Time for an update this afternoon.
Starting with Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News, we find that last Thursday’s Packers-Cowboys set a viewing record for the NFL Network. Mike Cassidy of Undertone Networks writes for Online Video Insider about his experiences watching the NFL.com Live webcast for last Thursday’s game. The Cumberland (MD) Times-News reports that the NFL Network along with FSN Pittsburgh will be seen in HD on Atlantic Broadband cable systems starting this week.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has some of the opinions shared on the Packers-Cowboys game this past weekend on ESPN (scroll down).
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch runs a press release stating that ESPN Radio has signed a carriage deal with Big League Broadcasting to turn an existing talk station into a full service affiliate.
The Jossip website gives praise to ESPN for spending huge amounts of money on hardcore sports journalists. Stop laughing. This is true.
Todd Spangler of Multichannel News writes that ESPN is expanding the ESPN360 brand to Brazil.
CSTV, which had a really restrictive TV contract with the A-10 conference, has eased up a bit and signed a new deal to syndicate basketball games to regional sports networks (mostly on Comcast-owned RSN’s) in the conference’s geographic area. Last season, CSTV prevented many games from being aired because it had exclusivity and wouldn’t sell them to local channels. Now with this new contract, 32 men’s basketball games will be carried in the syndication package in addition to some 30 games that will be aired on CSTV. That’s much better. Here’s the press release from CSTV.
Jeff Richgels of the Capital (WI) Times reports that DirecTV has added FSN Wisconsin to its HD lineup. And Phil Swann who runs the TV Predictions website says FSN NY and MSG Network will also be added by DirecTV to the HD channel lineup.
John Consoli writes in today’s edition of Mediaweek that ratings for the NBA on the FSN regional channels are up significantly including those for the Milwaukee Bucks and San Antonio Spurs.
Former Fox Sports NFL Analyst Bill Maas goes on trial on drug and weapons charges in March.
William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail says there’s no clear winner between the two sports radio stations in town.
Ok, you have your links for the afternoon. Primetime Viewing Picks coming up.