Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Phil Jackson was in the house Thursday for the premiere of “When the Garden Was Eden,’’ a documentary about the Knicks’ championship teams, but he did not stop to chat with reporters at the Tribeca Film Festival gala.
Fortunately the film’s director, Michael Rapaport, more than made up for that with a red carpet marathon in which he channeled the passion and frustration of fans – especially...Read more »
Jeff Van Gundy was taking in a movie early this month when he received a text from a friend, who wrote, “Can you believe what Stern said about you?’’
“So I’m sitting in the theater saying, ‘Why would David Stern be talking about me now?’’ Van Gundy said of the recently retired NBA commissioner. “I was perplexed.’’
The ESPN analyst became even more perplexed when the friend filled him...Read more »
ESPN announced Wednesday that Drake will host the ESPYS this summer, making him the first black, Jewish, Canadian rapper ever to do so.
What Drake is not is the first avid hockey fan tabbed for the honor. Last year’s host, the actor Jon Hamm, is a St. Louis Blues supporter and said before the show the person he most would like to play in a movie is Gordie Howe.
Drake has taken Internet...Read more »
As horrific as the events of April 15, 1989, at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, were, it is a too-familiar story in the United Kingdom, given the deaths of 96 soccer fans and the quarter century of ripple effects that followed.
What figures to add to the impact of the documentary “Hillsborough,’’ which premieres Tuesday on ESPN, on this side of the Atlantic is the fact even for...Read more »
Madison Square Garden announced last month an agreement to purchase 50 percent of Tribeca Enterprises, owner of the Tribeca Film Festival and its eight-year-old subset, the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.
So what could be more appropriate for the gala premiere Thursday than “When the Garden was Eden,’’ director Michael Rapaport’s look back – based on Harvey Araton’s book – at the Knicks’...Read more »
Drake, the world's most prominent black, Jewish, Canadian rapper, will host the ESPYS July 16 in Los Angeles, the Worldwide Leader announced Wednesday.
"This is an incredible opportunity for me to combine two of my biggest passions - sports and performing," he said in a news release.
Said ESPN Films poobah Connor Schell:“Drake is an unbelievably talented entertainer who truly has a passion...Read more »
Connecticut's 79-58 victory over Notre Dame in Tuesday night's NCAA women's basketball finale scored solid ratings on ESPN despite the lopsided score.
The game averaged 3.1 percent of homes in 56 major markets, the highest such rating for a women's game since 2004 and the fourth-highest on record on ESPN in data dating to 2000.
The Hartford/New Haven market averaged a remarkable 29.3...Read more »
Michael Kay weighed in on his ESPN New York Radio show Thursday afternoon on the matter of Daniel Murphy's two-game paternity leave, and about what other talk show hosts have said about it, especially on WFAN.
He called out Boomer Esiason by name.
There was much yelling involved.
Here ya go:
"I’d have to be an unbelievably narcissistic baboon to make my choice on somebody...Read more »
Michael Kay's YES Network simulcast of his ESPN New York Radio show, which began two months ago Thursday, has averaged 19,000 viewers, YES said, citing Nielsen data for the New York area.
That is higher than the 14,000 viewers Mike Francesa's WFAN simulcast averaged during the same time frame in 2013, with Francesa's show coming at significantly more cost to YES.
Kay's viewership presumably...Read more »
Opening Day began a new era in local New York baseball media, with the Mets on WOR radio and Mike Francesa for the first time in his career hosting a WFAN show during a Mets game.
Tuesday night will bring another change: YES carrying a simulcast of Michael Kay’s ESPN New York radio show on a day when YES’ play-by-play man will call a regular-season Yankees game.
How will that work logistically?
The...Read more »