Again, the shuffling between two offices prevented me from doing the megalinks today. Combine that with me getting my new iPhone 4 and you have me doing the megalinks at night. Better late than not at all.
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Let’s get to the links.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand writes that ESPN will begin showing defensive fielding stats on Sunday Night Baseball.
Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated looks at the new book on ESPN that was penned by the same team that wrote a comprehensive tome on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
Fanhouse’s Milton Kent looks at the media scrum between Dave Kindred and Mitch Albom with some Jason Whitlock thrown in.
Ok, that is how far I got into the links when I fell asleep. Let me go on. I’ll do a combination of selected Friday media links as well as Saturday.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell looks into the dwindling attendance numbers at Cooperstown for the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies.
Darren talks with the man in charge of one of the most iconic signs in American sports.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Dave Kindred admits that there have been times when he has been wrong.
The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn talks about WEEI changing the format of its Red Sox pregame show midstream and without any warning.
In the New York Daily News, Bob Raissman notes that SNY analyst Bob Ojeda ripped the Mets this week.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union writes that MLB Network will have the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies tomorrow.
Greg Connors in the Buffalo News writes that Disney and Time Warner Cable are drawing their respective lines in the sand.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says the first place Texas Rangers have translated to increased TV ratings.
Barry writes with the Rangers in first place, he notes a few things about their broadcasters.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says a Texas sports talk show host has had to stay off the air while he runs for the Texas House of Representatives.
Anthony Witrado of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Brewers announcer Bob Uecker returned to work Friday against doctors’ orders.
Michael Hunt of the Journal Sentinel is happy to have Uecker back in the booth.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business has his winners and losers in sports business and media.
Dan Caesar from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says an outspoken Gateway City personality returns to the local airwaves next week.
Dan says there’s heated competition for the Cardinals radio rights.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has his extensive media notes.
The Sports Media Watch notes that final round aside, the ratings for the Open Championship were not all that bad.
SMW says Versus is seeing a ratings rise for IndyCar.
Steve Lepore of Puck The Media says the NHL Network will carry the official NHL Winter Classic press conference next week in Pittsburgh.
That will do it for now.