Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
First, full disclosure: I predicted the Titans would beat the Cowboys in Super Bowl XLVIII in Newsday’s preview section, which is why my lovely and talented wife does not permit me to bet real money on sports events.
The good news is I was not alone in whiffing dramatically on my preseason picks for the ever-wacky NFL.
Before the season ESPN sent a chart showing predictions for 35 of...Read more »
The NFL has become increasingly concerned about its customers choosing the comforts of their homes and high-def TVs over fighting traffic, paying big bucks, braving the elements and dealing with loutish fans to see games in person.
That is why the league has worked hard to improve the in-stadium experience, including the additions of vast video boards and frequent replays.
The trend...Read more »
The Jets and Giants went a quarter of a century, from 1984 to 2009, without playing at the same time in the regular season – other than against each other. But Sunday they will do so for the fourth time in five seasons.
It occurred twice in 2009, the first time to avoid a conflict for Jets fans observing Yom Kippur, the second to avoid having the Giants visit the Eagles too close to the start...Read more »
The NFL’s decision to flex the Dec. 22 Ravens-Patriots game out of prime time for Eagles-Bears initially caused much head-scratching, until Sports Business Journal reported it was driven by an arcane TV contract provision.
It turns out the gap between games taken from CBS and Fox for prime time windows in any given season may not exceed three. If Ravens-Patriots had remained at night, CBS’s...Read more »
Mike Mayock makes no apologies for being a football nerd, but there are times his technical knowledge has caused him only to confuse casual fans who turn to him for analysis on the NFL Network’s Thursday night games.
Three years into his term, though, his boss believes he has had a “breakthrough year’’ in addressing that concern.
“He took the constructive feedback over the last couple...Read more »
Our online reader polls may carry the same scientific weight as the dust generated from a pencil sharpener, but, hey, they're still interesting.
Here are the results from our latest NFL poll, based on 867 votes.
Which NFL game TV broadcast pairing do you think is the best?
37% -- Jim Nantz and Phil Simms (CBS)
23% -- Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth (NBC)
16% -- Mike...Read more »
The NFL announced Friday that the Nov. 17 Packers-Giants game at MetLife Stadium will be flexed out of prime time and moved to 4:25 p.m., allowing the Chiefs at Broncos game to be seen by a national audience on NBC.
CBS had protected that game weeks ago but gave it up at the NFL's request, largely because that Sunday it did not have a national window to put it in. It would have been seen in...Read more »
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 »
Giants fans nostalgic for happier times are encouraged to watch the next episode of a “A Football Life’’ on the NFL Network at 9 p.m. Tuesday, as the series profiles a morning TV chat show host who in a previous life tackled football players for a living.
Michael Strahan is in fine Strahan form throughout the hour-long show, demonstrating the charisma that made him a world-class quote as a...Read more »
The trailer for Frontline’s documentary “League of Denial,’’ premiering Tuesday night on PBS, features a lyric from the song “Run This Town” in which Rihanna sings, “I’m addicted to the thrill. It’s a dangerous love affair.’’
That sums up America and football, an increasingly complicated relationship given ongoing revelations about how physically ruinous the sport often is to those who play...Read more »