Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Wimbledon begins Monday, which is nothing new. But this is: After a 43-year relationship with NBC, the network no longer will be part of the coverage.
The fortnight will be all ESPN, all the time, for a total of 140 hours on ESPN and ESPN2 and another 800 on the online service ESPN3 as part of a 12-year rights deal.
Oh, and this: All of it will be shown live in all time zones (with replays...Read more »
Sure, the Jets dropped a potential hand grenade in the middle of their locker room when they acquired Tim Tebow.
But the team has at least one thing it needn't worry about with its backup quarterback, and it's important in Media City: No matter what, the guy simply will not be flustered by the press corps. Like Derek Jeter and Eli Manning, he has mastered the art of being accessible and professional...Read more »
It was tempting in his later years to view LeRoy Neiman as a relic of 20th century kitsch, but as any baby boomer will tell you, there was a time he was seen as a fresh, innovative chronicler of the athletic scene.
Neiman, who died Wednesday at 91, might be best recalled by sports fans for covering Olympic Games in the 1970s and '80s with his trademark, rapid-fire bursts of impressionistic...Read more »
These are heady days for Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, whose unlikely journey to stardom has become a source of fascination inside and outside the sports world. (Look for a possible traffic jam of major-league pitchers on Mount Kilimanjaro next winter in search of Dickey's secret.)
It certainly is a fine time to be Blue Rider Press, publisher of Dickey's well-received autobiography, "Wherever...Read more »
Newsday was nice enough to dedicate three pages in Sunday’s sports section to my look back at WFAN history through the eyes of five long-time staff members who have performed various roles for the station.
But even that was hardly enough room to include all of the wisdom I gathered from John Minko, Eddie Scozzare, Dov Kramer, Mike Francesa and Bob Gelb.
I also didn’t include some thoughts...Read more »
CBS announced Thursday it is launching a new national sports radio network, a week after NBC did the same.
What will be the impact on CBS-owned WFAN? Close to zero, with the exception of brief hourly national updates and perhaps more on-air visits from CBS-affiliated guests. After 25 years, the FAN has no intention of giving up on the local strategy that made it what it is.
The more...Read more »
Holley Mangold, Olympic weightlifter and sister of Jets' center Nick Mangold, discusses her weight, childhood and upcoming Olympics with Mary Carillo on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel." Watch the full segment with Holley on June 19 at 10 p.m.
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Every Knicks fan is familiar with the Walt Frazier of the NBA championships era – live or via video highlights – but Saturday night MSG will unveil something unseen in 45 years, not even by Frazier himself until recently.
The season premiere of “MSG’s Vault’’ is a special called “Before He Was Clyde,’’ built around a pristine recording of the 1967 NIT final, in which Frazier led Southern Illinois...Read more »
ESPN’s companywide initiative, “The Power of IX,’’ to celebrate Saturday's 40th anniversary of Title IX, has all sorts of impressive, ambitious elements. But given my limited attention span the best part has been espnW’s countdown of the top 40 female athletes of the past 40 years.
The network has announced its top five but only will reveal the order as it profiles one each night this week...Read more »
Rex Ryan does a decent acting job in Adam Sandler film “That’s My Boy.’’ That in itself is unusual for a coach, but what is more unusual is that unlike most active coaches who have appeared in movies he plays not himself but a lawyer named Jim Nance (for the former Patriots and Jets fullback).
From Giants manager John McGraw in “One Touch of Nature” (1917) through Don Shula in “Ace Ventura:...Read more »