Time for some linkage on this Monday night.
Newsday’s Neil Best tells us that YES Network has picked up three Yale University football games this fall. As the great Tom Lehrer sang in “Fight Fiercely, Harvard“, “Hurl that spheroid down the field!”
Of course, once I find the lyrics to that song, I have to look up Tom Lehrer on YouTube. Down the road, expect to see some Tom Lehrer performances as part of Videos of the Week.
Back to the links now. Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times-Union reports that Time Warner Cable will come to the rescue of Giants fans and pick up the team’s first exhibition game this Thursday after the local NBC affiliate relegated it to its digital channel.
The Sports Media Watch looks at the debate over Erin Andrews’ attire and behavior at last week’s Cubs-Brewers game. Honestly, I’ve grown tired of this non-story and this will be the last link I will provide on this issue.
From Brent Hunsberger’s Playbooks and Profits blog in The Oregonian, we find that a Eugene television station has dropped the Oregon Ducks from its lineup citing cost and its new media deal with IMG. Brent links to this story from Greg Holt of the Eugene Register-Guard from Friday.
Jonathan Landreth of the Hollywood Reporter says YouTube will have a channel dedicated to the Olympics and will share revenue with the IOC. However, the channel will not be available in the United States. Paul J. Gough of the Reporter talks about Today show co-anchor Matt Lauer joining Bob Costas for the Olympic Opening Ceremonies on Friday. If you live on the border with Canada, you may want to TiVO the CBC’s coverage.
Marisa Guthrie of Broadcasting & Cable says with the Olympics fast approaching, the media is still trying to grab a foothold in Communist China. Alex Weprin of B&C reports that NBC is offering cable providers enhanced content to the Olympics. Ben Grossman of B&C has his unique viewing guide for the Games.
R. Thomas Umsted of Multichannel News says NBC is already signing up cable providers for its coverage of the 2010 and 2012 Olympics.
The Washington Post picks up a story by David Kaplan of PaidContent.org who writes that NBC will pick up $100 million in online ads on the Olympics.
Michael Ventre of MSNBC.com says viewers run the risk of being spoiled especially for events NBC will hold for primetime.
Michelle Quinn of the Los Angeles Times offers West Coast viewers a strategy for watching the Olympics on the net.
The lovely Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine writes that the NFL Hall of Fame game put up good numbers for NBC on Sunday.
Chris Pursell of TV Week says NBC is about to release “The Sunday Night Football Cookbook” with recipes from your favorite NBC analyst. I can’t wait to see what Bob Costas and Keith Olbermann have cooked up for us.
Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle feels NBC’s NFL crew will win over the fans.
All of the Green Bay Packers’ exhibition games will be broadcast in HD.
The Sox & Dawgs blog looks at the Patriots Rock Radio Network flagshipped by WBCN in Boston. And the blog has an entry on the multi-faceted Patriots Football Network which spans two TV stations and Comcast On Demand.
ESPN has released excerpts from a conference call regarding its live morning SportsCenter block which begins next Monday.
Maury Brown from the Biz of Baseball has comments made by Chip Caray and Ron Darling during TBS’ airing of the Angels-Yankees game on Sunday.
Joe Favorito liked what one minor league baseball franchise did to get fans in the park.
Broadcasting & Cable reports Versus has signed with interactive TV provider Jacked for the NHL, college football and college basketball.
The Dayton Business Journal says the United States Tennis Association will buy the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters tennis tournament with the intent of expanding TV coverage on ESPN2 and CBS.
There you have it.