Let’s do some linkage for you on this Tuesday.
Starting with USA Today, Edward C. Baig looks at ESPN’s planned launch of its 3-D network in June.
Michael Hiestand has the ratings of various weekend events.
EPL Talk reports that Fox is in talks to buy Setanta Sports US.
SportsbyBrooks reports that the voice of the Anaheim Angels and USC basketball Trojans, Rory Markas died of a heart attack today.
Bil Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times also discusses Markas’ passing.
The Sports Business Daily is reporting that Captain Blowhard is complaining that daddy doesn’t love him anymore.
The Huffington Post also looks at Captain Blowhard’s whining.
I was going to write an open letter to Captain Blowhard about his incessant complaining and whining, but decided against it. A day later, I’m happy about my decision. It sounds to me as if Captain Blowhard wants to leave ESPN. Then leave and stop complaining. Captain Blowhard complains that the Mothership did not take his “scoop” seriously. Well, if he wants to be a serious sports journalist, stop writing stupid columns filled with pop culture references. You made your bed, Captain Blowhard, you must lie in it. You had a chance to be taken seriously when you were at the Boston Herald, but because editors didn’t recognize your “talent”, you left because you didn’t want to get stuck doing high school scores. And you decided to break out on your own doing your own niche and you did it well. But no one considers you to be an insider or a journalist. You were a comedy writer at Jimmy Kimmel Live. You’re more of a humorist who latched onto ESPN.com when it was in its infancy. Now you’re complaining that ESPN didn’t pick up your tweet. Do me a favor, Captain Blowhard. Shut up, do your job and write more pop culture references or leave the Mothership and start your own company so you can blow your own horn and pat yourself on the back for your alleged “scoops”.
Ok, so I wrote it anyway. I need to let go of my anger. Back to the links.
Writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times offers four New Year’s resolutions for sports media.
Stuart Levine of Variety says bowl games continue to do well for ESPN.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says a Tiger Woods lookalike is finding business to be awful in 2010.
Frank Juliano of the Stamford (CT) Advocate says Cablevision is adding NESN just in time for the 2010 baseball season.
Darren says the movie, “The Blind Side” is becoming one of the most successful sports movies ever.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union also discusses the ESPN 3D launch.
Ken McMillan of the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says Time Warner Cable in the local area will produce weekly high school basketball games.
And Ken says Versus will air a package of NBA D-League games starting this month.
Keith Groller from the Allentown (PA) Morning Call writes that there has been plenty of football on the airwaves.
Laura Nachman says heritage Philadelphia newsradio station KYW will be outsourcing its weekend sports reports.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner writes that CBS’ NFL Today insider Charley Casserly is saying that Mike Shanahan has already pieced together his coaching staff for the DC NFL team.
Tim Lemke isn’t too thrilled about the ESPN 3D announcement.
Tim says a former Washington Times staffer is joining MASN.
Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes that the Lingerie Bowl will be held in South Florida on the night before the Super Bowl.
Sarah writes that the Orange Bowl and South Florida tourism officials are fearful of a college football playoff.
The Miami Herald uses a wire report that ESPN has won an Eclipse Award for its coverage of the Belmont Stakes back in June.
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Dave Walker says a local radio station will become a Fox Sports Radio affiliate.
Jim Harris of Arkansas Business recaps an appearance by ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla at a local luncheon.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News has the finalists for the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
John Kiesewetter from the Cincinnati Enquirer talks to a Queen’s City sports anchor who suffered a heart attack during the Christmas holidays.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business says Vanity Fair has a rather interesting Tiger Woods cover.
Ed also has one last interview with the late Chicago sportswriter Bill Gleason.
Greg Hansen at the Arizona Daily Star notes that ESPN/ABC has already picked some Pac 10 football games for next season’s schedule.
Patrick Finley of the Daily Star says the Pac 10 and Fox Sports Net will discuss how to adjust the conference’s basketball tournament in the wake of USC announcing a self-imposed postseason ban.
Larry Bohannan from the Desert Sun (CA) says while TV will miss Tiger Woods, several West Coast PGA Tour stops won’t.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has the final college football TV schedule until September.
CTV says 4 million Canadians watched the Olympic men’s hockey team announcement last week.
Chris Zelkovich in the Toronto Star has some Canadian TV numbers.
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com speaks with Peter Gammons as he gets ready for his MLB Network debut on Wednesday.
Sports Media Watch says the ratings for the NHL Winter Classic were down from last year.
SMW writes that the Rose Bowl’s last airing on ABC did very well.
SMW notes that Fox’s final NFL doubleheader of the season finished strong.
Chris Byrne’s Eye on Sports Media has video of Boise State’s cowbell girl who looked so excited to be at the Fiesta Bowl. For a while, the cowbell girl was a trending topic on Twitter last night. Now we find that she’s blind. Oh well.
Chris shares some thoughts on whether he should have posted the video.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media notes that Versus got its own NHL matchup wrong.
That’s it for now.