Friday will be the one year anniversary of the re-launch of this blog and I will give you the megalinks as usual, but I’ll also compile my list of the biggest media stories of the last 12 months. I look forward to sharing that with you.
Let me give you some links as I’m watching the final part of Carrier on PBS. If you haven’t seen it yet, by all means, catch the replays either your local PBS station or your local cable provider. Or even better, catch all of the episodes at PBS.org. This is one of the best series I’ve seen and being able to watch life on the USS Nimitz during its 2005 deployment is just amazing. Great stuff.
Here are your links.
The Sports Media Watch has the blog reaction roundup to the Costas Now/Buzz Bissinger blast.
Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas Star writing in his TV Barn blog has Bob Costas talking about Bissinger doing a disservice to himself and his arguments.
There’s a bunch of posts from Newsday’s Neil Best. He has Charles Barkley’s reaction to the Dallas Mavericks’ firing of Avery Johnson. Neil says the MLB Network plans to show vintage games when the channel launches in January 2009. Neil writes that WFAN’s Mike & the Mad Dog apologized for saying the Yankees faked Phillip Hughes’ injury. Neil reports that Bobby Murcer returns to Yankee Stadium this Friday. Neil publishes highlights of an NBC Sports media conference call on the Kentucky Derby. And Neil tells us that the YES Network will have a new season of its kids show this summer. Neil says MLB believes strongly in charging for live content. Neil has reaction from Jason Whitlock on the whole Costas Now/Bissinger thing. And finally, Neil tells Rangers fans their next three games will be on either NBC or MSG Network.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell feels an NFL rookie jersey slump coming on.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette has been busy today. Not as busy as Neil, but busy nonetheless. He says the local ESPN Radio affiliate will pick up the Kentucky Derby this Saturday. Ken says a local college diver will be featured by CBS Sports this weekend.
Pete Dougherty from the Albany Times Union has a couple of posts for us as well. He writes that the World Series of Poker will have its final table main event in November and aired on ESPN right after that. Pete asks a local sports radio show to stop the commercial plugs.
Bob Fernandez of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that Comcast SportsNet is racking up the ratings wins in Boston, Washington and Philadelphia thanks to NBA and NHL playoff action.
Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News says ratings for Game 4 of the San Jose-Dallas series garnered the highest ratings of the season for the Stars on FSN.
Ted Cox of the Chicago Daily Herald looks at the ratings of the two sports radio stations in the market from the winter period.
Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media blog picks up a story that’s being reported across the country, the excellent sportsmanship on the part of Central Washington University’s softball team to help an injured Western Oregon player round the bases after she hit a home run.
John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable writes that the major sports leagues including MLB, NFL, NBA, PGA, NHL, NCAA and ESPN are all against a proposal to try to get a part of the digital spectrum that could interfere with wireless microphones that operate in the “white spaces” in between TV channels.
John Consoli of Mediaweek says ESPN Regional TV is creating the St. Petersburg Bowl.
The Denver Post reports that the annual Colorado-Colorado State football game is being moved to a Sunday to accomodate FSN and the Democratic National Convention.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News writes that MLB Advanced Media is extending its partnership to keep the Mosaic feature for its internet-based MLB.TV program.
Elliot Pap of the Vancouver Sun writes about the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada being called in Mandarin Chinese.
John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant reports that the UConn women’s basketball team will have at least three nationally televised games next season.
That will do it for tonight.