The Tampa Tribune from Tampa, Florida on March 14, 1986 · 49
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THE TAMPA TRIBUNE, Friday, March 14, 1986 5-C Hardy and Channel 13 are widening their boundaries .Andy Hardy, sports director at WTVT, Channel 13, remembers the day not so long ago when he requested a trip to the Indianapolis 500. '- "There were six guys from the Tampa area who had qualified and there was a great deal of interest in the race anyway," Hardy said. "But I got turned down. "Now, if there was just one guy with some type of Tampa ties, I'm sure we would go. That's how much things have changed." In the last year, Channel 13 has taken an aggressive stance on stories developing outside of the Tampa Bay area boundaries. Hardy was in Cincinnati to cover Pete Rose's pursuit of Ty Cobb's all-time hit record. Hardy even secured a one-on-one interview with Rose, a rarity during such a big event. When Bay area-based boxer Roberto Medina was arrested after a fight in Norfolk, Va. (Medina turned out to be an alias for John Garcia, a fugitive from justice), Hardy followed the story. He traveled to Norfolk and interviewed MedinaGarcia from the jail. , In their latest enterprise, Hardy and sports photographer Nick Billius were in Las Vegas for 'the John Mugabi-Marvin Hagler middleweight title fight. They provided superb coverage of a local story turned national. Besides talking to the Las Vegas gamblers, the-writers and all the principals from the Mugabi and Hagler camps, Hardy also gained access to the Mugabi dressing room before the fight: v "It has reached the point In Tampa where there's more to cover," Hardy said. "If Mugabi hadn't moved to Tampa, I don't think we would've covered it. But there were so many Tampa people involved. There was a lot of interest. .''((Satellite) technology also has a lot to do with it. In the old days, you'd have to film something and it would get back to the station a day late sometimes. Now we're able to go live with more things. U'Also, the (Channel 13) management is sports-minded and realizes the importance of doing a good job covering these stories." JStill, there are occasions when Hardy is turned down. Last year's Kentucky Derby was an example. Spend a Buck, owned by Dennis and Linda Diaz of Tampa, won the race, which turned Into one of Tampa's biggest sports stories:'. ' "We did ask to go, but it was an unknown thing at the time," Hardy said. "Here's a Tampa horse, a Tampa trainer (Cam Gambo-latti), Tampa owners ... it seemed like a natural story for us. I knew that horse had a shot, 0 NBMeeMil With The Purchase of A 1 986 Suzuki Samurai Hardtop C 'A 69S Value Offer Expires 3-22-86 Hardtop 5 Speed FIEE Am 4-Wheel Drive Much More 100 U.S 19 $., CLEARWATER Wekdayi 6 304 Sat 94 Sun. 124 SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Now Greatly Reduces Serious Risks Mnfnrnrafi QUALITY mULUIUICllL PARTS Joey Johnston Radio & TV but it wasn't a sure thing. We tried. We're always going to try when we think the story is legitimate." The Mugabi-Hagler fight was a legitimate story and the coverage gave Channel 13 a competitive edge in the market. Hardy said that wasn't the primary intent of going to Las Vegas. "We don't go into it saying that we should do it because Channel 8 or Channel 10 aren't going to be there," Hardy said. "It was simply something we want to do." Speaking of the fight Showtime will broadcast the Hagler-Mugabi fight Saturday at 9 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m., and on Friday, March 21, at 9 p.m. Talkln' baseball. WTOG, Channel 44 is finalizing its schedule of major-league baseball games. Station spokeman Dick Dailey said games of the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds will definitely be on the Friday night-dominated schedule. Channel 44's first game is the Mets at the Cardinals on Friday, April 25 at 8:30. NIT on Tampa Cable. SCORE, the sports arm of the Financial News Network, is offering live coverage (8 p.m.) of National Invita-tion.Tournament games Sunday, Monday, next Thursday and next Friday. Specific games won't be known until later. FNN is available on Tampa Cable. Channel flipping. ESPN has beefed up its staff with the addition of Beano Cook (formerly of ABC) as college football analyst and former major leaguers Joe Morgan and Jay Johnstone as college baseball analysts. ... Tuesday, April 8 is opening day for most major-league baseball teams and it Is also one of the area's biggest television-watching days. The Royals-Yankees are on Channel 28, the Cubs-Cardinals on WGN Cable (also on WSUN radio), the Pirates-Mets on WOR Cable, and the Braves-Expos on WTBS Cable. rs I J KJ If : : Ktl. - IL, .. S a Sportsman's Paradise Adult community next to Lake Okeechobee featuring Yacht Club. Restaurant, Lounge, tool, Tennis and Ship's Store. Moore Haven Yacht Club, 701 Yacht Club Way, Moore Haven, FL 33471. (813)946-2775. FREE CLASS . LEARN HOW TO PASS THEJUNE-1986 CONTRACTORS EXAM Find out how to pass the exam the first time vou take it. Our si hool president. Uarden Davis, takes the state contiae tors exam each time it's given. Our school is different because we teach passing in everyday language. Kind out for yourself. Attend our KRKK introductory class. MARCH RAMADA INN 5303 W. Tampa 223-3254 797-6141 Pinellas 847-3530 Patce 1-800-DIMMITT FLORIDA CONSTRUCTION SCHOOL. INC. 1 - 800 - 16 ing. "tar". 12 mg Quitting Smoking to Your Health. Today NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Northeastern (26-4) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (25-8). East Regional. ESPN Cable, 8 a.m. (tape delay). NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Louisiana State Tigers vs. Purdue Boilermakers. Southeast Regional. ESPN Cable, 10 a.m. (tape delay). NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Illinois Fighting Illini (21-9) vs. Fairfield (24-6). Southeast Regional. Announcers: Mike Patrick, James Brown. ESPN Cable, noon. NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Indiana Hoosiers (21-7) vs. Cleveland State Vikings (27-3). East Regional. Announcers: Ralph Hacker, Dan Bonner. ESPN Cable, 2:30 p.m. NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Maryland Terrapins (18-1 3) vs. Pepperdine Waves (25-4). West Regional. Announcers: Mike Walden, Larry Conley. ESPN Cable, 5 p.m. NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Navy Midshipmen (27-4) vs. Tulsa Hurricane (23-8). East Regional. Announcers: Ralph Hacker, Dan Bonner. ESPN Cable, 7 p.m. NBA BASKETBALL. Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks. Announcers: Rick Barry, Bill Russell. WTBS Cable, 7:35 p.m. NBA BASKETBALL. New York Knicks at Detroit Pistons. Announcers: Marv Albert, Butch Beard. WOR Cable, 8 p.m. NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. North Carolina State Wolf pack (18-12) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (20-11). Midwest Regional. Announcers: Frank Herzog, Gary Thompson. ESPN Cable, 9 p.m. (Joined in progress). NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Kentucky Wildcats (29-3) vs. Davidson Wildcats (20-10). Southeast Regional. Announcers: Mike Patrick, James Brown. ESPN Cable, 10 p.m. (joined In progress). NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Arizona Wildcats (23-8) vs. Auburn Tigers (19-10). Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Larry Conley. West Regional. Channel 13, 11:30 p.m. NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (23-5) vs. Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (22-1 0). Midwest Regional. ESPN Cable, 1:30 a.m. (tape delay). . NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels (31-4) vs. Northeast Louisiana Indians (20-9). West Regional. ESPN Cable, 4 a.m. (tape delay). NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (22-7) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-10). Southeast Regional. ESPN Cable, 6 a.m. (tape delay). Saturday NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Syracuse Orangemen (25-5) vs. Brown Bruins (16-10). East Regional. ESPN Cable, 8 a.m. (tape delay). NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. St. John's Redman (30-4) vs. Montana State Bobcats (14-16). West Regional. ESPN Cable, 10 a.m. (tape delay). NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Michigan State-Washington winner vs. Georgetown-Texas Tech winner. Midwest ByTOMMcEWEN Tribune Sports Editor The original Bandit has saddled, up and ridden oft into the sunset. Actor Burt Reynolds is no longer associated with the Tampa Bay Bandits. Pressure of work, he told the Tribune, and the fact the "family has changed I mean John Bassett is no longer around so I'm bowing out, reluctantly," he said. "But, I want to come back to Tampa for some other cause. I love it." When Bassett formed the team that became the Bandits, he was Joined by the late Steve Arky as a major partner and Reynolds as a five percent owner. Bassett then chose the name Bandits and parlayed the connection between Reynolds, of the movie Smokey and the Bandit, into a very successful promotion, right down to a black-dressed rider on horseback at the Bandit games. "I enjoyed almost every minute of it," Reynolds said. "I mean it was fun being with John and Steve Spur- 17 7:00 PM - WESTSHORE PLAZA Kennedy Blvd. Tampa 432 - 4765 nicotine av. per cigarette by FTC method March 13-16. Gainesville Raceway Gainesville FL. Select-A-Seat of Florida 813-879-7630. Wo 11 l.r ) t i wTA- i-.C. .J. AP photo College basketball will be plentiful on TV for the next few days. Regional. Channel 13, noon. BASEBALL. Atlanta Braves vs. Baltimore Orioles. Announcers: Skip Caray, Ernie Johnson, Pete Van Wieren, John Sterling. WTBS Cable, 1:35 p.m. NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Duke-Mississippi Valley State winner vs. West Virginia-Old Dominion winner. East Regional. Channel 13, 2:15 p.m. PBA BOWLING. King Louie Open. Announcers: Chris Schenkel, Nelson Burton Jr. Channel 10, 3 p.m. GOLF. Bay Hill Classic. Announcers: Vin Scully, Bob Goalby, Jay Randolph, Lee Trevino. Channel 8, 4:30 p.m. WRESTLING. NCAA Wrestling Championships. Announcers: Frank Gifford, Mark Lieberman. Also on Wide World of Sports, a report on Shirley Muldowney's return to drag racing at the Gatornationals In Gainesville. Channel 10, 4:30 p.m. NCAA BAKSETBALL TOURNAMENT. West Regional game TBA. Channel 13, 4:35 p.m. LPGA GOLF. Glendale Federal Classic. Tampa Cable Sports Channel 47, 6 p.m. NBA BASKETBALL. Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks. Announcers: John Sanders, Charlie Crlss. Channel 28, 7:30 p.m. NHL HOCKEY. New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins. Announcers: Sam Rosen, Phil Esposito. WOR Cable, 7:30 p.m. Sunday NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. East Regional game TBA. Channel 1 3, noon. BASEBALL. New York Mets vs. Minnesota Twins. Announcers: Ralph Klner, Tim McCarver, Steve Zabriskie. WOR Cable, 1 p.m. NBA BASKETBALL. Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics. Announcers: Rick Barry, BUI Russell. WTBS Cable, 1:05 p.m. Reynolds fades from Bandits' picture ' : " . -.f w f ' Burt Reynolds' film 'Smokey and the Bandit' was inspiration for Tampa Bay's nickname. rler and the players. Wish I could have been with them more. But, now, well, things have changed. But, again, I want to get Involved in something else in Tampa." His agent, David Gershenson, said "Burt is going to be very busy the next year or so. He has a full, full schedule. Sorry." Bassett suffered from two brain tumors and got out of the Bandit AUTO RACING. Atlanta 500. Live flag-to-flag coverage. Announcers: Jim Lampley, Sam Posey, Tim Brant, Al Trautwig. Channel 10, 1:30 p.m. AUTO RACING. IMSA Lowenbrau Miami Grand Prix (taped). Announcers: Paul Page, Gary Gerould, Bobby Unser, Bruce Jenner, Dave Despain. Channel 8, 2 p.m. MISL SOCCER. St. Louis Steamers at Chicago Sting. Announcers: Bob Carpenter, Shep Messing. ESPN Cable, 2 p.m. NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Southeast Regional game TBA. Channel 13, 2:15 p.m. PGA GOLF. Bay Hill Classic. Announcers: Vin Scully, Lee Trevino, Bob Goalby, Jay Randolph. Channel 8, 4 p.m. NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. West Regional game TBA. Channel 13, 4:35 p.m. LPGA GOLF. Glendale Federal Classic. Tampa Cable Sports Channel 47, 6 p.m. NIT BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Second-round game TBA. FNN Cable, TBA. NHL HOCKEY. New York Islanders at New York Rangers. ESPN Cable, 8:30 p.m. Monday COLLEGE BASEBALL. Maine at Miami Hurricanes. ESPN Cable, 8 p.m. NIT BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Second-round game TBA. FNN Cable, 8 p.m. NBA BASKETBALL. Philadelphia 76ers at Cleveland Cavaliers. Announcers: Rick Barry, Bill Russell. WTBS Cable, 8:05 p.m. Wednesday BASEBALL. Chicago Cubs vs. California Angels. Announcers: Harry Caray, Steve Stone. WGN Cable, 3 p.m. NHL HOCKEY. Hartford Whalers at St. Louis Blues. ESPN Cable, 8:30 p.m. Thursday NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Regional Semifinal game. ESPN Cable, tba. nit basketball tournament. Second-round game. TBA. FNN Cable, 8 p.m. NBA BASKETBALL. New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers. Announcers: Marv Albert, Butch Beard. WOR Cable, 8:30 p.m. NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Regional Semifinal game. Channel 13, 9 p.m. NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Regional Semifinal game. Channel 13, 11:30 p.m. Radio SATURDAY CBA BASKETBALL Thrlllara t Albany Patrooni. Announcar: Paul Poner, WOAt (1250 AM), 7:46 p.m. SUNDAY CBA BASKETBALL. Thnllera at Baltimore Lightning. Announcar; Paul Porter. WDAE (1250 AM). 7:16 p.m. THURSDAY NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Waatarn Regional semifinal. Announwa: John Rooney, Ed Ingles. WSUN (620 AM), 6:10 p.m. NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Eaatarn Regional aemlflnal. Announcera: Cawood Ledlord, Phil Schaeter. WSUN (620 AM), 1:46 p.m. business. His tumor treatment has been generally successful, but lately he has developed a kidney infection. He is in his Toronto home. The new Bandit owner, Lee Scar-fone, said he had hoped Reynolds "would remain with us, but only he can make that decision. His agent called me and told me of the decision. Said this is to be a big year for Burt. "I had wanted him to make four major appearances in a year as a part-owner," Scarfone said, "but that apparently was too much for them and so it is best." Scarfone has four concerts planned for Bandit games this fall, he said, and he is "still undecided whether to find another celebrity for ownership Involvement." The United States Football League has voted to play this fall, head-up with the National Football League. Schedules cannot be drawn until the National Football League and its Tampa entry, the Buccaneers, complete their schedule. The Bucs have first call on Tampa Stadium. C 19M II S KYUOIOS TOUCCO CO. m WW.

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