Now that baseball is done, and doesn’t it seem right that it’s over by Election Day (Go vote!), it’s time to shift focus totally to the NFL, college football, NHL and college basketball, not necessarily in that order. Of course, there’s the baseball Hot Stove which now begins in earnest today with free agency, but still, time to get ready for the winter sports. Let’s go over the linkage for Tuesday. I don’t think I’ll get interrupted for two hours like I did yesterday, but let’s get started.
USA Today’s Mike McCarthy looks at the ratings from the weekend.
Mike says World Series Game 5 beat Monday Night Football, but again, it’s network vs. cable, apples and oranges here.
Tim Goodman of the Hollywood Reporter felt Fox’s dependence on East Coast teams in the World Series showed in this year’s Fall Classic.
Carolyn Giardina of the Hollywood Reporter cites a study which says as many as 20% of viewers may not be able to watch 3-D TV.
John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable notes that NFL Network has hired a new senior Vice President of Programming.
Jon Lafayette from B&C says ESPN 3D has added three college football games including the Fiesta Bowl to its schedule.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News writes that NESN National is being picked up by Bright House in Michigan.
Diego Vasquez of Media Life Magazine speaks with the founder of a Super Bowl ad-tracking site about Fox selling out the Big Game so quickly.
Darren Rovell from CNBC says Evoshield is getting big buzz from athletes just before it hits the mass market.
David Brown at Yahoo’s Big League Stew blog says San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum’s bowtie entrance at the World Series vindicated Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal’s choice of attire.
Richard Sandomir from the New York Times talks about the NFL beating the World Series head-to-head in the ratings for the first time.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News is happy to see NBC’s Tony Dungy give an edgy opinion. Yes, he’s doing it just for you, Bob.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette says Time Warner Cable will air two local high school football championships this weekend.
Neal Zoren at the Delaware County Times says Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia had to pay off on a bet to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area over the National League Championship Series.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog says Mike Shanahan’s decision to bench DC NFL Team QB Donovan McNabb on Sunday still remains unpopular with the local and national media.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner has a sampling of national media going off on Shanahan.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says this year’s World Series stands to be one of the lowest rated in history.
John Kiesewetter at the Cincinnati Enquirer notes the ratings for the Bengals finished above the norm on Sunday.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business says the many from the 1985 Bears Super Bowl team made the transition to the business world.
Chicago Tribune Olympics writer Philip Hersh says ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary on Marion Jones has left some facts out of the film.
Mike Clark at the Chicago Sun-Times says ESPN3.com will pick up the Illinois state high school football finals.
Mary McNamara from the Los Angeles Times reviews tonight’s ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on Marion Jones.
Ferd Lewis of the Honolulu Advertisers says fewer Hawaiians will be able to see Saturday’s Hawaii-Boise State game as it will air on ESPNU which does not have wide access on the islands.
Sports Media Watch notes World Series Game 4 was the lowest rated Game 4 ever, but was this year’s series high.
SMW says the battle of unranked Georgia and Florida did not draw viewers as did for CBS last year.
SMW says NBC is still getting low ratings for Notre Dame football.
And SMW says Saturday Night Football did well for ABC despite being opposite the World Series.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says extra games are actually bringing Versus’ NHL ratings down.
SportsbyBrooks notes that LeBron James is angry at a celebrity gossip blog.
That will conclude the links for now.