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Playoff Football Outscores Rockin’ Eve for Ratings Supremacy

The first rating survey of 2013 continues to highlight the popularity of the NFL. No Jets or Giants in the playoffs, but the Wild Card action still won the week. Fox had the top spot for its playoff match Sunday evening between Seattle and Washington. The game had an estimated 2.1 million WNYW viewers and an 11 rating, according to Nielsen. The Fox playoff post-game show settled for number six (1.1 million/5.7).

NBC’s Wild Card nightcap, the Week 17 rematch between Green Bay and Minnesota, took second place with 1.4 million viewers and a 7.3 rating. NBC’s studio portion bridging the playoff double header tied for fourth (1.3 million/6.8).

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ’13 with Ryan Seacrest had a strong showing at number three. Seacrest’s first year as complete host of the holiday tradition netted 1.3 million WABC viewers and a 7.0.

A special two-hour retrospective of Clark was 11th for the week (833,000/4.2).

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MSG Network Takes the Prize for Most Knicks/Nets Viewers

Knicks fans had multiple choices for viewing the Nets/Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. Not only was the borough-to-borough matchup broadcast by MSG and the Nets’ home, YES, there was a national cable audience on ESPN.

But it was MSG that won the night in two of the key rating measures.

MSG had the highest numbers among Nielsen household indicators with a 3.35, compared to a 2.54 for ESPN and a minuscule 0.32 at the YES Network.

MSG was also tops in the adults 25 to 54 category for Wednesday’s tilt.

The good fortune for the Knicks and MSG extends beyond facing their Brooklyn neighbor. Through 19 Nielsen measured games this season, Knicks telecasts are up a whopping 86 percent in the household rating.

MSG Showcases Phase Two of Garden’s Long Term Transformation

Madison Square Garden has completed two parts of its extensive remodeling project. The second phase of the “Transformation” is being turned into a week-long special on MSG Network.

To complete the second phase of the Transformation, this past summer, there were more than 1,000 construction workers at The Garden on a daily basis, around the clock until the Knicks’ opening night game against the Miami Heat. MSG Network was there every step of the way to give viewers a backstage pass.

The series, voiced by actor Billy Crudup, also shines a light on the people that made The Garden reborn.

There were the famous Garden moments gone by, reenacted one more time. For example, former Knick Larry Johnson showed workers where his famous 4-point play was made in the 1999 Eastern Conference Finals. Stephane Matteau was on hand to discuss one of the greatest moments in Rangers’ history, his winning goal lifting the Blueshirts to the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals.

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Saying Thank You to ‘Johnny Hoops’

After a lifetime of praise and criticism for the Knicks, John Andariese is getting feted at Madison Square Garden, his home for forty years.

Andariese retired from the broadcast booth before the start of this season.

Tomorrow night, MSG holds a special farewell for its native son. Prior to the Knicks tipping up with the Cavs, MSG will run a video tribute to the longtime announcer. After the clips, Andariese wll speak to Knicks play-by-play voice Mike Breen.

At the conclusion of the first quarter, Andariese will be presented the fifth annual Dick McGuire Knickerbocker Legacy Award by the McGuire family. The honor is symblic for someone who shows the cornerstones of the Knicks franchise: Pride, Tradition, and Class. Andariese joins past winners Herb Williams, Mike Saunders, Cal Ramsey, and original honoree, Dick McGuire.

“‘Johnny Hoops’ is one of the great New York basketball personalities and was an integral part of MSG’s Knicks coverage, on both television and radio, for four decades,” said Dan Ronayne, executive VP and general manager, MSG Networks. “Many Knicks fans grew up watching or listening to John and he will always be synonymous with MSG and the New York Knicks.”

Andariese, a stellar forward at Fordham, debuted behind the mic at MSG in 1972 as radio analyst. He also famously provided commentary on the TV side opposite Marv Albert from 1986 to 1998.

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Iconic Sportscaster Marv Albert Reflects on Brooklyn Getting the Nets

Yes! and it counts! That was the plan for Marv Albert, scheduled to be at the mic as the Nets made their official start in Brooklyn last weekend. Fittingly, Albert was to handle the play-by-play opening night against the Knicks for TNT. But Hurricane Sandy canceled that great storyline for the NBA’s preemient voice. Despite the change of plans, Albert, a Brooklyn boy, is part of FishbowlNY’s special series commemorating Brooklyn’s resumption of professional sports.

His homecoming will have to wait as Albert is expected to broadcast from the Barclays Center for TNT two times later this season.

Unless you’ve been under a rock since the 1960s, you know Albert’s amazing resume and, of course, his ties to New York. He called Knicks games, either or radio or TV, for almost 40 years. In 2005, Nets began his association with the Nets as lead play-by-play announcer on the YES Network. Albert has always maintained his legendary break neck pace, but wasn’t able to keep the Nets games on his full plate after last season.

“CBS came to me with the NFL. It was at the time right after Turner and CBS had put together the college basketball deal where I ended up doing Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games on CBS,” Albert admits. “It was something I just felt I couldn’t pass up. I knew I would end up doing major games in Brooklyn for Turner. It would have been just too much. I could have stayed and done a partial schedule, and that was the thought, but it would have been just too many games.”

Now, though, Albert is able to wax nostalgic about his childhood.

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Walt Frazier Reflecting on NBA Commissioner David Stern Stepping Down in 2014: ‘He Built the League’

Most times celebrated, other times tenuous, the tenure NBA commissioner David Stern is no longer open-ended. Stern announced yesterday that he’ll leave his post on February 1, 2014, exactly 30 years after it all began.

Stern’s time with the NBA started in 1966 as an outside counsel. In 1978, Stern was on the fast track to the top job, named general counsel under then-commissioner Larry O’Brien. Two years later, Stern moved a step closer as executive VP of the NBA.

When Stern took over as commish in 1984, several big name players were drafted. The biggest of the bunch, Michael Jordan became the center of TV coverage for the next 15 years. With that mind, television revenues have jumped exponentially since Stern ran the show, now approaching $1.3 billion.

Salaries have also skyrocketed under Stern’s watch. The average pay for a player stands at a cool $5 million, while it was a paltry $250,000 in 1984, The New York Times reports.

After the jump, Knicks analyst Walt Frazier tells FishbowlNY that the NBA owes so much to Stern.

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MSG Network Previews Knicks Season Amid Brooklyn Nets Groundswell

The folks at MSG Network had a full court press last night to usher in the Knicks 2012-13 season. A media party was held at Walt “Clyde” Frazier‘s Wine and Dine just blocks away from Madison Square Garden.

There are likely several reasons for the excitement. For starters, there is an entire NBA season on the schedule. Last season’s lockout kept games scrubbed until Christmas Day. MSG announcers, who were in attendance with the exception of lead TV play-by-play voice Mike Breen, and occasional Knicks studio host Bill Pidto, are excited about this season.

Alan Hahn, a longtime beat writer, starts his second full-time season as MSG studio analyst. He declared last night that there are no more “next years” for the Knicks. He said there is anticipation that “next year” is finally here.

And the other reason for the Knicks buildup is the elephant in the room. This town belongs to the Knicks, but the Nets have owned the press. They made the highly publicized move from New Jersey to Brooklyn during the off-season. Fittingly, the Nets open their Brooklyn digs with their regular season opener Thursday night on TNT, of course against the Knicks.

Frazier sat down with FishbowlNY. Here are his thoughts about the Nets overshadowing the Knicks.
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Former Yankee Broadcasters Named Finalists for Baseball Hall of Fame

Ten finalists for this year’s Ford Frick Award have been revealed. A pair of one-time Yankee announcers are among the group seeking enshrinement in the broadcasters’ wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

DeWayne Staats called Yankee games on MSG Network from 1990 to 1994. He was at the mic when Jim Abbott hurled a no-hitter in 1993. Staats has been the Tampa Bay Rays TV play-by-play broadcaster since 1998, when the team joined the league.

In the mid 1980s, Yankee fans will recall, John Gordon was part of the famous radio booth that featured Phil Rizzuto and Bill White. Gordon spent 25 seasons as lead broadcaster on the Minnesota Twins radio coverage. He retired after the 2011 season.

The selection will be announced at baseball’s winter meetings in Nashville on December 4. The induction ceremony takes place next summer in Cooperstown, New York.

Veteran Knicks Announcer John Andariese to Retire

It’s been a second career for John Andariese as Knicks broadcaster. Andariese is leaving the booth as the new season tips next month. He’s been a fixture with MSG Network in some capacity since 1972 as a radio analyst.

Andariese, coupled with Marv Albert, did games on the TV side from 1986-87 to 1997-98.

“After what seems like a lifetime behind the microphone and having the good fortune and privilege to be part of nearly 40 years of Knicks’ history, I’ve decided it’s time to step away to spend time with my wonderful wife Maureen, my three beautiful daughters and my four grandchildren,” Andariese said in a statement.  “I’ve been blessed to be able to cover one of the greatest sports teams on the planet, one with the most knowledgeable and passionate fans.  It’s now time to shift my focus to my family and my position as CEO of TVI Media.  I’m grateful to MSG Networks and the Knicks for giving me this wonderful opportunity and for all of the love and affection shown to me by our New York basketball savvy fans, who have been such an important part of my life.   I’m pleased beyond words to have been able to share my enthusiasm and passion for Knicks basketball with them.  I’ll miss you all.”

Nicknamed “Johnny Hoops,” Andariese was mainstay on the New York City basketball scene as a standout forward and three-time All-City Player for the Fordham Rams from 1956-1960.  He is a member of the New York City and Fordham Basketball Halls of Fame.

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MSG Set to Televise 70 Regular Season Knick Games

While all eyes are locked on the Nets arrival in Brooklyn, there is another team ready to start the season.

The Knicks kick off the 2012-13 edition of the NBA schedule and, of course, MSG is the home to most of the action. The regional sports network will televise 70 regular season games starting with the Knicks’ home opener vs. the World Champion Heat November 2.

In addition to the home opener, MSG carries 13 games in November, eight featuring playoff teams from last season.

Mike Breen will return to courtside with long-time partner, Knicks analyst Walt “Clyde” Frazier. Knicks cablecasts on MSG will also include courtside reporter Tina Cervasio and Jill Martin as feature reporter and host of halftime’s “A New York Minute.” Al Trautwig will serve as host of Knicks telecasts for home games and Bill Pidto will handle host responsibilities for road games. Alan Hahn returns for his second season as a Knicks studio analyst.

MSG will also cover the entire six game pre-season schedule starting with the Knicks at the Wizards in Washington on October 11.

TNT has the opening night matchup as the Knicks travel across the East River to face the Nets, the first major league team in Brooklyn since 1957.

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