It’s been quite some time since I have done late night links. Usually, I reserve late night for posting the press releases, but since I still don’t have a TV and there was a minimal amount of sports that I wanted to see, I was quite productive posting the release earlier tonight so I can do some linkage for you now.
We’ll start with ESPN Ombudsman Don Ohlmeyer to whom I’ll give credit for discussing the network’s handling of the Steve Phillips affair, the reporting of the Tom Cable domestic violence story, Bob Griese’s suspension and finishing off with the 30 for 30 documentary series. All quite candid and I was glad to see Ohlmeyer address the Phillips story, although I would have preferred if he had done it earlier.
Editor & Publisher reports that Chicago Sun-Times baseball writer Chris DeLuca has been promoted to the paper’s top spot in its sports department. Thanks to Indiana University’s National Sports Journalism Center for the link.
We’re finding out more about the creepy stalker who videotaped Erin Andrews in the nude not just once, but several times.
Rick Kissell of Variety writes that the NFL continues to dominate the network primetime ratings.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel News says Monday Night Football steered ESPN to a cable primetime win last week.
Hibah Yousuf of CNNMoney.com writes that CBS is 90% sold for Super Bowl XLIV.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine tells us that the NFL continues to set ratings ablaze this season.
Jay Fitzgerald of the Boston Herald reports that the Celtics and Comcast are teaming up to provide Video On Demand programming
I’m not sure why, but NESN.com is offering a photo gallery of Heidi Watney.
The Lehigh (PA) Express-Times says Fox Sports Net and Gatorade are teaming up to air a special, recreating high school football rivalries across the nation.
Here’s the press release anouncing the program.
In the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg who’s been keeping track of the on-air Tony Kornheiser-Mike Wise radio feud says Mr. Tony decided to not to throw verbal barbs on Wednesday.
Tim Lemke of the Washington Times writes that FedEx Field isn’t just used for the DC NFL team exclusively anymore.
In his blog, Tim talks about how FedEx Field hopes to be the site of the FIFA World Cup Finals in either 2018 or 2022.
MASN has announced it will air some 200 college basketball games this season.
Jack Bogaczyk of the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail says the West Virginia-Rutgers Big East regular season finale will be aired by ESPN on December 5.
Barry Horn in the Dallas Morning News says Fox’s Terry Bradshaw is sharpening his claws on Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams.
Also in the Morning News, Tim Colishaw looks at noted charlatan Bill Simmons’ book on the NBA.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Bearcats football brought in good ratings for ESPN last Friday.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News gives us an update on what’s up with the planned new USFL.
Carl Steward of the Oakland Tribune says DirecTV subscribers will be shut out of Saturday’s Cal-Stanford game as it will be shown on Versus.
To the Sports Media Watch and a few links from that blog.
The NFL on Fox continues to score this season.
Pats-Colts helped to steer NBC’s Sunday Night Football to higher reaches.
A lackluster Monday Night Football matchup gave the series its lowest ratings of the season.
The NBA on TNT is off to a fast start in the young season.
And a developing story, SMW says MLB plans to cut the number of off days during the postseason.
Steve Lepore from Puck the Media says Versus’ ratings for the NHL are all over the place.
Dave Kohl’s Major League Programs blog looks at some various sports media issues from the last week.
Lots of good links for you as we head into the wee hours of Thursday morning. I’ll be back with you later today.