We have a wide range of links today.
Let’s start with Michael Hiestand of USA Today who looks over the ratings of selected events from the weekend.
Newsday’s Neil Best feels NBC came through during its coverage of the U.S. Open. In his blog, Neil says he was impressed with one of Johnny Miller’s first-guesses on Saturday. Neil wonders why WNBC-TV had to break in with a tornado warning for outside the city during U.S. Open coverage. Unrelated to golf, Neil tells us that HBO will be running two Olympics-related documentaries including one tonight. Finally, Neil feels ESPN Classic should air the controversial Game 6 of the 2002 NBA Western Conference Finals.
Two things from Richard Sandomir of the New York Times. First, he feels NBC focused too much on Tiger Woods and his injured knee. And Richard discusses NBC Universal’s purchase of a majority stake in WCSN.
Paul J. Gough of the Hollywood Reporter also talks about WCSN going into the NBC Universal fold.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette is also tired of meteorologists interrupting the U.S. Open.
George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal says there was plenty of TV drama at the U.S. Open over the weekend.
Ryan Wilson of the AOL Fanhouse blog feels we’ll see more primetime golf thanks to the ratings of the U.S. Open this past weekend.
Keith Groller from the Allentown (PA) Morning Call says the U.S. Open was ratings gold.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says the “Tiger Effect” hit Wall Street yesterday. And Darren wonders if the new Livestrong.com website will be successful.
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bob Wolfley writes that local viewers watched the NBA Finals over golf.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star writes that ABC is thrilled that the NBA Finals is going to six games.
Jeff Rice from the Centre (PA) Daily Times says a Big Ten Network-Comcast deal is due any time now. We’ve been hearing this for months. Just sign the deal and get it done.
Ted Cox of the Chicago Daily Herald says Pat Foley is happy to be back calling Blackhawks games. Len Ziehm of the Sun-Times says Foley is thrilled to return to the Blackhawks after spending the last two seasons with the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.
If you’ve been watching Euro 2008 like I have, then you’ll be interested in the announcing schedule on the ESPN family of networks for this week. Awful Announcing his it for you.
And Nicholas Deleon of the CrunchGear blog likes ESPN’s Axis feature that has been shown on its Euro 2008 coverage.
Jessica Heslam of the Boston Herald has ESPN.com’s Jemele Hill apologizing for an anti-Celtics column.
Scott Powers from the Orlando Sentinel talks about the rebranding of Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex to involve the ESPN name.
William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail says CBC is still bitter over losing the rights to the Hockey Theme to CTV. And Houston reports that TSN NHL analyst Glenn Healy is leaving for a post with the NHL Players Association.
Did you know Katie Couric had a channel on YouTube? Now you do.
That will do it.