Before I begin, a quick note.
I will have an announcement regarding the site in the next few days. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere and the content will remain the same. In addition, the site will look the same. When this becomes totally official, I hope to announce that Fang’s Bites is on its way to bigger and better things and I think that will definitely be the case. But that will come later and not today. In the meantime, let’s do the links.
Just because I can, I’ll start you off with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model Brooklyn Decker doing cartwheels on the set of a movie she’s doing with Adam Sandler and Dan Patrick. Yes, that Dan Patrick of national radio and NBC Sports fame. Now that your heart is pumping, on to the regular sports media links.
From the Sports Business Daily, John Ourand recaps what Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said regarding his company’s purchase of NBC.
And John has Fox Sports El Jefe del Mundo David Hill’s warning to sports leagues about keeping streaming rights for themselves.
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle wasn’t happy over ESPN’s treatment of Molina either.
Sean Leahy at Yahoo’s Puck Daddy recaps a CBC/Toronto Globe and Mail investigation into where disgraced hockey coach Graham James ended up after being mysteriously paroled on sexually assaulting two underaged boys on his team.
Georg Szalai of the Hollywood Reporter talks about Comcast being the first cable provider to pick up ESPN 3D.
Mike Reynolds in Multichannel News says Time Warner Cable will offer Univision’s World Cup coverage On Demand.
Mike writes that Universal Sports will now be available in Boston on an over the air digital channel.
Channel Guide Magazine looks at Ken Burns’ supplemental 10th Inning to his Baseball documentary.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says LeBron James might be better off staying in Cleveland to maximize his earning value.
Darren has statistics showing that lower drafted players do better than those drafted higher.
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe talks with former Globe writer Jackie MacMullen who becomes the first woman to receive the Curt Gowdy Media Award at the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says the Mets are looking to expand its holdings to possibly the NHL’s Islanders and a Major League Soccer team.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos threw an “S” bomb on ESPN2′s First Take yesterday.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times lists his three most miserable sports cities.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Sarah Talalay did some participatory journalism, learning the behind the scenes at four sports jobs.
First, she was part of a Grand-Am pit crew.
Sarah also played the part of Burnice, the Miami Heat mascot.
Sarah got to drive the Zamboni for the Florida Panthers.
And Sarah was part of the grounds crew at Sun Life Stadium.
Finally, Sarah tells us what she learned after all this.
Doug Harris from the Dayton Daily News says Ohio State’s Athletic Director wants Dayton to remain as the site of the NCAA Tournament play-in games.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business says former White Sox analyst Tom Paciorek is returning to his old gig only for a few days.
Jim O’Donnell in the Chicago Sun-Times says Versus may being seeing increased ratings in the Windy City, but Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz is still not a fan of the channel.
Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that the famous “Field of Dreams” where the Kevin Costner movie was filmed is up for sale.
Bob Wolfley from the Journal Sentinel says the Big Ten conference plays the nail to the ACC’s hammer in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Bob Mayhall of the St. Louis Globe and Democrat talks with a Cardinals minor league team announcer who is about to call his 3,000th game.
Diane Pucin in the Los Angeles Times says the NHL is riding a ratings wave of momentum.
The Tennis Now blog says the French Open will be seen in 3-D in Europe. No word about here in the US.
The Sports Media Watch has part one of a two part interview with TNT’s Charles Barkley.
SMW says TNT hit its postseason ratings high with the Game 5 blowout of the Cavaliers at the hands of the Celtics.
And SMW writes that the NBA Playoffs on ABC have seen a double digits ratings rise.
James O’Brien at NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk says the network will carry Game 1 of the Chicago-San Jose NHL Western Conference Finals on Sunday.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says a Game 7 for the Bruins-Flyers on Friday could draw high ratings for Versus even without the home markets airing the national broadcast.
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann who was originally a critic of the original “Baseball” documentary is very high on Ken Burns’ sequel, “The Tenth Inning”
And that will do it for now.