News: FWST-->NFL Notes(TV ratings for draft dwarf NBA)

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  1. adbutcher

    adbutcher K9NME

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    NFL Notes
    TV ratings for draft dwarf NBA

    Wire Reports

    ESPN's seven-hour coverage of the NFL Draft's first day on Saturday (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) was seen in an average of nearly 3.4 million households, an increase of 11 percent over last year's draft.

    The 3.8 cable rating tied for the third-highest NFL Draft rating ever on ESPN, behind the 4.2 in '93 and 3.9 in '91.

    In contrast, TNT's coverage of first-round NBA playoff games between Miami and New Orleans, and Detroit and Milwaukee drew ratings that were more than three times lower. The Heat-Hornets game, which began at noon, earned a 1.0 rating. The Pistons-Bucks game aired from 2:45-5 p.m. and drew a 1.6.

    Bears: Chicago called Cleveland and expressed interest in acquiring Browns quarterback Tim Couch. The Browns gave the Bears permission to talk to Couch and his agent, Tom Condon, about redoing Couch's contract, the first step in any possible trade. The Browns gave Green Bay permission to talk to Couch last month.

    Buccaneers: Tampa Bay signed free-agent linebacker Ian Gold, who spent the past four seasons with Denver and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2001 as a special teams player.

    Packers: Cornerback Mike McKenzie fulfilled his pledge to boycott Green Bay's first off-season minicamp, the first formal step in his demand to be traded. And defensive end Joe Johnson, who has been paid $10 million the past two seasons, was not invited to minicamp.

    Steelers: Former L.D. Bell standout Tommy Maddox expects to remain Pittsburgh's starting quarterback now that he has had a clear-the-air meeting with coach Bill Cowher. Maddox insisted he isn't upset the Steelers drafted Ben Roethlisberger in the first round of last weekend's draft, but his agent has suggested otherwise. Maddox said he was assured during the 45-minute meeting Tuesday that the Steelers won't hand the job to Roethlisberger. They also plan to give Maddox a pay raise.


    © 2004 Star Telegram and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved.
  2. Lord Sun

    Lord Sun New Member

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    So let's get this straight: Americans by and large would rather watch men in suits talk for hours straight, as opposed to men in shorts (though they're hardly all that short these days) running up and downa hardwood floor?
  3. LaTunaNostra

    LaTunaNostra He Made the Difference

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    Great. That's all ESPN needs to continue the slide in its coverage.

    And we're the freaking nuts who are the cause of it, the nuts who will sit and watch grass grow, if it's on a football field. ;)

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