Time to do the links for Monday. There are quite a few to give you. And if you see the links at night over the next few days, just know that it’s the end of the month/beginning of the month type of thing at work where I have more items to do than normal. If you’ve visited here more than once today, you’ll notice that I’ll post press releases as they come in, but links have to wait.
But I’ll do them now.
Starting with Michael Hiestand of USA Today, he tells us that Paul Maguire will have a reduced role for ESPN/ABC when college football season begins.
Over to the Sports Business Journal where we have a few stories from this week’s issues for you.
Terry Lefton writes that the the NFL has added IHOP as a sponsor for the 2009 season.
Eric Fisher says this year’s MLB All-Star Game will be toned down compared to previous years.
Eric looks at Michael Weiner, the man tabbed to replace Donald Fehr as head of the MLB Players Association.
Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball conducts an interview with Dr. Harvey Schiller, the President of the International Baseball Federation about his efforts to reinstate his sport into the Olympics.
Ben Klayman of Reuters says sports leagues risk losing money from the TV networks if they depend on their in-house cable channels. Reuters adds the viewer stats for the league-owned channels.
Justin Rice of the Nieman Journalism Lab looks at the league-owned channels covering their own athletes when they make news.
Newsday’s Neil Best who is supposedly on vacation, but will continue to blog regularly (that’s been his pattern ever since he began his Watchdog blog back in May 2007), learns that WFAN’s Mike Francesa will continue hosting his Sunday night TV show on WNBC-TV for at least the next two years. Neil has an anecdote from former Red Sox manager Kevin Kennedy about Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times talks with the author of a new biography on the late Thurman Munson.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette chronicles his visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame complete with links to videos that he took.
Ray Frager of the Sports Media Journal isn’t too happy that the Baltimore ESPN Radio affiliate taped delayed some programming complete with dated scores.
Tim Lemke of the Washington Times writes about an NFL antitrust case that has reached the Supreme Court.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog noticed a spelling error on MASN. Dan chronicles an interview that MASN’s Debbie Taylor conducted with a confused Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times looks back at the weekend in televised sport.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says a local TV sports reporter feels there’s too much talking on sports broadcasts. Barry feels Texas Rangers radio voice Eric Nadel might have come back from eye surgery too soon.
Ed Sherman from Crain’s Chicago Business talks with sports radio talk show host Dan McNeil who has returned to the local scene after losing a gig earlier this year.
Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post says it was refreshing to watch the U.S. men’s soccer team in the Confederations Cup final on Sunday.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News wonders about “women’s problems”.
Ed Sealover of the Los Angeles Business Journal says Denver’s ESPN Zone shut down on Monday.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail feels TSN’s NHL Draft coverage was a long journey into night.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star says Canada’s Olympic broadcasting consortium for the Vancouver Winter games will be ready when they get underway next February.
Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek says TNT is lining up sponsors for this Saturday’s NASCAR race.
Staci D. Kramer of paidContent says NBCSports.com is streaming Wimbledon for free this week.
Congratulations to Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media for being part of a regional Emmy Award winning crew. Chris has the TV schedule for this year’s Southland Conference football season. And Chris says big events aired on or produced by ESPN don’t have that special feel.
Dan Lamonthe of the Red Sox Monster blog has video of someone at Sunday’s Red Sox-Nationals game getting arrested for hopping the fence.
Dan Levy writing for the Sporting News has some suggestions for ESPN for next year’s World Cup.
That’s going to do it for tonight.