LPGA's Mr. Wrong returns Commentator Ben Wright found himself banished from golf after he was quoted in 1995 as saying the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour was a "butch game," homosexuality in women's golf was widespread and its lesbian image was hurting corporate sponsorship. Wright also talked about women's "boobs" hindering their swing.
It's not clear Wright knew his remarks were going to be reported, but they cost him his job at CBS and he has been kept off the U.S. networks since, although he worked on some Ryder Cup profiles for The Golf Channel last year.
On Wednesday, Wright, 67, will debut on Sportsnet's The Golf Report as a regular commentator. Producer Curtis Saville doesn't anticipate criticism.
"I would hope not," he said. "I think Ben has served his time. He is an opinionated person, but a lot of people thought he was unfairly treated by the network [CBS] Ben, I think, realized he said some inappropriate things, and it cost him his job."
The Golf Report will air at 6 p.m. local time in most regions. Covering Sather story All three sports channels went live to the news conference yesterday that announced Glen Sather's appointment as president and general manager of the New York Rangers.
TSN's decision to cut away from its live French Open telecast will be criticized by tennis fans, but TSN didn't stay long -- about 10 minutes -- and then told viewers that extensive coverage of Sather would be carried on Sportsdesk.
CTV Sportsnet provided more extensive coverage -- about another 10 minutes -- and was able to air some of the media questions.
Sportsnet could have carried the entire event, given that its morning sportscast was the only show being pre-empted.
Headline Sports aired the announcement from beginning to end, but failed to follow up with studio analysis. Channels snub Grizzlies Just so there's no misunderstanding basketball's place in Canadian sport, TSN and Sportsnet took a pass on covering the Vancouver Grizzlies' announcement of Sidney Lowe as head coach yesterday.
TSN opted for regular programming (the U.S. National Spelling Bee) and so did Sportsnet (a national telecast of the Minnesota Twins-Toronto Blue Jays game).
TSN, which airs the Grizzlies' national cable games, could have cut into the news conference for a few minutes. The best course for Sportsnet, which carries the Grizzlies regionally, would have been to stick with the Jays, except in its Pacific region, where the news conference should have been aired, at least in part.
Headline Sports carried the entire news conference. Hockey ratings drop The audience for Hockey Night In Canada for the first game of the Stanley Cup final was 1.385 million, down 16 per cent from last year's 1.641 million.
The New Jersey Devils' 7-3 blowout of the Dallas Stars would have hurt the rating. Last year in the first game 1, the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Stars 3-2 in overtime.
Still with Stanley Cup coverage, ABC Sports is bringing in Al Michaels for its telecast of the third game on Saturday (8 p.m. EDT). Michaels will team with John Davidson in the studio. John Saunders and Barry Melrose will analyze the game from a coach's perspective.
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement will call the game. Expos to be moved? Tracy Ringolsby of Fox Sports Net, on the Montreal Expos: "What you're looking at is most probably the last year of the Expos in Montreal. Look for them most likely to be in Washington, D.C., next year, although [majority owner]Jeffrey Loria . . . would like to really go to the New Jersey area. . . .
"The question is whether [local Expos partners]can somehow quickly find someone like Stephen Bronfman to step up and buy the team." Justice, NHL-style News item: The National Hockey League's Internet site is attacked by a hacker.
Reid Anderson writes: "The NHL reviewed the hacker attack and determined, after video review, that when the hacker hit the Enter key, it was accidental, and that there would be no further action taken." Truth and Rumours can be reached by phone (416) 585-5335; fax (416) 585-5290; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org