Let’s do some linkage. By the way, do you hear that? That’s the sound of your TV and radios being political ad-free today! Nice, isn’t it? Goodness, they’ve been running all summer long through the fall and they’ve been absolutely maddening. Glad to see that we get relief from the negative ads. Now we can look forward to the Christmas holiday shopping ads for the next two months!! Oh boy!
Ok, to your links.
USA Today’s Mike McCarthy looks at the ratings for the World Series which tie the lowest of all-time, but still did well enough to win four out of five primetime nights for Fox.
Brian Lowry of Fox Sports looks at the overwhelming gadgetry for sports viewing.
Andrew “McLovin’” Perloff recaps what NBC’s Al Michaels said on the Dan Patrick Show this morning.
Lorraine Cwelich from the Wall Street Journal asks after this week’s media blitz by disgraced track star Marion Jones, is the country ready to forgive her?
Yahoo technology writer Ben Patterson quotes an ESPN executive who wonders if ESPN 3D can be really successful.
Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek writes that October’s cable primetime ratings were won by ESPN thanks to Monday Night Football with TBS not far behind due to the MLB Postseason.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel News has the October cable numbers as well.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine says sports has started to dominate cable TV in the fall.
Louisa Ada Seltzer of Media Life says the World Series might have won in primetime, but was not helped with uncompelling games. What was she watching?
Wayne Friedman says Time Warner Cable subscribers watching ESPN online can do so commercial-free, for now.
The great Darren Rovell of CNBC notes that LeBron James’ shoe salls are starting off quite briskly.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks at Fox Sports’ use of former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira as an on-air rules analyst.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union talks about MLB Network airing the San Francisco Giants victory parade today.
Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says ESPN Radio has found a new affiliate to replace the one it will lose at the end of the year.
Adrian McCoy of the Post-Gazette has a look at what the new ESPN Radio affiliate’s lineup as of January 1.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog has NFL Network’s Joe Theismann chiming in on the Donovan McNabb benching from Sunday.
Dan also has the video of Washington Wizards rookie guard John Wall doing his best Dougie dance during the pregame introductions of last night’s game. I’m not a fan of the Dougie, but Wall has done the best one I’ve seen this year.
Barry Horn at the Dallas Morning News writes about the World Series ratings.
Over to the Houston Chronicle where David Barron notes that Fox Sports Southwest is now touting the Texas Rangers as the Lone Star State’s baseball team. I wonder what the Astros think.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the World Series rated very low locally.
Bob says Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is rated high by two former quarterbacks and current NFL Network analysts.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business says even at age 71, former Bears coach Mike Ditka remains relevant with fans and advertisers.
At the Chicago Sun-Times, Lewis Lazare reports that the White Sox have renewed their radio rights deal with WSCR.
Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune previews this Sunday’s edition of “Undercover Boss” where a member of the Cubs ownership went undercover to do grunt work at Wrigley Field.
To the Salt Lake Tribune where Scott D. Pierce shoots down rumors that this Saturday’s TCU-Utah game was going to be aired on CBS instead of CBS College Sports.
Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times writes about Clippers analyst Michael Smith being acquitted on felony grand theft charges.
Brad Wheeler of the Toronto Globe and Mail writes about a song Fox aired during the World Series that was supposed to refer to San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum.
Also from the Globe and Mail, Bruce Dowbiggin says viewership for the World Series in Canada dropped as the games went along.
My Twitter Trophy Wife, The OCD Chick Amanda Rykoff, speaks with Jane Leavy, the author of a new biography on Mickey Mantle.
The Sports Media Watch has the Weekend Overnight Ratings.
SMW says ESPN finally hit a season high for NASCAR, but the ratings still trail last year’s.
SMW notes that Minnesota-New England did very well for Fox, but still is off from last year’s national window for the same week.
Our friends at Sox & Dawgs has the radio stations that encompass the UConn Radio Network for the upcoming basketball season.
Cyd Ziegler at Outsports profiles the woman whom you hear every day on ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption. You know, “Drink Responsibly”?
Bob’s Blitz has pictures of Erin Andrews twisting her ankle at some event. I don’t know where the pictures are from.
The Big Lead notes that Ines Sainz is back covering sports.
O.K., I think we’ll end there. Plenty of good links for you to chew over for a bit. Press releases will be posted throughout the day.