New York City Media: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Vinny YeagerCorrespondent IMay 3, 2009

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When a star athlete comes to a New York sport's team, the first question they get asked is, "How do you think you will handle the New York City media?"

Most players just blow the question off and laugh about it, but in reality, the New York sport's media is one of the scariest things in sports.

Just ask Alex Rodriquez.

The sport's media consists of newspaper journalists, radio, television shows, and play-by-play as well as color analysts for local team's games.

Some of these guys are great and know exactly what they are talking about, while others make you think, "What are they talking about?"

Here is a breakdown of all three of the major media categories of the New York City media.

Newspaper Journalists

Personally, I feel the New York newspapers are the strong point of the media and always write the correct information as well as provide excellent insight.

New York has many newspapers including the New York Daily News, the New York Post, and Newsday.

Writers such as Frank Isola, Mike Lupica, Ralph Vacchiano, Larry Brooks, and Mike Vaccaro always provide great coverage and get the inside scoop on what's really going on inside the locker room, as well as on the field or ice.

Most of these guys are fans of the teams that they are writing for, so they will always go that extra mile to get the information that others might not be able to get.

Plus, this is New York City, the City That Never Sleeps, so these writers are always working and making their readers more knowledgeable about their sport's teams.

Radio and Television Shows

This is where the controversy truly begins.

New York City is all about opinion. Everyone has the same ego and think that they are always right no matter what.

WFAN radio host Mike Francesa best fits that statement.

Francesa could truly care less about what you think and always feels that he is right.

I was listening to his show one day and Francesa was talking to a man who called into his show. The conversation got a little heated and Francesa went on about how no one cares about this guy's opinion

News flash to Mike Francesa, no one cares what you think either.

On a more positive note, there are other good New York radio shows such as, Boomer and Carton and Benigno and Roberts.

Sport's television shows are also a big hit, especially on SportsNet New York.

"Daily News Live", "The Wheelhouse", and "Loudmouths" are always great shows on weekday afternoons on SNY.

Play by Play and Color Analysts

Now this is where the Good and the Ugly really meet.

Although watching a Knick's game might not be as entertaining or as fun as maybe a Laker or Celtic game, the guys behind the microphone do a fabulous job of calling the action.

Mike Breen along with Knick legend, Walt "Clyde" Frazier, always do an excellent job of calling the game. Both announcers are always talking about what's going on out on the court and rarely ever get side tracked and discuss other topics.

If you watch a enough games and listen to Clyde, your vocabulary will get ten times better, guaranteed.

On the other side of the spectrum, there is Michael Kay, who is the play by play announcer for the Yankees on the YES network.

Baseball broadcasting legend Mel Allen would be very disappointed in the way Kay calls a game.

He is always talking about something other then baseball and sometimes his partners, Ken Singleton, Paul O'Neil, David Cone, and John Flaherty, just have no idea what he is talking about.

If I were Michael Kay, I would just try to keep my mouth shut and just talk about baseball.


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