Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
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 »
Big day Tuesday for two guys famous for turning the sports announcing volume dial to 11.
First, SI.com reported that Fox is grooming Gus Johnson to be its lead play-by-play voice for the 2018 World Cup, starting with a series of assignments this year, beginning Feb. 13 with Real Madrid against Manchester United.
Johnson has been on a crash course in soccer, including playing the game...Read more »
The YES Network announced a multi-year contract extension with Michael Kay, its Yankees play-by-play voice since the network launched in 2002.
Kay also will continue hosting the "CenterStage" interview show. Kay re-signed last fall with ESPN Radio, for which he hosts the afternoon drive time show in 98.7-FM....Read more »
Those of us of a certain age recall an era when CNN’s nightly sports roundup was as popular, if not more so, than ESPN’s “SportsCenter.’’ No, really. It’s so. But in recent decades CNN has moved away from sports while ESPN has, well, taken over the world.
Now comes word the venerable news network will dip its toe back into the sports waters with a new weekend show beginning later this year...Read more »
Greetings, people of Earth! It's a Friday, and I'm not in Atlanta or suburban Boston, so it must be time for me to visit the old blog.
Today we begin with the story of Manti Te'o, an episode that has been a profound embarrassment for sports journalists everywhere, as I wrote here.
I know this is way too easy to say now, but it's true: There always was something weird about the dead girlfriend...Read more »