Looking around, we have some links we can provide. Let’s get to them.
Jon Weinbach of Fanhouse says News Corp., parent owner of the Fox Sports Net affiliates, is heavily weighing a bid for the Texas Rangers in an effort to keep the rights of the MLB team in its fold.
Milton Kent of Fanhouse suggests to ESPN that it disclose its true relationship with LeBron James.
Sports Business Daily looks into ESPN’s decision not to suspend writer Arash Markazi for the spiked LeBron James story.
From Sports Business Journal, John Ourand says one of MLB’s rising executives is leaving the company to join the Wasserman Media Group.
Tripp Mickel writes that MLS’ Board of Governors has voted to extend Commissioner Don Garber deal for four more years.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell notes that shoe company K-Swiss is using “Eastbound and Down” character Kenny Powers in a set of new ads.
Darren says Nike may not be offering a toning shoe, but it is fighting back against Sketchers and Reebok in another way.
Georg Szalai of the Hollywood Reporter says DirecTV is providing its SuperFan package of HD games, online service and Red Zone Channel free of charge to its Sunday NFL Ticket package, but it’s also jacking up the price to over $300.
Georg writes that MSG Network is joining the world of sports radio simulcasts.
Completing a Georg trifecta, he tells us that Dish Network will be filing a complaint with the FCC over Comcast’s refusal to offer SportsNet Philadelphia to the satellite provider.
Brooks Barnes of the New York Times looks at a new Facebook app which allows you to get taped messages from sports and entertainment celebrities for your birthday.
Pete Dougherty in the Albany Times Union says instant replay will be used in the 64th Little League World Series.
David Zurawik and Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun say the Ravens are looking for a TV station to pick up its programming now that its five year partnership with MASN has fallen apart.
The Ravens website is listing WBAL Plus, which is the secondary channel of Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL, as the carrier for its five TV shows. We’ll see if this becomes official.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog notes that ESPN’s Mike Golic and another reporter have passed the now-infamous Albert Haynesworth physical conditioning test.
Sarah Talalay in the South Florida Sun Sentenel writes that the Dolphins and Heat are assuring season ticket holders their food is safe in the wake of an ESPN Outside the Lines report to the contrary.
Barry Shlachter of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban could be joining a Houston investor’s bid to buy the Texas Rangers.
Scott Dochterman in the Iowa City Gazette says despite the inordinate amount of teams, the Big Ten is going to keep its name.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News feels something isn’t right about the whole ESPN/Arash Markazi/LeBron James situation.
Tom is also feeling uneasy about this whole Twitter thing.
Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball has been doing yeoman’s work on the Texas Rangers situation and he has the latest which includes Mark Cuban trying to force MLB’s hand in the approval process should he win the auction for the team.
Sports Media Watch says it appears that LeBron James and the Miami Heat will appear on TNT on NBA Opening Night.
SMW cites a New York Daily News report which states the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks will play on Christmas Day.
SMW notes the low overnights for the Greenbrier Classic on CBS on Sunday.
The Big Lead wonders what’s up with Jason Whitlock at the Kansas City Star?
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media tells us how he would conduct the next World Cup of Hockey.
Emmett Jones at Sports Business Digest suggests the NFL open its books in collective bargaining with the Players Association.
SportsbyBrooks has the real reason why ESPN spiked the LeBron James story.
And that will conclude your Monday Night Links.