An article by William Taaffe on television cutbacks (It's Bottom-Line Time, Oct. 12) cited the purported extravagant use by Terence O'Neil of a limousine while he was at CBS: "Nobody is going to get away any longer with what Terry O'Neil, then CBS's executive producer for the NFL, did during the '83 playoffs when he dispatched his limo and driver from Dallas to Tampa several weeks before the Super Bowl. Cost to CBS: $17,000."
Those statements are incorrect. In fact, the limousine driver, whom O'Neil and other CBS personnel had used in Dallas for several years, said that he was planning to vacation in Tampa during Super Bowl time. He asked O'Neil whether O'Neil and his CBS colleagues would be interested in using his services, at his standard rate, while they were in Tampa for the Super Bowl. His travel between Dallas and Tampa and return would be at his own expense. O'Neil subsequently engaged the driver's services on those terms for the purpose of transporting himself and his associates to player interviews, stadium rehearsals and required social functions throughout Tampa. Limousine service in such circumstances had been approved by CBS Sports management. The driver logged 90 hours over seven days. The cost to CBS was $4,200.
SI regrets the error.