Let’s give you a few links here.
Starting with CBS Sports and its ratings for the PGA Championship, the network received the 5th highest rating for the tournament since 1986. The other four? They all had Tiger playing for the win as well. CBS has had the rights for the PGA Championship since 1991. And here’s the official announcement from CBS Sports.
Paulsen from the Sports Media Watch blog looks at the overnight ratings for the sporting weekend. The PGA Championship did well and MLB on Fox went down for the 7th straight week.
Neil Best in his Newsday blog gives a couple of sports related programming highlights for HBO in the next two days.
From CNBC.com, Darren Rovell says the longer David Beckham continues to be on the sidelines with his injury, the less of an impact he’ll have on MLS. And I talked to one local vendor whose business is located less than a mile from Gillette Stadium. He told me fans came down from Canada to see Becks only to find out that he would not play in last night’s LA Galaxy-NE Revolution game. That’s not good.
The 38Cliches blog continues to investigate exactly what Glenn Geffner’s position is with the Boston Red Sox. He’s discovered that Goofie is actually an officer in the Red Sox chain of command, a VP of Communications. Is it right for an officer of the Red Sox to broadcast its games? In the past, this would be considered to be a conflict of interest, similar to when Dave Gavitt as Commissioner of the Big East conference would be the analyst for TV broadcasts syndicated by the Big East. So should Geffner be taken off the broadcasts? I think so.
Here’s one story from the weekend that I somehow missed. Patrick Reusse of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune profiles former Twin Cities news anchor Inga Hammond, now of the Golf Channel.
James Gandolfini’s first project since The Sopranos will be a movie for HBO about former Nike shoe executive Sonny Vaccaro who brokered all types of deals for athletes and coaches.
John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News writes in his Morning Buzz blog that he feels the cable companies will eventually win the battle vs. the NFL Network. The Consumerist blog wonders if the two sides will ever get together.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star gives his good, bad and ugly of the TV sports weekend.
Jim Williams in the DC/Baltimore Examiner says for the first time in two years, he was able to actually listen to a Washington Redskins broadcast on terrestrial radio. And Williams writes that the Baltimore Ravens’ in-house TV production unit will be ready for tonight’s Ravens-Eagles game.
Those are the links for now. Primetime and Late night viewing picks coming up.