Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
As I pointed out in this story about Radio Row, WFAN's roots in the phenomenon date to 1988, the first January of its existence.
But even that was not the first time New York radio set up shop the week of the big game.
In 1987 future Yankees p.r. man Rick Cerrone and Dave Jennings did five nightly shows for WNEW - with Richard Neer back in the studio in New York! - while Dave Sims did...Read more »
Although I did not quote him in my newspaper story about WFAN's move to "M&Ms World" this week, I did ask WFAN boss Mark Chernoff about the unusual deal.
He said originally the idea was to join with Snickers, which is made by the same company, and brand the week the "Snickers Bowl," but eventually the two companies settled on M&Ms, and having WFAN originate from the candy's tourist...Read more »
Experts in the secondary ticket market have noted extreme softness in Super Bowl prices over the past week, with asking and purchase prices falling to levels not seen in more than a decade.
Asked about the reported phenomenon Monday NFL executive VP Eric Grubman had this to say:
"The secondary market is very strong. If you look at it from one day to the next you’re going to see things...Read more »
Jonathan Tisch, the Giants' treasurer and co-chair of the Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee, on Monday defended charges from economists and others that the economic impact estimates for the event are grossly overinflated.
Tisch said the estimate of $550 million to $600 million in economic activity is based on a variety of factors, including that this historically is a slow time of year for...Read more »
It appears the Chicken Little predictions for weather doom this weekend might have been overstated, but the sky does indeed seem to be falling on the market for Super Bowl tickets.
According to Seat Geek, which aggregates prices on the secondary market, prices paid since the day after the conference championship games have dropped by more than 40 percent.
The site believes this year's...Read more »
Even with long-range forecasts now calling for slightly less ridiculously cold temperatures than what the New York area currently is experiencing, prices for Super Bowl XLVIII tickets are starting to sink on the secondary market.
According to the resale site aggregator TiqIQ.com, the average asking price as of Friday was $3,566.78, down 11 percent from Sunday morning.
The lowest price...Read more »
Sure, it would have been an added layer of cool to stage an NHL game at the original Yankee Stadium, but for NBC there are undeniable benefits to the move across 161st Street.
Producer Sam Flood said that as historic as Fenway Park and Wrigley Field are, Yankee Stadium’s modernity makes it far easier to produce a telecast. Unlike Fenway and Wrigley, he said, “This place was built once television...Read more »
Come tomorrow the countdown to Super Bowl XLVIII will be into the single digits of days, but in the meantime there is much typing and talking to do.
Today I killed two cordless phone batteries and risked some vintage, 1990s-style RSI in my hands with three interviews plus two Fox conference calls totaling about 100 minutes.
All good, though. Who has it better than those of us who get...Read more »
The YES Network made official Thursday what long had been expected: That Michael Kay's ESPN New York radio program will be simulcast on YES starting Feb. 3.
That will be the day after WFAN's Mike Francesa concludes his run at the station with his Super Bowl Sunday morning show.
Francesa and his former partner, Chris Russo, had their show simulcast on YES since the network's inception...Read more »
Will Renee Fleming wear gloves when she sings the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2? And if she does, what color will they be.
On their own, these are among the more ridiculous questions you'll come across during Super Bowl week. But, in the context of Super Bowl prop bets, well, they're just as ridiculous, but at least there's now an element of interest for some of you.
Bovada...Read more »