Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
The NFL’s decision to flex the Dec. 22 Ravens-Patriots game out of prime time for Eagles-Bears initially caused much head-scratching, until Sports Business Journal reported it was driven by an arcane TV contract provision.
It turns out the gap between games taken from CBS and Fox for prime time windows in any given season may not exceed three. If Ravens-Patriots had remained at night, CBS’s...Read more »
Sports TV executives have started hiding behind potted plants when they see me coming, knowing I will annoy them with questions about the glut of content and microscopic ratings for cable networks that has resulted.
Alas, Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports Network, did not react quickly enough at a recent NHL lunch, so I asked him about the state of the channel as it...Read more »
After eight years it is getting increasingly difficult to uncover sports-related pop culture curios to keep the Sunday editor amused and entertained.
But here’s a doozy: “Turnabout,” an NBC sitcom that debuted 25 years ago in January and lasted a mere seven episodes. I have no recollection of it, as I was busy getting hazed by future fraternity brothers at the time.
Written by the pre-“Hill...Read more »
Forty-five years ago Sunday I was worried some silly football game would delay the beginning of “Heidi,’’ which I and many of my fellow 8-year-olds were very much looking forward to watching.
Happily, NBC executives left the Jets-Raiders game right at 7 p.m., and all was well! Kind of.
As it turned out, there were many football fans less than enthusiastic about the move, especially after...Read more »
No aspect of the assassination of John F. Kennedy will go un-reexamined over the next week, including its impact on the sports world. Two documentaries worth your time on that front:
First, Thursday night CBS Sports Network offers “Marching On: 1963 Army-Navy Remembered,’’ about that year’s epic, controversial showdown, which not only impacted the national mood but also the national championship...Read more »
Pat Summerall touched many lives in his 82 years, which was evident in the diverse, A-list roster of guests at a recent screening in advance of NFL Network’s latest “A Football Life,’’ which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Among them were CBS president (and former Newsday paper boy) Leslie Moonves and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. But even those among us who did not know Summerall personally...Read more »
Commack's own Bob Costas weighed in Sunday night on NBC regarding the ongoing controversy over the Redskins' nickname, the latest high profile person to call for a re-evaluation of the storied franchise's moniker.
Not surprisingly, there were those who disagreed vehemently with Mr. Costas on social media. But day by day, it becomes increasingly evident change is in the air on this matter.
Here...Read more »
Less than a week after Michelle Beadle complained to Sports Media Weekly about NBCSN’s lack of promotion for her show, “The Crossover,’’ the program was cancelled Wednesday, a casualty of the current glut of sports TV talk. (The New York Times was the first to report the news.)
It is not easy getting attention in the increasingly crowded genre. But that doesn’t keep people from trying.
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Dedicated readers might recall my story in Wednesday’s preview section about the absurd overabundance of NFL-related studio programming this season. Naturally, it was out of date before the print edition hit your driveway.
For example, this: NBC Sports Network announced a weekly Xs and Os show premiering Wednesday called “FNIA Coach’s Clicker’’ with Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison and former...Read more »
Fox unleashed a surprising salvo Wednesday in the ongoing cable sports wars when it wrested the men’s, women’s and senior U.S. Open golf tournaments from NBC and ESPN – effective in 2015.
The USGA announcement prompted a predictably colorful response from NBC’s Johnny Miller, who told The AP, “I don’t know what they’re going to do. You can’t just fall out of a tree and do the U.S. Open. I...Read more »