June 16, 2000 |
Golf fans don't need encouragement to watch the U.S. Open. When the 100th Open is at Pebble Beach and Tiger Woods is playing, NBC Sports is guaranteed a sizable audience. As an added bonus, NBC is using a "boat cam" tomorrow and Sunday to give viewers a special look at Pebble Beach's gorgeous scenery. Tom Roy, the executive producer of NBC Sports, wanted to provide a different view of Pebble Beach. "It happens to be prettier looking from the ocean back to the land," he said.
March 7, 2000 |
Paying Charles Barkley to talk for a living. . .what a concept. Barkley, named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players, yesterday signed on as an NBA studio analyst for Turner Sports. He officially starts next season, but he will make a guest appearance tonight during the Phoenix-Houston telecast (TNT, 8 o'clock). Barkley, 36, is rehabbing from a ruptured left quadriceps tendon above his kneecap suffered against the 76ers in the First Union Center on Dec. 8, 1999. Barkley, who played eight seasons with the Sixers before he was traded to Phoenix before the 1992-93 season, also was courted by NBC Sports.
January 20, 2000 |
How much did Dick Enberg miss the NFL? Enough to request an early release from his contract with NBC Sports. Two years ago, NBC didn't oblige Enberg. Yesterday, with his NBC contract expired, the respected veteran sportscaster was officially introduced at CBS Sports. Starting next season, Enberg, 65, will work with Dan Dierdorf on NFL games (Verne Lundquist, Dierdorf's partner this season, moves to college football and basketball). Enberg also will call college hoops and the U.S. Open tennis championships, plus contribute to coverage of the Masters and PGA Championship.
October 22, 1999 |
Does postseason baseball get any better than the Atlanta Braves-New York Mets in the National League Championship Series? The nation and NBC Sports will find out, starting tomorrow (7:30 p.m. pregame, first pitch shortly after 8 p.m. on Channel 10). Bob Costas, for one, isn't worried that the Atlanta-New York Yankees series will fall short of the NLCS. After all, the Braves and Yankees were the two best teams in baseball. "It's the World Series, so there's a tremendous amount at stake," Costas said yesterday.
July 23, 1999 |
With success comes recognition. If the 76ers didn't know it before, they know it now. Two months after advancing to the NBA playoffs for the first time in eight years, the Sixers learned yesterday that a franchise-record 19 of their games will be televised nationally in the 1999-2000 season. Included will be 11 appearances on NBC. Only the San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks will appear on the network as many times. Apparently, Allen Iverson really does mean box office.
June 30, 1999 |
Marv Albert's step by step television comeback has brought him home, to NBC Sports. Albert, a high-profile 20-year employee of NBC Sports until he was fired in September 1997 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge, was rehired yesterday. His assignments for NBC will include calling NBA games, although he won't be the No. 1 play-by-play announcer, plus Olympics boxing at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and men's hockey during the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics. "This is a great day: I'm so happy to be back," Albert, 59, said during a conference call.
March 11, 1999 |
NBC Sports said longtime announcer Bob Costas could be a play-by-play broadcaster on several ESPN broadcasts of major league baseball games this summer. Costas would join ESPN analyst Joe Morgan for "a handful" of Wednesday night telecasts later in the season, though they could team up for as many as 10 games. Morgan works for NBC during the baseball postseason. While NBC, a unit of General Electric Co., is not affiliated with Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN, NBC spokesman Ed Markey said it's not unusual for networks to share on-air talent.
January 23, 1998 |
Paul Maguire had a dream the other night. "If we do really well with the Super Bowl and the AFC wins, they're going to give it to us," said Maguire, 59, the NBC analyst who will be doing his fourth and possibly his final Super Bowl when the ball is kicked off Sunday in Qualcomm Stadium. "They're going to say 'OK, you guys can have it back.' " But when the director says "Fade to black," Sunday night to end the broadcast of Super Bowl XXXII, NBC Sports will cease to air NFL games for the first time since 1965.
January 14, 1998 |
Randy Cross is luckier than most of his NBC Sports colleagues. He's been through this before. There was more resignation than shock in the former 49ers lineman's voice yesterday. In 1993, Cross was hitting his stride as a CBS NFL analyst when the network lost the NFC package to Fox. At 9 p.m. on Monday, Cross found out that CBS had outbid NBC for the AFC package. Now Cross, who was doing well at NBC, soon will be looking for work. "I was talking to a friend in the business.
November 26, 1997 |
Marv Albert and Matt Guokas were NBC's No. 1 NBA announcing team for three years. Now, Albert is history at NBC and Guokas has been reassigned to make room for Isiah Thomas. NBC announced yesterday that Thomas, until last week the general manager and minority owner of the Toronto Raptors, will pair with NBC veteran Bob Costas as the network's No. 1 NBA team for this season's telecasts. Thomas was reported to be offered a job at NBC even before he left his post at the Raptors last week.