Been a bit busy at work so the linkage is coming to you later than usual. I try to finish it late morning or early afternoon, but there have been a few issues that needed taking care of. They’re done now so let’s provide the links.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today notes that Fox will be using a cablecam during its coverage of the National League Championship Series and World Series next month.
Sports Illustrated’s college football writer Stewart Mandel
ESPN’s public relations department was quick to let us know yesterday that SportsCenter had one of its “firsts”, having an all-female anchor team hand off to another all-female anchor team, Hannah Storm and Linda Cohn tossed it over to Chris McKendry and Sage Steele from the morning edition to the midday edition.
John Ourand and Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal tell us that the PGA Tour is talking with General Electric about taking over sponsorship of the Nationwide Tour as part of a wide range deal.
Sports Business Daily talks about ESPN’s tremendous ratings for Monday Night Football.
Milton Kent of Fanhouse praises Ken Burns’ sequel to his extensive PBS “Baseball” documentary.
Jon Weinbach of Fanhouse wonders if an infusion of cash from Fox Sports West will help the Los Angeles Dodgers. Weinbach writes that owner Frank McCourt has held only preliminary discussions with Fox over the renewal of TV rights.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk says the UFL has to figure out what it wants to be.
Mike Barnes at the Hollywood Reporter says one of ABC Sports’ technical pioneers passed away earlier this month.
Jon Lafayette from Broadcasting & Cable notes that ESPN’s research showed that marketers who bought multi-platform ads fared better than those who bought just ads for TV.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News explores ESPN’s high ratings for Monday Night Football.
Mike writes that NBA TV will have the first look at LeBron James and his Miami Heat in October.
Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press talks with NBC’s Johnny Miller who will be analyzing the Ryder Cup this weekend.
Noah Davis at SportsNewser explains why the new TV deal between the Texas Rangers and Fox Sports Southwest makes fiscal sense for both sides.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says the Albany Devils have hired a play-by-play man.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette has learned that CBS College Sports will be the new home of the ECAC and Hockey East conferences.
Ken McMillan at the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says CBS College Sports will air an Army-Navy basketball doubleheader in January.
Evan Weiner in the New Jersey Newsroom says Cablevision is fighting with Fox over local stations in New York and Philadelphia and that could affect the Giants and Eagles fans respectively.
David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun talks about the TV ratings for ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post says the new movie on the superhorse Secretariat has DC ties.
Dan Steinberg of the Post’s DC Sports Bog says Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will be doing pregame shows for both the Capitals and Wizards this season.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner notes that Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic is rebranding its nightly sports highlight show.
The Greensboro (NC) News & Record says ESPN and Time Warner Cable came to an agreement over this Saturday’s East Carolina-North Carolina game which will be carried on ESPN3.com and the provider does not have agreement to pick up the internet service.
Scott Hawkins from the Biloxi-Gulfport (MS) Sun-Herald says Cable One has recently added NFL Network.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times says ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike spent much of their show Tuesday talking about the Rays’ attendance problems.
Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel crows about the new Amway Center.
Gil Lebreton of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram asks wouldn’t it be better if the Texas Rangers pooled their $1.6 billion in rights fees from Fox Sports Southwest with the rest of baseball? Ask that to the Yankees or Red Sox, Gil?
The Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Kiesewetter lobbies for Reds fans to get the late announcer Joe Nuxhall nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame Ford C. Frick Award.
John says Fox Sports Ohio plans plenty of Reds postseason coverage even though the regional sports network won’t be carrying the games.
Anthony Schoette of the Indianapolis Business Journal says local ratings for the Cincinnati Reds are up from last year.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business says Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski may have poured the accolades on too thick during Monday Night Football.
Ed looks at the local ratings for Packers-Bears.
Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune also talks about the ratings for the Pack and Bears.
Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal says the Cardinals are generating ratings heat in the desert.
Bob Young of the Arizona Republic says two local golfers return to Golf Channel’s Big Break series tonight.
Bruce Dowbiggin at the Toronto Globe and Mail says the international attention on the Ryder Cup will put Wales in everyone’s sights.
Alex Belth writing for Deadspin gives us an inside look working for Ken Burns on the original “Baseball” documentary.
Maury Brown at the Biz of Baseball says “The Tenth Inning” could use an “Eleventh Inning.”
Shane Bacon over at Press Coverage gets on NBC for tape delaying the Ryder Cup on Saturday.
Baseball Prospectus reprints an article from the great Jonah Keri remembering the last days of the Montreal Expos. It was six years ago today the team played its final home game against the Florida Marlins before moving to Washington. You know how sad that last game was? It wasn’t even aired live in Montreal. I watched it on MLB.com through Florida’s feed. I still have a pit in my stomach thinking about the Expos.
Sports Media Watch has the weekend overnight ratings.
SMW says Sunday Night Football’s ratings hit a season low for NBC, but it still won the night handily.
SMW notes that NASCAR’s ratings are reaching the depths of despair.
Emmett Jones at Sports Business Digest says the regular fan can play football at Wrigley Field for a nominal fee.
I think we’re done here.