Let’s get cracking on linkage. I’m a bit late on starting this morning.
We start with Breaking News. Erin Andrews has won Playboy’s Sexiest Sportscaster for the second year in a row.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand talks about Fox Sports airing cartoons of Digger the Gopher before this Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Bill Fleischman of the Philadlephia Daily News says NASCAR was brought into the national lexicon thanks to a fight in 1979 as viewers in the northeast watched during a blizzard.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says MLB and the NFL are insulated from financial harm as Sirius XM reorganizes under bankruptcy protection.
Newsday’s Neil Best says Brett Favre may be retiring (allegedly), but the sales of his jersey continues. Neil writes that Favre’s Jets uniform is the number one selling NFL jersey through January. Neil jams a bunch of news and notes into one blog post. And Neil writes that Howard Stern successfully provoked WFAN’s Mike Francesa yesterday.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News says Favre was a bust in New York.
Rich Cimini of the Daily News has Jets owner Woody Johnson’s comments on the Favre situation during an interview on WFAN.
The Dallas Morning News’ Barry Horn is not pleased with TNT changing the famous H-O-R-S-E game to the letters of an insurance company. It appears Barry isn’t feeling enthusiastic about Fox’s Digger cartoon. Barry says Rangers studio analyst Mark McLemore will be on MLB Network today and tomorrow.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says 16 New York Mets Spring Training games will be seen on SNY and WPIX.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer goes into the Reds Spring Training TV and radio schedule.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business has some more thoughts on the A-Rod mess. Ed writes that Sports Illustrated’s journalistic scoop on A-Rod was tempered with this week’s swinsuit issue.
John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News reports the Oakland A’s are moving to a new cable TV home.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle says the A’s will have 147 games aired on Comcast SportsNet California.
Eric Young of the San Francisco Business Times has more on the A’s move to its own channel.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media has news that Monday’s Sharks-Bruins game drew the highest NHL regular season viewing audience in Versus’ history.
Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek writes about the Golf Channel’s new 10 year rights deal with the LPGA.
The Desert Sun (CA) reports that the new LPGA deal will not affect the Kraft Nabisco Championship which is on ESPN2 and CBS.
Here’s the Golf Channel’s release on the LPGA deal.
That’s going to do it for now. Check back later for more