George Michael's Sports Machine shuts down
Come on, admit it, you've watched George Michael's Sports Machine once or twice before. It's practically the only original programming on Sunday nights at 11:30 p.m. That, and the fact that its been on the air for 27 years. So, somewhere along the line you caught George pressing the buttons to start the reel-to-reel videotape player that showed highlights of both major and minor sporting events.
That era is now coming to an end as Michael has decided to pull the plug on the show. This Sunday will be its last broadcast. According to an article in USA Today Michael decided to end the program after NBC, who distributes Sports Machine and owns the Washington D.C. affiliate where George was a sportscaster since 1980, requested drastic staff cuts due to budgetary issues. Michael told executives that he would need to be the first person let go, and he was. Despite this, the parting between Michael and the network was amicable.
This isn't the end of sportscasting for George however. This former record promoter and DJ (who could be heard on AM powerhouses WFIL and WABC in the 60's and 70's) has been asked to call four NASCAR races on DirectTV this summer with Fox sports analyst Darrell Waltrip.