Fox expected to add Winfield to its baseball studio lineup

Media Watch

March 12, 1996|By Milton Kent

During this most holy of college basketball weeks, Fox is stealing some of CBS' thunder with a former hoopster turned baseball man.

The network is expected to announce today that Dave Winfield has been signed as a studio analyst for the network's baseball coverage, which begins in early June with a weekly game.

Winfield, who played baseball, basketball and football at the University of Minnesota, played for a host of major-league teams, most notably the New York Yankees, and most recently with the Cleveland Indians, from whom he retired after last season.

Fox already has named Joe Buck, Thom Brennaman and Chip Caray as play-by-play commentators but hasn't tapped its game analyst corps and has not selected a studio host.

Special fX for WLAF

Remember the World League of American Football, that charming attempt to spread our brand of football to an unsuspecting European audience?

Well, it's back on American television, as fX, the Fox entertainment and sports cable channel, will televise a 10-week, 21-game package of games back to the United States and to more than 50 countries.

Fox, which co-sponsors the league with the NFL, will dispatch some of its NFL announcers and British announcer Nick Halling to call the games, involving teams from six European cities.

The schedule kicks off April 13and continues through June 16, with games each Saturday and Sunday, and a bonus game on Memorial Day.

Just as with NFL broadcasts, Fox promises to run the game clock and score constantly on fX, currently seen locally on TCI, the city's cable franchiser. Buddy brawl

No matter how hard we try to push him from our consciousness, former Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals coach Buddy Ryan refuses to go away, and he turns up at Philadelphia's Blue Horizon for tonight's "Tuesday Night Fights" on USA at 9 o'clock.

It seems that the pugnacious Ryan, who once took a televised semi-swing at former Houston Oilers offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, is on the management team of U.S. Boxing Association super-middleweight champion Frank Rhodes, who meets Charles Brewer in a title bout, hence his presence.

Of course, Ryan, who referred to some of his players by their numbers, actually might need to be introduced to Rhodes, just so he knows who he is.

The lacrosse scene

Tonight's "Lacrosse Weekly," (6: 30, Home Team Sports) lTC features highlights from eight games last week, including the Virginia-Princeton matchup and the Virginia-Georgetown women's game, all with Leif Elsmo as host.

Oscar's nod

Congratulations are in order to the production team at TBS that is responsible for the documentary, "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream," which received an Academy Award nomination.

The documentary, which originally aired last April, traced the life and times of the all-time home run champion and was screened first in a theater to qualify it for Oscar consideration. It will be repeated at 7 p.m. on March 24, the night before the Oscars are handed out.

More monkey business

Did anyone catch that exchange between Gary Williams and Billy Packer at the end of the Maryland-Duke Atlantic Coast Conference tournament game Friday?

Packer, who was analyzing the game for Raycom/Jefferson Pilot, was talking with Williams off-camera, when the red light came on, with the Maryland coach speaking into Packer's ear.

Packer then asked Williams to relate the story he had just been telling, in which Williams said that his high school coach, who guided an all-white team, would refer to his players as "monkeys" when practices went less than smoothly.

Packer, who has had some simian difficulties recently, said only, "Funny you should say that."

Funny indeed.

Pub Date: 3/12/96

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