Time for some links tonight.
Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated gives his Media Power Rankings for January. Paul Zimmerman gives his annual NFL TV Commentator ratings and he jabs Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser for their work on Monday Night Football. And SI picks up an Associated Press profile of Duquense basketball announcer Ray Goss who’s been on the job for 40 years.
Doug Nye of The State tells us that there are a bunch of significant 50th anniversaries in sports that will be touched upon either by ESPN or other sports networks.
Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin has a story about FSN North’s extensive production for Hockey Day in Minnesota tomorrow.
Neil Best of Newsday says covering Super Bowl XLII was an unexpected pleasure. Also from Newsday, Mark Herrmann has a story about Dick Enberg’s play about the late Al McGuire.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer talks with Cris Collinsworth who says he was shocked to find out HBO was dumping Inside the NFL.
Rob Pegoraro of the Washington Post blogs that it appears that MASN will carry at least 60 Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals games in HD this season. And Phil Swann of the TV Predictions website goes further into detail about the story.
The Chicago Daily Herald says Comcast SportsNet will remember the late Cubs announcer Harry Carey with a full day of programming on February 18.
Laith Agha of the San Jose Mercury News writes that producing golf can sometimes become a circus for the CBS Sports PGA unit at Pebble Beach this weekend. Dennis Taylor of the Monterey County (CA) Herald caught up with NBC’s Al Michaels who’s playing at Pebble Beach in the AT&T Pro-Am.
Michael David Smith of the AOL Fanhouse Blog wonders if in the wake of the rumors of Microsoft buying Yahoo, would the company would sell its sports unit to let’s say, ESPN?
Luke Decock of the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer writes about a new five year deal between FSN South and the Carolina Hurricanes. And Decock went behind the scenes with FSN South during one particular Hurricane game.
The Tennis-X blog tells us that ESPN2 is dropping the Indian Wells and Miami tennis tournaments while FSN will pick them up.
More fuel to the Dana Jacobsen fire. Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis says he was offended at Jacobsen’s remarks during the Mike & Mike roast in Atlantic City last month.
Broadcasting & Cable reports that WWE Smackdown is leaving the CW after this season.
A couple of things from Multichannel News. Mike Reynolds reports that TNT is doing a promotion with 162 pizzerias in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Boston to hype the NBA All Star Game. And Reynolds writes that Versus and Tennis Channel have teamed up to televise the Davis Cup this weekend.
CBS Sports will cover two college basketball games this weekend.
Former Fox NFL analyst Bill Maas and his girlfriend will serve two years probation stemming from gun and drug charges during a routine traffic stop in Peoria, IL last year.
Former CBS Sports host and current host of The Insider, Pat O’Brien is back in rehab.
You have a lot of links to look through. Enjoy. I’ll be back Saturday with a few more links.