Commack's own Bob Costas will take Tuesday night off, ending a streak of 157 consecutive prime time Olympic hosting starts for NBC.
Costas has been suffering from an eye ailment; he will be replaced by "Today" show host Matt Lauer.
Here is NBC's news release on the matter, complete with Costas' explanation of what he has been going through.
“As a practical matter, I simply couldn’t... » more
I do not plan to do regular updates on Michael Kay's TV simulcast ratings, but I did promise several Twitter followers last week that I would update them after his first week on the YES Network, so here goes:
Kay averaged 0.61 percent of homes on his first day last Monday, which is quite impressive - and not sustainable.
After that he settled into more realistic territory closer to what... » more
Do I find it odd that I watched (almost) every minute of Winter Olympics coverage in, say, 1972 and '76, when now that it is my job I have very limited interest (until the hockey tournament starts)?
Well, yes, I do find that odd. But in fairness, no matter what I think - or what mainstream sports talk radio hosts and callers say about how little they care - the Games remain a ratings powerhouse... » more
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died on Super Bowl Sunday, left behind an impressive body of acting work, but his foray into sports flicks was tinged by controversy.
His portrayal of former A’s (and Mets) manager Art Howe in “Moneyball’’ – the third-highest-grossing baseball movie in history – came as a surprise to many who have known and worked with Howe.
But as unhappy as Howe was... » more
ESPN long has ruled the kids-playing-baseball-on-cable-TV universe, what with its blanket, hours-eating coverage each August of the Little League World Series.
But there are more 12-and-under players where those came from and the best will appear Aug 1-11 on CBS Sports Network – and in the flesh in Yaphank.
The seventh National Youth Baseball Championships, featuring top travel teams... » more
Ed Sullivan has returned to the spotlight in a new millennium, what with Sunday being the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on his iconic variety show.
So let’s take this opportunity to pay tribute to the man’s love of sports – including a decade as a sports writer and editor in the 1920s – that extended even to his romantic life.
Sullivan was engaged to Sybil Bauer,... » more
Fox Sports 1 has emerged as a contender to simulcast Mike Francesa’s WFAN radio show, which if it occurs could make for some very interesting company picnics.
Now that Fox is set to increase its stake in the YES Network to 80 percent, the simulcasts of both Francesa’s show and Michael Kay’s ESPN New York radio show could both be on Fox-owned channels.
Did I mention Francesa and Kay are... » more
Every Olympics has the potential for major news away from the actual competitions, and Russia is no exception.
Authorities have been confronted with terrorist attack threats, the country’s policies on gay rights have stirred controversy around the globe and arriving journalists have complained about sub-standard housing.
How will NBC deal with news that impacts the Games?
“NBC... » more
By process of elimination, Fox Sports 1 and MSG must be the leading contenders for MIke Francesa's TV simulcast, what with Francesa saying on the air Tuesday that the cost of his show would exceed SNY's budget, then saying this about the "people" who run CBS Sports - and CBS Sports Network:
"We don’t get along. We haven’t gotten along for a long time. They would never, ever put me on the CBS... » more
Michael Kay's first day on the YES Network averaged 0.61 percent of New York- area homes, a promising start for the ESPN Radio host's new TV simulcast.
(Mike Francesa's simulcast usually averaged in the 0.2-0.3 range; time will tell whether Kay can perform at or near that level over an extended period.)
The tune-in factor might have been helped by the social media storm that followed... » more