Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Kevin Youkilis will like this note: Fox announced its 2013 baseball slate the other day, and just in case you thought the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry might not be the attraction it once was . . . think again.
The network plans an all-time high of five (5!) Bombers-Bosox tilts: June 1, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 7 and Sept. 14.
Fox again will offer eight weeks in a row of prime-time Saturday...Read more »
If, like me, you have an interest in sports movies and too much time on your hands, I highly recommend a piece at baseballresearcher.blogspot.com that reconsiders the belief that in “The Pride of the Yankees’’ Gary Cooper’s image was flipped to make him look like a plausibly lefty Lou Gehrig.
I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say Baseball Hall of Fame senior curator Tom Shieber...Read more »
The YES Network announced a multi-year contract extension with Michael Kay, its Yankees play-by-play voice since the network launched in 2002.
Kay also will continue hosting the "CenterStage" interview show. Kay re-signed last fall with ESPN Radio, for which he hosts the afternoon drive time show in 98.7-FM....Read more »
The complex deal, announced Tuesday, that likely will give Fox Sports 80 percent ownership in the YES Network three years hence understandably left most fans confused.
It also left them wondering whether or not to care. Answer: Mostly no, unless you are happy for the Yankees that they were able to generate big dough for themselves before the potential change in tax laws in 2013.
The...Read more »
It’s been 57 years since “Damn Yankees’’ opened on Broadway, and nothing in the ensuing decades has lessened the Bronx Bombers’ dramatic possibilities, on and off the field.
Hence we should not be surprised by the news Thursday that the producers of “Lombardi” and “Magic/Bird” are planning another sports-themed show, this time built around you-know-who.
No title or details yet, just...Read more »
YES play-by-play man Michael Kay's contract is up, so after a couple of seemingly cryptic Twitter posts about his future after the Yankees' regular-season finale, viewers wondered whether he might be on his way out.
Not so, he said before Game 3 of the ALDS Wednesday.
Kay said he merely had been thinking of a phone conversation with Knicks announcer and fellow Fordham alum Mike Breen...Read more »
ESPN has spent more than a decade banging its head against the WFAN wall in New York’s sports talk radio wars, unable to overtake the station that invented the genre but unwilling to give up.
Now, at last, the network has made a move that could be a game-changer.
Starting Monday, ESPN Radio’s New York outlet will move to 98.7 FM, replacing the venerable rhythm and blues station KISS-FM,...Read more »
Players come and go — other than Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter, of course — but the stars of New York’s local TV baseball crews tend to stay put.
So it is again this year. SNY enters its seventh season with Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez calling Mets games, while Michael Kay is in his 11th year on Yankees play-by-play for YES, as is Ken Singleton, who does both play-by-play and...Read more »
Meredith Marakovits will replace Kim Jones as the Yankees' clubhouse reporter, the YES Network announced Tuesday.
Jones announced her decision to leave the network in January after seven years.
"I am excited about covering arguably the greatest franchise in sports, the New York Yankees, with its rich history and its continued commitment to excellence," Marakovits said in a...Read more »
Former Newsday paper boy and YES president Tracy Dolgin (Cornell Class of ’81) created a stir in the local sports media world with some candid comments in Tuesday’s Newsday.
Notably, he called YES a “homer network’’ and said its announcers root for the Yankees. There was even more I did not use in my original article, such as: “We are not impartial, so it is very different from doing national...Read more »