I keep getting news or releases that I need to post, thus delaying my gathering of the links. Well, I think I have a window to get these done now.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand has the ratings of various sports programs from the weekend.
The Sports Media Watch notes that HBO Real Sports host Bryant Gumbel revealed this morning that he had lung cancer surgery.
The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2009 and it includes legendary broadcasters Dick Enberg and Keith Jackson.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell writes that the Heisman Trophy ceremony doesn’t necessarily attract viewers because of close votes.
On The DL’s Dan Levy writing in the Sporting News that the holiday season has been one for media buyouts and internet shutdowns.
Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times has an open letter to Comcast executives regarding the purchase of NBC at the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center.
At his regular place of employment, Eric writes about how the Tiger Woods story is forcing the mainstream sports media to play catchup with TMZ and US Weekly.
Eric also talks with TMZ’s Harvey Levin about the Tiger Slam.
Comcast SportsNet New England reports that NESN Red Sox analyst Dave Roberts is leaving the network to join the Padres front office.
From the New York Times, Richard Sandomir writes about Showtime airing a show devoted to NASCAR starting in February 2010.
Michael Shain of the New York post wonders if the NCAA Tournament will become an all-cable affair.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call says two Sunday programs did not shy away from sensitive topics.
Dan Gross of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that despite getting arrested the night before, former Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell began his new radio gig on Monday.
The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik liked how ESPN called out the Ravens on Monday Night Football.
From the Bradenton Herald, John Lembo writes that ESPN’s Dick Vitale continues to raise money for the battle against cancer and will mention two Florida residents who lost their lives to the disease.
Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel says NFL Commish Roger Goodell once again warned Miami to keep the Stadium formerly known as Joe Robbie current to risk not seeing the Super Bowl for a while.
Sarah says Dunkin’ Donuts is providing free tickets for the Dolphins’ home game against the Houston Texans on December 27.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says his newspaper and a local sports radio station have signed a new content sharing agreement.
Barry says the Cowboys will be the featured game on CBS this Sunday.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer discusses the addition of Ohio State announcer Paul Keels to the Reds TV team.
Ed Sherman from Crain’s Chicago Business says despite playing a bad game in their win over St. Louis, the Bears garnered good ratings on Sunday.
Ed says it’s apparent that the Chicago Tribune won’t be hiring Jay The Rat.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says ESPN heaped praise on the Packers during Monday Night Football.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News is trying to get the hang of this Twitter thing.
William Houston in Truth & Rumours says not only will the Winter Olympics be aired in English and French in Canada, but also in aboriginal languages.
Reuters reports that ESPN has won the rights to air 23 English Premier League games in Ireland starting next season.
Owen Gibson of the Guardian says ESPN has been awarded the rights to air a majority of FA Cup games next season.
BBC Sport says ESPN picks up the slack for Setanta Sports which collapsed earlier this year.
Louisa Ada Seltzer of Media Life Magazine looks at the possibility of the NCAA Tournament expanding and going to cable.
Back to the Sports Media Watch and some college football ratings news.
The Big 12 Championship drew good numbers for ABC.
Opposite the Big 12 Championship, the ACC Championship on ESPN dropped.
SMW notes that the game that decided the Big East title, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, also rated well for ABC.
And the BCS Selection Show on Fox dropped again.
Bill Gorman at TV by the Numbers says last week’s Patriots-Saints game steered ESPN to a cable primetime win.
We conclude with Kristine Leahy and today’s edition of The Five at WEEI.com.
That’s it for now. Lots of links on this Tuesday.