Let’s do some links right now while I can.
We’ll start with Stephen Wilson of the Associated Press who writes that the International Olympic Committee plans to start the US TV rights bidding for the 2014/2016 Games after the Vancouver Winter Olympics next year.
Joe Lemire of Sports Illustrated says umpires can blame increased scrutiny on bad calls right on TV and the internet.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban explains why sports TV ratings are up.
Johnny Diaz of the Boston Globe says Comcast is planning to beef up sports programming at New England Cable News and hiring more writers for Comcast SportsNet New England’s website.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times watched World Series Game 2 with TBS/SNY analyst Ron Darling.
Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News lists some of his pet peeves from the first two games of the World Series.
The Columbus (SC) Ledger-Enquirer caught up with ESPN college football analyst Todd Blackledge.
Jeff Elliot from the Florida Times-Union previews today’s Florida-Georgia game on CBS and local radio.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News speaks with ESPN/ABC football analyst Matt Millen.
David Barron in the Houston Chronicle says ratings for Game 2 of the World Series fell a bit in Houston.
Jerry Garcia in the San Antonio Express-News says Sunday is going to be a rare harmonic convergence for sports fans.
Philip Hersh of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times says NBC will be going all out to promote the 2010 Winter Olympics starting next week.
Phil Rosenthal of the Tribune says Comcast SportsNet Chicago is putting its morning show out to pasture at the end of the year.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has a look back at the week in blogging.
Tom says the San Diego market just barely avoided a blackout, but also took out Minnesota- Green Bay in the process.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk tries to explain the NFL TV policy.
Pete Toms in the Biz of Hockey looks at a potential NBC-Versus alliance being a possible alternative to ESPN.
Some posts from the Sports Media Watch. First, we find that the World Series is draining the NBA’s ratings.
The SEC drew well while Notre Dame dropped.
Ratings for college football on ABC continue to go up.
SMW also has some ratings odds and ends.
And in a well researched post, SMW finds that of the lowest-rated World Series games since 1972, most of them were played during the day.
Joe Favorito writes that baseball inspires giving back to the community.
ESPN tells us that an X Games host is running the New York City Marathon this week to raise money.
And that’s going to do it for our links today. I’ll do one more post before calling it a day, but I need to get outside and stop looking at my computer screen.