Tuesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 03/03/2015

Back to do a sports media notebook for you. Let’s get to it. NEWS NASCAR beat reporter Jim Utter of the Charlotte Observer notes that Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in Atlanta did well for Fox and was up from last year’s second race which was held in Phoenix. That along with increased viewership for the […]

NESN Hires Steve Lyons as Studio Analyst

This coming from NESN, the home of the Boston Red Sox. Steve Lyons has been hired as a studio analyst. For the past nine seasons, he was with Fox Sports Prime Ticket working as both as pregame/postgame analyst as well as a game analyst on Los Angeles Dodgers games. When the Dodgers moved to SportsNet […]

A Quick Saturday Sports Media Notebook

Time to do a quick notebook for you on this early Saturday morning. They’ll be bullet form. Fox has increased its stake in the YES Network. In late 2012, it purchased a 49% share in the regional sports network. On Friday through a press release from parent company 21st Century Fox, YES will become a […]

NESN Announces Jerry Remy Will Miss the Rest of the 2013 Red Sox Season

With the unfortunate news about Jerry Remy’s son Jared accused of murdering his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel, and Remy’s daughter also in legal trouble, NESN has announced that the popular Red Sox analyst will miss the rest of the 2013 regular season. Remy has been away from the booth since the news broke about his son. […]

A Few Sunday Sports Media Thoughts

Time for another sports media thoughts post. As always, it’s in bullet form. We are under two months to go until the launch of Fox Sports 1. We know of a few official talent hires like Andy Roddick, Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, Regis Philbin and a few others. We now await the official word […]

NESN’s Jerry Remy to Return to the Booth on Tuesday

Since late May, NESN’s Jerry Remy has been out of commission and replaced by various guest analysts. On Wednesday, NESN held a conference call for reporters for Remy to announce that he will return to Red Sox games after being out at first due to allergies, then after contracting pneumonia. According to Remy, he’ll be […]

NESN’s Jerry Remy to Miss More Games

Among the Red Sox Nation fanbase, NESN analyst Jerry Remy has become one of the most popular figures over the last twenty years. Unfortunately, his health has become an issue over the last five years. In 2008, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and missed much of the 2009 season. NESN filled the role with […]

The Boston Red Sox “Boston Strong” Tribute

This video was played before today’s Kansas City Royals-Boston Red Sox game. There were Boston and Watertown Police officers, FBI, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. They all received heartfelt applause from the crowd. And there was this video put together by the Red Sox to Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” and after […]

Quick Mid-Week Links

I’ll do some linkage here. USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says Dick Vitale finally gets to call the NCAA Final Four, but for an international audience. John Ourand at Sports Business Daily reports that Fox is in talks with Regis Philbin to host a show on Fox Sports 1. Ed Sherman at The Sherman Report wonders […]

Bobby Valentine Tells Talk Show Host "I Would Punch You Right in the Mouth"

In his weekly spot on WEEI in Boston, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine had a rather contentious interview with Big Show co-hosts Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley. Valentine got worked up about one particular issue, about the reporting that he had arrived “late” for a game in Oakland in which the manager contends he was […]

Let's Break Out Some Monday Linkage

Here’s the Monday linkage wrapped in a nice bow for you. From Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand and Michael Smith, they report that ESPN will pay an average of $80 million per year to air the Rose Bowl. That more than doubles the current contract which pays $30 million. Liz Mullen of SBJ says a […]

Former Red Sox Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield Joins NESN As Studio Analyst

Announced by NESN at the same time the Erin Andrews-to-Fox story broke, we learn that retired Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield will now become a studio analyst for the network. Wakefield retired during Spring Training this year after a stellar career with the Red Sox. He had spanned 16 years in Boston starting in 1995 […]

Your Tuesday Linkage

Let’s do some Tuesday links. We’ll start with Matt Hayes of AOL Sporting News and he writes that the BCS is looking for a $5 billion TV deal over a decade for its new college football playoff. In the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Michael Bradley says the new college football playoff still can […]

Finally Some Friday Megalinks

Let’s do some Friday megalinks. You’ve been owed some and I haven’t been able to do links for most of the week. Of course, you have the Weekend Viewing Picks which provide plenty of college sports, soccer, baseball and the NBA and NHL postseason action. Now let’s do your links. National Michael Hiestand of USA […]

NESN Announces Replacements For Jerry Remy Through 5/9

Red Sox fans have had to make due without popular NESN analyst Jerry Remy for the past few days. He’s been suffering from a sinus infection that forced him to miss the Chicago White Sox series. He started missing games last week in Minnesota and while he did work the rest of the Twins series, […]

E:60 Focuses on MLB With A Reveal From Former Red Sox Pitcher Oil Can Boyd

Tonight on E:60, the ESPN Emmy Award-winning newsmagazine focuses on Major League Baseball with three profiles, one on New York Mets knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey, another on St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran and another on former Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd. Now the profile on Boyd done by ESPN MLB insider […]

Fang's Bites on a Red Sox Spreecast

Coming up at 9:30 p.m., your humble blogger will be the guest on a Red Sox-themed Spreecast hosted by Seth Everett of WIP/KYW in Philadelphia, Fox Sports Radio and 1010 WINS in New York. We’ll talk the latest on the Red Sox in anticipation of the team’s home opener on Friday. You can see it […]

NESN & WBZ-TV Announce New Strategic Partnership

NESN and CBS Boston have announced a on-air partnership that will affect both parties. Starting Friday, NESN’s Red Sox announcing team involving Don Orsillo, Jerry Remy and Jenny Dell will be seen on WBZ-TV on the station’s local newscasts for pregame appearances for all games, road and away. WBZ’s sports staff including Dan Roche will […]

Back For Some Linkage

Yesterday, I focused on several press releases before heading out for errands. Today, it’s back to the links. Daniel Kaplan at Sports Business Journal writes that the NFL wants to set up local zones in Super Bowl host cities similar to what Indianapolis did with a village and zip line this year. Mike Ozanian of […]

Jenny Dell Makes NESN Debut

After an offseason search that led to region-wide speculation and a hiring that was reported with the fervor of a Presidential Cabinet appointment, Jenny Dell will make her long awaited NESN debut and be introduced during Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. She replaces Heidi Watney who left after last season to join Time Warner […]