As we get ready for the All-Star Game tomorrow, let’s give you some links.
Newsday’s Neil Best, back from vacation, writes about Billy Packer’s departure from CBS.
Roger Van Der Horst in the Charlotte News & Observer says Packer was prepared for this day.
Reid Cherner and Tom Weir of the USA Today Game On! blog have Dick Vitale’s thoughts on Packer’s departure.
Blair Kerkhoff from the Kansas City Star also has a story on CBS dropping Billy Packer.
Dusty Saunders of the Rocky Mountain News says there will be plenty of hoopla surrounding the All-Star Game.
Phil Mushnick in the New York Post criticizes the networks for not picking up on the increased ticket prices at the new Citi Field and Yankee Stadium.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says YES’ Bobby Murcer was a great teammate to the end.
David Hinckley in the New York Daily News writes that radio stations, WCBS, WFAN and WPEN will all have coverage of the All-Star Game.
Kevin Downey of Media Life Magazine writes that Fox is raking in the advertising dollars for the All-Star Game.
Jim Williams of the DC/Baltimore Examiner tells us not to blame MASN for the Washington Nationals’ low ratings, blame the product on the field.
The Kansas City Star’s Jeffrey Flanagan has ESPN’s Rick Sutcliffe appealing for cancer screening.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today writes that Tom Watson will join Mike Tirico and Paul Azinger in the ESPN on ABC booth for the Open Championship.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times looks back at the weekend in televised sports.
Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that both Tony Romo and Ben Roesthlisberger are both quoted as supporting Brett Favre’s comeback.
John Ourand and Michael Smith of the Sports Business Journal write that Sun Sports has signed a new 10 year media rights deal with the University of Florida which means that an SEC Channel may not be a reality this year.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell wonders if Anheuser-Busch will continue to advertise heavily on sporting events now that the company has been bought out by Belgian brewer InBev.
In an editorial, the Orlando Sentinel says the fans are the losers in the Bright House cable-FSN Florida dispute.
Mark Shanahan and Paysha Rhone of the Boston Globe report that former NESN hottie Hazel Mae hosted a party in which she bid farewell to Beantown (scroll down).
Chris Littman of the Sporting News warns us that we’ll see more “Frank TV” ads on TNT and TBS sporting events.
That’s all for now