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Behind the Broadcast: Catalon gets the reward he deserves

In the nearly 10 years I’ve known Andrew Catalon, I have come to consider him a good friend and a fine broadcaster.

Behind the Broadcast: Safety issues should trump how racing action is presented

We live in a great age of sports broadcasting.
From high-definition televisions to numerous sports channels, it’s an amazing time. And the pictures we see on the screen are so colorful and brilliant. When you watch a sporting event, it seems like cameras are everywhere, from the stands, to on the field and even over the playing surface.

No one's safe from layoffs

If there is one network that would seem to be immune to layoffs, it would be ESPN, the self-proclaimed “Worldwide Leader in Sports.”

Bruins' comeback goes to top of Strader's list

Like most hockey fans who were watching Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference quarterfinals game between Toronto and Boston on Monday night, NBC Sports Network play-by-play announcer and Glens Falls native Dave Strader thought the game was over when the Maple Leafs took a 4-1 lead on Nazem Kadri’s goal with 14:31 left in the third period.

NASCAR will dominate FOX Sports 1 debut

We are 98 days away from the launch of FOX Sports 1, the new 24-hour sports channel that will replace the Speed Channel. On Thursday, FOX Sports gave us a glimpse of what the opening day of the channel will look like on Aug. 17. There will be plenty of NASCAR and Ultimate Fighting Championship programming that day.

Stevens back in saddle, but still part of NBC team

No, jockey Gary Stevens won’t be wearing a helmet cam at today’s Kentucky Derby. But the veteran jockey will be wearing a mic­rophone as he rides in the race for the first time in several years.

Ravens-Broncos game will be worthy of prime-time coverage

The NFL released its 2013 reg-ular-season schedule last Thursday night. With the passing of legendary NFL player and announcer Pat Summerall, the main focus of my column last week, I didn’t get the chance to analyze some of the prime-time matchups we will see this season. Now, I have that opportunity.

Behind the Broadcast: Summerall was a man of few words

“Montana . . . Rice . . . touchdown, 49ers.” In a nutshell, that was Pat Summerall’s play-by-play call. Few words, maximum impact. It served him well during a 41-year broadcasting career.

Behind the Broadcast: Lindsley brings WTMM-FM sportstalk back to normal

Mike Lindsley, the new midday sportstalk show host on WTMM-FM (104.5) is boring. Normally, the word boring brings with it negative connotations, such as the Lindsley’s show isn’t worth listening to. But in this case, boring is good.

Behind the Broadcast: ESPN displayed its influence with exposé on Rutgers basketball

It has been easy to take shots at ESPN over the last several years. But then there are days like Tuesday that remind you how powerful and influential ESPN can be in a good way.

Behind the Broadcast: Dream weekend for hoop fanatics

If you are a basketball fan, this is a wonderful time of year for you. Even the casual college basketball fan like myself can get caught up in the madness of March college basketball. Just watching the crazy ending of Thursday’s Atlantic 10 Conference first-round game between Charlotte and Richmond lures you to the TV. This is real reality TV.

Behind the Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 will be serious challenger to ESPN’s monopoly

If I were ESPN, I would be seriously be concerned with what was announced on Tuesday. In what had been one of the worst-kept secrets out there, FOX Sports Media Group officially announced it will launch its sports cable channel FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Behind the Broadcast: ESPN matches NBC’s offer, keeps rights to Big East sports

ESPN decided that having a watered-down Big East Conference on its network was better than seeing it on a rival channel. Last Saturday, ESPN decided to match the deal that the Big East Conference made with NBC Sports Group.

Time Warner giving state wrestling tourney star treatment

New York high school wrestling fans are in for a treat today.
If you can’t make it to the Times Union Center for the semifinals and finals of the New York State high school wrestling championships, you will be able to watch it on TV.

Johnson’s soccer debut went well

When FOX Sports announced a couple of weeks ago that Gus Johnson was going to call Wednesday’s Manchester United-Real Madrid soccer match in the UEFA Champ­ions League, a collective groan was registered across the country.

Behind the Broadcast: CBS Sports fumbled ball

CBS Sports is the only network that doesn’t employ sideline reporters during the NFL regular season. It only has use for them in the postseason. Not having an experienced reporter hurt CBS Sports during the 37-minute power outage early in the third quarter of last Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII. Steve Tasker and Solomon Wilcots, normally game analysts during the regular season, were ill-equipped to handle the reporting of a strange situation. Tasker, in particular, seemed uncomfortable trying to report updates on the situation.

Behind the Broadcast: Bruce: Nothing compares to being at the Super Bowl

Damon Bruce had just left Radio Row at Super Bowl XLVII at New Orleans when I called him earlier this week. I think the Schenectady native and sportstalk show host at KNBR in San Francisco felt like he was in heaven.

Behind the Broadcast: Hockey-starved fans boosting TV ratings

I read the tweets from NHL fans who were upset that there was a long lockout. Many of the tweeters vowed to punish the league by not showing up to games, buying team merchandise or watching the games on TV. Well, I guess most of the those fans didn’t follow through on their threats.

Behind the Broadcast: Nantz calls Brady the best QB ever

Is Tom Brady of the New England Patriots the greatest quarterback in NFL history? Ask CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, and they will say that Brady is the greatest.

NHL lockout hurt league: McGuire

National Hockey League fans finally got some good news last Sunday morning, when the league and its players announced an agreement was reached on the framework for a new collective bargaining agreement.

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