Already, I’ve been all over Kent County in Rhode Island for no good particular reason so I’m hoping I can stay in one place for a bit to give you linkage.
Let’s begin with Michael Hiestand of USA Today who looks at the TV ratings from the weekend.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch has his Media Power Rankings for September.
Marcus Vanderberg at SportsNewser writes that Richard and ESPN’s Jemele Hill had a friendly wager on last Saturday’s Michigan State-Michigan game.
Here’s something to watch. Eriq Gardner of the Hollywood Reporter says there’s a conflict brewing between the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Heat on Halloween as both claim they have priority on flagship radio station WBGG-FM and both will be playing at the same time.
Sports Business Daily notes that Game 4 of the Tampa Bay-Texas ALDS is the lowest rated MLB Postseason game in TBS’ history.
Even so, TV by the Numbers says thanks to the MLB Postseason, TBS won the cable ratings last week.
Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand and Michael Smith report that Fox Sports has emerged as the favorite to become a partner with the University of Texas for its television network. Fox has a leg up being a minority partner on the Big Ten Network.
The Associated Press reports that the ESPN NASCAR producer who was caught masturbating outside a neighbor’s window has left the network.
The St. Petersburg Times’ Eric Deggans, writing in the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, fears how Deadspin handled the Brett Favre/Jenn Sterger story is how the sports media game will be played from now on.
Milton Kent at Fanhouse looks at why it took two months for the mainstream media to pick up the Brett Favre/Jenn Sterger story.
Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk says Favre was not happy with Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell for disclosing to ESPN’s Michele Tafoya what the QB said during a closed door meeting.
TMZ noticed that Sterger has apparently canceled a personal appearance in Chicago this coming weekend.
It doesn’t appear Jenn will be making a statement on the story anytime soon.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News says ESPN 3D will air its first Thursday night college football game later this month.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell writes that Wrangler Jeans is in a quandary over Brett Favre.
Darren says Nike will become the official NFL apparel outfitter in 2012 taking over for Reebok.
Darren talks with a Nike official about the new NFL deal.
At TV Predictions, Phil Swann looks at who’s losing the Dish Network/Fox conflict.
To Press Coverage (to which I owe a column), Dan Levy writes that it’s time to give ESPN its due.
NFL.com gives us an inside look at NFL Network’s NFL Gameday Morning.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes that the Deadspin postings on Brett Favre has forced the mainstream media and the NFL to play catch up.
Bob Raissman in the New York Daily News says baseball needs to learn marketing from the NFL in order to pick up its TV ratings for the League Division Series. A lot of this has to do with a few factors. One, the Red Sox which has a large following is not in the postseason this year. Two, the Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds are unknown entities to the casual fans. Three, there’s also the Tampa Bay Rays as well. Now, if the Red Sox, Cubs, Dodgers or Angels make it next year, those ratings shoot up and we’ll be talking how hot baseball is.
The Albany Times Union’s Pete Dougherty has the NFL Week 6 TV schedule for the New York Capital Region.
Pete also has the college football Week 7 TV schedule.
Pete has the preliminary MLB LCS schedule. This will be made final after tonight’s ALDS Game 5.
In the Philadelphia Daily News, Bob Cooney talks about Eric Snow joining the 76ers TV team.
In the Delaware County Daily Times, Bob Parent says for ESPN to report on Brett Favre’s alleged transgressions is like having to report on one of its own.
David Teel of the Newport News (VA) Daily Press reports that Eagles QB Michael Vick will make weekly call-ins to a local radio station.
Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald says the Hurricanes will appear in primetime on ESPN2 later this month.
Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun Sentinel says hip hop artist Birdman’s announcement that he’s about to own a piece of the Miami Dolphins comes as news to the team itself.
Sarah and Tom Jicha team up for a story on the Heat filing a suit against Clear Channel over their radio contract.
Over to Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News who writes that the Texas Rangers have decided to let TV voice Josh Lewin go after nine seasons with the team.
Robert Feder tries to determine who’s to blame for encore presentations of Sports Writers on TV being pulled from Comcast SportsNet Chicago after just four weeks.
Dan Caesar at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams’ debacle in Detroit led to the team’s lowest TV ratings of the season.
Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times speaks with former Lakers center Vlade Divac on tonight’s 30 for 30 documentary.
John Scheibe of the Times reviews “Once Brothers”.
The Big Lead goes into its archives and finds that Jenn Sterger was once available to appear at your New Year’s Eve party for a mere $600.
Jason Ankeny of Fierce Mobile Content says CBSSports.com is releasing 190 free mobile apps devoted to its college sports partners.
Sports Media Watch says Saturday’s Alabama-South Carolina contest drew big ratings for CBS.
SMW says ABC’s primetime offering of Florida State-Miami drew higher numbers from the week before, but still were lower than last year.
SMW says Notre Dame football did not excite the masses for NBC.
SMW notes that NBC’s overnight rating for Sunday Night Football was the lowest of the season, but still outranked the competition.
Deadspin does another media roundup of the Brett Favre/Jenn Sterger story.
Joe Favorito says the NHL using different ways to hype itself is not a bad thing at all.
Dave Kohl of Major League Programs talks about how radio stations try not to promote the competition.
And again, it’s taken me too long to get these together mostly due to interruptions here in Rhode Island. I hope to get back to the Massachusetts office soon so I don’t have to deal with this.