Phil Rizzuto has been in the Yankees' broadcast booth for 34 years, but that may end after this season if WPIX is unable to purchase the rights to broadcast some of New York's 1991 games from the Madison Square Garden cable network.
"I have a terrible feeling right now," Rizzuto told the New York Post. "Fifty years have gone by and I can't believe there's a chance I won't be coming here any more. . . . It's kind of frightening."
CBS BACKS OUT:
CBS, which earlier this month signed a new five-year contract with the U.S. Tennis Association (for about $20 million) to broadcast the U.S. Open, says it will drop coverage of the first Sunday of the tournament because of the NFL's expanded schedule. The USA Network, which has broadcast the tournament's weekday and evening matches since 1984, agreed yesterday to a six-year renewal of cable rights and said it would begin televising that first Sunday in 1991.
All three games in the crucial Red Sox-Blue Jays series this weekend will be on national television: tonight and Sunday on ESPN, Saturday on CBS.
The Orioles-Blue Jays series, which begins Monday and will end the regular season, will be on Home Team Sports all three nights.
SKINS ON 7:
Sunday's Redskins-Cardinals game in Phoenix is TNT's game of the week, but will be seen locally on WJLA-TV-7. When the local team is involved in a TNT or ESPN game, local stations may bid for the local rights.
WDCA-TV-20 will televise 21 Capitals games this season, starting Oct. 10 against the New York Rangers. The independent station also will show 28 Bullets games, starting Nov. 2 against the Miami Heat.
Charles Thompson, the former University of Oklahoma quarterback who was convicted of cocaine possession last year, will give his first interview from the Big Springs Federal Correctional Facility in Big Springs, Tex., Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN's "GameDay."
Longtime baseball announcer Jack Buck will be inducted into the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame Nov. 29. He joins Red Barber, Mel Allen, Curt Gowdy, Lindsey Nelson and Harry Caray.
The Emmy Award-winning producer-director team of Ken Wolfe and Craig Janoff signed a two-year contract to help develop USA Network's World League of American Football coverage, which will begin in March. The duo, which has won two Emmys for the production of ABC's "Monday Night Football," also will continue with ABC.