Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
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 »
Few would have expected when he joined ESPN’s “Monday Night Football’’ that in 2013 Jon Gruden still would be at it, entering his fifth season. (Or that Bill Cowher would be entering his seventh season in CBS’ studio, but that’s another story.)
Why the appeal of sticking with television over coaching, beyond the obvious plus of going undefeated every season?
“Well, first of all, you're...Read more »
Jared Max, the ESPN New York Radio early morning host who made headlines in 2011 for announcing on the air that he is gay, no longer will appear on the station, Max and ESPN announced Wednesday.
Max, who had partnered with Robin Lundberg from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m., issued the following statement:
"I am sorry that 'Maxed Out' will not continue on ESPN New York. I treasure the experiences...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 »
It’s not every day I get to write about a film directed by an athlete I covered when she was in high school, but today is one of those days, thanks to “Runner,’’ Tuesday’s entry in ESPN’s “Nine for IX’’ documentary series.
Shola Lynch, a star runner at Hunter College High School in Manhattan in the mid-1980s, recalls Decker’s days as one of America’s biggest sports stars – she was SI’s 1983...Read more »
It’s that time of year again, when ESPN ponders the gaping hole in its late August programming and fills it with a shocking number of baseball games featuring 11- and 12-year-olds.
I am not one of those old people who laments that the world was a better place when I was young. But in this one case it certainly was: Showing only the Little League World Series championship game was rational...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 »
"Swoopes," the latest in ESPN's "Nine for IX" summer documentary series, premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday, and is well worth your time.
Director Hannah Storm - yes, that Hannah Storm! - takes a look at the NCAA champ, Olympic champ and WNBA champ who also was a pioneer in women's basketball marketing, complete with her own Nike shoe.
Speaking of which, Nike boss Phil Knight...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 »
Don Draper, the “Mad Men’’ character that made Jon Hamm famous, does not appear to be much of a sports fan. But Hamm the actor very much is, especially when it comes to the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues.
“The Cardinals are No. 1 in my heart, but the Blues are a solid 1A,’’ he said when I asked him to choose between them.
Fame has given Hamm many opportunities to express his sports fan...Read more »