?During more than a decade of calling NBA games for NBC, Steve Jones provided a measured counterpart to analyst Bill Walton, especially when Walton went on one of his here's-something-off-the-top-of-my-head-that's-as-trippy-as-a-Jerry-Garcia-guitar-solo rants. The yin-and-yang chemistry between the pair often proved electric, and Jones distinguished himself with sharp analysis. That's why it's disappointing that he hasn't been named to one of the primary teams chosen by the NBAs new broadcast alliance of ABC, ESPN and TNT. With a few secondary analyst jobs remaining on the NBAs national outlets, here's hoping Jones finds a slot. "I'm anticipating I'll be doing games nationally," says Jones, who will still call Trail Blazers games for Portland's KGW-TV. "I don't want to be looked at as campaigning for an opportunity, but I don't think I'm out of the picture."
?This has not been a good summer for televised All-Star games, but at least Fox aired every inning of baseball's unresolved midsummer classic. ABC, in contrast, abruptly moved Saturday's MLS All-Star Game to ESPN with 20 minutes left in a rain-delayed contest that was tied 1-1. Except on the West Coast-where ABC aired the game to its end—viewers who missed the switch or didn't have cable saw the network's scheduled programming instead of the dramatic three-goal flurry that culminated in the MLS All-Stars' 3-2 win over the U.S. National Team.
? NBC's use of extra cameras at Sunday's Brickyard 400—the network deployed 79 cameras, up from the 60 it typically uses at NASCAR races—paid off. The setup gave viewers a dramatic perspective on the early-race crash of driver Geoff Bodine.