Kevin Stocker, turned down the position, several sources told The Inquirer.