Back on a Wednesday and time for the links.
The Big Ten Network has set its studio lineup and most of its game announcing crews. Michael Hiestand of USA Today has the story. Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune says the announcing crews will have a Fox flavor. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Bob Wolfey also has a story on the Big Ten Network announcement. Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune says former University of Minnesota football coach Glen Mason will be an analyst for BTN. The Columbus Dispatch also has a story on the hirings.
Yesterday, the Big East football coaches held their annual media day in Newport, RI and we have some links for you. Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says the Big East Conference is not interested in forming a channel of its own (scroll to the bottom). Good idea. The Northeast is not a hotbed for college sports unlike the Midwest and South. Kevin McNamara, the excellent college sports writer of the Providence Journal, has a story on the Big East football conference growing in popularity thanks to its appearances on nights other than Saturdays on ESPN.
In the DC/Baltimore Examiner, Jim Williams says there’s a British invasion with David and Victoria Beckham coming to America, but in turn, there’s an American invasion of the UK for the Open Championship this weekend.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle has an update on Richard Justice who will join KILE when it launches an all-sports format later this summer.
J.P. Pelzman of the Bergen Record of New Jersey piles on the criticism of “Who’s Now” on ESPN.
Chris Freud of the Vail Daily (CO) newspaper says despite ESPN’s dog days, there is some good sports TV programming out there.
John Marshall of the AP has a story on the NFL’s silly 45 second online video rule.
Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin profiles KTTC-TV sports anchor Pat Lund who has lost almost 90 pounds.
Neil Best of Newsday caught up with an ESPN executive this week who told him that the network didn’t mean to break a MLB embargo on the All Star Game selections.
That’s it for now.