Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Chris Algieri's comeback win over Ruslan Provodnikov on HBO's Boxing After Dark last Saturday night drew a viewing audience of 1,046,000, making it the third highest viewed bout on cable television in 2014, accordin to Nielsen Media Resarch.
Algieri, from Huntington, rallied from two first-round knockdowns to win the WBO junior welterweight title at The Barclays Center. The Algieri-Provodnikov...Read more »
Long Beach High's own Larry Brown, now 73 and working his familiar turnaround magic at SMU, will be profiled Tuesday night on HBO's latest "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."
Gumbel himself, who has known Brown for 35 years, will do the interviewing honors.
"Larry has been psychoanalyzed in print more than any coach in any sport that I can recall, yet he remains open and honest about who...Read more »
Tuesday’s HBO “Real Sports” features the bond between Boomer Esiason, whose son Gunnar was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 1993, and correspondent Frank Deford, whose daughter Alex died at 8 from the disease in 1980.
It was a speech by Deford about Alex 25 years ago that first got Esiason involved in the battle against the disease, one that naturally gained added momentum when it touched...Read more »
Peter Berg’s football bona fides were established when he directed “Friday Night Lights,’’ then developed the TV series of the same name.
But long before that he was an avid fan of the “absolutely horrible’’ Giants of the early 1970s, frequenting Yankee Stadium to “watch Spider Lockhart try and carry a team, and Fran Tarkenton at the end when he couldn’t run so well.’’
Berg, 51, lives...Read more »
Howard Cosell more or less invented sports journalism on television, including his mid-1980s show “SportsBeat,’’ so it was fitting that exactly three weeks before he died, one of the enduring pillars of the genre was born.
HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’’ premiered April 2, 1995, joining another show, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,’’ which arrived in 1990.
It is easy to forget how...Read more »