Let’s do some links before I do some work and finish what I have to do today.
Newsday’s Neil Best is amazed at the Red Sox beating the Celtics and Bruins in the ratings last Sunday night. Neil says Mets and Yankees fans are finding bargains on tickets. Neil writes that former ESPN NFL analyst Michael Irvin felt the network worked him hard.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell writes that the number of sports movie companies is growing as more sports movies are being made. Darren says the old Yankee Stadium memorabilia sale is going well. Darren has finally heard from aspiring beach volleyball player Nora Tobin.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette says Don LaGreca has returned to NHL Live, just for one day.
Jackie Majerus of the Bristol (CT) Press reports that ESPN lobbied the state legislature to keep tax breaks in place.
Cris Barrish from the Delaware News-Journal says the NFL is asking the state Supreme Court to block a proposed plan to allow sports betting.
Ron Musselman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that last night’s Game 7 of the Penguins-Caps set another ratings record for FSN Pittsburgh.
The Washington Post’s Leonard Shapiro reports that two DC area sports radio personalities were pulled from the air last week.
The Tampa Bay Business Journal tells us that Outback Steakhouse will continue to sponsor the New Year’s Day Outback Bowl through 2014.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News writes that Michael Irvin is on the publicity train for his new Spike TV show.
Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News opines that CBS’ David Feherty should not be working the Texas Open this weekend.
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that the Bengals will be on the next edition of HBO’s Hard Knocks.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the owners of the local professional sports teams are not in Sports Illustrated’s Best or Worst Owners.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business tells us that NBC and Versus are rooting hard for Detroit to win tonight’s Game 7 against Anaheim.
Scott M. Reid from the Orange County (CA) Register says the Pac 10 Conference is now looking to launch its own cable TV network.
Stuart Levine of Variety reports that Versus is seeing a double digit ratings increase for the NHL Playoffs.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel News says there were 800,000 thousand buys for the Manny Pacquaio-Ricky Hatton fight earlier this month.
Wayne Friedman from MediaPost talks about NBC making a deal to put sports programming on the Flo TV cell phone service.
Dave Hughes from DCRTV writes in the Baltimore Press Box site that the newest sports radio station in town is making a dent in the ratings.
Christopher Byrne of Eye on Sports Media wonders why a local newspaper has covered up the story of a DUI arrest.
Dennis Wyatt of TV Sports Daily is not a fan of TNT’s Charles Barkley.
Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball tells us that the Florida Marlins have launched a webcam showing the progress of construction of its new ballpark.
I’ll end it there for now. I have other things to do, but I will post a few press releases before then.