Let’s give you some links this morning and sometime before the World Series, I’ll do the Videos of the Week. I still haven’t decided the theme as of yet.
First, Neil Best is not happy over the length of Saturday’s World Series Game 3 which went four hours and nineteen minutes (a full nine innings!) and ended about 1 a.m. ET. Thanks, Fox for a pregame show that went too long and filling commercial time that went 2:20 in between innings. And in his column, Best gives praise to former Jets QB Ray Lucas who has been doing studio work with SNY on its Jets programming. In the Watchdog blog, Best adds some things that didn’t make it into the column. You want more Ray Lucas stuff? Neil is only happy to oblige. Finally, Neil posts one more addendum to his Friday column in which he praised SNY for its commitment to newsgathering (I only link to it because there’s a picture of the lovely Bonnie Bernstein of ESPN).
The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman says MSG Network has finally taken the gloves off on New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas, but still won’t mention owner James Dolan.
Phil Mushnick in the New York Post feels ESPN won’t discuss the Travis Henry story in its NFL pregame shows today or tomorrow. Henry of the Broncos is facing a second drug suspension and reportedly has fathered nine children with nine women. Nothing like spreading your gene pool.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times notes that it’s a good time to be a Boston sports fan and mentions that the Bruins moved their game time yesterday so not to compete with the Red Sox.
The Sports Media Watch blog talks about ESPN/ABC butchering its NASCAR coverage.
In his Four DVRs, no waiting blog, the Houston Chronicle’s David Barron writes about ESPN’s Darren Woodson using an unfortunate choice of words in regards to the Houston-San Diego game.
We haven’t done this in a while so let’s give you a bunch of links on the Big Ten Network. Bob Heisse of the Centre (PA) Daily Times writes in his blog that Comcast is updating subscribers on why it’s not carrying the Big Ten Network. Drew Sharp and Shannon Shelton of the Detroit Free Press report that BTN is setting a deadline for next month for Comcast and Time Warner Cable to pick it up in time for basketball season. Michael Rosenberg also of the Free Press puts the blame squarely in Comcast’s corner. Rosenberg says the Comcast-BTN feud is getting close to Michigan-Michigan State proportions. Minnesota Athletic Director Joel Maturi and Big Ten Conference President Jim Delaney co-author an editorial in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune stating that Comcast is the culprit in the dispute. Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer says this fight involving BTN and the NFL Network against Comcast is much ado about nothing. The Capital Times of Wisconsin says that long-time state broadcaster Jay Wilson joins BTN to call women’s basketball games. And Ohio State fans will have to scramble to see the Buckeyes’ game vs. Illinois on November 10 as Doug Harris of the Dayton Daily News writes it will most likely be on the Big Ten Network.
Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News talks about the NFL turning to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to get the NFL Network on cable. Todd Mavreles of the Brownsville (TX) Herald writes that two Cowboys games scheduled for the NFL Network won’t be available in the area on Time Warner Cable.
Joanne Ostrow of the Denver Post spent last night in the Fox Sports production truck as it produced Game 3 of the World Series.
The lovely Tina Cervasio of NESN has been writing a blog for MLB.com about her experiences covering the World Series. I like it.
Steve Wiseman of The State writes that a lucky fan who produces a winning video could see a BCS game.
Guy Cipriano of the Centre Daily Times chronicles ESPN College Gameday’s day at Penn State.
Those are your links for today. Videos of the Week will come later today.