Let’s give you a few more links before bowing out for the day.
Earlier this week, I had a link to a very good article by Thomas Hauser on the fractured relationship between HBO and Larry Merchant. Now we have a second article on HBO Boxing, this time by Michael Swann for the site, 15Rounds.com. Swann says HBO Boxing is in a downturn and he squarely puts the blame on HBO Sports President Ross Greenberg. It’s been said last year was a down year for boxing on the pay channel and even Larry Merchant himself said during a couple of fights that the matchups on HBO were less than stellar. The Golden Age of HBO Boxing was led by Seth Abraham, but he’s been gone from HBO since 2000. Swann says Greenberg has paid more attention to sports documentaries at the expense of boxing. Good read.
Over to Newsday and Neil Best’s Watchdog Blog. He has two good entries today. One on XM Satellite Radio about to become the exclusive home of the NHL as of this Sunday. And the other on SNY’s production on Mets games. Neil says his back is hurting. Feel better, Neil.
Tom King of the Nashua (NH) Telegraph has a story on a local pitcher who portrayed Jim “Catfish” Hunter in the ESPN mini-series, “The Bronx is Burning.”
William Houston in the Toronto Globe and Mail has a story on this being the last season for the CFL on CBC.
Teddy Greenstein in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune writes about Tony Roberts, the former Voice of Notre Dame football on Westwood One, hoping a change of radio rights holders will bring him back to the job he loves the most. Don Criqui did the games on WWOne last year. It appears that Notre Dame has decided on a new radio partner. The contract with Westwood One expires after this season. ESPN Radio and ISP are both vying for the rights.
Mike Tankersley writes for the Montgomery (AL) Advertiser and he has a story on ESPN College Gameday going to Blacksburg for its season premiere. I already gave a link to another site this morning.
That’s it for now. I’ll give you primetime viewing choices later.