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CBS believes Boomer and Carton are national treasures

Radio hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, of

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Mike Francesa returns to TV Monday with a simulcast on Fox Sports 1 (and 2), joining his WFAN confreres Craig Carton and Boomer Carton in appearing nationwide with locally-oriented New York radio programs.

Seems odd, what with CBS Sports having its own national morning show (featuring Tiki Barber) that was bypassed in favor of Boomer and Carton, who appear on CBS Sports Network a total of...

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CBS eyes Thursday night lights

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No one outside Washington, D.C., is lobbied quite as heavily as Howard Katz, the NFL’s scheduling poobah, who frequently fields requests from sports TV executives who would very much like his best matchups on their networks.

Earlier this month I ran into Fox Sports boss Eric Shanks on his way to meeting with Mr. Katz. Thursday CBS Sports’ Sean McManus told me he has met with the big guy, too.

“We...

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Shaun O'Hara snaps up media roles

Shaun O'Hara is a hot name on the

Shaun O’Hara has not appeared in an NFL game since 2010, but the three-time Pro Bowl center and one-time Super Bowl champion for the Giants said he has not gotten playing entirely out of his system.

“I’ll always wake up in a three-point stance on Sunday mornings and say, ‘You know what? I miss playing. I would love to play,’’’ he said. “But physically, you just know that’s not what’s best.’’

O’Hara,...

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Isiah Thomas sees 'a different kind of working relationship' with media for Phil Jackson

Then-Knicks coach Isiah Thomas watches from the bench

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NBA TV analyst Isiah Thomas, who used to be the Knicks' president and still is a friend of James Dolan, the Garden's executive chairman, weighed in on Tuesday night's pregame show regarding the team's new grand basketball poobah:

“I think Jim [Dolan] definitely will give him the reins. He will give him the reins in terms of running the organization, running the basketball operations. I also...

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Take it from an expert on these things: Wichita State won't win

2. ONWARD CHRISTIAN 1992 East Regional Final: Duke

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As most of you surely recall, in March of 1991, my first year on the college hoops beat, I wrote a pre-NCAA column flat-out guaranteeing undefeated UNLV would not win the tournament.

At the time it was considered a rather bold assertion, considering that the defending champs were by far the best team in the nation and appeared darn near unstoppable.

The Runnin' Rebels won their first...

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Charles Barkley has eye on campuses

Former NBA basketball player Charles Barkley, right, greets

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Charles Barkley said he focuses exclusively on the NBA in November and December, after which “you can tell the good teams and the bad teams or just pretty good teams.’’

Then on Jan. 1 he switches to college mode to prepare for his job as a CBS/Turner analyst during the NCAA Tournament. He said he leans on announcer friends such as Dan Bonner, Mike Gminski and Greg Anthony to help fill him...

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NCAAs grant Hill a TV opportunity

Grant Hill attends Keep a Child Alive?s 10th

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Grant Hill spent two decades in the NBA, but you might recall his work in the NCAA Tournament before that, such as a long pass he completed to Duke teammate Christian Laettner in Philadelphia in 1992.

Now Hill is back in the NCAAs in his first post-NBA spring, working as an analyst for CBS/Turner after a winter spent breaking into media, mostly for NBA TV.

“I am excited and thrilled,’’...

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Brent Musburger moves from lead ESPN booth to SEC Network

Brent Musburger on the set of ESPN's College

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ESPN announced that Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer will be its lead announcing team for college football games on the new SEC Network, starting Aug. 28 with Texas A&M at South Carolina.

The news means that Musburger, 74, no longer will be ESPN's lead college football play-by-play man for major events such as Saturday night games on ABC and the national championship game.

ESPN did...

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Charles Barkley: Some at CBS were not initially welcoming

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Sean McManus and David Levy, who run CBS and Turner Sports, respectively, spoke Tuesday as they have for four years about the warm, successful partnership between the two media entities that carry the NCAA Tournament.

But studio analyst Charles Barkley said later that at first, some incumbent tournament announcers were not warm and cuddly toward Turner's NBA voices when they came aboard for...

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Big East Tournament ticket not what it used to be

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