sam's notes

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

N.Y. Times article on John Madden's deal with NBC's Sunday night football telecast, which starts in 2006:

"Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Sports, said that after the NBA finals, he expected to speak to Al Michaels, ABC's lead pro basketball announcer and Madden's play-by partner" on Monday Night Football.

It's pretty interesting that Ebersol is lining up network football deals six months after surviving the serious plane crash the killed his son.

Ebersol on Madden:

"I've always been blown away by his passion. His and Arnold Palmer's passion for what they do is manifest; they're out there among the people. They don't jump in their SUV's with a security guard and pull away."

Flexibilty of schedule will be the key to NBC's Sunday night broadcast:

"For now, NBC will be able to choose, about 12 days in advance, one game each week from CBS or Fox's Sunday afternoon schedule and shift it to prime time."


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