I’m at work on this Saturday and won’t be able to watch the early part of the NFL Wild Card doubleheader today, unless I can find a backdoor website (I’m not encouraging you to send links to me nor am I going to discuss them any further, I have a very good relationship with the NFL). Anyway, I’ll give you linkage as I’m working at the home office.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine says ABC cruised to a ratings win on Thursday thanks to the BCS National Championship Game.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News reports that after originally taking off English Premier League games off its schedule, Setanta Sports reinstated them today. Fox Soccer Channel is in talks with Setanta to either purchase the pay channel outright or take over its key soccer rights. We’ll keep you posted.
EPL Talk says some more EPL games have been added to Setanta’s schedule this month.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union wants the technical problems at a local sports radio station to stop. Having worked at a radio station, this smacks of automation and having no one at the station. Pete says it’s a Clear Channel station and knowing their policies, the company doesn’t like people to work weekends having a computer insert the commercials for syndicated programming. And many times, this is what you get, programs running simultaneously and no one there to correct them until it’s too late. I know it all too well.
Ken McMillan of the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says viewers to Marist basketball tonight will notice a different voice calling the game.
Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News writes that the Bills despite a losing season did well in the TV ratings.
Joe Favorito writing for New Jersey Newsroom notes that the best of the NFL and MLB on TV are being produced in the Garden State.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News talks with NBC’s Al Michaels.
Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Observer says Fox Sports Southwest and Dish Network continue to battle over airing 20 Dallas Stars games.
Anna Tinsley from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says ESPN college football analyst Craig James is considering a run for U.S. Senate.
Comcast SportsNet Chicago says Thursday’s Blackhawks game against the Bruins set another ratings record for the regional sports network.
The Chicago Tribune says the White Sox has set its Spring Training TV and radio schedule.
Mike Rogoway of The Oregonian says the Portland Trail Blazers are disappointed with cable rights holder Comcast SportsNet Northwest over its poor distribution of its games.
Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette notes that college football beat the NHL Winter Classic in the US TV ratings.
The Sports Media Watch notes that the BCS Championship Game received an audience of over 30 million people.
And SMW says the NHL Winter Classic received a very low 2.1 rating against tough college football competition on New Year’s Day.
Evan Weiner at Examiner.com looks at an NFL anti-trust Supreme Court case that could have wide repercussions for other sports leagues.
The Big Lead noticed that ESPN’s Josh Elliot was co-hosting Good Morning America this morning.
Russell Scibetti at the Business of Sports will have a networking event in New York on Wednesday and if you’re in the area, please attend.
And I’ll end it there for now. I will do my best to post a couple of press releases and breaking news if it warrants.