Yesterday’s baseball action involving the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins along with the New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers was absolutely compelling television. If you had the MLB Extra Innings package on cable or satellite or the MLB.TV package on the internet, you could flip back and forth between the games. I do wish the PPV package was less expensive, but for days like yesterday, it was tremendous to have.
Today, ESPN2 has the Chicago White Sox-Detroit Tigers make up game this afternoon at 2 p.m. ET and it will also be available on WGN as well as MLB.TV on the internet. Should the White Sox win, then TBS will have the one game playoff for the AL Central crown tomorrow and the right to play Tampa Bay on Thursday. This is one of my favorite times of the year along with March Madness. You can’t get better drama than baseball during the fall months.
Let’s give you some links.
We have a few links from the Sports Business Journal, Bill King looks at the change in the construction of sports facilities over the years.
John Ourand says cable industry insiders are trying to digest the management moves by Fox Cable that includes Speed and Fuel.
John Ourand and Jon Snow team up for a story on how the financial crunch could affect the PGA Tour.
Eric Fisher says Stats LLC has signed a deal with the PGA Tour to become its official provider of hole-by-hole results.
Eric, John & Terry Lefton combine on a story which focuses on advertisers and sponsors still spending on MLB despite not having the Yankees in the postseason.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today has the TBS announcing teams for the postseason.
The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick must be bitter about the Mets’ demise because he calls out Fox Sports’ Mark Grace for flip flopping on the Wild Card.
Ken McMillan from the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record is melancholy over his Mets and says SNY took a long time to get ramped up for the Shea Stadium closing ceremonies.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Unions says Andrew Catalon who did great work on handball during the Olympics is filling in at SNY.
Jon Lafayette from TV Week says Fox’s dream World Series matchup is the Cubs-Red Sox.
Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune says Cubs and maybe White Sox fans have to take note that the League Division Series will be an all-cable affair.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the ups and downs of the sporting weekend involving the Brewers and the Packers.
Dusty Saunders of the Rocky Mountain News suggests you watch tomorrow’s Costas Now program with Hank Aaron and Willie Mays.
The MLB Network has completed its management team.
From the Kansas City Star, Jeffrey Flanagan looks at the commentary from TV and radio during the Broncos-Chiefs game.
Ben Grossman of Broadcasting & Cable reports that FSN could cut back its national programming including Best Damn Sports Show Period.
Over to Christopher Byrne’s Eye on Sports Media blog and his continued look at College Gameday’s visit to the University of Georgia over the weekend, Chris goes over Lee Corso’s pick at the end of the show. Chris also noticed that mixed in the crowd of genuine hand-painted signs were some corporate-made ones. Chris tells us where the Gameday studio crew hang out before their primetime appearance. And Chris nails SI.com for misspelling Georgia’s stadium.
The Nashville City Paper says College Gameday continue its SEC tour by hitting the campus of Vanderbilt this Saturday for the Auburn-Commodores game. War Eagle.
Mel Bracht from the Daily Oklahoman writes that the newly named FS Oklahoma will air 65 Oklahoma City Thunder games this season.
Jackie Majerus of the Bristol (CT) Press writes that ESPN’s cafeteria is environmentally friendly.
That does it for now.