Ok, been busy, but I’m going to do some links while I can.
Michael also looks at some of the ratings from the weekend.
Sports Business Journal has its annual look at the 50 most influential people in sports.
Those are the most links to Sports Business Journal I’ve made in a long time.
Eric Fisher in Sports Business Daily has Fox Sports President Eric Shanks downplaying the role of 3-D TV.
Marisa Guthrie of the Hollywood Reporter notes that if the NFL goes through a lockout next season, it could stand to lose some $3 billion in ad revenue.
Broadcasting & Cable Editor-in-Chief For Life Ben Grossman notes that Fox Sports has renewed its rights deal for the UEFA Champions League.
George Winslow of B&C says ESPN will go all out for its 2011 venture, The Year of the Quarterback.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says ESPN has tapped the announcers to call its first 3-D production of an NBA game
Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek says Speed Channel plans to roll out some new primetime series in 2011.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell notes that the Phoenix Suns become the first team to offer a social media suite package.
Darren tells us what newly-signed Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee left on the table by refusing to sign a bigger contract with the Yankees.
Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk says the clock is ticking on whether the Vikings can use University of Minnesota’s stadium as a stopgap to host next Monday night’s game against the Bears.
Janice Podsada of the Hartford Courant reports that Connecticut’s Attorney General worked through Monday trying to get the Giants-Vikings aired in the Constitution State, only to have his appeals fall on deaf ears.
Newsday’s Neil Best talks with MLB Network’s Bob Costas about viewing Game 7 of the 1960 World Series again
The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman likes how SNY Jets analyst Joe Klecko doesn’t hold back when it comes to the team’s recent pitiful play.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union looks at the NFL Week 15 TV schedule in New York’s Capital Region.
Pete talks about Golf Channel’s new live morning show.
Ken McMillan at the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record takes a gander at this year’s college football bowl season.
Laura Nachman liked how Eagles radio voice Merrill Reese recognized the late basketball writer Phil Jasner.
David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun says ESPN’s Monday Night Football stepped up late in the Ravens-Texans game just as it was getting exciting.
David says Ravens-Texans scored big in the local ratings.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner says DC is well represented on the Sports Business Journal sports most influential list.
Sarah Talalay from the South Florida Sun Sentinel says the Miami Dolphins are enhancing their social media strategy.
Pete Alfano of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says ESPN the Magazine will host two events in the city during Super Bowl week.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle tallied the number of appearances by Texas media in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, Pony Excess.
Wayne Peal of the Northville (MI) Patch says a local high school swimmer who became a TV sports reporter is back close to home working at Fox Sports Detroit.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel talks about how the NFL pundits are trashing Green Bay’s playoff chances.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business says the Metrodome roof collapse comes at a good time for Vikings owner Zygi Wilf who’s been campaigning for a new stadium.
At the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Paul Walsh reports that the Minnesota Twins will have two familiar voices calling some games in the 2011season.
Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post notes that Screamin’ Gus Johnson will be on the call for this Sunday’s Broncos-Raiders game.
Dusty Saunders of the Post loves NFL RedZone.
Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times raves about HBO’s documentary on Vince Lombardi.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says fans noticed Fox sneaking music during replays and timeouts during Sunday’s Seahawks-49ers game.
Noah Davis of SportsNewser says the ESPN 30 for 30 series plans a documentary on Michigan’s Fab Five which went to two NCAA Basketball Championship Games.
Also from SportsNewser, Marcus Vanderberg interviews NFL Today host James Brown.
Joe Favorito says the NFL handled what could have been a difficult situation in Minneapolis with dignity.
Sports Media Watch notes that Pats-Bears on CBS scored the highest NFL overnight ratings of the season.
SMW says Army-Navy’s overnight ratings dropped from last year, but still finished strong.
SMW also has a few ratings news and notes.
EPL Talk prefers watching English Premier League games on ESPN2 than Fox Soccer Channel.
At Mashable, Zachary Sniderman notes that The Onion’s fake sports news show has spawned a new website on Comedy Central.
Due to various interruptions, it’s taken me four and a half hours to complete the linkage. It’s yours now.