Time for some links today. Let’s get to them.
First, David Scott of Boston Sports Media Watch was supposed to be a guest on Entercom-owned WRKO Friday morning. He has been critical of sister station WEEI and Program Director Jason Wolfe. For some strange reason, WRKO officials put the kybosh on his guest spot at the last minute. Scott has his reaction to the developing story and the lovely Jessica Haslam of the Boston Herald who does a great job covering all things Entercom in Boston has her take on her blog. It’s one thing to reject a guest before he/she comes on, like in the discussion process, but it’s another to invite him/her and then cancel the appearance at the very last minute. Very strange.
Neil Best of Newsday tells us he’s not going to blog this weekend, but also gives some weekend thoughts.
Over to CNBC’s Darren Rovell who writes that there’s a shot that the NFL Network could get wider carriage thanks to two big games on its schedule.
Onto the weekly Saturday media columns now.
Jerry Garcia in the San Antonio Express-News writes an open letter to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Time Warner Cable Chief Programming Officer Melinda Witmer about resolving the NFL Network dispute.
Barry Horn in the Dallas Morning News says local viewers will be able to watch the Green Bay-Dallas game Thursday night even though it’s on the NFL Network and he also talks with ESPN College Gameday analyst Lee Corso.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talks with ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit about today’s Kansas-Missouri game.
Now to other sports media-related stories today. Rick Dean of the Topeka (KS) Capital-Journal says ESPN did not have the Kansas-Missouri Border War on its radar back in September.
Jeffrey Flanagan of the Kansas City Star talks with former Kansas coach Glen Mason, now of the Big Ten Network and ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit about the Border War.
David Knox of the Birmingham News talks with Alabama alum Rece Davis, the excellent college football studio host for ESPN.
Jeff Yates of the Wilton (CT) Bulletin writes that ESPN has been in town to shoot a documentary on the town’s soccer campaign to honor the memory of a soldier killed in Iraq.
In an editorial, the Saginaw (MI) News says no one wins in the Big Ten Network vs. Cable dispute. In another editorial, the Baraboo (WI) News Republic says the debate over BTN along with the NFL Network won’t end any time soon.
Up to Canada where Herb Adami of the Ottawa Citizen says viewers of a Senators PPV game were treated to some video and audio problems.
That will do it for now. I’ll have NFL Picks coming up later.