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Kings' PA announcer used to shoot T-shirts at Islanders fans

Dave Joseph grew up in northern Michigan as a Blackhawks fan and now is the Kings’ public address announcer, but in between he had a brief-but-memorable association with another NHL team:

He is a former Islanders T-shirt cannon shooter.

This was during his days working part-time in sales for the Islanders when he was a Hofstra student and a defenseman on the school's club hockey team,...

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Fox hires David Diehl as a game analyst


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It is not unusual for star NFL players to transition quickly to the television booth upon retirement.

It is unusual for an offensive lineman with little national recognition to do so.

But Fox was sufficiently impressed with the potential of David Diehl to hand him a gig on its roster of game analysts in his first season after retiring following an 11-year, two-Super Bowl-ring career...

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Rangers tickets for Game 6 are costly

Montreal Canadiens' Alex Galchenyuk, left, scores on Rangers

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TiqIQ, which aggregates data from an assortment of secondary ticket sites, reports this fine Wednesday morning that the average asking price for Game 6 of the Canadiens-Rangers series on Thursday night is $965.74, up 34.6 percent since the NHL Eastern Conference final began.

The lowest asking price should you just want to be in the building if not close to the ice is a whopping $476, up 43.5...

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ABC to televise its 50th consecutive Indy 500

Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, listens to music as

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ABC marks its 50th consecutive year televising the Indianapolis 500 Sunday, a marriage between a sports event and an American TV network third only in length to CBS and The Masters and ABC and the Little League World Series.

It is difficult to convey to youngish people how big the event once was – so big that in 1971 I convinced my mother to leave a 10-year-old alone in an Elizabeth, N.J.,...

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If ESPN is Secretariat, does that make Fox Sham?

Belmont Race Track, The Belmont Stakes, Jockey Ron

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I made my first schlep to Bristol in five years Thursday to tour ESPN’s state-of-the-art, never-to-be-obsolete Digital Center 2 complex that opens in June of 2014 – not to be confused with ESPN’s state-of-the-art, never-to-be-obsolete Digital Center 1 that opened in June of 2004.

The new-look “SportsCenter’’ studio will coincide with a revised approach to the show that focuses more on hosts,...

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TV sports celebrates 75th anniversary

SID LUCKMAN, Chicago Bears Nov. 14, 1943 vs.

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Just in case I leave the beat before the 100th anniversary of televised sports, I should mention now that it marked its 75th last weekend. (Thank you, Columbia Spectator, for the reminder.)

It was on May 17, 1939, that Columbia hosted Princeton in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Baker Field, carried by W2XBS (a forerunner of WNBC) to the few hundred New York homes that had sets.


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Ratings three-peat for 'Sunday Night Football'

Al Michaels

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The fact this no longer qualifies as news is news itself: Until 2011-12, no sports program had ranked first in prime time ratings for a full TV season. Now NBC’s “Sunday Night Football’’ has done so three years in a row.

Better yet for the NFL (and NBC): The demographics show an enviably diverse audience, including young people and women represented in significant numbers.


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Spencer Ross to call Big East Baseball Championships

Spencer Ross, whom most of you recall for his long sportscasting career and fewer of you recall as a basketball star at New Utrecht High School, returns to his native borough this weekend to call the Big East Baseball Championships at the Cyclones' MCU Park.

Ross will call five games in three days (weather permitting) Thursday through Saturday on BigEast.com.

Fox Sports 1 will carry...

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Canadiens-Rangers ticket prices skyrocket

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stops Montreal Canadiens defenseman

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Ticket prices for Game 3 of the Canadiens-Rangers series continued to rise Wednesday, with the least costly going for $395, up from $320 at noon Tuesday, according to SeatGeek.com, which monitors the secondary market.

On average, tickets for Game 3 were reselling Wednesday for $680, up 79 percent since the start of the series and 30 percent since the Rangers won Game 2.

SeatGeek said...

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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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