Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Howard Cosell more or less invented sports journalism on television, including his mid-1980s show “SportsBeat,’’ so it was fitting that exactly three weeks before he died, one of the enduring pillars of the genre was born.
HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’’ premiered April 2, 1995, joining another show, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,’’ which arrived in 1990.
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Tuesday night's HBO "Real Sports" features a Bryant Gumbel sitdown with Reggie Jackson, who is promoting his new book, "Becoming Mr. October," in which he weighs in on a number of topics.
One of them is the way he was portrayed in the ESPN series, "The Bronx is Burning," back in 2007. Another is his ongoing dislike of Billy Martin.
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The most important NFL-related media news Tuesday was the premiere of PBS’ documentary “League of Denial,’’ which dealt with the serious business of concussions.
But the strangest development came earlier that day with word owners had passed a resolution that would make it possible for teams to be forced into appearing on HBO’s training camp show “Hard Knocks,’’ absent volunteers.
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I will be taking the rest of August off to prepare for my fantasy football draft, so forgive this being a tad early side, but it’s important:
On Aug. 26 HBO will premiere a documentary about iconic announcer Marty Glickman called “Glickman,” simple and to the point, just as Marty would have liked it, and just as he taught sportscasting to generations of disciples from Marv Albert to Bob Costas...Read more »
HBO will premiere a much-anticipated look at famed announcer Marty Glickman late next month, but the film will appear under the HBO Documentary Films banner, not that of its sports division.
Speaking of which, whatever happened to HBO Sports documentaries, which used to reliably produce three or four quality offerings every year? It has been 18 months since its last, about Joe Namath.
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Sports documentaries don't get much better than "The Crash Reel," premiering on HBO at 9 p.m. Monday. (Do record it if you feel you really must watch the Home Run Derby at that hour instead.)
Director Lucy Walker provides an extraordinarily intimate look at the life, career and family of snowboarder Kevin Pearce, who with the 2010 Winter Olympics approaching was competing on par...Read more »
Tuesday night's episode of HBO's "Real Sports" features a segment on Jay Williams, the promising Duke point guard drafted No. 2 by the Chicago Bulls in 2002 who suffered a career-ending leg injury in a motorcycle accident.
Williams, now an analyst for ESPN, rarely talks about this issue (until recently) and almost never with a camera focused on him.
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Outside of his two children’s games, Tony Soprano’s sports interests focused primarily on wagering, a business in which he might have dabbled.
But the actor who portrayed him, James Gandolfini, who died Wednesday, was a genuine fan who was a regular at metropolitan-area games, notably involving Rutgers and the Jets.
In a 2007 episode of “The Sopranos,’’ Tony is told Eric Mangini – “Mangenius’’...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 »
At one point, Luther "Luke" Campbell was the most controversial man in America. That was back in 1989 when he was the frontman for Miami-based rap group 2 Live Crew and their, um, not-so-clean album "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" was released.
It was an era of Parental Advisory stickers (in the era of cassettes and CDs), a public backlash against rap music that wasn't just...Read more »