Jewish World Review March 20, 2003 / 16 Adar II, 5763
Guardians of college basketball question your competence with a remote
Does "March madness" attract fans who don't know how to use
their TV remote controls during a time of war?
Let's get this straight, the
guardians of college basketball not only want you to believe
that men's college basketball is a clean and wholesome
product, but they also question your competence with a remote
All week long, we have heard that the tournament might be
postponed because of the Iraq conflict, then we have heard
that it might be difficult for viewers to find the games should
a war break out because the CBS television network would
be devoting its airtime to the war and that those games would
be pushed over to the cable channels like MTV and TNN.
Here's a news flash for those guardians. Most Americans get
network programming from cable or satellite TV. It's pretty
easy to find games, just use the cable remote.
More than 85
million American homes have cable or satellite TV. Americans
are involved in a conflict in Iraq, that is far more important than
this tournament except for the people who stand to make money
And that would be everyone connected to the
tournament except for most essential people, the players.
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© 2003, Evan Weiner