Let’s get some linkage done while I can.
Starting with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch who looks at the arrest of Jay “The Rat” Mariotti over the weekend and ESPN’s Jenn Brown endorsing Icehouse Beer.
Rich Rovito of the Business Journal of Milwaukee reports that ESPN has apparently put the kybosh on Brown’s endorsement contract.
Richard tweets that he is not responsible for ESPN nixing the deal.
Nando Di Fino of the Wall Street Journal looks at the lack of reporters rushing to Mariotti’s defense following last weekend’s arrest on domestic assault charges.
John Ourand from the Sports Business Journal notes that NBC Sports Emperor Dick Ebersol was spotted at Golf Channel headquarters in Orlando leading to speculation that Comcast will tap the Emperor to lead its sports division when it takes over NBC.
Fox Sports’ Brian Lowry looks at the ESPN/Time Warner Cable dispute.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News writes that FoxSoccer.com is expanding its broadband subscription service.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel says DirecTV will be offering its Sunday NFL Ticket to non-subscribers on broadband.
John Eggerton at Broadcasting & Cable says MASN has picked up a carriage agreement in North Carolina, but it’s still not the one it really wants.
Bill Cromwell at Media Life Magazine looks at the very good overnight ratings for Sunday’s Vikings-49ers preseason NFL game on NBC.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times says the Mariotti arrest, the Tiger Woods divorce and Jason Whitlock’s LeBron James-like announcement on leaving the Kansas City Star shows the sports media today is in a state of flux.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand has the ratings for selected events from the weekend.
Nick Bromberg of Yahoo! Sports advises the IndyCar Series to break away from Versus.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says a company matching athletes for simple internet ad campaign is doing quite well.
Darren notes that Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has made about $3 million for the team in the games he pitched.
Mike Hale of the New York Times reviews tonight’s 30 for 30 offering on Michael Jordan’s trek through minor league baseball.
Richard Sandomir of the Times says MLB is searching for the person or persons responsible for leaking classified financial data for several teams.
Bob Raissman at the New York Daily News feel that it’s about time YES jumped on the Roger Clemens steroids bandwagon.
In SB Nation New York, broadcasting historian David Halberstam lists the top 25 sportscasters in New York.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union has the WNBA playoffs TV schedule for this week and beyond.
Pete says the ESPN networks will be all over the FIBA World Championships from Turkey.
Laura Nachman says the Philadelphia CBS affiliate is promoting a former Eagle to back up sports anchor.
In the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg looks at the battle of two former DC NFL teammates, Joe Theismann and John Riggins discussing current QB Donovan McNabb.
Mark Story in the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader writes about former Kentucky quarterback and tremendous Cleveland Browns bust Tim Couch becoming an analyst for Fox Sports Net this fall.
Sarah Lundy at the Orlando Sentinel reports that ESPN and Bright House cable are negotiating a new carriage deal.
Mike Bianchi of the Sentinel says now that Tiger Woods divorce from Elin Nordegren is final, sports journalism will never be the same. Thanks to Gail Sideman of the public relations firm, Publiside for the link.
Dave George at the Palm Beach Post says ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit is happy to be talking college football.
In the Dallas Morning News, Barry Horn has a few thoughts on the Cowboys-Chargers game production from last week.
The Morning News says Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee is brandishing ESPN Radio hack Colin Cowherd, “a liar”.
The Houston Chronicle’s David Barron says ESPN’s Craig James and CBS College Sports’ Mike Leach are talking a lot, but not about each other as a lawsuit looms.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman has his sports media notebook.
John Kiesewetter in the Cincinnati Enquirer says Fox has picked up a Reds game for national consumption next month.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business notes that Jay Mariotti’s arrest is driving traffic to various blogs.
Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says a Big East TV Network could generate significant revenue for the conference.
Warren Gerds of the Green Bay Press Gazette says Aaron Taylor will get increased duties at CBS College Sports this season.
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Derrick Gold says Cardinals TV voice Dan McLaughlin took a two game leave after a DUI arrest last week.
Dave Noreiga of KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, UT says BYU leaving the Mountain West Conference and becoming an independent hinges on ESPN.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has an extensive review of tonight’s 30 for 30 documentary.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star says last Friday’s Blue Jays game against the Red Sox topped the ratings in Canada.
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal says the Oilers have a new play-by-play man.
In the Biz of Baseball, Maury Brown wonders who’s responsible for leaking financial data from several MLB teams.
Maury says a new study shows that independent blogs are the least trusted media sources among sports organizations.
Pete Toms in the Biz of Baseball looks at the importance of Regional Sports Networks to baseball.
Ben Koo of Koo’s Corner examines what happened to sports blogging social media site Ballhype which collapsed this week. A bit of disclosure, Fang’s Bites was a member of Ballhype and I really appreciated the boost it gave me when I joined three years ago.
Deadspin notes that Tiger Woods is back in the media’s good graces again.
A.J Daulerio at Deadspin looks inside the Jay Mariotti arrest.
SportsbyBrooks says Fanhouse has yet to turn off the comments on Mariotti’s archives.
And we’re finished here.