NESN Inks Jerry Remy to Multiyear Extension

Coming off the major health issues he went through last season, this is certainly good news.

NESN and longtime Red Sox color analyst Jerry Remy have agreed to a multi-year contract extension.

“I am truly fortunate to have been part of the NESN family for the past 23 years and that relationship will continue into the future,” said Remy. “I feel I have the best job in the world broadcasting Red Sox Baseball.

In 1988 Remy was hired by NESN as a color analyst to work alongside legendary Red Sox play-by-play voice Ned Martin. For the past 10 years Don Orsillo has been Remy’s partner in the NESN booth. A 4-time New England Emmy Award winner for sports play-by-play, Remy has also received numerous individual honors including being voted Massachusetts’ favorite TV announcer by Sports Illustrated.

The popular announcer will work his 3,000th Red Sox game this Sunday, July 25th.

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Sox Can’t Go Extra In Oakland

With the Yankees and Rays having already lost, the Red Sox had a great opportunity to make up a game in the AL East standings. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Tim Wakefield gave it right back, surrendering four runs of his own in the third inning. The scored remained tied until the 10th inning, when with two out, Kevin Kouzmanoff hit an RBI single off Michael Bowden to send the Red Sox to a 5-4 loss.

Get the complete coverage over at RedSoxLinks.com.

Red Sox on wrong end of close calls in the 10th – Dabiel Barbarisi notes that a questionable balk call in the 10th inning help set up the winning run for the A’s.

Jonathan Papelbon still winning the game of results – The perception might be that the Red Sox closer isn’t as dominant as he once was, but Jon Couture observes that he results show otherwise.

Sox left with a sinking feeling – Alex Speier has a few noteworthy developments from last night.

Bowden has one get away – Joe McDonald has Michael Bowden talking about a bad pitch that ended the game.

Westmoreland fighting to get back to the field  – James Bessette of Southern Rhode Island Newspapers caught up with Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland at a Legion game, and talked to him about his recovery.

Lowrie might get activated – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook looks at the Red Sox infielder arriving in Oakland, possibly to be activated today.

The need for (trading) ‘Sheed – A. Sherrod Blakely tries to figure out the best fit for a Celtics trade of Rasheed Wallace’s contract.

Linebackers must carry Pats forward – Tom E Curran checks out the Patriots linebackers.

Positional Previews – Outside Linebackers – Patriots Daily examines the outside linebackers, a group that doesn’t appear all that impressive. When Tully Banta-Cain is the top guy on your depth chart, something’s missing.

Leadership an issue after Patriots’ way went wayward – Glen Farley has the Patriots looking for some guys to step up in the locker room.

Fade now is part of Woods’s game – Bob Ryan says that Tiger Woods is just an average golfer these days.

The ‘Decision’ dilemma – ESPN Ombudsman Don Ohlmeyer finally weighs in on the LeBron James show and says that ESPN damaged its credibility and raised ethical issues by getting involved in the program. Nearly 5000 words in this one, as Ohlmeyer pounds the network for it’s involvement. He cites internal conflicts at ESPN between the business and studio production side and the newsgathering side over whether the network should get involved with the program.

No matter how convoluted the intellectual gymnastics, ESPN “paid” for exclusive access to a news story.

As to transparency, ESPN failed miserably where it mattered most. Although there was no attempt to hide the Gray involvement or the inventory arrangement leading up to the broadcast, the viewers were not explicitly told at the most appropriate moments that conflicts existed. Before turning from the Bristol set to Gray, ESPN should have advised viewers that Gray had been selected by James’ team to do the interview

When trust is questioned, missteps are magnified. The previous day, on a conference call with media critics, ESPN said that the announcement would not be arbitrarily delayed to magnify suspense or fill out the hour — and that it would take place in the first 10 to 15 minutes of the program. But when the throw from the Bristol set — totally in ESPN’s control — didn’t happen until 9:22 p.m. and the announcement wasn’t made until 9:28 p.m., the network lost the benefit of the doubt. It wasn’t interpreted as a minor mistake or misstatement. It was perceived to be intentional, and the network’s candor and credibility were called into question by the mailbag and the media.

Pretty good stuff, and appropriate criticism of the situation, coming from the Ombudsman.

Dice-K, Sox Take A Tight One In Oakland

Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up just one run in 6 2/3 inning, and Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon closed things out for him as the Red Sox edged the Oakland A’s 2-1 out in Northern California last night.Adrian Beltre homered for the Red Sox in the win.

With the Red Sox out West, it’s once again a slim batch of material to work from today:

Daisuke Matsuzaka unpredictably masterful – Michael Silverman says that you probably didn’t see this one coming.

With Dice, Sox rotation is suddenly loaded – Alex Speier has Dice-K he is capable of being as good as just about any starter on the Red Sox in stretches.

Pedroia feels at home again – Joe McDonald has the Red Sox second baseman happy that he’s not getting death threats this year in Oakland.

Trade prospects a sore subject – Steve Buckley thinks that Del Harris, while coaching the 1982-83 Houston Rockets captured the essence of this Red Sox team.

Value of Cash has its limits – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has Kevin Cash getting the job done behind the plate but not at it.

Living in a dream world? – Got an extra $5.4 million sitting around? You can buy the cornfield-turned-ballfield used in the movie Field of Dreams.

Danny Ainge can only wait – Mark Murphy says that the Celtics can only sit and wait right now as they try to fill out their roster.

Maybe Shaq makes sense after all – Chris Forsberg set out to write a column against a possible signing of Shaquille O’Neal, but actually ending up doing the opposite.

Luke Harangody Soars in Summer League, Will Be Solid Addition to Celtics Bench – Evans Clinchy has a look at the Celtics second round pick.

Patriots are completely uncoordinated – Glen Farley looks at the Patriots coaching staff.

Also worth noting is Tom E. Curran shooting down John Clayton’s persistent rumors that Tom Brady might not show up for camp.

Postional Previews – Inside Linebackers – Patriots Daily with a look at the group headed up by Jerod Mayo.

Bruins, Savard may not part after all – James Murphy says that the Bruins center might end up staying here.

Where In The World Is Pete Sheppard?

Each Glenn Ordway vacation day that goes by this summer that results in WEEI’s Big Show being hosted by Mike Adams or Butch Stearns (although Bob Neumeier is an improvement) leaves me asking the same thing – what happened with Pete Sheppard, and why hasn’t he gotten another job yet?

I wasn’t always the biggest fan of Pete (and vice-versa), but the guy did bring something to the Big Show and WEEI – the perspective of a fan.  He didn’t hide the fact that he was a fan of the teams, especially the Patriots. I didn’t like the bully act, or the year he became a “Yankee fan”,  but I liked that he genuinely was a fan as well as a radio host. And I miss it.

On the occasions that Ordway was out, and Sheppard was his main backup, the Big Show still worked. Now, when I hear Adams or Stearns in the Dale & Holley crossover, I know that a full afternoon of Felger and Massarotti is on tap.

Since Entercom let Sheppard go earlier this year, he has yet to surface on another radio outlet. Chad Finn’s media column has reported a couple of times about interest between Sheppard and 98.5-FM, but to this date, nothing has happened.

Sheppard’s Facebook account  (which I believe is genuine) lists his current profession as  Professional Poker Player(for the moment)  and his wall lists out the tournament’s he’s been competing in. He also occasionally gives updates on his search for work in the radio field. He posted this last week:

I also wanted to update everyone on my next gig…Things are still being worked on right now, I can tell you all this, I won’t be going to 98.5 The Sports Hub any time soon…I am not going to get into any details because things could change in the future, but as of right now, it’s not happening….In broadcasting, timing is everything lets put it that way..

With so many ex-WEEI personalities (Jon Wallach, Mike Felger, Tony Massarotti, Jerry Trupiano, Ted Sarandis) already on their airwaves, is 98.5 hesitant to put another on?

Pete was strongly associated with WEEI. Could that tie be too much for 98.5 at this point? It would seem to be a silly hangup, but the radio business is a strange one.  

Sheppard would be entertaining as a third man in with Felger and Massarotti as the latter two prepare to spend the next six months trashing everything Patriots. He could also be part of the station’s Patriots broadcasts before and after the games.

Whether he ends up on 98.5 or not, Sheppard’s total disappearance from the sports media scene is pretty interesting. With so many TV and Radio outlets, you’d think he’d have appeared somewhere to keep himself in the public eye, but to my knowledge, he hasn’t been around at all.

I do hope we hear Pete Sheppard on the local airwaves again, and soon.

Staggering Sox Heading Out On The Road

The Red Sox dropped three of four at Fenway Park this weekend to the Texas Rangers, including yesterday’s 4-2 loss in which Jon Lester went eight innings, giving up three runs, but the offense couldn’t help him out, managing just five hits on the afternoon. 

 The Red Sox are in Oakland tonight, where they will kick off a 10 games in 10 nights West coast road trip in Oakland, Seattle and Anaheim.

It’s a pretty sparse morning for sports stories, so I’ll get you the best I can find this morning:

Red Sox face tough road ahead – Gordon Edes gives us 10 things to look for on this 10 day, 10 game West coast trip.

Why these are the Red Sox’ 10 most important games of the season – Rob Bradford examines why this is make-or-break time for the Red Sox.

Injuries catching up with Red Sox offense – Brian MacPherson looks at the the toll injuries to Pedroia, Martinez and Ellsbury are taking on the Red Sox.

As the Red Sox approach the trade deadline, more spending will be no luxury – Ron Chimelis says that money will not be a factor in whether the Red Sox make a big move this month or not.

Cape League memories – Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard remembers playing in the Cape League, and weighs in on the trade deadline.

Bowden likes move to pen so far – The ProJo Red Sox Journal ties up a number of open subjects.

New England may no longer be standing pat in the AFC East – Glen Farley opens his Patriots preview series with a peek at the competition in the division.

Patriots Will Have to Improve 1-6 Road Mark To Survive Tough AFC – Jeff Howe says that mark isn’t going to cut it this season.

Celtics Rookie Avery Bradley Primed to Lock Down Important Bench Role Immediately – Evans Clinchy says that the Celtics top pick can make a difference right away.

‘Oos’ and aahs deserved – George Kimball in the Herald looks at the dominant performance by South African Louis Oosthuizen in The Open Championship.

Let’s Get The Friday Megalinks Done

Ok, this shuffling between two offices is just killing me. No time to do anything, work or blogging. Let’s do some linkage now.

For the weekend viewing picks, you can go here.

Now the links from all over the country and Canada.

National

Michael Hiestand of USA Today says more big sports events will be migrating to cable from network TV.

USA Today Travel writer Barbara De Lollis reports that ESPN’s Erin Andrews is suing the hotel chains that gave out information to her stalker that allowed him to videotape her without her knowledge. 

Milton Kent of Fanhouse writes an open letter to ESPN Dictator George Bodenheimer.

Librardo Cardona and Frank Bajak of the Associated Press report that a Colombian TV network will not air ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary, “The Two Escobars” based on a complaint from the family of Andres Escobar, the soccer player who was killed after the 1994 World Cup.

The head of Fox Sports public relations, Lou D’Ermilio writes an appreciation of former Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard.

Glen Dickson at Broadcasting & Cable says Fox Sports has renewed a deal with Sportsvision to digitally enhance its NFL, MLB and NASCAR broadcasts through 2014.

Diego Vasquez at Media Life Magazine discovers that sponsors really get their money’s worth with the U.S. Open in New York.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell says Tiger Woods’ sponsors need him to win and win now.

Joe Favorito says Spain has reaped the benefits of hosting the World Cup (1982) and the Summer Olympics (1992).

Emmett Jones at Sports Business Digest is counting the days until the NBA Lockout.

The Sports Media Watch says Fox Saturday Baseball hit the 2.0 rating mark last Saturday for the first time since May.

SMW feels ESPN granting LeBron James one hour of airtime wasn’t the worst thing the network has done.

And SMW has some ratings news and notes.

SportsbyBrooks wonders why Versus’ Jenn Sterger is taking shots at Danica Patrick.Nothing like a sports catfight.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe says NESN has finally found a vehicle for anchor Jade McCarthy.

The Bristol (CT) Press editorializes that ESPN bringing 125 Magazine jobs to the local area is good for the economy.

The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir writes that the Yankees’ limited partners have nothing but praise for George Steinbrenner.

Mike Hale of the Times reviews MLB Network’s new reality show, “The Club.”

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News depicts the give-and-take relationship between George Steinbrenner and Yankees announcer Suzyn Waldman.

Bill Madden of the Daily News writes that contrary to TV reports, no Yankees player attended the funeral services of former public address announcer Bob Sheppard. 

Frank DiGiacomo of the Daily News reports that YES announcer and ESPN Radio New York host Michael Kay has become engaged to former NBC News anchor Jodi Applegate in what seems to be a very mismatched pair.

Phil Mushnick in the New York Post feels ESPN didn’t provide enough live coverage during its live coverage of the Open Championship.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union how we watch sports continues to evolve even in this day of high definition TV.

Ken McMillan from the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says Time Warner will air the Empire State Games next week.

In the Baltimore-centric Press Box, Dave Hughes of DCRTV notes that Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will launch a Charm City sports news website next week.

Ryan Sharrow of the Baltimore Business Journal also looks at the new Comcast Baltimore website. 

South

The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson says expect to see the Heat on national TV the maximum amount as allowed by the NBA.

Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun Sentinel says Sun Sports will re-air the Miami Heat’s welcome of LeBron James and Chris Bosh three more times.

Tom Jones in the St. Petersburg Times writes that TBS will honor George Steinbrenner through Seinfeld episodes next week.

Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says Texas Rangers PA announcer Chuck Morgan got to work next to the Yankees’ Bob Sheppard for one game.

David Barron from the Houston Chronicle has a news and notes column today.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman also has some news and notes.

Midwest

John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that local sports radio host Andy Furman will host a weekend Fox Sports Radio show.

John says the MLB All-Star Game was a hit in the Queen’s City.

Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press is not a fan of the ESPY’s.

Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explains why the World Cup did not fare well in Suds City.

Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business has his winners and losers in sports media and business.

Dan Caesar in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cardinals are mulling over two very strong proposals for its radio rights.

West

Scott D. Pierce in the Deseret (UT) News says the World Cup definitely brought in the viewers.

John Maffei in the North County Times talks about ESPN’s start-to-finish coverage of the Open Championship. John has an error in his column stating that Mark May will do play-by-play of ESPN’s Thursday night college football series. Rece Davis will be calling games, not Mark May.

Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star says SoCal is on the hook for the lowest All-Star Game ratings in history.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times says an Entourage storyline of the NFL offering L.A. a team is far-fetched in reality.

Dawn Chmieleski of the Times writes that the dispute between Time Warner and Disney could have sports fans reeling.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News looks at Fox’s spin on the All-Star Game ratings.

Tom has his look at the week and adds some news and notes as well.

Gary Lycan of the Orange County Register says local radio sportscaster Chuck Madden has passed away.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says 3-D TV is the future of sports television.

Canada

Bruce Dowbiggin at the Toronto Globe and Mail says the All-Star Game ratings are symptomatic of MLB’s problems.

Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star notes that a local sports radio station has hired a host to shake things up.

And we’re done with the megalinks.

BSMW Teams Up With TiqIQ For The Best Prices on Boston Sports

For a few months now, I’ve been working behind the scenes with an exciting new startup in the secondary ticket market – TiqIQ and I’m pleased to announce that BSMW is ready to become the official cross-sports Boston partner of TiqIQ.

What is TiqIQ? Basically it is Kayak for tickets. Just as Kayak allows you to search across all the travel sites for the best deals, TiqIQ goes out and grabs all the prices from the top ticket sites out there, like StubHub, eBay, Ticket Network, TicketsNow, etc, and puts them all together in one place so you can find the best deals on seats for the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics or Bruins. (Celtics and Bruins pages to come as the season approaches.) There are links to the Red Sox and Patriots pages in the nvaigation bar at the top of this page.

While that is great, they go a step further, and provide some great data and content to help you understand the ticket market and make better purchase decisions.  Their content ranges from series previews to series comparison to trends for future games as well and even cool stuff like how much more or less do people pay to see Tim Wakefield start as opposed to a Jon Lester start…Can’t wait for that one!

The centerpiece of the partnership is a buying portal for BSMW that will provide the best overview of what’s going in Boston sports, and be your one-stop destination for any games you are planning to go to or even thinking about going to.

If you’re going to buy tickets through the online secondary market, I hope you’ll consider going through BSMW Tickets to get the best deal and help support this site at the same time.

Specifically, Boston Sports Ticket Watch will include the following features:

  • Aggregated Listings: TiqIQ track tickets from major sellers including Stubhub, TicketsNow, eBay and TicketNetwork.
    • We show these in both a Market Tab (Stubhub, TicketsNow, TicketNetwork, eBay) and Auction Tab (eBay)
  • TiqZone Categorization: TiqIQ breaks each stadium up into TiqZones, which are groupings of sections that we’ve determined are comparable in value. 
    TiqIQ Statistics:
    TiqIQ provides ticket-level buying intelligence through the IQ rating and TiqIQ Statistics.
  • Event Details: TiqIQ gives you time and location information on the event.

I get a lot of offers for various partnerships here at BSMW, and believe it or not, I turn many of them down, while there are quite a lot of ads here on the site, my goal is to actually reduce the number of various advertisements, and still bring in the revenue I need to run the site. When I first saw the presentation for TiqIQ, I was blown away. This was something I wanted to be involved in, and if it is as successful as I think it will be, you’ll ultimately be seeing a lot fewer ads here on the site.

What you will see is a couple posts a week (in the afternoons) analyzing the Boston sports ticket market, giving you the data (along with some commentary) to make smart decisions on ticket buying, and I just think it’s really interesting looking at the business side of things as well. How well are the Red Sox drawing this season? What’s the market like, and is it indicative of the team’s overall health? There will also be a box in the sidebar with cool data and graphics on the current market as well.

I had concerns that this might pull away from the focus of the site, or “flood” the site with pushy ads trying to get you to spend your money. I don’t see those as worries any longer. The data and commentary I plan to use will be mostly focused, as noted above, on the business side of sports and providing my readers with a great new destination to buy sports tickets.  I hope you enjoy, and ask that you provide us feedback as we get going on anything you like, dislike, or data that you want to see.  You can email BSMW Tickets at BSMW@tiqiq.com with any questions or thoughts.

Please email the TiqIQ folks at that address with any issues you might have, as they will be the ones to take care of it for you. The site and service are still in Beta, so please provide them with feedback for improvements.