Let’s do a linkage for you. Again, I have to be at a jobsite early in the morning so the Friday megalinks will be up sometime in the afternoon. I don’t know when. Plus being at the jobsite throws a monkey wrench into my plans to find the Olympics Opening Ceremonies online. Oh well.
I went over to Justin.tv today where a bunch of people had been running NFL exhibition games tonight. One by one, the channels that had been running the Giants-Lions, Saints-Cardinals and Chiefs-Bears were shut down as the NFL came in to enforce its copyright rules. Also, one channel that was planning to run CBC’s Olympics coverage was also taken off the roster. One suggestion and let me say straight out that I don’t have a channel on Justin, if you’re going to run an NFL game or the Olympics, don’t come out and say it outright. If you do, the enforcement gods will strike your channel down. That is your Fang’s Bites tip of the night.
Let’s do some links.
Starting with Awful Announcing which has the video of the Ernie Johnson, Jr. tribute to Skip Caray during TNT’s coverage of the PGA Championship today.
Newsday’s Neil Best says for now, the Jets only have two nationally televised games this season. That’s likely to change.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union is watching both the Giants and Jets exhibition games and he prefers the production of the Jets game. Pete also notes that the NFL Network has already made a scheduling change to carry the Jets game live on August 16.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says that Brett Favre’s Jets jersey is selling extremely well at NFL.com. Darren says Sega’s new Beijing 2008 video game is going to cause a lot of thumb injuries.
Paul J. Gough of the Hollywood Reporter says NBC’s ratings for the Olympics depends on how well swimmer Michael Phelps does. And Paul writes that the online distrubution network for the Olympics will be the biggest in history.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has 8 ways you can follow the Olympics.
Tripp Mickle of the Sports Business Daily/Journal wishes he can watch Olympic events online in Communist China.
John Dempsey of Variety has NBC crowing about reaching its $1 billion ad sales goal for the Olympics.
Marianne Paskowski of TV Week says Communist China is doing all it can to control coverage of the Olympics.
William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail says the BBC, CBC, NBC and TSN are all calling events off a monitor from their home studios for certain Olympic events.
Adam Turner of the Hydraopinion blog wishes Australian TV would take a cue from NBC in covering the Olympics.
Strange story and strange move. The Naples (FL) Daily News reports that Comcast is launching the Big Ten Network in Southwest Florida.
While the Big Ten Network picks up viewers in SEC country, George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal tells us that BTN can’t even come to an agreement with Time Warner Cable in its own territory.
Bruce Allen of the Boston Sports Media Watch says NESN is making a change in sideline reporters for Bruins hockey.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports writes that MLB is considering scrapping its antiquated TV blackout rules starting next season.
Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post tells us that MASN has renewed Nationals voice Bob Carpenter for one more year.
Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball says MASN’s two channels are being moved to consecutive locations on DirecTV’s sports tier. MASN and MASN2 are currently located apart from each other on DirecTV.
Larry Barrett of Multichannel News reports that ESPN’s E:60 returns next week.
Alex Weprin of Broadcasting & Cable writes that ESPN/ABC will keep the Indianapolis 500 plus four other races in the Indy Racing League through 2012 while Versus takes the rest.
That’s it. Good night.