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Bobby Valentine executive produces film about business of college sports

VIDEO: Sacred Heart Athletic Director Bobby Valentine

"Schooled: The Price of College Sports," a documentary executive produced by Bobby Valentine, premieres at 8 p.m. Wednesday on EPIX, and also will be available free at epixhd.com.

The subject, as you might have guessed, is the business of college sports, and the treatment of the athletes who drive that business.

Among the talking heads are former NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth,...

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Bob Costas calls Redskins name an 'insult' and 'slur'

Sportscaster Bob Costas grew up in Commack. (Feb.

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Commack's own Bob Costas weighed in Sunday night on NBC regarding the ongoing controversy over the Redskins' nickname, the latest high profile person to call for a re-evaluation of the storied franchise's moniker.

Not surprisingly, there were those who disagreed vehemently with Mr. Costas on social media. But day by day, it becomes increasingly evident change is in the air on this matter.

Here...

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Musical chairs on 'NBA Countdown'

MAGIC JOHNSON'S HOOK: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had the sky

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Someday I will retire, as will my successor. But rest assured: Newsday is committed to hiring qualified sports media writers to document the tinkering on “NBA Countdown’’ as long as it takes ESPN to match TNT’s NBA studio success.

The latest shuffle involves Michael Wilbon and Magic Johnson leaving and Doug Collins and Doris Burke (on a limited basis) arriving.

Johnson’s surprising announcement...

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Michael Strahan on Tom Coughlin: 'I hated him'

Marc Anthony talks to Kelly Ripa and Michael

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Giants fans nostalgic for happier times are encouraged to watch the next episode of a “A Football Life’’ on the NFL Network at 9 p.m. Tuesday, as the series profiles a morning TV chat show host who in a previous life tackled football players for a living.

Michael Strahan is in fine Strahan form throughout the hour-long show, demonstrating the charisma that made him a world-class quote as a...

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'Hard Knocks' won't go unanswered

Justin Tuck walks off the field after a

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The most important NFL-related media news Tuesday was the premiere of PBS’ documentary “League of Denial,’’ which dealt with the serious business of concussions.

But the strangest development came earlier that day with word owners had passed a resolution that would make it possible for teams to be forced into appearing on HBO’s training camp show “Hard Knocks,’’ absent volunteers.

There...

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ESPN adds pre-Christmas Early Bird Special: 'Boca Raton Bowl'

No. 9: "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Seinfeld reunion We

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This week’s lesson in 21st century journalism: When ESPN tees up an obvious “Seinfeld” joke in the process of adding yet another game to its bloated bowl roster move fast lest ye be left behind in the Twitter snarkosphere.

So it was early Friday when word came of the “Boca Raton Bowl,’’ a pre-Christmas Early Bird Special affiliated with the American Athletic Conference (nee Big East), Conference...

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CBS lets Bill Cowher loose in booth

Bill Cowher, right, talks with safety Troy Polamalu

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TV networks rarely use programming gimmicks for NFL games, mostly because when you have a ratings juggernaut in hand there isn’t much point in tinkering.

But CBS is going that route Sunday, in a way that actually sounds sort of interesting – or at least harmless.

Three of its studio stars – Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe – will join established game booths to work games...

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Magic Johnson leaves ESPN

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 04: Magic Johnson looks

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Everyone in the sports media world had been anticipating a shakeup in ESPN's "NBA Countdown" studio, a transition that began with Doug Collins replacing Mike Wilbon.

On Thursday SI.com reported that Doris Burke will join the show.  Then came this unexpected development: Magic Johnson has decided to leave the network after five years.

Here is what he said in a statement:

"I...

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Whither Phil Simms on Mike Francesa's Sunday show?

Photo of (left to right) Steve Beuerlein, Adam

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...

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Whither Boomer and Carton simulcast?

This All-Long Island quarterback led his East Islip

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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...

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