Mike Ditka's oft-stated disapproval of the first cold-weather Super Bowl is well known - and second only in prominence in recent weeks among Hall of Famers-turned-TV-analysts to Fox's Terry Bradshaw.
Coach Ditka was at it again Wednesday during a session ESPN arranged for reporters to grill its analysts at the Super Bowl media center.
Here ya go:
"I don’t [like it]. I’ve said it... » more
When Edwin Pope, the venerable Miami Herald columnist, opted not to attend Super Bowl XLVIII - for reasons he did not disclose - it left three men in the club of those who have covered all 48 games:
Jerry Green, Jerry Izenberg and Dave Klein.
Green and Izenberg are retired from full-time work but write about the Super Bowl for their long-time newspaper homes - the Detroit News and Star-Ledger... » more
. . . quoting a Tweet by me!
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And now, for something completely different . . . Pat Hanlon, the Giants' senior VP of communications, will join the NFL Network for its coverage of Super Bowl Media Day Tuesday.
The network said the following about Mr. Hanlon:
He "will provide analysis and insight into what the PR staffs, coaches and players from both the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are facing from a media perspective... » more
Sunday's Rangers-Devils game at Yankee Stadium was a big hit for NBC.
The game averaged 2.1 million viewers nationally and 1.3 percent of homes, both regular-season bests for NBC - not including Winter Classics.
In the New York area, 5.1 percent of homes watched, on average, the best ever in this market for an NBC regular-season game.
Buffalo was next at 4.5 percent, followed by... » more
Chris Russo's new deal with Sirius XM Satellite Radio, which kicked in early last autumn, does not pay as much as the old one did, but it does come with saner work hours.
Russo used to work from 2 to 7 p.m., a long shift by any talk radio standards but even more so because of Sirius' limited commercial breaks.
Now he works 3 to 6 p.m., although he will expand those hours to 3 to 7 during... » more
As I pointed out in this story about Radio Row, WFAN's roots in the phenomenon date to 1988, the first January of its existence.
But even that was not the first time New York radio set up shop the week of the big game.
In 1987 future Yankees p.r. man Rick Cerrone and Dave Jennings did five nightly shows for WNEW - with Richard Neer back in the studio in New York! - while Dave Sims did... » more
Although I did not quote him in my newspaper story about WFAN's move to "M&Ms World" this week, I did ask WFAN boss Mark Chernoff about the unusual deal.
He said originally the idea was to join with Snickers, which is made by the same company, and brand the week the "Snickers Bowl," but eventually the two companies settled on M&Ms, and having WFAN originate from the candy's tourist... » more
Experts in the secondary ticket market have noted extreme softness in Super Bowl prices over the past week, with asking and purchase prices falling to levels not seen in more than a decade.
Asked about the reported phenomenon Monday NFL executive VP Eric Grubman had this to say:
"The secondary market is very strong. If you look at it from one day to the next you’re going to see things... » more
Jonathan Tisch, the Giants' treasurer and co-chair of the Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee, on Monday defended charges from economists and others that the economic impact estimates for the event are grossly overinflated.
Tisch said the estimate of $550 million to $600 million in economic activity is based on a variety of factors, including that this historically is a slow time of year for... » more