Veteran Yankees fan Michael Azzue, assistant supervisor of golf operations at Bethpage State Park, narrates open from Friday night's coverage of Tigers-Yankees tilt on MLB Network. Cool.
Azzue, best known as the guy who hands out numbered bracelets to golfers who sleep in their cars in hopes of scoring a tee time at Bethpage Black, met John Smoltz and MLB Network producers in 2010 at the course.... » more
The Knicks averaged 7.2 percent of homes in the New York area for Saturday's game against the Heat on ABC compared to the Rangers' 3.5 percent for their simultaneous game against the Capitals on NBC.
That's actually a smaller gap than most would have predicted, given the greater popularity of basketball, but obviously the fact the Knicks lost in a blowout contributed to out-rating the Rangers... » more
My experience with the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival was limited this year by other responsibilities, including the Knicks and Rangers, but I did what I could, seeing four of the five flicks offered.
After taking in "Benji" and "Knuckleball" back on April 21 I was fortunate enough to attend screenings of "Town of Runners" and "Broke" Wednesday of... » 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,... » more
MSG's production of Thursday night's Knicks regular-season finale against the Bobcats will be seen on WWOR-TV (Channel 9).
MSG will carry the seventh game of the Senators-Rangers playoff series and MSG Plus the seventh game of the Devils-Panthers series.... » more
“Benji,” the centerpiece of ESPN’s contribution to the Tribeca Film Festival, packs the emotional punch you would expect of a story about the death of a high school basketball star that rocked Chicago in 1984.
Directors Coodie and Chike, primarily known for their work on music videos, capture the sad story of Ben Wilson through effective use of archival video and compelling interviews with... » more
“Knuckleball!’’ a film about the world’s most famously quirky pitch, had its premiere – outdoors! – Saturday night as part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, featuring among others R.A. Dickey, Phil Niekro and Newsday’s own Dave Lennon, who never has thrown a knuckleball professionally.
Did I like it? Yes, but not as much as I would have liked to like it. The film does a fine job profiling... » more
Mike Keenan still gets stopped on the sidewalks of New York by fans thanking him for delivering a Stanley Cup in his one season the Rangers’ coach in 1993-94.
But that was a long time ago; now he hopes the 2011-12 Rangers join the club. “Absolutely, I’m pulling for them,’’ he said. “Maybe this is the opportunity that has come their way; you never know when that’s going to come again.’’
It... » more
The most popular show on television returns for another season in September, but not before the usual wish-list-making and lobbying from the networks desperate for their pieces of the NFL pie.
As usual, the league did its best. As usual, not everyone can be entirely happy.
For example: After Fox saw both Giants-Cowboys games handed to NBC last season, the NFL chose to open the 2012 season... » more
As the Nets prepare to conclude their 35-season stay in New Jersey Monday en route back to the elongated island where they belong, I looked back at their history of announcers there. It is as colorful as you would expect.
Among those on the list is Leandra Reilly (now of MSG Varsity), who in 1988 became the first female play-by-play announcer for an NBA game, and, yup, John Sterling.
But... » more