Newswatch: A Sporting Look to the News

Now that all the anticipation and palaver of Super Bowl XVI is past, and sports on TV are reduced to what Red Smith dismissingly called the "back and forth" games of basketball and hockey, it becomes possible to talk more sensibly about sport's real place in television.

The truth about it may disquiet some. Whatever else television once gave promise of becoming, the Big Money programming of the three commercial networks in down to three staples: entertainment, news and sports. Only in sports has there been much real inventiveness.

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