Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Verne Lundquist, 73, was very much alive the last time the NCAA Tournament visited Madison Square Garden in 1961, but CBS’ play-by-play man for the East Regional never did get to visit the old Garden on Eighth Avenue while growing up primarily in Illinois, Washington and Texas.
Still, Lundquist has fond memories of that long-ago era in college hoops.
“As a 10-year-old boy in Everett,...Read more »
Before the NCAA brackets were announced, CBS analyst (and former Knick) Greg Anthony told me he had his “fingers crossed’’ that he and Jim Nantz would land the East Regional at the Garden.
“That would be pretty cool,’’ he said. “That would be awesome if that happens.’’
Twelve days later he learned he was bound for Indianapolis and Friday night’s latest episode in the Rick Pitino vs....Read more »
Normally the television executives who keep us up into the wee hours during the NCAA Tournament’s regional semifinal round at least stagger the most attractive matchups in the early and late slots.
So how is that on Friday Kentucky-Louisville and Michigan State-Virginia – the sexier games in the Midwest and East – both ended up in the late prime time period?
Simple: There was no avoiding...Read more »
Mike Francesa returns to TV Monday with a simulcast on Fox Sports 1 (and 2), joining his WFAN confreres Craig Carton and Boomer Carton in appearing nationwide with locally-oriented New York radio programs.
Seems odd, what with CBS Sports having its own national morning show (featuring Tiki Barber) that was bypassed in favor of Boomer and Carton, who appear on CBS Sports Network a total of...Read more »
No one outside Washington, D.C., is lobbied quite as heavily as Howard Katz, the NFL’s scheduling poobah, who frequently fields requests from sports TV executives who would very much like his best matchups on their networks.
Earlier this month I ran into Fox Sports boss Eric Shanks on his way to meeting with Mr. Katz. Thursday CBS Sports’ Sean McManus told me he has met with the big guy, too.
“We...Read more »
As most of you surely recall, in March of 1991, my first year on the college hoops beat, I wrote a pre-NCAA column flat-out guaranteeing undefeated UNLV would not win the tournament.
At the time it was considered a rather bold assertion, considering that the defending champs were by far the best team in the nation and appeared darn near unstoppable.
The Runnin' Rebels won their first...Read more »
Grant Hill spent two decades in the NBA, but you might recall his work in the NCAA Tournament before that, such as a long pass he completed to Duke teammate Christian Laettner in Philadelphia in 1992.
Now Hill is back in the NCAAs in his first post-NBA spring, working as an analyst for CBS/Turner after a winter spent breaking into media, mostly for NBA TV.
“I am excited and thrilled,’’...Read more »
Sean McManus and David Levy, who run CBS and Turner Sports, respectively, spoke Tuesday as they have for four years about the warm, successful partnership between the two media entities that carry the NCAA Tournament.
But studio analyst Charles Barkley said later that at first, some incumbent tournament announcers were not warm and cuddly toward Turner's NBA voices when they came aboard for...Read more »
CBS and Turner Sports announced Tuesday that Greg Anthony will join Jim Nantz and Steve Kerr as the announcing team for the Final Four, with Clark Kellogg returning to studio analysis for the event.
The move had been expected since Anthony was named lead analyst for CBS' college basketball coverage in September.
Ernie Johnson will be the studio host for the Final Four. TBS will televise...Read more »
CBS announced Monday that former Jets linebacker Bart Scott will join the revamped panel of analysts for its "The NFL Today" pregame show for the 2014 season.
Previously the network said Tony Gonzalez would join the show, while Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe left.
Scott and Gonzalez join the returning James Brown, Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason.
Scott, who last played in 2012, drew...Read more »