As I recorded the Appalachian State-Michigan game off the Big Ten Network, listened to the Red Sox off the internet and kept tabs of the Indy-Saints game from NFL Gamecenter, plus occasionally surfing to US Open.org, this has turned into one of the busier nights in sports of the year. Let’s do some links for you.
The Big Ten Network signs up the Dish Network which means the two major satellite services offer the channel. Pete Bigelow of the Ann Arbor News writes that the channel will be on in time for Saturday and then offer HD capabilities the following week. The Detroit Free Press says BTN will be on channel 439. One more story for good measure from Penn State Live. George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that there will be an HD feed of the Ohio State-Akron game. John Lafayette of TV Week also has the story. Tom Witosky of the Des Moines Register says the news comes just in time for Iowa’s game against Syracuse.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell is in Indianapolis to cover the New Orleans-Indy NFL season opener and he got to play a game of Cornhole with a Coors Light girl. What is that? Darren explains.
ESPN tells us the features it will air on Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown. Mike Shields of Mediaweek tells us that ESPN has added two new series produced exclusively for the web and mobile phones. College Gameday’s Tom Rinaldi has taped a segment with Appalachian State kicker Julian Rauch for this Saturday.
Howard Herman of the Berkshire (MA) Eagle says two new changes to the TV lineup for the NFL networks will be Ron Jaworski on Monday Night Football and the Two Grumpy Men segment on Fox NFL Sunday.
Michael McCarthy of USA Today has an extensive article on the NFL increasing its control on media content.
The Big East says all of its 144 league games this upcoming men’s basketball season will be aired on either CBS Sports or on the ESPN family of networks.
DirecTV has announced it will carry all of MLB’s postseason either on TBS or Fox in HD.
That’s it for the links for now. I’ll be back with a megaupdate tomorrow.