Extra effort pays dividends, gets area covered for Capitals game BY : Milton Kent

Media Watch

April 24, 1996

Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures and the possible absence of the local NHL team from the airwaves for a critical game in a series certainly qualifies as extraordinary, for puckheads, at least.

Tonight's fourth game of the Washington-Pittsburgh Eastern Conference quarterfinal series was headed for oblivion, thanks to long-standing baseball commitments on the part of Home Team Sports and ESPN.

However, HTS and the Capitals got together and worked a little deal to place tonight's game on a second satellite transponder, so that interested fans could get the game, provided their cable carriers could free up the space.

The entire Baltimore area has been covered for tonight's contest and here are the channels where you'll be able to find the 7: 30 game, if you're interested:

Baltimore County: 43

Harford County: 4

Howard County: 40

Baltimore City: 72

Carroll County: 3

Annapolis: 20

Jones Intercable (Anne Arundel): 98

North Arundel Cable: 56

Saluting the winners

ESPN captured 11 Sports Emmys, the most of any network, while HBO received eight awards to place second at Monday's ceremonies in New York. Their combined 19 trophies exceeded the 15 won by the four broadcast networks, reinforcing the notion that the most consistently excellent sports television work is done these days on cable.

For instance, the new HBO series "Real Sports" copped the sports journalism award for a story it did on a former Oklahoma State football player who was cut from his scholarship by the coaching staff, and a feature award for a profile on Georgetown men's basketball coach John Thompson that was directed by Spike Lee. An HBO documentary on former heavyweight champion Sonny Liston won three technical Emmys.

ESPN, meanwhile, received three Emmys for "SpeedWorld," two in technical categories and one as the best live sports series, as well as a second straight Emmy for outstanding studio show for "NFL GameDay," an award it shared with Fox's pre-game show.

Of local interest, Maryland graduate Jimmy Roberts of ESPN won an Emmy for outstanding individual achievement and the network's coverage of the Sept. 6 game at which Cal Ripken became the most durable player in baseball history was named the best live sports special of 1995.

NBC's Bob Costas received two honors, one as the outstanding studio host, and the other a writing award that he shared with ESPN's Dick Schaap in a tie. Al Michaels of ABC was named best play-by-play announcer, and Fox's John Madden was selected best analyst for the 11th time in the last 17 years and the ninth time in the past 10 years.

Finally, Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the governing body of the Emmys.

Wright goes to rehab

Former CBS golf announcer Ben Wright has entered the Betty Ford Clinic in California to participate in an alcohol rehabilitation program.

Wright's wife, Kitty, told Golfweek magazine that the commentator -- who was suspended from the network in January after disparaging remarks he allegedly made about women golfers, lesbians and a Wilmington, Del., reporter who broke the story about his remarks -- entered the clinic earlier this month, after talking with former CBS colleague Jim Nantz, producer Frank Chirkinian and Pat Summerall, who entered the clinic in 1992.

Ringing the Belle

American League president Gene Budig has decided to take a look into an April 6 incident in which Cleveland outfielder Albert Belle allegedly threw a baseball at a Sports Illustrated photographer.

Though the photographer, Tony Tomsic, has refused to file complaint with the league, saying the Indians have dealt with the matter to his satisfaction, Budig said the incident is "serious enough to warrant further investigation" to determine if action is warranted.

Belle, the poster child for goodwill between athletes and media, already had been fined $50,000 for a foul-mouthed tirade against NBC reporter Hannah Storm during the World Series.

Pub Date: 4/24/96

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