Ok, let me provide you with some additional linkage here. I got interrupted and posted my original links rather hastily. Then I had to tape this week’s Sports Media Weekly Podcast with Keith Thibault and our guest, Susan Shan so let’s bring you the rest of the linkage now.
We’re getting word that ESPN spiked an article that was posted by writer Arash Markazi. In it, Markazi follows LeBron James in Las Vegas and chronicles his night at the Venetian hotel. For whatever reason, ESPN took it down, but credit Will Leitch of New York Magazine for putting it on Google Docs where it stands right now. According to CNBC’s Darren Rovell, James’ management team denies having anything to do with pulling the story. Whatever the reason, ESPN again looks bad for apparently having a cozy relationship with James. And after the ill-advised “The Decision”, ESPN doesn’t need more black eyes. We’ll monitor this story to see if it has any legs.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today notes that next year’s MLB season will begin earlier and end earlier.
Whitney Matheson of USA Today’s Pop Candy blog looks at the latest ESPN 30 for 30 doc on BMX.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell talks with Pac 10/12 Commissioner Larry Scott.
Forbes’ Great Speculations blog notes that ESPN is crucial to Disney’s success or failure.
Portada Online says ESPN Deportes Radio has found a Philadelphia affiliate.
Jessica Heslam & Thomas Grillo from the Boston Herald look into why the Red Sox ratings on NESN are way down from last year.
D.C. Denison and Alexandra McMahon of the Boston Globe also try to figure out the Red Sox ratings slide.
Jim Shea of the Hartford Courant feels it might be NESN’s presentation that might be turning off viewers.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette writes MLB Network will have expanded coverage of the trading deadline this Saturday.
The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that a baby recliner designed by Leslie Gudel of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia is being recalled after the death of a four month old.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner discusses the MLS All-Star Game which is being carried by ESPN2 tonight.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says Tuesday’s Oakland-Texas Rangers game was the highest rated baseball game of the year for Fox Sports Southwest.
Mike Colias of Crain’s Chicago Business says the Cubs struggles on the field are translating into lower TV ratings.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News talks about the possible successors to Pat Haden on NBC’s Notre Dame football telecasts.
Tom writes that Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn is now screening his media requests after being fined by the NBA.
SportsbyBrooks gets confirmation from Jay Glazer that he’s going to work at NFL Network while keeping his current position at Fox NFL Sunday.
SbyB also discovers that NFL Network was also targeting Sports Illustrated’s and NBC’s Peter King but was turned down.
The Sports Media Watch has the Weekend Overnight Ratings.
SMW also has some ratings news and notes.
Digital Journal has the NFL anticipating its highest rated season yet.
TVbytheNumbers notes that TNT plans to produce the PGA Championship next month in 3-D.
Boston Sports Radio Watch explores the war of words and ratings between WEEI and 98.5 The Sports Hub.
Rock Mamota in Chicago Now claims MLB is in need of a ratings transfusion.
That will do it for now.