Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Baseball remains the picture of health on a regional basis, as evidenced by the 55.2 percent of homes in the Boston market that watched Game 6 of the World Series.
But on a national basis the Fall Classic is a shell of its old self, and now regularly is out-rated by the NBA Finals.
This year’s Series averaged 8.9 percent of homes and 14.9 million viewers. That is up 17 percent from 2012,...Read more »
Tim McCarver signs off for the final time as he called his last World Series game for Fox on Wednesday night after the Red Sox beat the Cardinals.
Video: McCarver signs off after calling final World Series
(Newsday's app users can watch the video at http://foxs.pt/1aqta2C)...Read more »
When “The Simpsons’’ made its debut on Fox, the United States did not have a major professional soccer league, and if it did, Homer and his friends surely would not have been inclined to follow it.
Now, to mark the 25th season of the show, it will be the focus of a merchandise line tied to the sport and to assorted clubs around the world. There also will be a themed episode of the program...Read more »
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Pat Summerall touched many lives in his 82 years, which was evident in the diverse, A-list roster of guests at a recent screening in advance of NFL Network’s latest “A Football Life,’’ which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Among them were CBS president (and former Newsday paper boy) Leslie Moonves and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. But even those among us who did not know Summerall personally...Read more »
Fox insists it does not have an NFL depth chart behind Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, but it was difficult not to notice when Kevin Burkhardt appeared fourth among play-by-play men on its list ofF 2013 announcing teams following Buck, Kenny Albert and Thom Brennaman – and ahead of veteran Dick Stockton.
Pretty good for a rookie well known around here as SNY’s Mets reporter but not well established...Read more »
Fox unleashed a surprising salvo Wednesday in the ongoing cable sports wars when it wrested the men’s, women’s and senior U.S. Open golf tournaments from NBC and ESPN – effective in 2015.
The USGA announcement prompted a predictably colorful response from NBC’s Johnny Miller, who told The AP, “I don’t know what they’re going to do. You can’t just fall out of a tree and do the U.S. Open. I...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 »
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 »
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 »