I’m here late after being at the office all day. I’ve been also dealing with the phone company which has been very unresponsive to my requests to correct the problem. In fact, I’ll out the company, Broadview Networks. This company plays games, drops your phone call and does not call back after it makes promises to do so. After restoring my phone service, it actually crossed my fax line into my main phone line and pushed my main phone line into line #2. And I have no idea where line #2 is. This is just tremendous work by Broadview Networks. Don’t ever use this company.
Now, onto the links for this Monday.
Let’s start with a bunch of stuff from the great Sports Business Journal.
John Ourand chronicles how the Big Ten Network managed to make deals with Time Warner Cable, Mediacom and Charter Communications this season.
Terry Lefton says Bank of America has apparently won the rights for sponsorship at the new Yankee Stadium.
Terry writes that T-Mobile has re-upped with the NBA as a sponsor for three more years.
Terry also writes that NFL Commish Roger Goodell is worried about reduced revenues for the league.
Eric Fisher says AOL Sports will undergo a site redesign to highlight its FanHouse blog.
Jon Show writes that the PGA Tour is in its second of year of adding parties and other peripheral events to its Fall Series tournaments in an attempt to attract more fans.
My thanks to the SBJ for opening up links to its site every week. It’s much appreciated.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says Brett Favre’s debut with the New York Jets could not have gone any better for CBS.
Paul J. Gough of the Hollywood Reporter says Sunday Night Football won the night for NBC.
CBS says the overnight ratings for its regional NFL action yesterday highlighted by Jets-Dolphins were the highest since the network returned to the league in 1999.
The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick goes after CBS for not showing both US Open men’s semifinals live on Saturday even though they were being played simultaneously.
The Sports Media Watch says ratings for the U.S. Open’s women’s finals were up over last year. The SMW says ratings for Fox NFL Sunday and NBC’s Football Night in America were down from last year. And the blog has a look at the ratings for the three NFL Sunday networks.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell applauds the changes that the Women’s Tennis Association will undertake for the offseason. Darren tells us why you probably won’t see a “Chad Ocho Cinco” jersey this season. And Darren says despite Tom Brady being lost for the entire season, Las Vegas still gives the Patriots good odds at winning the Super Bowl.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union lists the college football games that will be seen in the New York Capital Region this weekend.
Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun notices that CBS’ Kevin Harlan gives credit to offensive linemen for their blocks. And Ray liked one addition to the NBC Sunday Night Football scoreline.
Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media blog wonders why ESPN did not bother to show “The Hurdle” from Saturday’s Central Michigan-Georgia game. Here it is, by the way:
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times looks back at the weekend in TV sports.
Jeffrey Flanagan of the Kansas City Star talked with CBS’ Dan Dierdorf before yesterday’s Chiefs-Pats game.
Dusty Saunders of the Rocky Mountain News hopes ESPN will practice what it has preached about this season of Monday Night Football.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel News says DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket PPV package has several improvements including more games in HD.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News gives his Top 10 Moments in LA Dodger history.
John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable says MASN has picked up some carriage deals in Virginia and North Carolina, but none of them with Time Warner Cable.
Jon Lafayette from TV Week says Versus has hired a new executive to be in charge of digital media.
Multichannel News says to celebrate its 10th anniversary, NBA TV will allow the fans to vote for what games they want to watch on Tuesday nights. I like this idea.
Being a big Beatles fan, this comes as good news to me and anyone who has Sirius Satellite Radio. Ryan Saghir of the Orbitcast blog says Sirius will begin airing the excellent “Breakfast with the Beatles” program starting this weekend.
That will do it for tonight. I hope my phone issues are over by tomorrow.