Let’s do linkage today. Trying to get links done earlier so you may have noticed the Primetime and Late Night Viewing Picks up at around 8 a.m. I try to do them before I go to bed and schedule them to publish at 8 a.m. so that leaves me free to the links in the morning and other work in the afternoon. So far, so good. Let’s do the links now.
From USA Today, Michael McCarthy writes that the NFL is going to charge fans to gain access to the Super Bowl field after the game. And it’s not going to come cheap.
Michael Hiestand of the Nation’s Newspaper says this year’s Sugar Bowl didn’t rate as well as last year’s game, but there are reasons for that.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News reports that Tennis Channel is filing an FCC carriage complaint against Comcast.
Brian Stelter and Brad Stone of the New York Times write about TV’s push into 3-D and that includes ESPN.
Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times wonders if consumers will be as enthusiastic about 3-D as TV programmers are.
In lieu of not having The Five from WEEI.com anymore (I’ve been told the feature has been canceled), we’ll move to getting Len Berman’s Top Five from That’s Sports. We’ll link to this every day, but unlike Kristine Leahy’s feature, there’s no video.
Brent Cunningham of the Columbia Journalism Review talks with the New York Times’ Alan Schwarz about his uncovering about the impact of concussions in the NFL.
Ken McMillan of the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record writes that the New York Knicks and Rangers will both appear on free TV twice this month.
Laura Nachman says an upcoming Philadelphia media luncheon will have a sports theme.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog has video of new DC NFL team coach Mike Shanahan being quite fascinated with TV sports reporter Lindsay Czarniak.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says the media circus has already begun as Shananan is ready to take over the reins of the DC NFL team.
Jim looks at Peter Gammons’ debut on MLB Network today.
Tim Lemke gets some background on ESPN 3D.
Tim looks at the marketability of Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas in the wake of his locker room gun incident.
Sarah Talalay in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel looks at the Florida Marlins new road uniforms.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News has Rodney Harrison picking the Eagles over the Cowboys this weekend.
Barry discusses Peter Gammons’ debut on MLB Network today.
David Barron has some news and notes.
Ed Sherman from Crain’s Chicago Business isn’t enthusiastic about ESPN 3D.
Phil Rosenthal in the Chicago Tribune says ESPN and Discovery are trying to sell viewers on 3-D.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News pokes fun at ESPN 3D.
Tom writes an obituary for the late Angels TV voice Rory Markas who died yesterday.
Tom remembers the late Rory Markas in his blog.
Tom also has Vin Scully remembering Markas.
Tom says Peter Gammons and Bob Costas team up for the Baseball Hall of Fame announcements today on MLB Network.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times has the obituary for Markas.
Diane Pucin of the Times says the Angels have a tough decision to make in the wake of Markas’ passing.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star also writes about Markas’ passing.
Lyle Spencer of MLB.com also has a story on Markas.
William Houston of Truth & Rumours reviews TSN’s production of last night’s World Jr. Hockey Championships gold medal game.
Chris Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media has a profile of Fox Sports director Artie Kempner who will be on loan to NBC Sports this weekend.
The Big Lead looks at the feud between the snowboarding community and USA Today Olympics writer Christine Brennan.
Joe Favorito says the Baseball and Pro Football Halls of Fame may have to extend invitations to broadcasters, bloggers and possibly fans to vote for future elections as newspapers dwindle.
In honor of Team USA winning the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships last night, Puck The Media’s Steve Lepore dusts off a classic Jack Edwards moment from last year’s Bruins-Canadiens game in Montreal.
One last link and this has nothing to do with sports. If you’re new to Twitter or thinking of whom to follow, Vanessa Grigoriadis of Vanity Fair has some of the “Tweethearts” who have carved their own niches on the site. I particularly follow Julia Roy, whom I met at Blogs with Balls, and Felicia Day who is part of the beloved “Whedonverse“.
That’s it for the links. Off to do some work now.