Time for some linkage today. Let’s get to them.
The USA Today’s Michael Hiestand is back today and he writes about the lower ratings for NASCAR this year.
From Neil Best of Newsday, we get some blog entries. The first one has Best commenting on Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci who has a business relationship with Joe Torre. A very good post I might add. Neil also talks about ESPN hiring more reporters from the print world to join its Evil Empire. And finally, Best says Eric Byrnes in small doses is better than 3 hours which is what XM Satellite Radio will do by giving him a show on its Home Plate channel.
Patrick Walters of Noise/The Hub in Michigan hates the Big Ten Network.
Dick Jerardi of the Philadelphia Daily News talks about the good times and bad times of the A-10 Conference including its problems getting exposure through its TV contract with CSTV, now in its second year.
The Salem Statesman-Journal reports that this Saturday’s Oregon-Arizona game will be simulcast on XM Satellite Radio.
Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek says Monday Night Football helped to put ESPN on top of the cable primetime ratings last week.
John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the Monday Night Football booth was energized when Steve Young was brought into the booth this week.
Jeffrey Flanagan of the Kansas City Star says Bryant Gumbel may not be the best voice for the NFL Network. From the New York Times, Richard Sandomir says the NFL/Big Cable dispute shows the league doesn’t have the all of the power in this case.
Steve Donohoe of Multichannel News says Playboy is doing a second edition of its America’s Sexiest Sportscaster poll. Of the choices, I go with Shana Hiatt of NBC’s Poker After Dark (some pics in the link are NSFW). And also, the Flip Side column in the Baltimore Sun looks into the poll.
The Gary Post-Tribune says ESPN will be in Northwest Indiana to cover a Professional Bowlers Association Tour event.
Dave Kane of the Springfield (IL) State Journal-Register writes that the LPGA’s State Farm Classic is moving from Labor Day weekend to mid-July so it can get TV coverage from ESPN.
Holly Sanders of the New York Post writes that NBC plans to use its online coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics to sell plenty of ads.
Brian Koonz of the Danbury (CT) News-Times says the Big East has decided to put 14 UConn games on SNY, MSG Network and FSN New York to offset Comcast’s refusal to place a local station on its lineup.
This has nothing to do with sports, but if you’re a regular reader of this site, you’ll know that I like Nigella Lawson of the Food Network. She was in Seattle yesterday. This is just an excuse to link to the story and also look at the picture that accompanies it.
That’s going to do it for now. I’ll be back later.