Let’s do some linkage for you on this Tuesday.
One sad piece of news for me at least, is the departure of David Scott of Boston Sports Media Watch. Lately, he’s been working on a book with Kentucky coach John Calipari so his blogging has been sparse in recent weeks, but when he was at his peak, David was constantly a fun read. He always had something to say about Boston sports media and I looked forward to his Friday posts. Now, David has bigger fish to fry and he’s taking the opportunity to leave while the iron is hot. I’ll definitely miss David and I hope to have him here when the book with Calipari is published. So David writes his farewell to his loyal readers and tells us what he was hoping to accomplish with his blog.
I hope to have an announcement on whom will take David’s place at BSMW down the road.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell wonders if steroids user Sammy Sosa altered his Cubs jersey to make his arms look bigger.
Joe Favorito likes one particular Minor League Baseball promotion that’s geared just for the ladies.
The great Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says viewers could tell what golfers NBC was rooting for during its U.S. Open coverage.
Newsday’s Neil Best also takes a look at NBC’s coverage of the Open.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News feels Michael Kay took long enough to get a point right on YES.
From the Albany Times Union, Pete Dougherty writes that the ratings for the final round of the U.S. Open on Monday were off by 50% from last year’s Monday playoff.
John Gonzalez of the Philadelphia Inquirer is amazed that Dallas Mavs owner Mark Cuban is actually beating up on bloggers.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner says there are plenty of ways to catch Wimbledon online if you’re stuck at work while the matches are on.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog has Tony Kornheiser talking about his former employer, the Post, Monday Night Football, his radio future and anything else TK could think of during a 17 minute radio interview today.
Justin Anderson of the West Virginia Record, a legal journal, writes about lawyer Mike Florio making the big time with his Pro Football Talk and its partnership with NBC Sports.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has information from ESPN analysts Fran Fraschilla and Jay Bilas about whom the Bucks may or may not pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.
Lorene Yue of Crain’s Chicago Business says the co-founder of the now-defunct Windy City internet sports station has been arrested.
Phil Rosenthal of the Tribune has an interview transcript involving Mike North and the co-founder of the internet station.
Ed Sherman from Crain’s has Mike North’s statements on the co-founder’s arrest. Ed writes about one local sports anchor losing his job. Ed says one long-time sports radio personality returns to his former shift.
Mark Warner of the Duluth (MN) News Tribune writes that Fox Sports North has chosen next year’s site for Hockey Day in Minnesota.
The Chattanoogan reports that Comcast is making MLB Network available in that part of the Volunteer State.
Dave Walker of the New Orleans Times-Picayune looks at a new Golf Channel show that makes its formal premiere tonight.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News previews tonight’s HBO Real Sports episode.
I have a feeling Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star hates American networks because he goes after Al Roker on NBC and Chris Berman on ESPN. Chris also looks at the Canadian TV ratings for the sporting weekend. Chris writes about an NHL broadcasting executive who’s leaving his post.
Bruce Dowbiggin from the Toronto Globe and Mail feels NBC had a subpar U.S. Open telecast.
Mimi Turner of the Hollywood Reporter writes about ESPN gaining rights to the English Premier League.
Kate Holton of Reuters says ESPN is not just stopping at the EPL for programming in the UK.
Aaron O. Patrick of the Wall Street Journal writes that the EPL is going to give ESPN a big foothold in the UK.
One other ESPN soccer move. Ronald Blum of the AP writes that ESPN has signed an agreement with Gol TV to share rights of Spain’s La Liga. Those games will be seen the U.S.
BBC News says Setanta Sports has ceased operation in the UK.
In a related note, BBC reports that the FA Cup now has to find a new rightsholder in the wake of Setanta’s collapse.
EPL Talk wonders what will happen to Setanta Sports’ profitable US operation.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says the Big Ten Network will gain some viewers in New York thanks to a carriage deal with Cablevision.
Scott Greczkowski of Multichannel says DirecTV customers will get the full Wimbledon experience thanks to several channels dedicated to the outer courts as well as Centre Court.
The Sports Media Watch discusses the overnight ratings for the final round of the U.S. Open.
The Gamecocks on TV blog tells us about some more stations that have picked up ESPN Regional TV’s syndicated SEC package.
Steve Lepore of Puck The Media has some very valid suggestions for Versus in covering the NHL Draft.
Joe Haggerty of WEEI.com reports that the Flyers may take on the Bruins at Fenway for the next version of the outdoor Winter Classic.
And that, my friends will conclude the links for today. Press releases will be posted later tonight.