Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason remained without a TV simulcast for their WFAN radio show as of Friday, but they figure to land somewhere soon, with CBS Sports Network and YES believed to be the leading candidates.
But Dan Ronayne, executive VP of MSG Networks, did not rule out a return to MSG (which has a right to match any offer), saying Tuesday:
“The situation is not resolved. We...Read more »
The final ratings are in for the local baseball nines, and as you might expect in this playoff-free season, they are grim.
Last year, Yankees games on YES averaged 3.92 percent of New York-area homes, the network’s lowest such figure in a decade. Now that looks like the good old days.
YES’ average rating fell by a third to 2.62 in 2013, despite a late wild-card race and emotional farewells...Read more »
Everyone knows the Yankees had, um, mixed emotions about Alex Rodriguez returning to the fold rather than, say, folding his tent and going away for good.
But there is no downside to A-Rod when it comes to YES Network ratings.
That was proven Monday night when his not-so-triumphant return to the big leagues helped YES average 4.34 percent of homes in the New York market for the Yankees-White...Read more »
Michael Kay has been around the Yankees on a daily basis for a quarter century now, but his acting debut has him playing a “Belichick-ian’’ high school football coach, complete with a hoodie with the sleeves cut short.
Also Belichick-ian: Kay does not say much, just a handful of lines in Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups 2,’’ premiering Friday.
But that was more than enough for the YES play-by-play...Read more »
The reality of being a Nets play-by-play man hit home for Ian Eagle several years into his term when he would run into people who would praise him for his work on WFAN and ask him what he was doing these days.
“Oh, I’m a pediatrician,’’ he jokingly recalled saying. “I’ve changed careers entirely. So I realized the Nets games were not resonating. That’s not the case anymore. People know we’re...Read more »
Tuesday’s Lakers-Nets game averaged 3.08 percent of area homes and 299,000 viewers – the best such figures for a regular-season Nets game in YES’ history.
Those numbers peaked at 4.47 percent and 451,000 from 9:45 to 10 p.m., heights that would have been unimaginable in the pre-Brooklyn era.
(For comparison purposes, Yankees games on YES averaged a 3.92 rating in 2012, the lowest since...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 »