Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Skip Bayless of ESPN’s “First Take’’ is one of the most strident gabbers in sports media, but he insisted he does not come by it naturally.
“It’s funny, but I’m shy by nature,’’ he said after a live edition of the show at the Hard Rock Café in Manhattan Monday. “But from my mom I inherited a dynamic audience personality. My mom was a great public speaker and she took me at age 8 to speech...Read more »
As iconic as the finale of the 1983 NCAA Tournament remains – Dereck Whittenburg, Lorenzo Charles, Jimmy V, etc. – it is a bit of a shame the rest of North Carolina State’s startling run has faded over time.
Remembering what led to the upset at the Pit in Albuquerque is the best thing about ESPN’s latest 30 for 30 entry, “Survive and Advance,’’ which premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday, after the 2013...Read more »
Fox Sports 1, which will launch Aug. 17, plans a daily NFL news-oriented show, featuring personalities that include Terry Bradshaw and information man Jay Glazer.
“Between the two of us you have about nine personalities,’’ Glazer said.
Glazer said the program would be “a Fox-ified show,’’ presumably meaning a relaxed, free-wheeling approach to NFL matters. Most important for Glazer will...Read more »
Over the decades, men who grew up in the New York area have dominated the upper ranks of network sports executives, much to the annoyance of the rest of the nation.
Enter John Skipper, the president of ESPN and thus one of the handful of most powerful people in the sports business. He grew up in Lexington, N.C., attended college in Chapel Hill and still has the accent to prove it.
So,...Read more »
It has been the sports video sensation of the winter: Fans hither and yon sinking one halfcourt shot after another to win big bucks via assorted promotions.
From college to the NBA, from Brandon, Manitoba, to Miami, Fla., and points between, there have been a dozen or so documented makes since mid-January – and that doesn’t even include the ridonkulous one off a front flip by Ashlee Arnau,...Read more »
It is rare in my line of work that a male finds himself vastly outnumbered, but so it was Tuesday as ESPN introduced "Nine for IX,’" a series of documentaries by and about women tied to Title IX's 40th anniversary.
The lineup is impressive, with films about Pat Summitt, Katarina Witt, Sheryl Swoopes (directly by Hannah Storm) and Venus Williams, and about the history of female sportswriters...Read more »
ESPN decided Thursday to match NBC's offer to the Big East, which the Sherman Report compared to the Grinch swiping the last crumb in Whoville – one too small even for a mouse.
That's pretty much what the Big East has become in programming terms, but ESPN wanted to keep it anyway, even though it has far less need for it than does NBC Sports Network.
Why the aggressiveness? Because amid...Read more »
The Big East, whatever that means these days, will remain on ESPN after the network on Thursday exercised its right to match an offer from NBC, Sports Business Journal reported.
The deal is not finalized, but when that occurs, it is expected to bring the conference more than $20 million per year over six years, less than what it would have commanded before it began to hemorrhage key members...Read more »
Connor Schell, ESPN Films’ executive producer, often hears from celebrities interested in attaching their names to documentary projects without actually doing the legwork.
Not so for actor Kevin Connolly (“Entourage’’), an avid Islanders fan out of Patchogue-Medford High who wanted to explore the John Spano debacle, in which the man who briefly owned the team in the mid-1990s was exposed by...Read more »
ESPN produces thousands of hours of programming across many channels, but nothing seems to get critics quite as worked up as "First Take," a debate show on ESPN2 on which Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith yell at each other about Tim Tebow, LeBron James and whatever other sports celebrities might goose the ratings.
The show recently came under fire for some racially inflammatory...Read more »