Let’s do your mid-week linkage. I’m stuck at the home office in Rhode Island so while I’m waiting on a few things, I’ll give you links.
Looks like Jay the Rat might have escaped charges as the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office is declining to press charges against Jay Mariotti. The Big Lead links us to the Beverly Hills Courier which reports that the case has been referred to the LA City Attorney’s Office. Mariotti was arrested last month on charges he allegedly beat up his girlfriend. He has not written for Fanhouse and not appeared on ESPN since then.
SportsbyBrooks explains that Mariotti can still face charges.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand writes that Fox NFL Sunday’s studio analysts will be making cameo cut-ins on game broadcasts.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times lectures the WaPo’s Mike Wise on his failure to understand the new age of online journalism. Very good article.
Milton Kent at Fanhouse says NFL Commish Roger Goodell isn’t happy with Jets coach Rex Ryan’s language on Hard Knocks, but won’t go so as far to fine him.
Milton has a short blurb on Rich Eisen’s new duties at NFL Network/NFL.com.
To Press Coverage where Dan Levy likes the idea of Rich Eisen doing a weekly podcast for NFL.com.
Brian Lowry at Fox Sports feel announcers ramp up the hyperbole way too much.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says NESN is launching a national version of its channel to Time Warner Cable systems in the Carolinas and is looking to add more markets.
Mike Shields from Mediaweek writes that ESPN and YouTube have teamed up to encourage fans to upload their own highlights that could be aired on SportsCenter.
Louisa Ada Seltzer of Media Life Magazine says Monday’s Boise State-Virginia Tech game garnered strong ratings for ESPN beating all programming on both cable and network TV.
TV Technology says Sony will sponsor an ESPN 3D college football series.
The great Darren Rovell of CNBC says Boise State continues to hit the marketing jackpot as its football continues to grow in stature.
In Digital Spy, Andrew Laughlin says ESPN UK has hired a new executive to head its channel.
From All Media Scotland, we find that a Scottish sports reporter is heading across the Atlantic to work for ESPN International in the US.
Michael Bodley of The Australian notes that ESPN International is airing Monday Night Football down under.
All Access reports that Fox Sports Radio’s Tony Bruno and Bay Area sports radio host Gary Radnich will front a new weekly show for Comcast SportsNet California.
The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir says the director of the 30 for 30 documentary on George and Hal Steinbrenner bit off more than she could chew.
Ken Belson at the Times notes that while some sports arenas and stadiums are just memories to sports fans, their debt remains very much alive to taxpayers.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union has the NFL Week 1 TV schedule with the games shown in the Capital Region.
The Myrtle Beach (SC) Sun-News’ Coastal Carolina Home & Lifestyle profiles South Carolina native Wendi Nix of ESPN.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times doesn’t appreciate a Cleveland Plain-Dealer writer making fun of Tampa.
John Bedell of the South Lake (FL) News-Sun looks at several upcoming film and stage projects on the late Vince Lombardi.
Mark Lorando of the New Orleans Times-Picayune says tonight’s premiere of America’s Game on the Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV win will not disappoint fans.
In the Dallas Morning News, Barry Horn has the NFL TV Week 1 schedule for the Metroplex.
Richard Olive of the San Antonio Express-News notes a local resident is part of the new Big Break: Dominican Republic that will start airing on Golf Channel later this month.
The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal says the local Fox affiliate has found its sports anchor.
Robert Feder also writes about the Fox Chicago move.
Over to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel where Bob Wolfley tells us that many prognosticators are picking the Green Bay Packers to do well this season.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune begins a new partnership with Fox Sports North for high school sports coverage.
Helene Elliot at the Los Angeles Times notes that all but one of the Anaheim Ducks games will be available on local television.
Bruce Dowbiggin at the Toronto Globe and Mail says it’s time for the CFL to start building new stadiums.
William Houston at Truth & Rumours returned from a summer hiatus to announce that he’s shutting down. For now. Nice, William.
SportsNewser says NBC News and the National Science Foundation will be teaming up to produce an educational series on the Science of the NFL.
Sports Media Watch notes that ESPN on ABC’s Saturday Night Football got off to a rough ratings start.
SMW also has more college football ratings news.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media notes that former New Jersey Devil Bobby Holik will be a regular analyst on NHL Network’s On The Fly.
Jared Smith at Awful Announcing can’t believe that there’s another ESPN segment featuring arguing sportswriters.
Brian Packey at AA noticed a boob grab at last night’s Marlins-Phillies game.
Ok, I’ve done all I can to find links. Gotta work. Gotta look productive. Back later.