I’ve been away from the office for most of the day and then I had to get some stuff done. Now that I’m done with what I’ve had to do, I can give you some links.
Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette profiles Boston Herald Red Sox beat reporter Rob Bradford who has made a name for himself through writing a book and numerous radio and TV appearances.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman has his weekly media columns. He says ESPN will use the skycam during the Kansas-Oklahoma State game on ABC this Saturday. Bracht gives us some tidbits for his TV notebook. Finally, Bracht gives his viewing picks for the weekend.
Joe Theismann continues to be a bitter little hedgehog about his canning from Monday Night Football (but I can’t say I blame him). Neil Best of Newsday blogs that Theismann gave his assessment of the ESPN crew to Fox Sports Radio. And Best talks about College Gameday originating from the Williams-Amherst game this Saturday.
Tom Hoffarth from the Los Angeles Daily News writes in his Farther Off the Wall blog about Football Night in America turning off the lights on Sunday. And Hoffarth reviews the debut of Sports Unfiltered with Dennis Miller on Versus. Finally, he talks about the flex scheduling for Sunday Night Football.
Jim Williams of the DC/Baltimore Examiner talks about Noisegate at the Hoosier Dome and CBS’ role/non-role in it.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star writes in his blog that FSN West and FSN Prime Ticket will air an interview with new LA Dodger manager Joe Torre conducted by Charley Steiner all this week.
Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball site has more on the FSN Northwest rights agreement with the Seattle Mariners. John Hickey of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has more on the 12 year agreement between the Mariners and FSN.
Laura Nachman from her own media news website has a story on the Philadelphia Phillies surveying fans on its broadcast team.
Mark Zuckerman writes in the Washington Times that Bob Carpenter has been brought back by the Washington Nationals to be their TV voice, two months after being told he was being dropped.
Ed Sherman of the Chicago Tribune writes that even though NBC dropped the Bears from Sunday Night Football, CBS and Fox are more than happy to pick them up.
ESPN tells us the features that will be carried on Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown.
Marc Hansen of the Des Moines Register talks with former KCCI-TV sports director Heidi Soliday who appears to have been forced out of the station (she’s not saying it, but I am).
Dave Vest of the Arizona Republic writes that the PGA Tour’s FBR Open is willing to share the spotlight with the Super Bowl in February.
Mike Thomas of the Orlando Sentinel says the Magic’s move to put 35 games on FSN without the channel getting an agreement first with Bright House Cable smacks of greed.
Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that Saturday’s Penn State-Temple game will not be available to Comcast subscribers because the game is on ESPNU.
Ken Burger of the Charleston (SC) Post-Courier writes that ESPN’s Bob Davie is willing to be negative towards South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier when no one else is.
The Lafayette (IN) Journal and Courier has a story on the Big Ten Network’s analysts for women’s college basketball. Jeff Rabjons of the Indianapolis Star says a former Indiana Miss Basketball will be one of the main studio analysts for BTN. Linda Haugsted of Multichannel News writes that legislation to force cable companies to put the Big Ten and NFL Networks on Ohio cable TV has died.
Ted Hearn of Multichannel News reports that Comcast has given the FCC the reason why it hasn’t put the NFL Network on basic cable. An editoral in the Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent calls for the state legislature to quickly consider its bill for the NFL and Big Ten Networks.
Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that Comcast SportsNet will try to give the viewer the full experience of being at a Blackhawks home game. Tom Alexander of the Chicago Sports Review gives praise to Blackhawks President Rocky Wirtz for quickly putting together a package of home games for fans.
Robert Feder also of the Sun-Times says Dan Patrick has picked up a Chicago affiliate and is on pace to be syndicated 100 radio stations by January.
That will be it for now. I might have an update tonight. Primetime Viewing Picks are next.