Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Ed Burns’ two favorite sports movies were set far from his hometown of Valley Stream: “Hoosiers’’ and “Rocky.’’
“I’m a basketball junkie,’’ the actor/writer/director/producer said of his love for “Hoosiers,’’ which came out in 1986, when he was a senior at Hewlett High School and “basketball was my life.”
But Burns’ sports flick knowledge also extends closer to home than Indiana or Philadelphia....Read more »
The Islanders’ season has not worked out the way they had hoped on the ice, but their television performance has been a success in comparison.
Sports Business Journal crunched numbers at the Olympic break and determined that relative to this point in 2011-12 – the last non-lockout season – they were up 95.2 percent in average rating – second in the NHL to the Coyotes.
The Rangers ranked...Read more »
By process of elimination, Fox Sports 1 and MSG must be the leading contenders for MIke Francesa's TV simulcast, what with Francesa saying on the air Tuesday that the cost of his show would exceed SNY's budget, then saying this about the "people" who run CBS Sports - and CBS Sports Network:
"We don’t get along. We haven’t gotten along for a long time. They would never, ever put me on the CBS...Read more »
Michael Kay's first day on the YES Network averaged 0.61 percent of New York- area homes, a promising start for the ESPN Radio host's new TV simulcast.
(Mike Francesa's simulcast usually averaged in the 0.2-0.3 range; time will tell whether Kay can perform at or near that level over an extended period.)
The tune-in factor might have been helped by the social media storm that followed...Read more »
On the season premiere of MSG's "Four Courses with JB Smoove" Wednesday night (after the Knicks game) former Giants linebacker Carl Banks tells the group about a bounty of sorts that Bill Parcells offered for a takedown of the Rams' Eric Dickerson in 1984.
“Bill says, 'You’re gonna start against Eric,'" Banks says on the show. "We didn’t know how we were going to stop him,...Read more »
Walt Frazier is 68 now, a half-century removed from a childhood in segregated Atlanta and from most of the people who shaped him there.
But the years fall away quickly in an episode of MSG’s “Beginnings’’ that premieres Tuesday and follows Clyde to his old neighborhood, and a time before anyone called him “Clyde.’’
While there he visits the restaurant where he worked as a teenager –...Read more »
Tina Cervasio ran the New York City Marathon in 2008 and ’09 and had no immediate plans for another - until the aftermath of the bombings at the Boston Marathon in April.
They came 4:09 into the race, right around when some of her friends were finishing, and just ahead of her pace.
“I was watching that thinking, ‘Gosh, I could have been rolling into Boylston [Street] around that time,’’’...Read more »
MSG will mark Friday's 54th anniversary of the debut of the goaltender mask in the NHL - and the mask-friendly Halloween holiday - with a daylong celebration Thursday, culminating after the Sabres-Rangers game with a showing of the 2009 NHL Network documentary "50 Years Behind the Mask."
The celebration starts at noon with programming about past and present goalies, interspersed...Read more »
Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason remained without a TV simulcast for their WFAN radio show as of Friday, but they figure to land somewhere soon, with CBS Sports Network and YES believed to be the leading candidates.
But Dan Ronayne, executive VP of MSG Networks, did not rule out a return to MSG (which has a right to match any offer), saying Tuesday:
“The situation is not resolved. We...Read more »
The Islanders have finished ahead of both the Rangers and Devils once in the past 20 years – in 2001-02 – but MSG Plus analyst Butch Goring believes it will happen this season.
“They are fast, they are confident, they are young, they have very good goaltending, they have a good young corps of defensemen,’’ he said Tuesday at an MSG event celebrating the return of hockey and hoops. “They play...Read more »