While I’m watching Game 1 of the World Series and chatting with fellow Red Sox fans online, I’ll give you some links.
First, Neil Best breaks the news that the Yankees are banning ESPN from future conference calls after it aired the Joe Torre announcement live despite the team’s request not to. This is not a good year for the Alleged Worldwide Leader. It got banned from the MLB All Star Game for breaking the All Star Game announcement embargo and almost got banned from the World Series. Now this. It’s these incidents that have people thinking ESPN is arrogant.
And Best writes about Reggie Miller joining the NBA on TNT “A” announcing team with Marv Albert and Mike Fratello.
Darren Rovell of CNBC starts a series of blog entries on the Business of the World Series. And speaking about Business of the World Series, the Sports Media Watch Blog reports that Fox and MLB couldn’t be happier to have the Red Sox in the World Series. This is echoed by Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.
Some Big Ten Network news for you now. Former Purdue coach Gene Keady and his infamous combover will join the channel as a studio analyst. USA Today picks up an AP wire story. Former Ohio State standout Jim Jackson will also be part of the Big Ten Network’s college basketball studio team. And Jon Lafayette of TV Week has the full trio of analysts who will join Dave Revsine on BTN. Randall Yakey of the Oakland (MI) Press says if the Michigan-Michigan State game is picked up by BTN on November 4, a majority of fans could miss the game.
From the TV Predictions.com site, Joseph Whip advises the NFL to stop complaining about the Comcast-NFL Network battle.
CBS Sports has announced its college basketball lineup for the 2007-08 season and Chris Pursell of TV Week has it for you.
Jeremy Mullman of Advertising Age wonders if ESPN can stem the tide of declining ratings for the Breeders’ Cup which starts this Friday.
I’ll have more links tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.