On The Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
August 19, 2005
Philadelphia's Comcast Network acquired the rights to the NHL for the next two years, ending the league's relationship with ESPN.

This season Comcast will pay the league $ 65 million and $70 million next year. (Gee, I wonder if our cable rates will go up again?)

By comparison, ESPN's new eight-year deal with the NFL is reportedly worth $1.1 billion dollars for the next eight years for "Monday Night Football." NBC is paying the NFL $600 million for six years for "Sunday Night Football."

The NHL games will air on the Outdoor Life Network. No word on announcers yet. This won't affect the Flyers games, which will continue on Comcast SportsNet. NBC will air Game 3 and beyond of the Stanley Cup Finals this season.

T.O. watch

Observations from a week of watching Terrell Owens:

Spin-off material: T.O. and his incredible body should do a health and fitness show.

The Peacemaker: Linebacker Jeremiah Trotter. When did Trotter get all "Zen" on us? Remember when "Mr. Franchise Tag" thought management was evil?

Reid my lips: I would've loved to see the publicly stoic Andy Reid tell T.O. to "Shut up."

You had me at hello: The best "fight" of the week was over offensive coordinator Brad Childress' transgression of saying hi to Owens.

"Keep my name out of your mouth": Where did Donovan McNabb come up with that phrase? What ever happened to, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all?"

Invisible man: Team owner Jeffrey Lurie has kept a low profile through this episode.

Product placement: T.O.'s Chevy SUV, camouflage outfits, and 40-pound dumbbells got plenty of airtime.

Itinerary: This week's adventure took us from Lehigh to Moorestown, N.J., to Atlanta to Philadelphia.

Mystery lady: Who was the woman next to T.O. at the Atlanta Falcons game?

Hoops fan: Basketball wannabe T.O. probably would fit in better in the NBA, which isn't as controlling as the NFL.

Caught in the crossfire: McNabb's brother, the guy who tried to sell T.O. luggage, Hugh Douglas.

Split personality: Which is worse - when T.O. gives the silent treatment or when he goes off.

My date with Drew: T.O.'s agent Drew Rosenhaus is so annoying, a Philadelphia city councilman actually filed a motion against him to make him pay a tax for working here.

Best sign (though simple): "T.O. Must G.O."

Martorano returns

Former WIP 610-AM host Steve Martorano, who was probably better fitted for general talk, will be subbing for Michael Smerconish on WPHT 1210-AM this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and all of next week from 6-9 a.m.

August 19, 2005 8:08 AM