Let’s do the linkage for this Thursday. Got off to a late start, but that’s due to some overdue paperwork I had to complete. Now that it’s done, I can do some linkage for you.
Let’s begin with USA Today’s Michael McCarthy who looks at the impact of a Tiger Woods-less PGA Tour on both sponsors and TV ratings.
Speaking of sponsorships, Tripp Mickle in the Sports Business Journal says the X Games will allow more sponsor flexibility.
Michael Smith of the SBJ reviews the distribution of revenue to various conferences from the Bowl Championship Series.
Writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Dave Kindred discusses writing a story on deadline.
Emily Bryson York of Advertising Age writes that Papa John’s Pizza did an end run around CBS, and managed to get an ad on the Super Bowl, but for much less than the network’s asking price.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell delves into the Tim Tebow Focus on the Family Super Bowl ad.
Darren is fascinated by video game manufacturer 2KSports offering a million dollar prize for its MLB 2K10 game.
Richard Sandomir from the New York Times looks at how a judge threw out a lawsuit from a former Madison Square Garden executive who claimed he gave Yankees owner George Steinbrenner the idea for YES Network.
Kyle Smith of the New York Post reviews ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary on the Indiana Pacers-New York Knicks 1990′s rivalry.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog has a transcript of NBA Communist Sympathizer David Stern toying with a TMZ reporter during the announcement of Wizards star Gilbert Arenas’ suspension for having a gun in the locker room.
From the Daily Caller, Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says a broadcast network cannot afford not to have the NFL as part of its programming.
In the Examiner, Jim explores whether Capitals owner Ted Leonsis could become a full-fledged partner with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.
Tim Lemke wonders if Leonsis will actually be successful in his bid to buy the Wizards.
Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel says the NFL Players Association isn’t thrilled about having the Pro Bowl moved to the week before the Super Bowl and away from Hawai’i.
Sarah has more on the Pro Bowl and the NFLPA’s thoughts on the Pro Bowl in Miami.
Ray Melick of the Birmingham (AL) News feels CBS should air the controversial Tim Tebow advocacy ad in the Super Bowl.
Jim O’Donnell of the Chicago Sun-Times feels the Super Bowl should not be diminished by an advocacy ad.
However, Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business says like it or not, the Tebow ad has a right to air during the Super Bowl.
Ed says the Cubs might the right choice in staying in Mesa, AZ for its spring training home.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has ESPN’s Monday Night Football analysts feeling that Brett Favre will be back in action next season.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News looks at some of the biggest sports bombs on TV through Entertainment Weekly.
Tom also has a preview of his Friday column.
Austin Knoblauch of the Los Angeles Times says CBS has not made a decision on another potentially controversial Super Bowl ad.
William Houston in Truth & Rumours feels Jim Nantz should not have done a Sony TV ad with Colts QB Peyton Manning.
Chris Byrne in the Eye on Sports Media honors HHR Media for its Blogs with Balls conferences.
Chris also gives an honor to one of ESPN’s hard working public relations staffers.
The Sports Media Watch has some various notes.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says CBC and the Vancouver Canucks finally smoked the peace pipe.
The Canadian Olympics Broadcasting Consortium has announced the English language radio coverage plans for the Vancouver Winter Games.
And you can’t go without the French language coverage plans.
We end with Len Berman’s Top 5 Sports Stories at That’s Sports.