It was a three day weekend for most of you. It wasn’t for me as I worked all three days, but you don’t want to hear my complaints, you want to see the linkage so I’ll do that. Plenty of stuff to get to.
Sean Leahy of USA Today surveys all 32 NFL teams and looks at the possibility of TV blackouts in each market for this season.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand notes that Versus will launch a new show starring Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens.
Rick Kissell at Variety says it appears Monday’s Boise State-Virginia Tech did well for ESPN.
At Sports Media Journal, Southeastern New England media mogul Keith Thibault announces a site hiatus. It also affects the Sports Media Weekly which Keith and I co-host. I’ll have an announcement on a new podcast coming up.
Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk discusses the looming local NFL blackouts this season.
Mike writes that NFL Network’s Rich Eisen has agreed to a new contract with the channel which is very good news.
Jon Lafayette at Broadcasting & Cable says Big Ten Network is primed to have a successful season.
Over to Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News who looks at Versus premiering the new show with Ochocinco and T.O.
Mike says NFL Network is making its Thursday Night Football package into a three man booth.
I’ve written a post for Press Coverage on two sports media stories that broke over the holiday weekend.
Andrew Laughlin of Digital Spy UK says ESPN UK is getting ready to air Monday Night Football in England.
The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick gets on ESPN/ABC’s Matt Millen for not telling the whole story about Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez.
Newsday’s Bob Glauber looks at Dan Hampton’s apology after making light of Hurricane Katrina on Pro Football Weekly.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette says he won’t be watching the new T.O./Ochocinco show.
Keith Groller in the Allentown (PA) Morning Call says the radio voice of a local minor league baseball team has been very busy over the last three seasons.
Washington Post Ombudsman Andrew Alexander weighs in for a second time on the Mike Wise suspension for posting a fake tweet.
The Post’s Dan Steinberg in the DC Sports Bog has DC NFL team coach Mike Shanahan lecturing the media.
Completing a WaPo trifecta, Sally Jenkins says the late Vince Lombardi lives on through books, movies and a new Broadway play.
Vito Stellino of the St. Augustine (FL) Record says this Sunday’s Jacksonville Jaguars game against the Denver Broncos will be sold out and avoid a local TV blackout (scroll down). Thanks to J.P. Kirby at the506.com for the link.
Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times says a blackout is a distinct possibility for Tampa Bay Buccaneers home opener against the Browns.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business has a Bears official responding to a negative Forbes article on the team.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times says while the NFL is enjoying higher TV ratings, it wants some of those fans to experience the games in person.
In the Huffington Post, Brian Frederick of the Sports Fan Coalition says Comcast and Cablevision are screwing fans in Philadelphia and in New York.
Brady Green at Awful Announcing says ESPN’s Robert Flores made a “rippin’ and the tearin’” reference on SportsCenter. If you don’t know what that means, the post will on AA will explain. Oh, the humanity.
The Be Your Own Fan site gets a tour of the MLB Network facilities from Harold Reynolds.
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann writes in his MLB blog about how he came to dislike Buck Showalter’s intimidation methods.
We’ll end it there.