Let’s do some linkage this evening. Lazy night for sports, but never a lazy night for blogging. Let’s do the links then I have some housekeeping to do later. Blog housekeeping, not house housekeeping. That’s for later.
I’ll start with Friend of Fang’s Bites and fellow puckhead Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette who is thrilled over his Flyers coming to Fenway Park to take on my Bruins at Fenway Park for the 2010 Winter Classic.
David Goetzl of MediaPost says ESPN used SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt in several tongue-in-cheek videos to sell upfront ads.
David looks at NBC’s deal with the NHL and IMG selling the international rights for the NFL.
Steve Lepore’s Puck The Media has the potential NHL on NBC schedule for next season. Steve speculates on the possible CBC Hockey Night in Canada sked. And Steve looks at what Versus could air next season.
In the Biz of Hockey, Maury Brown talks about the extension of NBC Sports’ revenue sharing agreement with the NHL.
Maury in the Biz of Baseball looks into his crystal ball at the sites for the All-Star Game in the next few years.
The Hollywood Reporter picks up a story from Mediaweek’s Anthony Crupi about the MLB All-Star Game hitting a ratings home run for Fox last night.
THR also picks up a Mediaweek story from Mike Shields about AOL buying an MMA website.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union provides the times for coverage for all four days of the Open Championship.
Glen Dickson from Broadcasting & Cable says this will be the last year we’ll have to put up with watching the Open Championship in old school standard definition.
Tim Lemke of the Washington Times writes about DirecTV providing expanded coverage of the Open Championship.
Chris Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media has the BBC TV and radio broadcast schedule for the Open Championship. Chris says the PGA Tour’s Facebook page got embroiled in a mini-controversy over the Open Championship.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says Stan Savran will remain on FSN Pittsburgh while losing his nightly talk show.
Ray Frager of the Sports Media Journal gives major props to a Baltimore sports talk show host for coming clean about his painkiller addiction.
Here is the piece that Ray refers to in the Baltimore-centric Press Box site.
SECSports.com has the official announcement from Fox SportsNet about its agreement with ESPN to air SEC football, basketball and other conference sporting events in the conference footprint.
Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Fox Sports South will be part of the SEC cable syndication package.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times writes that Sun Sports will pick up the same SEC package in Florida.
Tom writes about the worst days in sports.
Patrick Finley of the Arizona Daily Star says after failing to make a deal with Fox Sports Arizona, the University of Arizona is starting its own syndicated TV network.
Radio Online says veteran play-by-play man Bill Rosinski joins ESPN Radio for college football games.
Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com reports that none of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ home exhibition games will be aired on local television.
Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune looks at Don Ohlmeyer who will be the ESPN Ombudsman starting next month.
Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times also writes about Don Ohlmeyer.
Chicago Tribune and LA Times Olympics reporter Philip Hersh finds out why the International Olympic Committee is on NBC’s side in regards to the creation of the US Olympic Network.
Steve Silver from the Las Vegas Sun takes a behind the scenes trip with ESPN for its preparation for the World Series of Poker.
Ben Klayman of Reuters writes that the Tour de France is steering Versus to high ratings this month.
The Sports Media Watch looks at the 50 most watched sporting events on broadcast TV through the first half of 2009. And the SMW has the 50 most watched sporting events on cable in the 1st half of the year.
The Two Cents from Beantown blog looks at a new monitoring system that will be installed at every ball park that will measure every player’s defensive capabilities.
Phil Lowe of the i365Fight blog says ESPN is close to picking up the rights to air UFC programming in the UK.
Ciaran Hancock of the Irish Times says Setanta Sports picked up a key package of English Premier League games in Ireland helping it stay afloat after it lost a series of games to ESPN earlier this month.
The EPL Talk blog says Fox Soccer Channel will pick up three “friendlies” involving Liverpool starting this month.
That’s going to do it for tonight. Back later with some press release stuff.