Doing the links for you today. Just relaxing after having a late lunch.
Starting with Newsday’s Neil Best who talks with a Golf Channel official about the Bethpage Black course. Neil writes that with Golf Channel unable to show go live during the U.S. Open, it does what it can before and after NBC’s coverage.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times goes inside NBC’s main production truck at Bethpage Black.
Jack Bell of the Times wonders what happens to some of Setanta Sports’ programming with the demise of its English Premier League package.
ESPN has reportedly put in a substantial bid for English Premier League games.
David Goetzl of Mediapost reports that ESPN Radio will pick up some of next year’s World Cup tournament and may do them from the network’s headquarters in Bristol, CT.
Jon McGrath of the Westborough (MA) News does not miss having Jerry Remy on NESN’s Red Sox broadcasts. Wow.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette writes about the local New York-Penn League team having its games streamed online on the net.
Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News says this year, viewers are guaranteed to get a live match from Wimbledon every day of the Fortnight.
Ellen Gray and Christine Olley of the Philadelphia Daily News say Gary Papa fought very hard against the prostate cancer that eventually took his life.
Ray Parillo of the Philadelphia Inquirer talks to a Phillies PR official about the death of his friend, the late sports anchor Gary Papa.
The Philadelphia Daily News’ Eagletarian blog picks up Iggles’ QB Donovan McNabb’s thoughts on Papa’s untimely passing.
Gary’s station, WPVI-TV, has a special section on his life, career and an area to leave your thoughts.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner writes that Interleague baseball has some intriguing matchups this weekend. Jim says ESPN Classic will have live coverage of a heavyweight championship boxing match tonight.
Tim Lemke from the Washington Times says Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic plans to expand its web presence.
Mike Casazza of the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail says Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio is ready for his closeup with NBC.
If you want to see how the opening of Monday Night Football is shot, head to Nashville on Monday and Tuesday to see Hank Williams, Jr. do his famous “All My Rowdy Friends” video.
The Sun-Sentinel out of South Florida catches up with Fox Sports’ Chris Rose who will host a Hooters swimsuit competition tonight. Interesting.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says rain will be the star during the U.S. Open this weekend.
Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that the Cubs are not helping WGN-AM’s ratings.
The Vancouver Sun picks up a Reuters story from Paul Thomasch that NBC plans to crack down on piracy for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The Pac10 conference has announced its TV schedule for the football season.
Joe Favorito writes that MLB has two important messages this weekend.
Steve Lepore of Puck The Media has a good essay on whether the aging hockey writing corps is getting too old for the game.
The 38Cliches blog which was originally founded to blast all things Glenn Geffner when he was a Red Sox announcing hack, tries to ignore the fact that Goofner returned to Fenway this week with the Florida Marlins.
California Golden Blogs had someone attend Blogs With Balls last week.
Famed HBO boxing judge Harold Lederman (“Heh, heh! O.K., Jim!”) celebrates 23 years with the network.
That does it for today. If there’s anything new on NBC’s start time for the U.S. Open on Sunday and further scheduling changes, I’ll have it here. So far, it appears NBC will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday as scheduled.