Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
TNT tips off its NBA coverage Tuesday when the stars of its popular studio show appear live event at Flatiron Plaza in New York, which should be fun, especially when Charles Barkley says something negative about the Knicks.
ESPN, meanwhile, continues its search in the TV wilderness for a formula that can challenge its friends at Turner.
The network’s latest move was adding Sage Steele...Read more »
Tuesday night's HBO "Real Sports" features a Bryant Gumbel sitdown with Reggie Jackson, who is promoting his new book, "Becoming Mr. October," in which he weighs in on a number of topics.
One of them is the way he was portrayed in the ESPN series, "The Bronx is Burning," back in 2007. Another is his ongoing dislike of Billy Martin.
Here are excerpts from...Read more »
Much has been said and written about the awfulness of Monday night's Vikings-Giants matchup on ESPN, what with the teams a combined 1-10 thus far in 2013.
Fair enough. But this Monday night stinker has caused me to wax nostalgic about another, similar one back on Nov. 21, 1994, when the Giants visited the Astrodome with a 3-7 record - including a seven-game losing streak - to play the 1-9...Read more »
It has been six months since “Big Shot,’’ about former Islanders owner John Spano, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, complete with appearances by both Spano and actor/Islanders fan Kevin Connolly, who directed the film.
Now, at last, you can see it, too, at 8 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN. It is a must-watch for Islanders fans, and for anyone with an interest in the power of delusion – both of...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 »
ESPN returns with a new 30 for 30 documentary Tuesday night entitled "No Mas." It tells the story of the 1980 rematch between boxers Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran.
Here's a clip from the piece embedded below, and here's Greg Logan's column about the documentary and the fight.
(Newsday's app users can watch the clip at http://es.pn/17rmxa5)...Read more »
Someday I will retire, as will my successor. But rest assured: Newsday is committed to hiring qualified sports media writers to document the tinkering on “NBA Countdown’’ as long as it takes ESPN to match TNT’s NBA studio success.
The latest shuffle involves Michael Wilbon and Magic Johnson leaving and Doug Collins and Doris Burke (on a limited basis) arriving.
Johnson’s surprising announcement...Read more »
This week’s lesson in 21st century journalism: When ESPN tees up an obvious “Seinfeld” joke in the process of adding yet another game to its bloated bowl roster move fast lest ye be left behind in the Twitter snarkosphere.
So it was early Friday when word came of the “Boca Raton Bowl,’’ a pre-Christmas Early Bird Special affiliated with the American Athletic Conference (nee Big East), Conference...Read more »
Everyone in the sports media world had been anticipating a shakeup in ESPN's "NBA Countdown" studio, a transition that began with Doug Collins replacing Mike Wilbon.
On Thursday SI.com reported that Doris Burke will join the show. Then came this unexpected development: Magic Johnson has decided to leave the network after five years.
Here is what he said in a statement:
"I...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 »