Here we go, time for some links. I’ve been doing some work since I got in, but during a break, I’ll give you some linkage.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand tries to go inside the ratings for the National League Championship Series on TBS. Neil Best of Newsday wrote a small blurb on the LCS ratings (scroll down) and in his blog, he says the ratings are very minute. Still, the fact that comparing the ratings on cable to over the air TV are two completely different things. Apples and oranges.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times does the same thing, comparing the total number of viewers for the NLCS to network programming. Please. And Sandomir reports that Jimmy Kimmel’s appearance on Monday Night Football which included a reference to the fired Joe Theismann will be his last.
The Sports Media Watch blog properly compares the ratings of the NLCS to other sporting events on cable. Ed Sherman of the Chicago Tribune says the low ratings can be attributed to the sweep and the late starts. Tim Lemke of the Washington Times writes that there are a few factors to the low ratings.
Charles Elmore of the Palm Beach (FL) Post says the long layoff in between the League Championship Series and the World Series could hurt Fox’s ratings.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle in his Four DVRs, no waiting has Comcast apologizing for the channel switch that left viewers of TBS in the dark leaving them without the the last few innings of Game 4 of the NLCS.
Tracy Turner of the Columbus Dispatch writes about a local company that manufactured giant bobblehead dolls which stand outside Jacobs Field in Cleveland and other parks to promote the MLB postseason on TBS.
Darren Rovell of CNBC writes about Tiger Woods and Gatorade making a deal for a new sports drink.
John Beague from the Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News writes that Comcast will be raising its rates, but its lineup will still not include the Big Ten Network. From the Penn State student newspaper, the Daily Collegian, Tom Brolley writes that volleyball is not getting exposure from BTN.
David Hendricks of the San Antonio Express-News writes that sports fans should be in Time Warner Cable’s corner in its fight with the NFL Network.
Ray Frager from the Baltimore Sun’s Medium Well blog has a problem when someone complains about a reporter or broadcaster having “not played the game.”
John Altavilla in today’s Hartford Courant reports that the cancellation of the UConn-Tennessee women’s basketball game blew away big plans for ESPN which was scheduled to air the event.
ESPN will announce a new agreement with the Nielsen ratings service. Katy Bachman of Brandweek also has the story.
Kristian Pope and Kevin Tresloni of the Wilmington (DE) News-Journal report that ESPN’s Outside the Lines is taping a feature on why there isn’t a Delaware-Delaware State rivalry.
John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News talks about Tony Kornheiser on Monday Night Football and TBS’ coverage of the postseason.
Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says the Big East likes playing football games on Thursday night and so does ESPN.
Lots of links for today. I’ll be back later with an update.