This tape features a 1984 episode of "Time Out," a weekly sports program that was hosted by a number of Chicago area journalists and sportscasters. This week's commentators are Chicago Sun-Times columnist Ray Sons, WBMX Sportscaster and Assistant Coach for DePaul University's Men's Basketball team Kenny McReynolds, WIND reporter Fran Spielman, and former NBA star John Mengelt.
00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with a promo.
00:23Copy video clip URL Opening sequence for the program. The narrator gives a brief overview of the episode which includes: an in depth look at sports gambling, a visit with the Chicago Sting soccer team, an interview with Chicago Tribune Reporter Skip Myslenski, and an NFL weekend preview with Chicago Bears Safety Gary Fencik.
01:24Copy video clip URL Cut to the four commentators who begin to talk about Mike Ditka’s temperament problems as Head Coach of the Chicago Bears. They also discuss the dislocation of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks from Chicago Stadium while the circus rolls through town. This cuts into a segment on the Chicago Sting.
03:27Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of Chicago Sting Head Coach Willy Roy talking about the effect that indoor soccer will have on the franchise. Players are also interviewed and express the need for indoor soccer in Chicago. Roy also states that American sports fans have not come to fully understand the game of soccer quite yet.
05:11Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators who begin to talk about the death of high school basketball player Ben Wilson. McReynolds comments on the young teen’s death and has some very kind words to say about Wilson. This is a rather depressing segment.
06:55Copy video clip URL Cut to the “Time Out Sports almanac” segment.
07:52Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators who begin to talk about the Chicago Bulls and their poor performances over the past week. They go on to talk about recent college basketball happenings, before broaching upon the subject of gambling in sports. This cuts into a piece on gambling in sports and its effect on those who are involved with it.
09:41Copy video clip URL Cut to footage of a number of patrons at a local tavern in Chicago giving their opinions on sports gambling. Government officials, lawyers, gamblers and a number of sports columnists comment on betting on sports. The “Time Out” crew visits a race track to talk with fans about the appeal of horse racing. “Time Out” correspondent Roger Wallenstein visits with three men who attend Gamblers Anonymous meetings to talk about the allure and aftereffects of compulsive gambling. One man states that he lost a year’s salary in one night and went on to make a year’s salary within a week. This is quite an interesting look into the world of gambling.
14:02Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators who continue to debate the subject of gambling. This cuts into a segment on the possible cut of baseball programming on the three super stations: WGN, WTBS, and WOR. Chicago Tribune Reporter Skip Myslenski comments on the probability of the programming cuts and the future of the super stations.
17:49Copy video clip URL Cut to the NFL weekend preview segment. Mengelt and Fencik talk about the upcoming match ups as Fencik gives his opinion on who he believes will win over the weekend.
19:48Copy video clip URL Cut to a football quiz question.
20:03Copy video clip URL Dissolve back into a shot of the four commentators who continue to talk about the recent NFL happenings before making their predictions for the week. The credits roll shortly afterwards and are followed by a couple of promos.
23:02Copy video clip URL Tape ends.