Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
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 »
The first four games of the Stanley Cup Final enjoyed high ratings and high drama, thanks in part to a total of five overtime periods. Sudden death is inherently exciting, but it helps that there are no commercial breaks in OT.
Speaking of which, why is that? It’s a longstanding tradition that dates to a long-ago compromise between the NHL and TV partners to avoid giving either team an edge...Read more »
O.J. Simpson's slow-motion white Bronco chase remains a where-were-you-then moment for most Americans over age 30 or so - 19 years to the day later.
Mine? I was at Madison Square Garden covering Game 5 of the NBA Finals, which presented some unusual challenges.
Some of my fellow journalists were in the media work room, watching the game on TV for logistical purposes, then found themselves...Read more »
Still catching up on all the important sports media news I missed during my month with Melo.
For example: With Faith Hill having stepped down as singer of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,’’ NBC will replace her with Carrie Underwood, effective the night of the Giants-Cowboys opener Sept. 8.
The Peacocks actually conducted a media conference call to discuss this a couple of weeks ago,...Read more »
For the second year in a row – and second time ever – the most-watched prime time show for a full TV season was NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,’’ which averaged 21.5 million viewers to 21.3 million for “NCIS.’’
It’s something even “Monday Night Football’’ never achieved in its heyday and more evidence that in an ever more splintered media environment, football remains the Great Aggregator.
Even...Read more »
Bobby Valentine is close to finalizing a deal with SNY to work 10-15 games as a Mets studio analyst this season, probably including the April 1 opener, said a person familiar with the talks.
Valentine was named athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., last month but evidently would like to keep his hand in sports broadcasting.
NBC Sports Radio announced Tuesday...Read more »
The Big East, whatever that means these days, will remain on ESPN after the network on Thursday exercised its right to match an offer from NBC, Sports Business Journal reported.
The deal is not finalized, but when that occurs, it is expected to bring the conference more than $20 million per year over six years, less than what it would have commanded before it began to hemorrhage key members...Read more »
As every patriotic citizen surely knows by now, Sunday is “Hockey Day in America.’’ (Memo to Congress: Isn’t it about time we finally declare it a national holiday?)
But this third annual edition of NBC’s celebration of the sport comes with a new twist:
The network’s studio crew – which includes former part-time Newsday sports reporter Liam McHugh and former full-time Newsday sports...Read more »
News of Lindsey Vonn's skiing crash was just beginning to unfold Tuesday as NBC Sports executives gathered for a media briefing at 30 Rock one year and one day in advance of the Sochi Olympics.
No Vonn in Russia would blow a huge hole in the network's American-star-centric coverage. Without yet knowing the extent of the injury, NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus expressed...Read more »
It's fair to say that Al Michaels probably is the only network NFL play-by-play man who would have the guts to use the terms "piece of crap" and "Pro Bowl" in the same thought - even though he actually was defending the honor of the game.
Here is what Al said with about two minutes left in Sunday night's game:
"I like what Jared Allen had to say and [Chris] Snee...Read more »