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19TH HOLE: THE READER TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
January 14, 1985
SI'S SPORTSMEN AND SPORTSWOMENSir:I've been reading SI for four years now, and my favorite issue has become the Sportsman of the Year edition. It's a fantastic and fitting climax to every sporting year. One thing—I'd really like to know the names of all of the great athletes who have been honored with this award. Would you please list the Sportsmen and Sportswomen who preceded 1984's very deserving Edwin Moses and Mary Lou Retton?FRANK MURTAUGH IIINorthfield, Vt.
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January 14, 1985

19th Hole: The Reader Take Over

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The segment in which Costas referred to "contractual agreements" was pre-taped at 3:15 p.m. (EST) with the understanding that it would immediately precede the 4 p.m. kick-off, in which case it would have been completely accurate both in tone and content. Unfortunately, it was broadcast at the start of the pregame show (3:28 p.m.), making Costas the unknowing victim of a production error.

Costas, as host of NFL '84, is explicitly aware of our contractual obligations to the NFL, and had he known that the tape would air before the pregame show, he certainly would not have referred to the "contractual agreements."

As we have expressed previously, we regret our decision to leave The Skins Game telecast. We also regret the unfortunate situation in which we placed Costas.
ARTHUR WATSON
President NBC Sports
New York City

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