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'Frustration' for Francesa facing Fox fix

Mike Francesa is shown in his home in

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Here is a column I wrote for the Tuesday paper regarding the ongoing problems with Mike Francesa's two-month old Fox simulcast.

Francesa admitted to a "high level of frustration," reflecting similar sentiments from his fans, who have watched the show bounce around from Fox Sports 1 to Fox Sports 2 to nowhere thanks to assorted preemptions.

Several readers of mine have correctly pointed...

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Rangers rating good, Blackhawks rating better

Montreal Canadiens goalie Ken Dryden in net at

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Game 1 of the Rangers-Canadiens Eastern Conference final Saturday averaged 1.2 percent of homes in major markets on NBC, and 3.2 in New York.

That is not bad for a warm, sunny afternoon in May, especially because the Montreal market doesn't count seeing as how it's in a different country.

But that 3.2 in New York is small potatoes compared to what happened, TV-wise, in the Chicago market...

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Hello, Brooklyn! Second-round tix going for Kings County ransom

LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat prepares

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According to the secondary-market-watching site SeatGeek, average prices for the Nets' home games in the second playoff round are up 69 percent since they beat the Raptors in Game 7 Sunday.

Overall, prices jumped from $197 to $333, but for Game 3 Saturday the rise was 93 percent, from $177 to $341 per ticket.

SeatGeek says the Nets' home games are the costliest for a second-round series...

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Frank Caliendo does Jon Gruden's QB Camp

Frank Caliendo

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Outstanding. Simply outstanding work here by Frank Caliendo . . . and Jon Gruden.

No real need for any of my commentary on this genius piece of video from ESPN.

Just watch the video embedded below.

 

 

(Newsday's mobile users can click the link above to watch)...

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Brooklyn roots, Canadian sounds for Raptors analyst Jack Armstrong

TORONTO -- Jack Armstrong grew up in Brooklyn, attended Nazareth High School there and still retains the unmistakable sound of his home borough in his raspy, former coach’s voice.

But Saturday, the Fordham alumnus and former Niagara coach played an important role in getting Canadians riled up about the officiating in Game 1 of the Raptors’ series against the Nets.

During the telecast...

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ESPN to broadcast NFL playoff game

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones makes a

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ESPN will televise an NFL wild-card playoff game this coming season, the first postseason game in the league's modern era not to be shown nationally on a broadcast channel. The game will be simulcast on a broadcast outlet in the markets of the teams involved, the procedure followed for “Monday Night Football’’ on ESPN.

Sports Business Journal reported ESPN -- which already is paying the league...

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Met hoops writers to honor Ed Ingles

If you had asked Ed Ingles 10 or 15 years ago whether he took more satisfaction from his own long career in sports broadcasting or from those he has mentored, he likely would have said the former.

 “But that’s changed,’’ he said Wednesday. “I’m one person, but when you can make a difference with I don’t know how many people that’s bigger.

 “I’m going to leave here and probably...

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RIP, Zander Hollander

Zander Hollander is gone, along with an era in which people looked up sports facts in paperbacks, but he shan’t be forgotten – not as long as countless thousands of his books occupy space in basements, attics and dens across America.

At least they do in mine, for how can one part with volumes that convey so much information about games people played, primarily late in the 20th century?

Such...

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Michael Rapaport film recalls Knicks' glory days

Director Michael Rapaport and Knicks president Phil Jackson

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Phil Jackson was in the house Thursday for the premiere of “When the Garden Was Eden,’’ a documentary about the Knicks’ championship teams, but he did not stop to chat with reporters at the Tribeca Film Festival gala.

Fortunately the film’s director, Michael Rapaport, more than made up for that with a red carpet marathon in which he channeled the passion and frustration of fans – especially...

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Jeff Van Gundy responds to Howard Stern rebuke

ESPN NBA analyst and former Knicks coach Jeff

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Jeff Van Gundy was taking in a movie early this month when he received a text from a friend, who wrote, “Can you believe what Stern said about you?’’

“So I’m sitting in the theater saying, ‘Why would David Stern be talking about me now?’’ Van Gundy said of the recently retired NBA commissioner. “I was perplexed.’’

The ESPN analyst became even more perplexed when the friend filled him...

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