MSG’s series “The Lineup” returns Sunday for a run of eight consecutive nights, this time on the subject of “Hits & Errors – The Best and Worst Deals in New York Baseball.’’
The panel that will discuss these matters includes Fran Healy, Tony La Russa, historian Dave Kaplan and . . . Scott Boras? Really? The world’s most notoriously tough, powerful sports agent, as a local TV personality?
“It’s... » more
OK, I admit it: I have a soft spot for the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. Thank you to my boss and readers for letting me spend a week every spring goofing off in lower Manhattan attending screenings. You should come, too!
This year’s five-film ESPN slate includes “Benji,” about the ill-fated Chicago prep basketball star of the early ‘80s, Ben Wilson, and “Broke,” about the many sports... » 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... » more
TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who in the past has been a harsh critic of the Knicks, conceded Tuesday that they have improved over the past month - to a point.
They're not a great team; they're solid," he said during an event in Manhattan to promote CBS' and Turner's coverage of the NCAA Tournament. "They're playing much better. I think the [Jeremy] Lin story is incredible. He seems... » more
Random weekend thoughts:
Sunday afternoon the Knicks went head-to-head against the Rangers, with both teams facing old rivals from Boston on national broadcast networks.
How'd that go? The Knicks averaged 9.6 percent of homes in the New York area on ABC for their overtime loss to the Celtics. The Rangers averaged 1.9 percent on NBC for their victory over the Bruins.
So the Knicks... » more
Like him or not politically, Barack Obama demonstrated again this past week in a podcast with ESPN’s Bill (Sports Guy) Simmons that he is a legit sports fan.
Obama weighed in knowledgably on everything from the Bulls’ personnel to Jeremy Lin to college football playoff systems to concussions in sports.
Many Presidents have had strong athletic backgrounds, topped by Gerald Ford, an All-America... » more
NBA ratings were way up on regional sports networks at the season's midpoint, according to a Sports Business Journal survey.
That is not a surprise given the late-starting, truncated season, and helped by the Jeremy Lin-fueled skyrocketing in Knicks ratings on MSG.
But to me, the most arresting piece of data in the ratings news is a negative one: The Nets extraordinarily awful showing... » more
Bellmore JFK High School will welcome back two prominent sports media alums when ESPN’s Steve Levy (Class of 1983) and Adam Schefter (’85) appear Thursday to talk about their careers and the state of the business.
The program, set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. is $5 for Bellmore JFK students and staff and $10 for the public, with proceeds going to student government programs and scholarships.
Al... » more
Some random personnel and programming notes:
ESPN has hired former U.S. National Team goalkeeper Kasey Keller as an analyst.
NBA TV will premiere a documentary "Wilt 100" at 7 p.m. Friday in honor of the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game against the Knicks. Bill Russell narrates.
An item about a Harvard hoops alum, but not THAT Harvard hoops alum.... » more
They first met during a discussion of “the finer points of hooking and holding,’’ Dave Starman recalled. And their first date conveniently was timed for the night before a Michigan-Lake Superior State game played on Feb. 15, 2008.
“But the whole Valentine’s Day thing never clicked with her,’’ he said.
Why would it? To that point, Shireen Saski’s relationship with Starman, a Long Island-based... » more