Doing the Monday links as we return to work after the weekend. Weekends are never long enough for me.
To start, we have a few links from the Sports Business Journal.
John Ourand writes that the season ending MLS Cup will be moving to primetime and scheduled opposite Sunday Night Football. Don’t see the ratings going up this year.
John says ESPN’s new local sites are forcing local regional sports networks to upgrade their websites to compete.
Liz Mullen says NFL clubs are asking some of their employees to take pay cuts or even face termination if there’s a work stoppage in 2011.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says CBS is going to ride the Jets train next Sunday.
Newsday’s Neil Best says the new Cowboys Stadium had a carnival atmosphere last night.
The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick finds more silly things to complain about today.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says CBS had a good rating for the Tennessee-Florida game.
Pete says in a rare convergence, both the Giants and Jets are playing in the 1 p.m. slot in Week 3.
And Pete has the college football TV schedule for this week.
Mike Stribi of the Kingston (NY) Daily Freeman profiles local native Charles Davis who was tabbed to do the NFL for Fox this season.
The Philadelphia Daily News notes that ESPN’s College Gameday visits Penn State this Saturday.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with Frank Gifford about 40 years of Monday Night Football.
David Neal in the Miami Herald says Monday Night Football still has that special feel for the Dolphins.
Tom Jones from the St. Petersburg Times feels Kevin Kennedy should be a full-time analyst for Rays games.
The Baltimore Sun previews what’s coming this week in sports on TV.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News reviews last night’s Sunday Night Football broadcast on NBC.
Barry says the Giants-Cowboys scored well in the ratings.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle likes the NFL Network’s RedZone, not to be confused with DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket Red Zone Channel. Perhaps the NFL should have renamed it so as not to confuse it with DirecTV’s version.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business reviews the good and bad of the Tribune Company’s ownership of the Cubs.
Bob Verdi of the Chicago Tribune feels stale interview rooms lead to impersonal and stale interviews with athletes.
Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says CBS’ Rich Gannon had trouble finding praise for the Packers in their loss to Cincinnati yesterday.
Dusty Saunders in the Denver Post says broadcasting from the Cowboys Stadium made for good television on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Bruce Kauffmann in the Arizona Daily Star says Monday Night Football has become an iconic institution.
Diane Pucin from the Los Angeles Times says CBS made a messy transition from to the late game in SoCal.
Diane adds that Warren Sapp stands out in NFL Network’s Gameday Morning pregame show.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says CTV’s Winter Olympics special should have included some near-misses, not just triumphs.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says Roger Mayweather’s win on Saturday could lead to a big payday with Manny Pacquaio.
Mike says the Jets are firmly entrenched with SNY.
In the Biz of Football, Maury Brown wonders if the NFL’s broadcast partners make or lose money on their media rights deals.
Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media says Georgia Tech’s radio network got some crap for long delays as compared to the live action on the field.
Chris shows us where Monday Night Football is aired through ESPN Deportes.
Christy Hammond from the Sports PR Blog talks with noted sports public relations man Joe Favorito.
Kristine Leahy has the latest edition of The Five at WEEI.com.
That’s going to do it for now.