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Islanders, Rangers rate; Devils don't

New York Islanders center John Tavares keeps his

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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...

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Strange new world: Yankees on WFAN

New York Yankees announcer John Sterling is calling

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If you are younger than 35, you likely don't remember life before WFAN, and therefore life before that station carried Mets games.

Thursday, all that changed when the Yankees made their debut as the station's home team, with the Mets having relocated slightly up the dial at WOR.

The station did not make a big deal about the Pirates-Yankees game and the milestone that came with it, perhaps...

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Casey Stern re-signs with Sirius XM

Sirius XM Satellite Radio announced Wednesday it has re-signed Casey Stern, who grew up in Massapequa and now lives in Seaford, as a host on its MLB Network Radio channel. Mr. Stern also will see his roles expand on other Sirius XM channels, including NFL Radio and Mad Dog Sports Radio. WOR earlier this offseason had pursued Stern to serve as the reporter for its new Mets radio broadcasts,...

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Greg Anthony added to Final Four announcing team

Television personality and former NBA player Greg Anthony

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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...

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'NHL Revealed' set to reveal more about John Tavares injury

Patrick Sharp and Rick Nash of Canada watch

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“NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other,” the NBCSN show that has followed NHLers behind the scenes through this winter of outdoor games and Olympic Games, will unveil perhaps its most important episode Thursday: a two-parter focused on the fortnight in Sochi.

Unfortunately for Islanders fans, one key subject of the show will be the season-ending injury to a certain star player with the initials...

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HBO profiles Larry Brown Tuesday night

LARRY BROWN Tenure: 1981-83 Record: 91-67 Nets went

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Long Beach High's own Larry Brown, now 73 and working his familiar turnaround magic at SMU, will be profiled Tuesday night on HBO's latest "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."

Gumbel himself, who has known Brown for 35 years, will do the interviewing honors.

"Larry has been psychoanalyzed in print more than any coach in any sport that I can recall, yet he remains open and honest about who...

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WLIR drops ESPN, reverts to Christian format

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WLIR (107.1 FM), the Hampton Bays-based station that had been simulcasting ESPN New York Radio, reverted Monday to the All-Christian programming format it had offered until last summer.

The move follows an earlier one last month in which the station dropped all of its local shows, branded as part of its Champions Radio format, and went exclusively with ESPN’s New York-based programs.

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YES sees ratings boost for Jason Collins debut

Jason Collins of the Brooklyn Nets and Pau

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The YES Network saw a boost in its average Nets rating Sunday night for the debut of Jason Collins, averaging 1.3 percent of homes in the New York area and peaking at 1.8 percent late in the victory over the Lakers.

YES has been averaging around 0.8 ratings for the Nets. Sunday's game was the network's seventh-highest-rated this season to date.

The big media loser in the historic evening...

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Erin Andrews will stay with Fox Sports despite new DWTS gig

Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews during a

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Erin Andrews will join ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" as a co-host, the show announced Monday.

I will leave the basics of this matter to our non-sports media/entertainment crew, but for the purposes of our little corner of the world the important thing is that Ms. Andrews will continue in her multi-faceted role with Fox Sports.

Andrews - a former contestant on DWTS - is following the...

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Bart Scott to join CBS' 'The NFL Today'

Bart Scott understands he may be cut by

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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...

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