Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Condolences to the family and friends of Sandy Grossman, one of the most accomplished directors in sports TV history, who died of cancer this week at age 78.
Grossman directed numerous major events, including NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals, but he was best known as the director for the storied NFL team at CBS and Fox that featured Pat Summerall and John Madden.
Here is a statement...Read more »
WFAN's morning duo of Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton returned early Thursday to the subject of Daniel Murphy's two-game paternity leave from the Mets, addressing criticism of their initial take Wednesday from assorted corners of social media and beyond.
They did not back off their initial opinion that assuming no medical complications for the mother or baby, Murphy and other professional...Read more »
The hosts of WFAN’s morning and afternoon shows rarely see eye to eye but on Wednesday both weighed in with similar takes on the subject of Daniel Murphy’s paternity leave from the Mets.
Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton began the discussion in the morning, with Esiason offering a particularly blunt opinion that took the matter a big step beyond the others.
“That’s not me,’’ he said. “I...Read more »
Michael Kay's YES Network simulcast of his ESPN New York Radio show, which began two months ago Thursday, has averaged 19,000 viewers, YES said, citing Nielsen data for the New York area.
That is higher than the 14,000 viewers Mike Francesa's WFAN simulcast averaged during the same time frame in 2013, with Francesa's show coming at significantly more cost to YES.
Kay's viewership presumably...Read more »
Mike Breen of MSG was named best sports play-by-play man and Jim Spanarkel of YES best analyst at the New York Emmy Awards presentation Sunday night.
Other winners included Kevin Maher of News 12 Long Island as best sports anchor and YES for coverage of the Nets and for its coverage of Mariano Rivera’s final game for the Yankees.
MSG’s “Lost and Found: ’73 Knicks Championship Tape’’...Read more »
Opening Day began a new era in local New York baseball media, with the Mets on WOR radio and Mike Francesa for the first time in his career hosting a WFAN show during a Mets game.
Tuesday night will bring another change: YES carrying a simulcast of Michael Kay’s ESPN New York radio show on a day when YES’ play-by-play man will call a regular-season Yankees game.
How will that work logistically?
The...Read more »
There have been many springs when Connecticut and Kentucky would have been popular picks for the Final Four. This is not one of them.
Of the 11.01 million brackets submitted to ESPN.com’s Men’s Tournament Challenge, a mere 612 named all four national semifinalists correctly.
UConn appeared in 1.3 percent of brackets and Kentucky 3.3. Even Wisconsin, a No. 2 seed, only was chosen by 32.6...Read more »
MLB’s dive into expanded use of replay could well land usually little-known production personnel in the spotlight.
What if a key angle isn’t available, or is queued up too slowly, or works against the home team?
Gregg Picker, SNY’s coordinating producer for Mets games, is aware of the potential pitfalls but said he intends to chronicle games as the network always has.
“We can only...Read more »
Sure, there has been a seismic change in local baseball radio with the Yankees moving from WCBS to WFAN and the Mets from WFAN (after 27 years) to WOR.
But the announcers remain the same – John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on the Yankees, Howie Rose and Josh Lewin on the Mets.
For how long, though? Sterling, Waldman and Lewin all are believed to have one-year deals, so 2015 could be another...Read more »
Bill Raftery is old enough to have played for LaSalle at the old Madison Square Garden on Eighth Avenue in the early 1960s, but his experience with college basketball in the building predates even that.
“The first time was Bill Russell [of San Francisco] playing against Tommy Heinsohn [of Holy Cross] in the  Holiday Festival,’’ Raftery said Thursday as he prepared to work the NCAA East...Read more »