Posts Tagged ‘CBS’


July 14, 2008


We speculated about this in April. According to the Miami Herald, After years of making sexist, racist and idiotic remarks CBS Sports has fired basketball announcer Billy Packer. Packer spent 27 years at the network. He had broadcast 34 consecutive Final Fours.

Sponsor complaints finally did Packer in. Several reportedly complained about his performance during this year’s NCAA Tournament. Packer will be replaced on the broadcasts by longtime CBS studio host and former college and NBA player Clark Kellogg.


June 2, 2008


CBS is reportedly thrilled by the tv ratings from its initial showing of MMA.

According to preliminary Nielsen numbers, CBS won Saturday night and cleaned up in every key demopraphic thanks to the telecast of Elite XC. Despite almost universal ridicule for what went on in the cage (Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports called it an “entertainining disaster”) there were plenty of positives to take from the initial edition of the CBS “Saturday Night Fights.”

Most importantly, according to USA Today and their media column, CBS’s ratings for men 18-34 were up %271 from their regular Saturday night programming. If you watched the telecast, this allowed the Tiffany Network to load up on fast food and video game commercials as well as other sponsors who would ordinarily NEVER touch the station in that time slot.

Also, Saturday’s ratings don’t even include the main event of the evening-the Kimbo Slice fight. The production value of the program was so incompetent that the show ran 45 minutes late. Therefore, NONE of the Kimbo slice fight (which took place after 11:30) was measured in the ratings.



April 22, 2008




Awful Announcing (and SPORTSbyBROOKS) has the story that Billy Packer may finally be on his way out at CBS. Awful Announcing, in fact, is calling for Packer’s ouster,

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Billy Packer is a cancer to CBS. The guy has called a black player a monkey, made sexist remarks on-air about a female player, used the term fag during an on-air interview, and even told a woman worker at Cameron Indoor Stadium, “Since when do we let women control who gets into a men’s basketball game? Why don’t you go find a women’s game to let people into?” Every single time CBS defends the guy and for what?

All of the sexist, racist and idiotic remarks take a backseat to the guy losing the network millions of dollars. Either way…’s time to make the move CBS.

As AA points out, all of Packer’s racist and sexist remarks and boorish behavior never got him in trouble with the network. What did? Apparently a sponsor complained about Packer LITERALLY telling fans to “turn off” the Kansas/North Carolina game. (North Carolina eventually cut the Kansas lead to four points before losing.)
Media critic Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News points out,

CBS is paying $6 billion for the right to air the tourney over the life of its contract with the NCAA. From a business perspective, telling viewers to turn off the TV is not a great idea, especially in a soft advertising market.


April 13, 2008


Bobby Clampett

My position on golf has always been I like the sport but generally DESPISE the people associated with it. In general, the sport has been associated with decades (if not centuries) of segregation, racism, sexism and elitism.

Golf’s answer to diversity has always been a guy like Phil Mickelson. He’s left-handed.

White golfers are so ingrained into racist thinking and attitudes that they often make off-handed comments under the guise of “humor” that % 99 of us would find offensive.

The most recent example of this happened during this week’s coverage of the Master’s. Following in the proud footsteps of Fuzzy Zoeller, CBS broadcaster, Bobby Clampett,  used the phrase “Chinaman” in referring to golfer, Liang Wen-Chong.

Clampett has since apologized for the slur. His comments follow Kelly Tilghman’s tirade on the Golf Channel where she observed if young players want to beat Tiger Woods they should “lynch him in a back alley.” Tilghman was suspended briefly for the remark but is already back to work.

Certainly a sport with the racial history of the PGA should be more selective in its announcers and not tolerate such outbursts.

AOL Fanhouse makes a great point,

CBS announcer Jim Nantz frequently talks about how much classier golf in general and Augusta National in particular are than other sports and other venues, and Nantz has even criticized Woods for cursing on the course. How does he feel about one of his colleagues using a slur?