Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
There are those who fear for the future of football, given increasing concerns about its dangers. But in the present the sport never has been stronger.
Nielsen released its year-end roundup of television viewing and it showed nine of the top 10 programs were NFL related. The lone exception was the Academy Awards, at No. 7 with 40.4 million viewers.
No. 1 was Super Bowl XLVII at 108.7...Read more »
The Jets and Giants went a quarter of a century, from 1984 to 2009, without playing at the same time in the regular season – other than against each other. But Sunday they will do so for the fourth time in five seasons.
It occurred twice in 2009, the first time to avoid a conflict for Jets fans observing Yom Kippur, the second to avoid having the Giants visit the Eagles too close to the start...Read more »
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 »
No aspect of the assassination of John F. Kennedy will go un-reexamined over the next week, including its impact on the sports world. Two documentaries worth your time on that front:
First, Thursday night CBS Sports Network offers “Marching On: 1963 Army-Navy Remembered,’’ about that year’s epic, controversial showdown, which not only impacted the national mood but also the national championship...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 »
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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 »
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 »
For many, many years, Phil Simms has been a regular on Mike Francesa's Sunday morning NFL preview show, but so far this season he has appeared only once.
Hmm. What gives?
"From a scheduling standpoint just carving out a time every week was just a little bit too difficult to do, on a week-to-week basis," said Simms' agent, Steve Rosner.
He cited Simms' duties surrounding...Read more »