I’m going to do the Friday megalinks in two parts once again. I’m going to leave the office before 4 p.m. ET so I can get a few things done at home and then I’ll do the rest of the megalinks tonight then post some press releases. Once again, I’ll post the National and Northeast links first and the rest tonight.
July 4th weekend is a busy weekend with plenty of baseball, the World Cup quarterfinals, Breakfast at Wimbledon and NASCAR at Daytona. Check out when and what channels are showing the respective events in the Weekend Viewing Picks.
Now to your links.
Michael Hiestand in USA Today looks at the World Cup from a different perspective.
Fanhouse’s Milton Kent asks why are the Lakers’ Lamar Odom and wife Khloe Kardashian being considered for a reality TV show?
Milton also has some NFL TV and Radio news.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell looks at the value of arena naming rights especially when LeBron James is playing in said arenas.
Darren also looks at a big hot dog. This is not just any big hot dog.
The Nielsen Wire blog says that after the England-Germany World Cup game, there were plenty of calls worldwide for soccer to institute instant replay.
And Nielsen notes that official World Cup sponsors have gotten the attention back from ambush marketing conducted by Nike.
Mark Dolliver of Mediaweek says a new survey shows that most Americans aren’t following the World Cup very closely.
Gavin J. Blair of the Hollywood Reporter writes that the very first 3-D TV baseball game will be produced and viewed in Japan, just days before the first 3-D MLB broadcast in the US.
Glen Dickson of Broadcasting & Cable reports that a TV production company is unveiling a second 3-D truck that will be primarily used by ESPN 3D.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says Versus is prepping for multiplatform coverage of the “final” Tour de France for Lance Armstrong.
The Sports Media Watch has some various news and notes.
David Goetzl of Mediapost reports that Hispanic radio is seeing record ratings for World Cup broadcasts.
Joe Favorito says the iron is hot for U.S. soccer star Landon Donovan to expand his brand.
Bill Gorman at TV by the Numbers says ESPN will once again air the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest live from Coney Island on the 4th of July.
Deadspin notes that ESPN is moving its magazine operations from New York to Bristol, CT next year.
East and Mid-Atlantic
Bob Raissman in the New York Daily News says MSG Network’s NBA free agent show turned out to be a mouthpiece for the Knicks’ effort to sign LeBron James.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post writes about beloved Cubs radio analyst Ron Santo.
Ken Schott at the Schenectady Gazette says Time Warner Cable is moving YES and Golf Channel to more favorable channel positions.
Ken McMillan in the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says Army is shifting around its broadcast teams.
Phil Jasner of the Philadelphia Daily News writes that Donyell Marshall is leaving Comcast SportsNet to join the George Washington coaching staff.
Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun says Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams is happy to have a DC radio affiliate for his school.
The Washington Examiner’s Jim Williams talks with Tennis Channel/NBC/ESPN2/BBC/7 Network tennis analyst John McEnroe about Breakfast at Wimbledon.
We’ll end it there for now. Links from the rest of the country and Canada coming up tonight.