Let’s do some links for the day.
We start with some stories about yesterday’s announcement about the U.S. Olympic Network.
Meg James of the Los Angeles Times looks at the new U.S. Olympic Network that is scheduled to launch next year.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand writes that the U.S. Olympic Committee felt it had to keep pace with other league-owned channels.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner has the USOC feeling that the new channel’s time has come.
Former LA Times writer, Alan Abrahamson, writing for Universal Sports says there are a lot of questions surrounding USON.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says USON could be a potential rival for Universal Sports.
Matthew Futterman from the Wall Street Journal says NBC Sports has to be looking over its shoulder at USON.
Tim Lemke of the Washington Times writes that NBC Sports isn’t commenting about USON.
Steve Donahue of the Contentinople blog has USON partner Comcast saying the new channel will not hurt NBC directly.
Philip Hersh and Kathy Bergen of the Chicago Tribune write that the International Olympic Committee’s disapproval of USON might hurt the US’ bid to have the 2016 Summer Games in Chicago.
Eddie Pells of the Associated Press says the USOC is surprised at the IOC’s complaints about USON.
Brian Gomez from the Colorado Springs Gazette that the USOC is not concerned about the IOC’s disapproval.
Now to other stories
CNBC’s Darren Rovell previews what you’ll see on his latest special, “Inside Track: Refueling The Business of NASCAR”. It airs tonight on CNBC at 9.
Darren wonders if the tape of Jordan Crawford dunking on LeBron James will ever be released.
Darren says Kazakhstan is getting a boost from a company that is sponsoring Lance Armstrong’s team in the Tour de France.
Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Daily says Versus.com saw a huge traffic boost thanks to its streaming of the Tour de France.
Kristina Petersen of the Wall Street Journal reports that the Mountain West Conference has signed the Bowl Championship Series agreement with ESPN.
Gordon Monson of the Salt Lake City Tribune feels the MWC should not have signed off.
Glen Dickston of Broadcasting & Cable says ESPN will unveil “Ball Track” for the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday.
Sports Illustrated picks up an AP story about the 20th anniversary of the Celebrity Golf Championship on NBC.
Mark Newman of MLB.com writes that the debut of the in-market streaming of the Yankees was a big success.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette says a local sports talk show will be taking the day off tomorrow and replaced with national programming.
Patrick Cloohan of the McKeesport (PA) Daily News reports that Stan Savran, a fixture on FSN Pittsburgh for 18 years, will be leaving the channel on Monday.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog has the preliminary lineup when news/talk radio station WJFK flips to sports later this month.
In the Chicago Tribune, radio personality Steve Dahl remembers his role behind the infamous Disco Demolition Night at the old Comiskey Park some 30 years ago.
Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Sun-Times says ESPN Deportes Radio is looking for a Windy City outlet (scroll down).
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business feels sorry for Cleveland.
Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says ESPN is ranking the Brewers as fourth best odds to land Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says ESPN is bored this summer.
Friend of Fang’s Bites Tom Hoffarth talks about ESPN picking up English Premier League rights in the Irish Republic.
EPL Talk has surmised which English Premier Games will be seen on US television starting in August.
The Big Lead has a review of last night’s E! True Hollywood Stories on Baseball Wives.
Joe Favorito says sports and entertainment entities must use the right mix in targeting the youngest audience.
The Sports Media Journal’s latest podcast has Southeastern New England media mogul Keith Thibeault talking with a TV sports anchor from one of the smallest markets in the country.
I think that’s going to do it for now. Back later.