Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Sunday's Rangers-Devils game at Yankee Stadium was a big hit for NBC.
The game averaged 2.1 million viewers nationally and 1.3 percent of homes, both regular-season bests for NBC - not including Winter Classics.
In the New York area, 5.1 percent of homes watched, on average, the best ever in this market for an NBC regular-season game.
Buffalo was next at 4.5 percent, followed by...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 »
New York usually trails smaller, less cosmopolitan markets when it comes to sports ratings, especially for football, and 2013 was no exception.
Average local ratings for both the Giants and Jets dropped for a second consecutive season as the Super Bowl co-hosts finished 30th and 31st in that category among the 32 NFL teams, according to Sports Business Daily.
Giants games averaged 15.3...Read more »
Remember how NBC infuriated many viewers by interrupting its coverage of the Closing Ceremony in London – delaying The Who and editing out some performances altogether – to show a preview of the show “Animal Practice?’’
Well, NBC does, and is not likely to do anything like that again. “I think that’s one we’d probably take a do-over on,’’ said Jim Bell, executive producer for the Olympics.
“Animal...Read more »
Every Olympics has the potential for major news away from the actual competitions, and Russia is no exception.
Authorities have been confronted with a series of terrorist attacks – notably one in Volgograd last month that killed at least 17 – and Russia’s policies on gay rights have stirred controversy around the globe.
How will NBC deal with news that impacts the Games?
“NBC News...Read more »
NBC’s Olympic coverage took a step into the 21st century in 2012 when every competitive event in London was streamed live.
Two years later the network is poised for what NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus admitted is “a leap’’ – showing the entire figure skating competition live on NBC Sports Network, then repackaging it with what Lazarus called NBC’s “secret sauce’’ for traditional prime...Read more »
Rarely do I read or write about golf in January, but rarely at my house do temperatures fall below zero, providing a frosty glaze to the fallen snow.
So to warm myself up I read a 9,960-word transcript from NBC and Golf Channel in which Johnny Miller, Frank Nobilo and Mark Rolfing discussed the weekend’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui and the rest of 2014.
Naturally, the subject...Read more »
The NFL has become increasingly concerned about its customers choosing the comforts of their homes and high-def TVs over fighting traffic, paying big bucks, braving the elements and dealing with loutish fans to see games in person.
That is why the league has worked hard to improve the in-stadium experience, including the additions of vast video boards and frequent replays.
The trend...Read more »
Many Americans spent big chunks of their New Year's Eve and New Year's Day watching college football and hockey, beginning with Tuesday night's Chick-Fil-A Bowl. In case you missed it because you have a social life, Johnny Manziel led a wild rally by Texas A&M over Mrs. WatchDog's Dukies and helped ESPN draw 5.3 percent of homes in major markets - its best ever for a non-BCS bowl game.
Wednesday...Read more »
Normally I would have participated in NBC's pre-Winter Classic conference call Monday, but I was busy at Jets camp, plus this year the Jan. 1 game isn't quite as exciting for those of us around here, what with not one but two outdoor games coming up at Yankee Stadium in late January.
Still, the Big House beckons, with cold temperatures and a record crowd expected. So, still pretty cool.
Here...Read more »