Ok, we haven’t done linkage since Thursday. Was busy Friday and Saturday and on Sunday, I rested. So it’s time to give you stuffage today. You deserve it.
I am experimenting with logos on the top of the page so if you see something different over the next few days, you’ll know that I’m trying some new things. In addition, I’ll be ready to make an announcement regarding Fang’s Bites very soon. But let’s get to first things first.
Here’s the story from Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand and Michael Smith regarding ESPN nosing out Fox Sports for a multimedia rights deal with the Atlantic Coast Conference. The story also notes that Turner Sports is looking for regular season basketball games to compliment its recent entry into the NCAA Tournament.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says rising ratings for Versus and NBC for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs will bode well for the league’s TV negotiations.
In Sports Illustrated, Peter King writes in Monday Morning Quarterback that he’s hopeful that “NFL Matchup” will be saved (scroll down to #7).
Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk says NFL Films is optimistic that ESPN will pick up ownership of NFL Matchup.
Pip Bulbeck of the Hollywood Reporter says Australia’s SBS network will air 15 World Cup games in 3-D.
Jon Lafayette of TV Week’s NewsPro section feels sports journalism needs to change with the times.
Jon opines that NBC Sports will help Comcast gain a foothold in broadcast TV and shore up its sports programming.
Jarre Fees of TV Week’s NewsPro section speaks with the Executive Director of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, Dave Goren, about the state of the organization. One aside. I interned at WJAR-TV in the 1980′s and Dave was sports producer for the channel. He since went on to be a sports anchor in North Carolina and now is the Executive Director of the NSSA. Do Dave a favor and join the NSSA for just $30. That’s quite affordable.
Hillary Atkin writing in the NewsPro section looks at Philadelphia’s WTXF-TV getting fans’ input for its sportscasts.
Hillary also has a story on Mary Carillo who has gone from being a tennis analyst to a host and journalist.
Hillary talks with ESPN’s Erin Andrews.
Debra Kaufman in NewsPro says 3-D is adding another dimension to sports broadcasting.
I welcome Friend of Fang’s Bites Trenni Kusnierek of the MLB Network to the blogging world. She has begun her new blog, “Girl Talk” on MLBlogs and she has two posts there already.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Jason Fry looks at the Wall Street Journal giving courtesy titles to athletes and other figures in its new sports section.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says it’s now not worth it to be an NFL team doctor based on the grief from lawsuits.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post goes after the Jets and its personal seat licenses policy.
Pete Dougherty in the Albany Times Union notes that Saturday’s Preakness Stakes ratings were considerably down from last year.
Dan Steinberg from the Washington Post’s Sporting Bog says Redskin star Fred Smoot is looking for opportunities in sports media after his playing career.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner speaks with the program director of one of DC’s sports radio stations.
Tom Jones in the St. Petersburg Times looks back at the weekend in sports on TV.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel debunks some myths about Hank Aaron.
Natalie Meisler of the Denver Post says Colorado State University has made some changes in its football broadcasts.
Dusty Saunders of the Post says ESPN’s Rick Reilly is becoming feistier as he focuses more on TV.
The Los Angeles Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth has your SoCal sports calendar.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail feels Rogers Sportsnet overhypes its coverage of the Memorial Cup.
One piece of news from last week in Canada. William Houston in Truth & Rumours notes that the Blue Jays will drop TSN as a rightsholder and put all of its games on Rogers Sportsnet. Just two years ago, the Jays divided its games on Rogers Sportsnet, TSN and CBC. Now, just one carrier will air the game.
William says CBC is about to make its Bold cable channel an HD channel just in time for the World Cup.
The Sports Media Watch says Celtics-Magic Game 1 held up well for ABC on Sunday.
Steve Lepore from Puck The Media writes that NESN got high ratings for Game 7 of Bruins-Flyers from last Friday.
Steve says there are many pros and cons for having Bob Cole call the Montreal-Philadelphia series for CBC.
Good friend Ian Bethune of Sox & Dawgs has the video of ESPN’s Outside the Lines story in which former Red Sox Bernie Carbo admitted he wanted to go all gangster on Keith Hernandez back in the 1980′s. Interesting stuff.
That is going to do it for now. I have a couple of network press releases to post. They’re screaming at me so I’ll post them now.