Back to work on a Monday. Had heavy rains here early in the morning, but they’re over now and we expect some humidity later. But enough of the weather report, time for your links.
Yesterday marked ESPN’s return to NASCAR and there’s reaction all over the place. Let’s start with Michael McCarthy in USA Today who liked the coverage of the Brickyard 400, but didn’t necessarily like Draft Track. From the Daly Planet blog which critiques TV coverage of NASCAR, John Daly (not the golfer) says ESPN missed the entire finish of the race choosing to cutaway after Tony Stewart took the checkered flag. In his NASCAR blog in the Hartford Courant, Shawn Courchesne writes that Stewart chose to say “bullshit” in a post-race interview to show ESPN he was irritated with the line of questioning.
Neil Best of Newsday writes that Boomer Esiason is very close to reaching an agreement with WFAN to host its morning drive show. And in his Watchdog blog, Best compares the approach of YES and SNY to their game broadcasts.
David Hinckley of the New York Daily News says the hiring of Esiason might be good for WFAN’s competitors.
Phil Mushnick in today’s New York Post goes after Nike and Reebok for not dumping Michael Vick earlier.
The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir recaps the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
Jim Williams in the DC/Baltimore Examiner also recaps the HOF ceremonies from the Baltimore point of view.
From Crain’s Detroit Business News, ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV has signed to carry six MAC games to replace the Big Ten games it lost to the Big Ten Network. And one month from now, BTN will debut, but it’s still has yet to gain carriage from the heavy hitters of cable. The Chicago Daily Herald has more.
You may have seen it already, NBC has begun a megablitz for Sunday Night Football.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle writes about LA Dodger fans listening to Vin Scully inside Dodger Stadium.
This is interesting. The NFL Network won’t allow its own Deion Sanders to write a column for the News-Press.
That’s it for now. I’ll be back with more links later.