Let’s give you some linkage since I wasn’t able to do that last night.
Jon Lafayette of Broadcasting & Cable reports that NBC has sold out its ad inventory for the NHL Winter Classic.
George Winslow of B&C says the Portland Trail Blazers have upgraded their broadcast control facilities to full 5.1 sound surround.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says Fox Soccer Channel hopes to use the renewal of its rights deal for the UEFA Champions League to expand its base.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says it’s time for colleges to reject mandatory ticket deals for bowls as schools are losing money on the arrangement.
Darren says the headset mouthpiece protector can not only be a big hit with coaches, it can double as an advertisement vehicle.
At Boston Sports Media Watch, Bruce Allen says long-time Boston sports radio host Eddie Andelman is calling it quits.
Newsday’s Neil Best is saddened by the passing of a New York City sports radio producer.
Neil talks about MSG Network’s Mike Breen pulling double duty calling Knicks games for his regular network and ESPN.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says two New York Capital Region schools will be showcased on ESPNU’s college lacrosse schedule in the spring.
From the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg has advance footage of the appearance of Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby on CBS’ The Price is Right to hype a Showcase with an NHL Winter Classic theme. I have to give the NHL credit for marketing the Winter Classic in non-traditional areas.
Dan and Katie Carrera write for the Post on how 24/7 Penguins/Capitals is showing everything on the Caps, including curse words.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner talks with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch about the magazine’s annual Year in Sports Media issue.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Heat is amused by Heat announcer Eric Reid summoning Fred Flintstone in his calls.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News wonders why it took so long for the Texas High School Football Championships to be shown on live TV.
Jerry Garcia at the San Antonio Express-News loves watching TNT’s Inside the NBA.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes yet another blackout of the Bengals on Sunday.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel talks about the city’s high concentration of cable TV-less homes and thus they’re shut out of the Rose Bowl which is on ESPN and has Wisconsin in the game..
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talks with CBS’ Ian Eagle is in yet another whirlwind span of games in a short period. Even though I’m not on Twitter anymore, Ian should be on Twitter. His tweets would definitely be very entertaining.
Dan says a talk show host who was fired by a sports radio station in 2008 is finding his way back to his former home in January.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has his extensive news and notes.
Bruce Dowbiggin at the Toronto Globe and Mail talks about HBO’s 24/7 giving fans a look at what really goes on inside the locker room.
Amanda Rykoff writes a very heartfelt post about Steven Smith, a Twitter friend who died earlier this week.
Wendy Parker writes about her fellow female scribes who just can’t seem to give the UConn women’s basketball team the respect they deserve as they approach the college basketball record for most consecutive wins.
Sports Media Watch notes that the ratings for the New York Knicks are way up this season.
Dave Kohl at Major League Programs says some bizarre sports stories got coverage this week.
That will end it for now.