Blog by: George Thomas and Ron Ledgard
In a further sign that the maelstrom that surrounds the nickname of the Washington D.C. NFL franchise is coming to a head, McManus said that he won’t dictate to his game’s announcers whether to use the word “Redskins” which is viewed by many Native American nations to be racist.
“Generally speaking, we do not tell our announcers what to say or not say,” he said.. “ Up to this point, it has not been a big issue for us. Last year, it was simmering; now it's reaching a hotter level. But we probably will not end up dictating to our announcers whether they say Redskins or don't say Redskins. We leave that up to them and our production team. There are times when something becomes important enough that we talk to them, and between now and the start of football season we'll decide what is the right thing to do.”
I suspect a chat will be had between now and then.
And that other bit of news?
It looks as if CBS and its cable channel CBS Sports Network won’t be leveraged in any negotiations for NBA broadcast rights. Currently Disney and Turner have an exclusive window in which to negotiate with the Association.
When asked if there were sports he’d like to have, McManus, said:
“There are a lot I would like, but there aren't any that make economic and programming sense at the moment. I would love to be in a position to bid for the NBA, but with our college basketball and golf schedules, there's no room. To have an opportunity to bid on baseball would have been fun also — but again, with the NFL and all the programming commitments we have during the summer, it just didn't make sense for us. Plus, I work for a man, Leslie Moonves, who really believes that you should not lose a lot of money on sports rights.”
Now CBS could just be playing things conservatively, but what he said makes a lot of sense from a programming standpoint and it could be that the CBS views the four-letter network as being too much of a behemoth to take on.