For many, many years, Phil Simms has been a regular on Mike Francesa's Sunday morning NFL preview show, but so far this season he has appeared only once.
Hmm. What gives?
"From a scheduling standpoint just carving out a time every week was just a little bit too difficult to do, on a week-to-week basis," said Simms' agent, Steve Rosner.
He cited Simms' duties surrounding... » more
Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason remained without a TV simulcast for their WFAN radio show as of Friday, but they figure to land somewhere soon, with CBS Sports Network and YES believed to be the leading candidates.
But Dan Ronayne, executive VP of MSG Networks, did not rule out a return to MSG (which has a right to match any offer), saying Tuesday:
“The situation is not resolved. We... » more
The Islanders announced a renewal Friday of their radio deal with Hofstra’s WRHU (88.7 FM) that also includes a partnership with WRCN (103.9 FM) that will extend the reach of their games into central and eastern Suffolk County.
Chris King will continue as the team’s radio play-by-play voice, and Hofstra students will assist in the broadcasts, including work as color commentators and reporters.
“We’re... » more
Bows and arrows are strictly forbidden on NFL fields, but the Giants’ Justin Tuck got to show off his bowhunting skills on an offseason trip to Argentina that will be featured the next two Friday nights on the Sportsman Channel.
Tuck is the guest star on “Bowhunter TV,’’ joining host Mike Carney in search of big game.
A news release about the program said Tuck “finds himself face to... » more
The trailer for Frontline’s documentary “League of Denial,’’ premiering Tuesday night on PBS, features a lyric from the song “Run This Town” in which Rihanna sings, “I’m addicted to the thrill. It’s a dangerous love affair.’’
That sums up America and football, an increasingly complicated relationship given ongoing revelations about how physically ruinous the sport often is to those who play... » more
There have been many memorable guests in a quarter century of New York sports radio, notably Boomer Esiason, who went from appearances on “Mike and the Mad Dog’’ as a player to becoming a WFAN host himself.
But no paid weekly visitor has delivered more colorfully and consistently than Giants defensive back Antrel Rolle during his three seasons on WFAN’s midday show with Joe Benigno and Evan... » more
The Islanders have finished ahead of both the Rangers and Devils once in the past 20 years – in 2001-02 – but MSG Plus analyst Butch Goring believes it will happen this season.
“They are fast, they are confident, they are young, they have very good goaltending, they have a good young corps of defensemen,’’ he said Tuesday at an MSG event celebrating the return of hockey and hoops. “They play... » more
The final ratings are in for the local baseball nines, and as you might expect in this playoff-free season, they are grim.
Last year, Yankees games on YES averaged 3.92 percent of New York-area homes, the network’s lowest such figure in a decade. Now that looks like the good old days.
YES’ average rating fell by a third to 2.62 in 2013, despite a late wild-card race and emotional farewells... » more
Cal Ripken Jr. has spent most of his career at Turner in the comfy confines of the studio come playoff time. But the network has moved him to its No. 1 booth in place John Smoltz alongside Ernie Johnson and Ron Darling, including for the NLCS.
(Smoltz still is with Turner for this year’s playoffs, working with play-by-play man Brian Anderson, but he is a candidate to succeed Tim McCarver at... » more
Turner Sports announced Monday that Pedro Martinez and Tom Verducci will join Keith Olbermann in the TBS studio for the baseball playoffs, which sounds like an intriguing group as studio teams go.
But what happened to Bobby Valentine, who two weeks ago appeared to be headed to Turner, too, according to several reports?
Two people familiar with what went down said Valentine was sunk by... » more