Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
The NFL’s decision to flex the Dec. 22 Ravens-Patriots game out of prime time for Eagles-Bears initially caused much head-scratching, until Sports Business Journal reported it was driven by an arcane TV contract provision.
It turns out the gap between games taken from CBS and Fox for prime time windows in any given season may not exceed three. If Ravens-Patriots had remained at night, CBS’s...Read more »
Mike Mayock makes no apologies for being a football nerd, but there are times his technical knowledge has caused him only to confuse casual fans who turn to him for analysis on the NFL Network’s Thursday night games.
Three years into his term, though, his boss believes he has had a “breakthrough year’’ in addressing that concern.
“He took the constructive feedback over the last couple...Read more »
Our online reader polls may carry the same scientific weight as the dust generated from a pencil sharpener, but, hey, they're still interesting.
Here are the results from our latest NFL poll, based on 867 votes.
Which NFL game TV broadcast pairing do you think is the best?
37% -- Jim Nantz and Phil Simms (CBS)
23% -- Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth (NBC)
16% -- Mike...Read more »
The NFL announced Friday that the Nov. 17 Packers-Giants game at MetLife Stadium will be flexed out of prime time and moved to 4:25 p.m., allowing the Chiefs at Broncos game to be seen by a national audience on NBC.
CBS had protected that game weeks ago but gave it up at the NFL's request, largely because that Sunday it did not have a national window to put it in. It would have been seen in...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 »
Giants fans nostalgic for happier times are encouraged to watch the next episode of a “A Football Life’’ on the NFL Network at 9 p.m. Tuesday, as the series profiles a morning TV chat show host who in a previous life tackled football players for a living.
Michael Strahan is in fine Strahan form throughout the hour-long show, demonstrating the charisma that made him a world-class quote as a...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 »
Adam Schein is the host of a nationally televised NFL pregame show, a club that these days is about as exclusive as the one that includes people who merely own a television.
But Schein insists “That Other Pregame Show’’ on CBS Sports Network is something different, essentially an NFL talk show on TV – and that its four hours are not filled with filler.
“I understand the skepticism,’’...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 »
Dedicated readers might recall my story in Wednesday’s preview section about the absurd overabundance of NFL-related studio programming this season. Naturally, it was out of date before the print edition hit your driveway.
For example, this: NBC Sports Network announced a weekly Xs and Os show premiering Wednesday called “FNIA Coach’s Clicker’’ with Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison and former...Read more »