Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Neil Best first worked at Newsday in 1982, then returned in 1985 after a two-year stint covering college hockey for The Anchorage Times in Alaska. From 1985-90 he covered New York City high school sports, then spent five years as Newsday's beat writer for St. John's and Big East basketball. From 1995-2005 he covered the Giants before leaving that beat to become a reporter, columnist and feature writer focused on off-field topics such as sports media and business. His SportsWatch column debuted on Sept. 30, 2005.
The Hall of Fame will celebrate an up-and-comer in the sportswriting field next summer when Roger Angell is given the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, given annually to a worthy scribe by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Mr. Angell is 93 and has written a series of well-regarded essays on the sport, my personal favorite being “The Web of the Game’’ about a 1981 St. John’s-Yale game featuring...Read more »
Fox will telecast Super Bowl XLVIII, featuring pregame, halftime and postgame analysis from its biggest studio star – Terry Bradshaw.
So the four-time Super Bowl champ must be pumped up for the big event at MetLife Stadium, right? Um . . . let’s just say Fox had better hope he warms up to the idea by Feb. 2.
Here is what Bradshaw said on WFAN Wednesday regarding the first outdoor Super...Read more »
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 »
A laurel and hearty handshake to the Knicks’ own J.R. Smith, who finished fifth on Twitter’s list of most-retweeted sports-related posts of 2013, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo, Andy Murray, the U.S. soccer team and LeBron James.
After the Nets defeated the Knicks in January, Kris Humphries, ex-husband of Kim Kardashian, posted, “Big game tonight! The Garden got really quiet on the way out.’’
To...Read more »
It would have surprised no one during Curt Schilling’s playing career to learn someday the quotable pitcher would be a TV analyst, but Schilling said he never thought about that – or any other post-playing task – before retiring.
Now he will assume one of the most visible positions in baseball media, succeeding Orel Hershiser alongside Dan Shulman and John Kurk on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.’’...Read more »