Checking the links for you, I’ve found quite a few stories so let’s get to them.
Starting with USA Today’s Michael Hiestand, he says TBS’ Ron Darling has taken a nontraditional route to becoming a TV analyst.
Tom Regan of the Christian Science Monitor says thanks to his cell phone and the internet, he’s watching more sports than ever.
Newsday’s Neil Best says TNT will be all over the NBA’s first-ever outdoor game. Now do this in the middle of winter in Chicago, and I’ll promote it to the hilt.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union has the 2008-09 NBA TV schedule for the Capital Region.
Jeffrey Flanagan of the Kansas City Star says Chiefs play-by-play man Mitch Holthus of the famous “TOUCHDOWN! KAN! SAS! CIT! TEEEEE!“fame, is being honored.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News recaps Terrell Owens appearance on Michael Irvin’s radio show yesterday.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentine reports that the Packers beat the Brewers in the ratings on Sunday, but again, over the air vs. a cable audience. Not everyone in Milwaukee is wired for cable.
The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir talks about football’s ratings beating baseball this past week.
But the Sports Media Watch says the League Division Series steered TBS to a cable primetime ratings win over USA Network. SMW has the final weekend ratings. And Paul Sen says the Dallas Cowboys are a ratings juggernaut.
Kristi E. Swartz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says there are a number of factors that led to TBS’ lower ratings for the League Division Series.
Jon Lafayette of TV Week also looks at TBS’ lower ratings for the LCS.
Ted Fleming of the Tampa Bay Examiner says maybe the Rays can finally get some respect from the national media. And Paula Duffy from Examiner.com suggests that MLB should add local announcers to the postseason TV broadcasts. NBC used to do this until the mid-1970′s.
Ken Walker of the Tampa Bay Times says area fans have several dilemmas on Sunday as the Bucs and Rays will be playing virtually at the same time.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette plugs his own regular appearances on a local sports radio station. You can hear Ken online and he provides a link in his story.
The St. Petersburg Times’ Tom Jones says the Tampa Bay Lightning have the misfortune to have their home opener scheduled against Game 2 of the ALCS.
This certainly is not as earthshattering as when it signed with the Southeastern Conference, but ESPN has signed a long term deal with the Big West Conference to televise basketball games on ESPNU and ESPN2.
Todd Heffernan of The Southern tells us that the Missouri Valley Conference has announced its TV schedule for the basketball season.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has the NHL TV schedule for SoCal.
Ken Bensinger of the Los Angeles Times discusses the reasoning behind Honda’s sponsorship of the NHL.
Helene Elliott of the LA Times says Saturday will be quite crowded for the SoCal sports fan with the Kings NHL season opener, the UCLA-Oregon game and Game 2 of the ALCS.
Broadcaster Magazine out of Canada reports the NHL Network has hired a new Executive in Charge of Programming and Production.
The San Jose Mercury News’ John Ryan says San Jose State University’s Spartan Stadium will have three games televised on national TV for the first time .
Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Sun-Times looks at Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s new ad campaign.
Christopher Huber of the Sammamish (WA) Review profiles a local native who won two Emmy Awards for ESPN.com.
That’s going to do it.