I’ll provide some links today. I hope they don’t take long because I have a lot to do.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand has a look at the ratings from various events over the weekend.
Over to CNBC’s Darren Rovell who reacts to the news regarding General Motors’ dropping of Tiger Woods as a sponsor. Darren writes that don’t expect Charlie Weis to be bought out at Notre Dame due to the size of the buyout and the state of the economy.
The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir writes about ESPN’s built-in advantage over the broadcast networks in bidding for sports properties.
Newsday’s Neil Best talks about the Giants and Jets becoming hot ratings properties in New York. In his blog, Neil writes that the Jets are fast becoming media darlings among the NFL analysts. Neil also notes that the Jets are the second highest rated team in Wisconsin because of the team’s QB and his connection to the Dairy State.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News lobbies for the Jets to be shown in primetime.
Roger Catlin of the Hartford Courant reports that Tony Danza becomes the new host of “The Contender”.
Regina Medina of the Philadelphia Daily News writes that former KYW TV anchor Larry Mendte made a dramatic apology to former fellow anchor Alycia Lane in court yesterday during his sentencing for hacking into her personal e-mail account.
Thanks to Laura Nachman for the link. Phil Heron of the Delaware County Daily Times writes that a Philadelphia sports anchor has revealed he’s battling prostate cancer for the third time in this decade.
Ted Hearn of Multichannel News reports that the administrative law judge assigned to the NFL Network-Comcast dispute is retiring.
Lori Van Ingen of the Lancaster (PA) Intelligencer-Journal says Comcast will distribute this Thursday’s Arizona-Eagles game to a wider area in Pennsylvania.
The Allentown Morning Call’s Keith Groller writes the Donovan McNabb benching on Sunday became fodder for the national media. And Keith calls Sports Illustrated’s excellent NBA writer Jack McCallum one of the good guys in sports journalism.
The Baltimore Sun’s Ray Frager appeals to the networks to stop speeding up NFL highlights. I agree. This is annoying.
The Sports Media Watch has some news as two writers (including Jack McCallum) have left their publications. The SMW says despite three blowouts, ABC garnered good ratings for three big college football matchups on Saturday. And the SMW says there’s a minor battle over the NBA vs. NHL.
Reuters reports that ESPN has outbid the current rights holder for the German Bundesliga. This could be a harbinger for the English Premier League rights which ESPN also covets.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that Tony Kornheiser mentioned Brett Favre a bit too much during last night’s Green Bay-New Orleans game.
Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News says despite complaints from national pundits, there are no plans by the NFL to change the traditional early game on Thanksgiving from being played in Detroit.
Kyle Veazey of the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger says next year’s date for the Ole Miss-Mississippi State game is up in the air as Raycom leaves as SEC over the air syndicator.
Also from the Clarion-Ledger, Rick Cleveland talks to a local resident who mixes audio for ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
The Los Angeles Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth looks at your college football TV schedule for SoCal this week. And he has the NFL TV viewing schedule for this week as well.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star is happy that KCAL is no longer tape delaying Los Angeles Lakers games played on the East Coast.
Puck The Media has another round of its NHL Tournament of Announcers featuring NESN’s Jack Edwards vs. TSN’s Chris Cuthbert. Vote for Chris, please. Don’t allow Jack to win this round. He’s currently ahead.
That’s it. I’ll be back with Primetime and Late Night Viewing Picks, then I’ll do updates from home tonight.