ESPN HOCKEY analyst Bill Clement played 11 seasons in the NHL,
but this summer he'll be covering a slightly more obscure pastime
in which he also excelled. Clement, a two-time Quebec high school
badminton champion, will provide color commentary for NBC's
Olympic shuttlecock coverage. NBC producers are high on
badminton's chances of catching on with viewers because of the
speed of play and the relative shortness of games. "It's a
quicker and compact combination of tennis and volleyball," says
Clement. "The athleticism is terrific." Clement will be one of 99
NBC announcers in Athens, including Bob Costas, Katie Couric and
former Sixers owner Pat Croce, a third-degree karate black belt
who will provide commentary for taekwando.

--Richard Deitsch