Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
I ran into Gary Bettman Thursday at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit, whereupon I naturally asked him about the fact two of the four major North American pro sports leagues soon will be run by alumni of Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Bettman, the NHL commissioner, graduated from the relatively small school in 1974 and Rob Manfred, the MLB commissioner-elect, in '80.
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Doc Emrick doesn’t get particularly tired calling hockey games, even ones that go into overtime. But NBC’s Stanley Cup Final play-by-play man met his match recently when he and partner Ed Olczyk provided the voices for EA Sports’ “NHL 15’’ video game, which will be released this fall.
“I had not been so mentally tired before,’’ Emrick said of the experience, which took Olczyk and him 150 hours...Read more »
Sam Flood, NBC Sports’ executive producer and a former hockey captain at Williams College, often has spoken of the benefits of “hatred’’ to televised hockey.
Monday he was at it again, saying of the 2014 NHL postseason matchups: “We think it’s going to add a whole new degree of hatred on ice . . . When there’s this kind of familiarity there is more energy.’’
Flood in part credited the...Read more »
“NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other,” the NBCSN show that has followed NHLers behind the scenes through this winter of outdoor games and Olympic Games, will unveil perhaps its most important episode Thursday: a two-parter focused on the fortnight in Sochi.
Unfortunately for Islanders fans, one key subject of the show will be the season-ending injury to a certain star player with the initials...Read more »
Sunday's Rangers-Devils game at Yankee Stadium was a big hit for NBC.
The game averaged 2.1 million viewers nationally and 1.3 percent of homes, both regular-season bests for NBC - not including Winter Classics.
In the New York area, 5.1 percent of homes watched, on average, the best ever in this market for an NBC regular-season game.
Buffalo was next at 4.5 percent, followed by...Read more »