Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Baseball remains the picture of health on a regional basis, as evidenced by the 55.2 percent of homes in the Boston market that watched Game 6 of the World Series.
But on a national basis the Fall Classic is a shell of its old self, and now regularly is out-rated by the NBA Finals.
This year’s Series averaged 8.9 percent of homes and 14.9 million viewers. That is up 17 percent from 2012,...Read more »
ESPN wraps up its latest “30 for 30’’ slate Tuesday with “Bernie and Ernie,’’ a film about Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld, guys from Brooklyn and Queens who transformed Tennessee basketball in the 1970s, reunited as Knicks in the 1980s and remain friends in the 2010s.
Their unlikely bond forms the spine of the documentary, but its most arresting moments are King’s recollections of his emotionally...Read more »
Tina Cervasio ran the New York City Marathon in 2008 and ’09 and had no immediate plans for another - until the aftermath of the bombings at the Boston Marathon in April.
They came 4:09 into the race, right around when some of her friends were finishing, and just ahead of her pace.
“I was watching that thinking, ‘Gosh, I could have been rolling into Boylston [Street] around that time,’’’...Read more »
Fox's Pam Oliver took some heat in the city tabloids after a couple of playful jabs while emceeing a Super Bowl breakfast last week were interpreted by some as slights against New Yorkers in general and Jets fans in particular.
Most of the people I have spoken to who were there - as I was - thought that interpretation of her remarks was ludicrous, but TMZ caught up with Ms. Oliver for her...Read more »
Tim McCarver signs off for the final time as he called his last World Series game for Fox on Wednesday night after the Red Sox beat the Cardinals.
Video: McCarver signs off after calling final World Series
(Newsday's app users can watch the video at http://foxs.pt/1aqta2C)...Read more »
MSG will mark Friday's 54th anniversary of the debut of the goaltender mask in the NHL - and the mask-friendly Halloween holiday - with a daylong celebration Thursday, culminating after the Sabres-Rangers game with a showing of the 2009 NHL Network documentary "50 Years Behind the Mask."
The celebration starts at noon with programming about past and present goalies, interspersed...Read more »
When people discuss the musical chairs on the set of ESPN’s “NBA Countdown,’’ they often frame the matter in terms of the show's so-far futile quest to match the success of TNT’s “Inside the NBA.’’
But Charles Barkley, the star of “Inside the NBA,’’ does not see it that way.
“I don’t look at us as in competition with those guys,’’ the TNT analyst said Monday during a luncheon to preview...Read more »
One negative of the Jets’ surprising start is that it has put a damper on SNY analyst Ray Lucas’ colorful postgame emoting, which late last season was becoming more entertaining than the games themselves.
But that is not the only reason the postgame show has taken on a different tone this season. With Adam Schein and his, um, distinctive voice having left for CBS Sports Network, SNY has used...Read more »
Tuesday’s ESPN “30 for 30” entry, “This is What They Want,’’ about Jimmy Connors and the 1991 U.S. Open, isn’t among the best in the series, in part because of some odd selections for talking heads with no direct connection to the story.
But it is worth watching, if only to observe Connors still being his irascible, unrepentant self, and to listen to the brothers McEnroe talk about him.
One...Read more »
TNT tips off its NBA coverage Tuesday when the stars of its popular studio show appear live event at Flatiron Plaza in New York, which should be fun, especially when Charles Barkley says something negative about the Knicks.
ESPN, meanwhile, continues its search in the TV wilderness for a formula that can challenge its friends at Turner.
The network’s latest move was adding Sage Steele...Read more »