Time to give some links today from the morning papers.
Starting with Jim Williams in his Examiner blog, he writes about Keith Olbermann’s return to sports TV broadcasting with his Countdown show and subsequent appearance on Football Night in America.
In the New York Times, Richard Sandomir writes about a New Era Yankees cap that was pulled from stores shelves because it is associated with gang colors.
The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick gets on the Cleveland Browns for making an effort to curb drunks at their home games. You’re reaching, Phil.
From the New York Daily News, Bob Raissman wonders if Tiki Barber will become gunshy on NBC’s Football Night in America after he criticized former teammate Eli Barber last week.
Newsday’s Neil Best has a column today and he writes about New York’s lack of interest in college football.
Updating you on the Big Ten Network/cable dispute, Dan Chalk of the Midland (MI) Daily News says BTN and Charter are still talking just four days before the launch of the channel. Peoria (IL) Journal Star columnist Kirk Wessler is a bit harsh on Big Ten Commish Jim Delaney saying he’s to blame for the fact that BTN is not on most of the Midwest’s cable systems. From the Centre (PA) Daily Times’ Centre Squawker blog, Adam Smeltz takes a look at the public relations war between the Big Ten Network and Comcast. And Smeltz says Comcast and the Big Ten are far apart in reaching an agreement. Peter Alpern of the Chronicle-Telegram (OH) writes about the clash between BTN and the cable industry. While major companies like Comcast, Charter, Time Warner and Bright House have balked carrying BTN, Horizon View has not and Loren Genson of the Chillicothe (OH) Gazette has a story on that company making room for the channel. Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press says BTN has a chance of success because of its President, Mark Silverman. Dick Farrell of the New Philadelphia (OH) Times- Reporter sides with Time Warner in this dispute. In an editorial, the Lafayette (IN) Journal and Courier says this whole thing between Comcast and the Big Ten is all about money. Eric Stark of the Lancaster (PA) New Era says Comcast’s ploy to keep the Big Ten Network off basic cable is about turning a profit.
Geoff Mott of the Saginaw (MI) News has a story on former Michigan man Desmond Howard adjusting to his role on ESPN’s College Gameday pregame show. John Lafayette of TV Week writes about a new interactive promotional campaign for College Gameday.
Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News writes that Time Warner Cable has picked up ESPNU in time for the college football season.
That’s it for today. I’ll have Videos of the Week sometime later. Check back.