Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
The fact this no longer qualifies as news is news itself: Until 2011-12, no sports program had ranked first in prime time ratings for a full TV season. Now NBC’s “Sunday Night Football’’ has done so three years in a row.
Better yet for the NFL (and NBC): The demographics show an enviably diverse audience, including young people and women represented in significant numbers.
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Spencer Ross, whom most of you recall for his long sportscasting career and fewer of you recall as a basketball star at New Utrecht High School, returns to his native borough this weekend to call the Big East Baseball Championships at the Cyclones' MCU Park.
Ross will call five games in three days (weather permitting) Thursday through Saturday on BigEast.com.
Fox Sports 1 will carry...Read more »
Ticket prices for Game 3 of the Canadiens-Rangers series continued to rise Wednesday, with the least costly going for $395, up from $320 at noon Tuesday, according to SeatGeek.com, which monitors the secondary market.
On average, tickets for Game 3 were reselling Wednesday for $680, up 79 percent since the start of the series and 30 percent since the Rangers won Game 2.
SeatGeek said...Read more »
Here is a column I wrote for the Tuesday paper regarding the ongoing problems with Mike Francesa's two-month old Fox simulcast.
Francesa admitted to a "high level of frustration," reflecting similar sentiments from his fans, who have watched the show bounce around from Fox Sports 1 to Fox Sports 2 to nowhere thanks to assorted preemptions.
Several readers of mine have correctly pointed...Read more »
Game 1 of the Rangers-Canadiens Eastern Conference final Saturday averaged 1.2 percent of homes in major markets on NBC, and 3.2 in New York.
That is not bad for a warm, sunny afternoon in May, especially because the Montreal market doesn't count seeing as how it's in a different country.
But that 3.2 in New York is small potatoes compared to what happened, TV-wise, in the Chicago market...Read more »
According to the secondary-market-watching site SeatGeek, average prices for the Nets' home games in the second playoff round are up 69 percent since they beat the Raptors in Game 7 Sunday.
Overall, prices jumped from $197 to $333, but for Game 3 Saturday the rise was 93 percent, from $177 to $341 per ticket.
SeatGeek says the Nets' home games are the costliest for a second-round series...Read more »
Outstanding. Simply outstanding work here by Frank Caliendo . . . and Jon Gruden.
No real need for any of my commentary on this genius piece of video from ESPN.
Just watch the video embedded below.
(Newsday's mobile users can click the link above to watch)...Read more »
TORONTO -- Jack Armstrong grew up in Brooklyn, attended Nazareth High School there and still retains the unmistakable sound of his home borough in his raspy, former coach’s voice.
But Saturday, the Fordham alumnus and former Niagara coach played an important role in getting Canadians riled up about the officiating in Game 1 of the Raptors’ series against the Nets.
During the telecast...Read more »
ESPN will televise an NFL wild-card playoff game this coming season, the first postseason game in the league's modern era not to be shown nationally on a broadcast channel. The game will be simulcast on a broadcast outlet in the markets of the teams involved, the procedure followed for “Monday Night Football’’ on ESPN.
Sports Business Journal reported ESPN -- which already is paying the league...Read more »
If you had asked Ed Ingles 10 or 15 years ago whether he took more satisfaction from his own long career in sports broadcasting or from those he has mentored, he likely would have said the former.
“But that’s changed,’’ he said Wednesday. “I’m one person, but when you can make a difference with I don’t know how many people that’s bigger.
“I’m going to leave here and probably...Read more »