Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
“Bronx Bombers,’’ the latest from the sports-minded producers who brought you “Lombardi’’ and “Magic/Bird,’’ ends its off-Broadway run Saturday night and still is aiming for a Broadway premiere early in 2014.
The plan is tweak the show – and add other elements, including video – after what it called its “spring training’’ at The Duke on 42nd Street.
Is it worth the effort? Maybe. Writer/director...Read more »
ESPN returns with a new 30 for 30 documentary Tuesday night entitled "No Mas." It tells the story of the 1980 rematch between boxers Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran.
Here's a clip from the piece embedded below, and here's Greg Logan's column about the documentary and the fight.
(Newsday's app users can watch the clip at http://es.pn/17rmxa5)...Read more »
"Schooled: The Price of College Sports," a documentary executive produced by Bobby Valentine, premieres at 8 p.m. Wednesday on EPIX, and also will be available free at epixhd.com.
The subject, as you might have guessed, is the business of college sports, and the treatment of the athletes who drive that business.
Among the talking heads are former NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth,...Read more »
Commack's own Bob Costas weighed in Sunday night on NBC regarding the ongoing controversy over the Redskins' nickname, the latest high profile person to call for a re-evaluation of the storied franchise's moniker.
Not surprisingly, there were those who disagreed vehemently with Mr. Costas on social media. But day by day, it becomes increasingly evident change is in the air on this matter.
Here...Read more »
Someday I will retire, as will my successor. But rest assured: Newsday is committed to hiring qualified sports media writers to document the tinkering on “NBA Countdown’’ as long as it takes ESPN to match TNT’s NBA studio success.
The latest shuffle involves Michael Wilbon and Magic Johnson leaving and Doug Collins and Doris Burke (on a limited basis) arriving.
Johnson’s surprising announcement...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 most important NFL-related media news Tuesday was the premiere of PBS’ documentary “League of Denial,’’ which dealt with the serious business of concussions.
But the strangest development came earlier that day with word owners had passed a resolution that would make it possible for teams to be forced into appearing on HBO’s training camp show “Hard Knocks,’’ absent volunteers.
There...Read more »
This week’s lesson in 21st century journalism: When ESPN tees up an obvious “Seinfeld” joke in the process of adding yet another game to its bloated bowl roster move fast lest ye be left behind in the Twitter snarkosphere.
So it was early Friday when word came of the “Boca Raton Bowl,’’ a pre-Christmas Early Bird Special affiliated with the American Athletic Conference (nee Big East), Conference...Read more »
TV networks rarely use programming gimmicks for NFL games, mostly because when you have a ratings juggernaut in hand there isn’t much point in tinkering.
But CBS is going that route Sunday, in a way that actually sounds sort of interesting – or at least harmless.
Three of its studio stars – Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe – will join established game booths to work games...Read more »
Everyone in the sports media world had been anticipating a shakeup in ESPN's "NBA Countdown" studio, a transition that began with Doug Collins replacing Mike Wilbon.
On Thursday SI.com reported that Doris Burke will join the show. Then came this unexpected development: Magic Johnson has decided to leave the network after five years.
Here is what he said in a statement:
"I...Read more »