Now that I’ve finished my paperwork, I’ll do some links for you.
Beginning with the Nielsen Ratings Wire blog, it says this year’s World Series should give Fox some big market appeal and with that, ratings.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand talks with Fox Sports MLB director Bill Webb about his approach to this year’s World Series.
The Sports Business Daily recaps an interesting appearance by an official from the DC NFL team on its flagship radio station, attacking media coverage.
Jon Kelly of Vanity Fair has an interview with “Muhammad and Larry” co-director Albert Maysles.
Sean Gregory of Time magazine takes a look at the ESPN vs. Deadspin feud.
Speaking of Deadspin, an ESPN employee leaked an anti-leaking memo to the site earlier this week.
Deadspin also breaks news that ESPN has let go of football analyst Shaun King.
Eric Deggans writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center wants to know why the ESPN Ombudsman has not weighed in on the whole Steve Phillips affair.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell writes that the legal battle over the America’s Cup continues.
Darren says it appears that the Yankees will just about break even this year.
Darren is impressed over the financing for the Cubs sale.
Darren also profiles prolific baseball card collector Marshall Fogel who was one of the few who didn’t lose his shirt when the card market collapsed.
Mary Paoletti of trufan.com talks with the sometimes pretentious Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald.
Clark Hoyt of the New York Times has a letter exchange between HBO boxing analyst Larry Merchant and Times sports editor Tom Jolly about the perceived lack of coverage of the sweet science in the Grey Lady.
Mike Hale of the Times reviews the ESPN 30 for 30 doc, “Muhammad and Larry”.
To Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union who writes that the local Yankees Radio Network affiliate will have to carry the national ESPN Radio World Series broadcast.
Because I didn’t do links yesterday, I didn’t get to this story, that ESPN college football analyst Bob Griese was suspended by the network for one game over his “out having a taco” comment last Saturday.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette gives his World Series prediction.
Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News likes Tim McCarver, but Joe Buck, not so much.
Laura Nachman says Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s NLCS coverage was a ratings winner locally.
I’m a bit surprised at the number of Yankees fans I’ve befriended on Twitter with me being a Red Sox fan and all, but I’m doing a favor for my Yankee wife, Meg Marshall who was a guest on a podcast for legendary Philadelphia rock station 94WYSP. She talked about the World Series, of course.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner says the local ratings for Monday Night Football involving the inappropriately named DC NFL team were very strong despite its pitiful performance.
Jim writes that Joe Buck is ready to call another World Series for Fox.
MASN is looking for Nationals fans to appear in a new reality TV series.
Tim Lemke from the Washington Times is following the Congressional hearings on concussions and football today.
Barry Horn in the Dallas Morning News says the Yankees in the World Series are no match in the ratings for the Cowboys, at least in the Metroplex.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says Texas A&M football will be back on TV, but not everyone will be able to see it.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that the Bengals garnered their biggest ratings in the ‘Nati in four years.
John writes that Bengals WR Chad “Do Not Call Me Johnson” Ochocinco will be appearing on Letterman on Thursday. Child, please.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business writes that the Bulls will be hard to find on the radio during the World Series.
Ed is looking forward to watching White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen on Fox during the World Series.
Ed has some questions for new Cubs owner Thomas Ricketts.
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bob Wolfley writes that the NFL is the ratings king in Sudstown.
Heading out west, Tom Hoffarth from the Los Angeles Daily News has the college football TV schedule for SoCal.
Tom also has the NFL TV schedule for Week 8 and notes no Sunday Night game due to the World Series.
Tom looks at a new book hoping to get kids interested in sports.
Tom has Bryant Gumbel’s closing thoughts from last night’s Real Sports.
Tom could not believe Bob Griese was suspended for his taco comment last week.
William Houston in his Truth & Rumours blog still isn’t happy with the explanation on why
journalists are participating in the Canadian Olympic torch run.
William says don’t believe the rumors that CTV will try to bail on broadcasting the 2012 Olympics.
Chris Zelkovich in the Toronto Star says hockey continues to rule the ratings roost in Canada.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail looks at one Rogers Sportsnet host who is no longer with the network.
Continuing with the Canadian links, host of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Radio on Sirius, Jeff Marek talks with the Stay Classy blog.
How about one more link to Canada? Last month I was excited about the return of Peter Puck to television. You can check out the video vignettes to date, there are four produced thus far, that have aired on CBC’s Hockey Tonight pregame show and they are available for viewing here in the States. And you can watch the classic episodes as well.
These are late in getting up so I’ll end here for now. I hope to be back later with some links following World Series Game 1 tonight.