Let’s give you some links right now.
Starting with the Sports Business Journal, we have a few links today.
John Ourand writes that sports TV industry insiders wonder if there will ever be a challenger to sports behemoth ESPN.
Jon Show reports that in 2010, the U.S. Open will return to a primetime finish as it did in 2008 when it garnered monster ratings.
Eric Fisher and John Ourand combine for a story on the in-market online streaming buys for New York Yankees games this past season.
The great Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated has his Media Power Rankings for October.
Moving now to USA Today, Michael Hiestand says this weekend, both ESPN and Fox took their pregame shows to military settings.
In the Sporting News, Dan Levy of On The DL reviews the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show from Afghanistan and asks when a blogger is not a blogger?
Jason Fry writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center wonders who should actually cover the World Series?
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post tries to compare the unfortunate comments by the late Jimmy the Greek to Jay-Z. Phil’s stretching here.
From the Albany Times-Union, Pete Dougherty has the NFL TV schedule for Week 10 including the season debut of Thursday Night Football.
Laura Nachman writes that Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia has apologized for a “F” bomb that leaked out at the end of the Delaware-Villanova game on Saturday.
Laura reports that Sunday night’s Cowboys-Eagles game received the second highest overnight ratings of the season for NBC.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner writes that viewers were touched by Fox NFL Sunday traveling to Afghanistan.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times reviews Fox’s broadcast of the Green Bay-Tampa Bay game from Sunday.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News notes that the Cowboys alone on Sunday night outrated the combined ratings of three other NFL games and the NASCAR race.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle shares some thoughts on the SEC and radio play-by-play homers.
Up to Cincinnati and John Kiesewetter of the Enquirer who writes that the Bengals gave the local CBS affiliate excellent ratings on Sunday.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business says two Sun-Times veterans are making their mark on local sports radio.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that the so-called NFL TV experts felt Green Bay had a walk in the park against Tampa Bay yesterday.
Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post talks with Monday Night Football Director of Information and noted Elias Sports Bureau executive Steve Hirdt.
Tom Hoffarth in the Los Angeles Daily News provides the sports calendar for SoCal this week.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail feels CBC’s Mike Milbury was being hard headed about head shots in the NHL.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star says Don Cherry was actually the most level headed in the weekend debate on head shots.
In Truth & Rumours, William Houston isn’t a fan of Don Cherry’s anti-European players rant.
The Sports Media Watch notes today being a big day in NBC Sports’ history.
Chris Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media has some advice for ESPN in promoting live events on ESPN360.
Joe Favorito says the Andre Agassi brand should not be hurt, but enhanced by his reinventing of himself after his drug use.
In Puck the Media, Steve Lepore has the official press release from the NHL Network on its plans to simulcast another NHL Radio talk show.
Steve feels tonight’s Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony should be on Versus and not on NHL Network.
Maury Brown writes in his SportsBash site that Liberty Media, owner of the Atlanta Braves, three FSN regional networks and DirecTV (among other holdings), might be looking to back out of an agreement to purchase a website that’s been linked to steroids.
And we end with The Five as presented by Kristine Leahy at WEEI.com.
Those are the links. See you later on.