Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
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 »
It’s not every day I get to write about a film directed by an athlete I covered when she was in high school, but today is one of those days, thanks to “Runner,’’ Tuesday’s entry in ESPN’s “Nine for IX’’ documentary series.
Shola Lynch, a star runner at Hunter College High School in Manhattan in the mid-1980s, recalls Decker’s days as one of America’s biggest sports stars – she was SI’s 1983...Read more »
Chris Majkowski figured Gary Cohen on SNY and Howie Rose on WFAN might refer Wednesday night to the 20th anniversary of the last Mets game he missed as a radio producer/engineer.
What he did not expect was to see his milestone noted on the Citi Field scoreboard, and with a cake in the booth.
“I didn’t see it coming at all,’’ he said Thursday. “I was just hoping if Gary...Read more »
Everyone knows the Yankees had, um, mixed emotions about Alex Rodriguez returning to the fold rather than, say, folding his tent and going away for good.
But there is no downside to A-Rod when it comes to YES Network ratings.
That was proven Monday night when his not-so-triumphant return to the big leagues helped YES average 4.34 percent of homes in the New York market for the Yankees-White...Read more »
It’s that time of year again, when ESPN ponders the gaping hole in its late August programming and fills it with a shocking number of baseball games featuring 11- and 12-year-olds.
I am not one of those old people who laments that the world was a better place when I was young. But in this one case it certainly was: Showing only the Little League World Series championship game was rational...Read more »
As dog days promotions involving sub-.500 baseball teams go, this one is creative enough to warrant a mention here.
Starting next week, SNY will give away a signed Keith Hernandez scorecard for each game the analyst works.
SNY will pose a trivia question related to Hernandez during Mets games, and the 17th fan correctly to answer it on Twitter will get one of his famously intricate scorecards....Read more »
Rarely do I write about museum exhibits in Kentucky, but a helpful p.r. person was savvy enough to use two magic words – “Derek’’ and “Jeter’’ – so, here goes:
The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory features an exhibit through Labor Day in which 222,180 LEGO pieces have been turned into stadium replicas – 57,960 of them for Wrigley Field – and player portraits.
The largest portrait...Read more »
Not a fan of stock car racing, you say? Well, you will pay more than ever for it over the next decade via your cable bill, which continues to absorb ever-rising sports rights fees of every variety.
The latest salvo: NASCAR’s new contracts with Fox and NBC that kick in for 2015 and total $820 million a year, up 46 percent from the current deals with Fox, Turner and ESPN, according to Sports...Read more »
Our old pals at Sirius XM Satellite Radio wil present a special on Bill Parcells at 9 p.m. Friday, the eve of his induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The show will include interviews with Parcells, John Mara, Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin and Sean Payton.
Here are highlights that Sirius' crackerjack p.r. staff sent along:
Parcells, who was renowned for his ability to quickly...Read more »
I spoke to Shep Messing Thursday about the Red Bulls and about his plans to attend the Cosmos' opener Saturday.
That is important, but this is more so: Mr. Messing will take part in MSG's fifth annual Garden of Dreams "Dream week," Aug. 12-16, in which the Garden hosts a group of 40 disadvantaged children, giving them a series of memorable experiences.
Aug. 12 is the Red Bulls'...Read more »