After getting a late start to blogging today and not being able to provide links during the day, I thought maybe I can take the night off from blogging. WRONG! Things are breaking tonight. It’s hard to decide where to begin, but let’s go with the New York Times.
Andrew Ross Sorkin and Tim Arango chronicle how the Comcast/NBC deal was made and how it all began back in July.
To the West Coast where we discover that legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg is going back to baseball to San Diego Padres games in 2010.
Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune breaks the news that Enberg will be the main TV voice for the team.
John Maffei from the North County Times says Enberg will call as many as 125 games for the Padres.
This means that Enberg will cut the French Open from his schedule for next year while keeping Wimbledon and the U.S. Open which he calls for ESPN2 and CBS respectively.
To Chicago where WBBM-TV, the Windy City’s CBS affiliate is doing something rather radical for its low-rated morning daypart. Phil Rosenthal of the Tribune reports that the station is picking up Mike North and Dan Jiggetts from Comcast SportsNet and placing their show in the timeslot where the morning news is currently.
Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Sun-Times also writes about WBBM’s move to bring North and Jiggetts over from Comcast SportsNet.
And Ed Sherman from Crain’s Chicago Business chimes in with a story of his own on North moving from cable to over the air TV.
To Washington, DC and our nation’s capital, Jennifer Harper of the Washington Times writes that the paper is reorganizing and laying off 40% of its workforce.
Times’ sports business writer Tim Lemke tweets that this likely means the entire sports department will be cut.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell talks with a former Nike insider about the Tiger Woods apology.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News tries to make sense of the mainstream media’s reporting of the Tiger Woods apology.
Pete Dougherty from the Albany Times Union looks at the ratings for ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
And Pete updates this week’s college football schedule.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News crunches some of the NFL ratings numbers from Week 12.
Mel Bracht from the Daily Oklahoman says ESPN The Magazine is giving love to Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant.
The Los Angeles Times has a special section devoted to the work of the late Mike Penner.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star writes that the long-time head of a city sports radio station moves to the TV side.
William Houston at Truth & Rumours also writes about the TV/radio shakeup and the Tiger Woods story.
Rick Kissell from Variety looks at ESPN’s ratings for Monday Night Football.
Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek says football gave ESPN the monthly cable win for November.
Lucia Moses of Mediaweek says Sports Illustrated is set to unveil in 2010 an electronic reader that can expand on its magazine.
The Sports Media Watch has the weekend overnight ratings.
SMW says Monday’s Patriots-Saints game just barely missed breaking a cable ratings record.
And SMW notes that the UFL Championship Game didn’t do all that well on Versus.
Chris Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media has decided to leave a blog network.
Chris adds that Tiger Woods should have learned a lesson on privacy.
The Cycle blog says it’s time to leave Tiger alone.
Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball writes that MLB.com is looking for stats stringers for 2010.
Dave Kohl of the Major League Programs blog looks at radio and TV media rights.
That’s going to be it for us tonight. I will post two press releases and go to bed.