February 23, 2015 |
Free the Phillies! Free the Flyers! Free the Sixers! Fat chance, you say? Maybe so. But that goal tops my wish list for this year's franchise-renewal negotiations between Philadelphia and its richest corporate citizen: loosening Comcast Corp.'s unfair and damaging grip on most of Philly's big-league sports scene. Like the frog who thinks he's just basking in a warm bath, we Philadelphians have gotten poached without ever quite acknowledging it. We love our home teams - even when they're as maddeningly mediocre as the recent Flyers and Phillies, or as bafflingly managed as today's Sixers.
February 20, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Comcast SportsNet is replacing one Philadelphia-area native former major leaguer with another in its broadcast booth for Phillies games this season. The network announced yesterday that Ben Davis will join the broadcast team for the 2015 season, joining fellow analysts Matt Stairs and Mike Schmidt, play-by-play man Tom McCarthy, and in-game reporter Gregg Murphy. Davis, a Malvern Prep graduate selected by San Diego with the No. 2 pick in the 1995 draft, replaces Souderton native Jamie Moyer.
December 1, 2014 |
FOR THE second straight winter, Comcast SportsNet will conduct a search for a color commentator for Phillies broadcasts. Jamie Moyer informed the network he would not return for the 2015 season. Moyer and Matt Stairs, members of the 2008 world champion Phillies, joined the broadcast last winter, signing 2-year contracts; Moyer and Stairs replaced Chris Wheeler and Gary "Sarge" Mathews. Moyer, 52, a Souderton native and Saint Joseph's University product who makes a home on the West Coast, cited wanting to spend more time with his family.
August 15, 2014 |
CBS3's Erika von Tiehl didn't even know she makes sounds so high-pitched. Then again, your body does crazy things when you're doused in ice water. Von Tiehl was participating in the ice-bucket challenge to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease. She's one of many media stars to take part in the social-media-fueled task. It goes a little something like this: Dump a bucket of icy-cold water on your head, upload a video of the deed to YouTube, nominate three more people to dump ice water on themselves.
July 22, 2014 |
THE SPORTS FAN Base Network (SFBN), an online sports network that began live streaming area high school sports in 2012, will debut a high school sports talk show on The Comcast Network (TCN), according to an SFBN release. Hosted by SFBN executive producer and CEO Ari Bluestein, "SFBN Talks High School Sports" will discuss the top teams in Philadelphia, the surrounding suburbs and South Jersey, and will premiere Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. Bluestein will be joined by various co-hosts and guests throughout the 2014-2015 school year, including top local coaches and high school sports writers.
February 13, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Forever remembered in Philadelphia for their contributions to the 2008 World Series championship, Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs will author a new chapter this season as Phillies broadcasters. The two popular former Phillies were hired Tuesday by Comcast SportsNet. They replace venerable broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews, who were dropped from the booth last month by Comcast. Moyer and Stairs have little experience in TV work, but they have instant cachet with fans.
January 27, 2014 |
As a Phillies fan, I never really expected my team to land Masahiro Tanaka, the latest Japanese phenom, or pull off a surprise blockbuster trade. If this isn't the year the old gang finally gets it all together - hey, Charlie Manuel is back! - then the most I can hope for is rebuilding, even with the promise of a new $2.5 billion TV pact with Comcast. But there was one deal I was counting on, and the home team sorely disappointed me. The Phils could have insisted that Comcast finally play ball with Dish Network and DirecTV, the satellite services that still can't show viewers the vast majority of home-team games telecast over Comcast's SportsNet channel.
January 21, 2014 |
COMCAST SPORTSNET will welcome a new face at the end of the month as Jen Daniels joins the team. Daniels' most recent stint as a sports reporter was at the ABC affiliate in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., but her gig at Comcast SportsNet is a homecoming of sorts. Daniels hails from Brigantine, N.J., where she was a basketball star in her own right, making Sports Illustrated 's Faces in the Crowd section as an eighth-grader at Brigantine North Middle School, and achieving basketball stardom at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, N.J. She attended George Mason University on a full athletic scholarship.
January 10, 2014 |
IT WORKS as a cute joke, but it is also true that the only thing harder than being let go by the Phillies is getting Ed Snider to retire. Which makes yesterday's announcement that the Phillies were "reassigning" broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews to other roles rather peculiar, especially on the heels of last month's sudden and stunning resignation by Snider's righthand man, Peter Luukko, to pursue other, unspecified interests. Loyal to Snider and in charge of overseeing interests that included the Flyers, Luukko left smack in the middle of a hockey season and with the NCAA Frozen Four hockey championships he worked so hard to obtain on the immediate horizon.
January 10, 2014 |
IN THE 24 HOURS since Comcast SportsNet and the Phillies dismissed Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews from the TV broadcast team, Brad Lidge's name was atop the list of new candidates rumored to be on Comcast's wish list. Lidge was first reported as a candidate by the Associated Press , which broke the changes in the broadcast booth story on Wednesday. USA Today reported yesterday that the former Phillies closer was a front-runner yesterday morning. Lidge's Philadelphia-based agent, Rex Gary, was well aware of the increasing whispers, so he gave his client a heads-up that he might have to answer to the queries.