Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
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 »
Regis Philbin turns 82 a week after the launch of Fox Sports 1 Aug. 17, so when he initially heard the network was interested in him doing a show once a month, the schedule sounded about right.
“But after that, it came out to this,’’ he said, referring to “Rush Hour,’’ a live talk show scheduled to appear – daily!
Is he concerned about the grind? “I will let you know about that,’’ he...Read more »
Fox Sports 1, which will launch Aug. 17, plans a daily NFL news-oriented show, featuring personalities that include Terry Bradshaw and information man Jay Glazer.
“Between the two of us you have about nine personalities,’’ Glazer said.
Glazer said the program would be “a Fox-ified show,’’ presumably meaning a relaxed, free-wheeling approach to NFL matters. Most important for Glazer will...Read more »
Since leaving ESPN for Fox last summer, Erin Andrews has done a little bit of everything, which is how she likes it.
“That’s why I came,’’ she said. “I know a lot of people were like, ‘Where is she? Why would she go?’’
She cited working at the Daytona 500, handing out the NLCS and World Series trophies and covering the NFL playoffs. “It’s been the right move,’’ she said.
And with...Read more »
Kevin Youkilis will like this note: Fox announced its 2013 baseball slate the other day, and just in case you thought the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry might not be the attraction it once was . . . think again.
The network plans an all-time high of five (5!) Bombers-Bosox tilts: June 1, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 7 and Sept. 14.
Fox again will offer eight weeks in a row of prime-time Saturday...Read more »
In soccer terms, Real Madrid versus Manchester United speaks for itself, but Wednesday’s Champions League match came with an added layer of fascination for fans in the United States.
It was the world soccer debut of Gus Johnson, the latest Great American Hope for a play-by-play voice of the sport in this country.
How did it go? Pretty well, considering his lack of experience and the...Read more »
Big day Tuesday for two guys famous for turning the sports announcing volume dial to 11.
First, SI.com reported that Fox is grooming Gus Johnson to be its lead play-by-play voice for the 2018 World Cup, starting with a series of assignments this year, beginning Feb. 13 with Real Madrid against Manchester United.
Johnson has been on a crash course in soccer, including playing the game...Read more »
Before we move on to Sunday’s conference finales – which will be the second- and third-most-watched American television shows of 2013 – let us pause to honor the massive audiences for last weekend’s divisional doozies.
At 8 p.m. Saturday, an estimated 40.8 million people and 24.0 percent of all U.S. households were tuned into the Ravens-Broncos game. At 4 p.m. Sunday, 43.2 million and 25.6...Read more »
Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick will call Sunday's Seahawks-Falcons game, a development that caused quite a stir when Newsday first reported it, what with Fox having leaped them over the presumed No. 2 team of Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa.
But Fox Sports co-president Eric Shanks insisted Wednesday that the news was not quite as newsy as the rest of us thought it was.
"It...Read more »