Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
It’s that time of year again, when ESPN ponders the gaping hole in its late August programming and fills it with a shocking number of baseball games featuring 11- and 12-year-olds.
I am not one of those old people who laments that the world was a better place when I was young. But in this one case it certainly was: Showing only the Little League World Series championship game was rational...Read more »
Not a fan of stock car racing, you say? Well, you will pay more than ever for it over the next decade via your cable bill, which continues to absorb ever-rising sports rights fees of every variety.
The latest salvo: NASCAR’s new contracts with Fox and NBC that kick in for 2015 and total $820 million a year, up 46 percent from the current deals with Fox, Turner and ESPN, according to Sports...Read more »
"Swoopes," the latest in ESPN's "Nine for IX" summer documentary series, premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday, and is well worth your time.
Director Hannah Storm - yes, that Hannah Storm! - takes a look at the NCAA champ, Olympic champ and WNBA champ who also was a pioneer in women's basketball marketing, complete with her own Nike shoe.
Speaking of which, Nike boss Phil Knight...Read more »
Keith Olbermann’s return to ESPN has revived a famous quote from the network’s past, in which communications executive Mike Soltys said Olbermann didn’t burn bridges when he left but rather that he “napalmed them.’’
Well, Olbermann is back now and ESPN hopes he brings the smell of victory in its budding rivalry with Fox Sports 1, which launches Aug. 17 – nine days before Olbermann’s late-night...Read more »
Don Draper, the “Mad Men’’ character that made Jon Hamm famous, does not appear to be much of a sports fan. But Hamm the actor very much is, especially when it comes to the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues.
“The Cardinals are No. 1 in my heart, but the Blues are a solid 1A,’’ he said when I asked him to choose between them.
Fame has given Hamm many opportunities to express his sports fan...Read more »
While fans watching on TV will hear Chris Berman’s trademark “back, back, back” call for Monday’s Home Run Derby on ESPN, those at Citi Field will get Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic.
MLB invited the ESPN Radio morning hosts to be in-stadium announcers. Why? “In all candor, I don’t know,” Greenberg said. “But we said, ‘Absolutely.’”
By the way, Greenberg is a Yankees fan. How might that...Read more »
Matt Harvey, who bares (almost) all for ESPN The Magazine’s annual “Body Issue” that hits newsstands this week, barely made it into the publication.
Neely Lohmann, senior deputy editor and producer of the Body Issue, said the athlete list was complete when she heard from Harvey’s publicist last month that he was interested.
“This came very close to when we were about to go to press,”...Read more »
Even after all these years, Venus Williams, 33, values the opinion of her famously opinionated father, Richard. So she recently chose to watch a new documentary about her, “Venus Vs.,’’ by his side.
“I wanted him to be proud of me,’’ she said on a conference call to promote the film, which premieres Tuesday and begins ESPN’s summer-long “Nine for IX’’ series of documentaries by and about women....Read more »
Bill Raftery worked Big East games on ESPN for three decades, but with the new-look conference en route to Fox next season he had to choose one or the other. Thursday, we learned which. Fox is close to signing Raftery to join the new network and be paired with Gus Johnson on college basketball telecasts for Fox Sports 1 this autumn.
As part of the deal, Raftery will continue to work NCAA Tournament...Read more »
Even a third of a century later, John McEnroe said people ask about his loss to Bjorn Borg in the 1980 Wimbledon final “a hundred times more’’ than any other match.
That includes Nelson Mandela, who once told McEnroe he listened from his jail cell.
“I felt like a complete jerk that he listened to the match at the Robben Island prison when I was whining about the call,’’ McEnroe, an ESPN...Read more »