Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Sean McManus and David Levy, who run CBS and Turner Sports, respectively, spoke Tuesday as they have for four years about the warm, successful partnership between the two media entities that carry the NCAA Tournament.
But studio analyst Charles Barkley said later that at first, some incumbent tournament announcers were not warm and cuddly toward Turner's NBA voices when they came aboard for...Read more »
CBS and Turner Sports announced Tuesday that Greg Anthony will join Jim Nantz and Steve Kerr as the announcing team for the Final Four, with Clark Kellogg returning to studio analysis for the event.
The move had been expected since Anthony was named lead analyst for CBS' college basketball coverage in September.
Ernie Johnson will be the studio host for the Final Four. TBS will televise...Read more »
CBS announced Monday that former Jets linebacker Bart Scott will join the revamped panel of analysts for its "The NFL Today" pregame show for the 2014 season.
Previously the network said Tony Gonzalez would join the show, while Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe left.
Scott and Gonzalez join the returning James Brown, Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason.
Scott, who last played in 2012, drew...Read more »
ESPN long has ruled the kids-playing-baseball-on-cable-TV universe, what with its blanket, hours-eating coverage each August of the Little League World Series.
But there are more 12-and-under players where those came from and the best will appear Aug 1-11 on CBS Sports Network – and in the flesh in Yaphank.
The seventh National Youth Baseball Championships, featuring top travel teams...Read more »
Ed Sullivan has returned to the spotlight in a new millennium, what with Sunday being the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on his iconic variety show.
So let’s take this opportunity to pay tribute to the man’s love of sports – including a decade as a sports writer and editor in the 1920s – that extended even to his romantic life.
Sullivan was engaged to Sybil Bauer,...Read more »
By process of elimination, Fox Sports 1 and MSG must be the leading contenders for MIke Francesa's TV simulcast, what with Francesa saying on the air Tuesday that the cost of his show would exceed SNY's budget, then saying this about the "people" who run CBS Sports - and CBS Sports Network:
"We don’t get along. We haven’t gotten along for a long time. They would never, ever put me on the CBS...Read more »
Carlos Silva, the longtime producer and engineer for Yankees radio broadcasts on WCBS, died Sunday at age 50 of esophageal and stomach cancer, CBS Radio's website reported.
Silva had worked with announcers John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman since 2006; the team's radio broadcasts will move from WCBS to WFAN in 2014.
Silva originally was diagnosed in 2012 but worked the entire 2013 season...Read more »
New York usually trails smaller, less cosmopolitan markets when it comes to sports ratings, especially for football, and 2013 was no exception.
Average local ratings for both the Giants and Jets dropped for a second consecutive season as the Super Bowl co-hosts finished 30th and 31st in that category among the 32 NFL teams, according to Sports Business Daily.
Giants games averaged 15.3...Read more »
Sunday night's 49ers-Packers game at frigid Lambeau Field averaged 47.1 million viewers, which Fox said was the largest audience for a wild-card playoff round at least since 1988, the farthest back its records could document.
In Milwaukee, 58 percent of homes watched the game, including 80 percent of those with a television in use. In San Francisco, the figures were 40 and 74.
From 7:30...Read more »
The NFL has become increasingly concerned about its customers choosing the comforts of their homes and high-def TVs over fighting traffic, paying big bucks, braving the elements and dealing with loutish fans to see games in person.
That is why the league has worked hard to improve the in-stadium experience, including the additions of vast video boards and frequent replays.
The trend...Read more »