Hartford Courant from Hartford, Connecticut on May 24, 1991 · Page 179
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Hartford Courant from Hartford, Connecticut · Page 179

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Friday, May 24, 1991
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m ' I Celtics looking for outlet Jim Shea Media When bankrupt WHCT, Channel 18, vent black April 9 because it got too far in the red, the Celtics were lef twithout a local affiliate to carry their road games. After a fair amount of scrambling, a deal was worked out in which WVIT, Channel 30, and WTWS, Channel 26, carried the remaining regular-season and playoff road games. That solved the problem temporarily. But now the Celtics must find a Connecticut outlet for next season. Channel 18 was perfect for the Celtics because it was Hartford-based and as an independent didn't have network programming obligations to prevent it from committing to a- 40-game schedule. None of the other state stations areas well-positioned. Because of network commitments, WFSB, Channel 3 (CBS), and WTIC, Channel 61 (Fox), are not interested in the Celtics. WTNH, Channel 8 (ABC), not only has network programming to protect, but also falls within the Knicks' protected-rights area. Channel 30 (NBC), saddled with network considerations, would also appear to be a longshot. But when asked about Channel 30's plans this week, station manager Al Bova offered a curt "no comment," which says something. .Channel 30 might be interested in a limited package of games or an arrangement that included another station. But that might not be acceptable to the Celtics. Jerry Walsh, station manager of WFXT, Channel 25, the Celtics flagship station in Boston, says he doesn't want to split the games among stations. But Walsh says he is flexible on the number of games in the package. How flexible could be a key for Channel 30. ;That leaves independents Channel 26 of New London and WTXX, Channel 20, of Waterbury. Both are independents with no network ties and both are interested in the Celtics. But both have problems. .'Channel 26 is only carried on about half the state's cable systems, major drawback. Of course, if Channel 26 were to land the Celtics, it could use the team to market itself with additional cable companies. ' Channel 20, which is carried on all Connecticut cable systems, falls within the Knicks' protected-rights area, so would be excluded unless something can be worked out with the Knicks. 'Regarding Channel 20's problem with the Knicks, Walsh says: "If you have a good case, the NBA will listen to you and bend the rules. ... I think we'll have a good result." Star struck ; You know how when you get on a Committee makes 'The New YorkConnecticut 1994 World Cup Bid Committee, which hopes to bring several of the soccer tournament's games to Yale Bowl in New Haven, made its presentation to the U.S. Organizing Committee Thursday in Los Angeles. : A five-man contingent, including executive director Jay Shaw, co-chairmen Chris Getman and John Griswold and committee members Steve Griggs and Sam Calloway, gave a slide show and answered questions. "It went fantastic. We thought we were solid," Shaw said. "There were a lot of intense questions and discussion, but we thought we answered well and made a strong presentation to bring the games to New Haven." ; The committee emphasized the strength of the market, which includes New York and northern New Jersey, the size of the stadium, the state and local support of soccer and 7 Ifatt-OPtHKTM RMBEK WILD s&zm i"76iR4 Supm, Show m Umie rai miSZr trior 1 I ffllrt ejor ru onuv OTA Time.! flFUZZyglRPul CHOICE VIDEO Huge selection of Adult Tapes Amateur Titles New Releases Classics Lingerie and Specialty videos Buy 1 Get 2nd at price Any Ml tongfth torture, OTMpt smtfftsT t - - - - Televiews Trail Blazers at Lakers (tonight, 10, TNT); Bulls at Pistons (Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Chs. 22, 30); Penguins at North Stars (Saturday, 8 p.m., SC); Indianapolis 500, (Sunday, 11 a.m., Chs. 8. 40); Bulls at Pistons, (Memorial Day, 3:30 p.m., Chs. 22, 30). 1 CBS stockholders were Informed last week that the network lost $1 00 million in 1990 on Major League . Baseball. The main reason is the $1.06 billion the network paid for its four-year contract, which was about $400 million more than anyone else thought it was worth. With ratings continuing to decline (5.8, 4.6, 4.1) for the third consecutive year, the 1993 TV contract is going to be for substantially less. Does anyone else see the players and their agents not taking this well? JimShM roll everything seems to go right? The Minnesota North Stars sure do. In March, Midwest Sports Channel decided not to exercise its option and carry North Stars home games in the Stanley Cup playoffs. (Who figured the North Stars would beat the league-leading Chicago Blackhawks in the first round, never mind advance to the finals?) After being snubbed by Midwest Sports Channel, the North Stars cut a deal with 11 cable companies in the Twin Cities area to show the games on pay per view at $12.95 each. The agreement called for a 50-50 split of the revenues. So far, with a home game remaining Saturday that is expected to draw in excess of the 45,000 viewers who bought Game 4, the North Stars have netted $800,000. If Midwest Sports Channel had decided to take the playoff games, the North Stars would only have earned $260,000 (10 games at $26,000 each). Sports talk of the town Scott Gray's guest on WTIC's Sports Talk Tuesday will be James . Reston Jr., author of "Collision at Home Plate," which deals with the late baseball commissioner Bart Giamatti and Pete Rose. Wednes day, Gray will have Rick Woolf , editor of a spoof called "Sports instated," a parody of Sports Illustrated. EyeonUlf Former Whaler Ulf Samuelsson has become such a big attraction with his monster hits in the Stanley uip playoffs that SportsChannel America isolates a camera on him whenever he is on the ice. . . . The "1991 Hartford Whalers Season Revue," hosted by Rick Peckham, will be on SportsChannel Sunday (10:30 p.m.), Tuesday (7 p.m.) and June 1 (7:30 p.m.). ... Channel 30 was projecting a 13 rating for Game 6 of the Celtics-Pistons series last Friday. The game only drew an 8.4 locally. . . . The White Sox are airing a promo about "Shoeless Bo Jackson." ... The good news is that Bob Costas will be NBC's prime host for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The Good news is that Bryant Gumble will not be. Cup presentation the ability to stage an event of the Cup's magnitude. It brought along letters of support from Gov. Lowell Weicker, senators Joe Lieberman and Christopher Dodd and Yale officials. "The toughest questions were about whether the state will put up the money," said Shaw, who said the committee will receive $200,000 from the recently passed bond package but needs $10 million to renovate Yale Bowl. "We just stated that if we were rewarded the games, we feel strongly that the state would support it. It's too good an opportunity for the state to pass on." . Next up for the committee is fund-raising at the June 9 game between the U.S. National team and Juventus of Italy at Yale Bowl. MarkPukalo NEW SEOUL ORIENTAL SPA' Sauna 'Shiatsu Showers Accupressure OPEN 10AM-10PM Mon-Sat 151 Talcottvllle Rd.. Rt 83 1 Vernon, Conn 875-7540 20fh ANNUAL 3 SPRING Friday Night flay 24, 7:30 pm WINSTON RACING SERIES MODIFIEDS LATE MODEL STOCK CARS PRO STOCKS lt State teams fall to back of pack By GEORGE SMITH ' ' Courant Stqff Writer NEW HAVEN Yale's Bob Heintz bad a confession after his even-par round of 70 Thursday helped the Elis stay within 10 shots of the leaders and tied for 11th place in the NCAA Division I East Regional Golf Tournament at Yale Golf Course. S ; "I think it helps being familiar with this course," Heintz, a junior from Clearwater, Fla., said. "There were several blind shots I knocked close to the hole and made birdie because I knew where they were. It helps. I don't mind admitting it" The other state schools, Hartford and Central Connecticut, didn't do nearly as well. The Hawks, thanks to a 70 by sophomore Jon Veneziano, were 15 shots off the pace and in 17th place. Central's four-man total was another five shots back in 20th place. Georgia Tech, with a 287 total, holds a one-shot lead over Georgia and Alabama and South Carolina were tied for third at 292. The top 11 teams in the 23-team event advance to the national tournament June 5-8 in Monterey, Calif. ... ' Yale-UConn football moves to Storrs in '92 Staff and wire reports After 42 consecutive trips to the Yale Bowl, the University of Connecticut football team will play its first home game against the Elis in 1992, UConn athletic director Lew Perkins said Thursday. This year's game will be Oct 5 in New Haven, and the game will return to Yale Bowl in 1993. Perkins said any decision to continue alternating sites will come after the game in Storrs. The UConn-Yale football series H3013 3000 SERIES RIDING MOWERS 4000 SERIES LAWN TRACTORS Complete Line of Trade Up AGAWAM Allen Lawnmower 197 Main Street (413) 786-8111 ; BERLIN Mickey Finns 559 Wilbur Cross Hwy. (203)828-6547 COLCHESTER Gano's Power Equipment 36 Linwood Avenue (203) 537-3431 Heintz, the reigning Ivy League champion, said it also helped playing in a threesome with Auburn's Jimmy Green. Green, who also had a 70, won the Southeast Conference championship this spring and was medalist last year in the East Regional. "He's a great golfer and a nice guy," said Heintz, who started bogey-bogey on the day. "We talked a lot about what it takes to get into Yale and about the Ivy League. He was so encouraging to me that I just relaxed and played well." Veneziano, who started on the 10th tee, played his opening nine 2 under when he had all three of his birdies. He missed a 2-f ooter on the last hole (the 211-yard ninth) for a bogey or he would have finished under par. Georgia's Paul Claxton shot the day's low round of 67 while Alabama's Dicky Pride, Georgia Tech's Chan Reeves and Penn State's William Smith each shot 69. "I like this course. It's interesting," Veneziano said. "It calls for a lot of different shots and the greens are huge. But there's never a straight putt. If you do well here, you'll do well anywhere." Veneziano said the level of compe- started in 1948. Yale won the first 16 games, and holds a 33-10 series edge. UConn has won seven of the past eight games, including a 44-7 victory in 1990. State players honored Third baseman Luis Garcia of Fairfield and second baseman Jim Mrowka of Harvard (and Cheshire) were named to the Division I All-New England baseball team. UConn first baseman Todd Rosenthal made the second team. They will participate in the New England All-Star Nil I II II M f EIAMST9 'JYACXMLW! 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For optimum prrnirmanix and safety, please read the owner s manual heftire ( tormina your Honda Ftmrr Equipment. 1991 uncrican Honda Muutr Co.. Inc. Forrest Wilson leads Central tition Thursday helped his game. "Some of the best players in the nation are here," Veneziano said. "It gives you more motivation." Hartford captain Pat Sheehan shot a 73. Whatever motivation Central might have had disappeared on their first hole. Freshman Pat Griffin of Unionville and senior Gary Rencur-rel of Vernon each triple-bogeyed the opening hole and team leader Ed Fernandes, a junior from Southing-ton, had a double bogey. Griffin wound up with an 86, Rencurrel fin baseball game June 3 at Fenway Park against a New England Division II-III team. Qunnipiac shortstop Steve Kulpa of Wyckoff, N.J., was named first-team All-Northeast-10 Conference and teammate senior outfielder Ron Royster was named to the second team. 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