It’s Wednesday. It means we’re midway through the week which is a good thing. It also means time for the linkage. I hope to get this done before I have an appointment so let’s get cracking.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand talks about the NBA’s ratings increases on ESPN and TNT.
Mike McCarthy at USA Today’s Game On blog says Tony Kornheiser ripped New York Yankees co-chair Hank Steinbrenner on ESPN last night.
Staci D. Kramer at paidContent has the NHL denying a Bloomberg Businessweek report that it was talking with YouTube to stream live games.
Jon Lafayette at Broadcasting & Cable writes that ESPN is one of the highest valued cable networks in a new study.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says MSG Network will run a marathon of Carmelo Anthony games before his New York Knicks debut tonight.
Diego Vasquez from Media Life Magazine notes that the NBA is a red-hot ratings magnet.
Hey mon! Radio-Info says ESPN Radio has signed its first affiliate in the Caribbean.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says the New York Knicks suddenly became hot again.
Darren has a transcript of his interview with New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.
Friend of Fang’s Bites Lisa Horne profiles one of the cast members of the Speed reality show, “Car Warriors” which premieres tonight.
From across the Atlantic, Paul Kelso of the the London Telegraph says European soccer governing body, UEFA wants all 53 member governing bodies to sign over their broadcast rights so it can negotiate a new TV contract. Apparently, England is balking at this proposal.
Marc Berman at the New York Post says Carmelo Anthony will get his own VH-1 reality show now that he’s a New York Knick.
Dick Jerardi of the Philadelphia Daily News speaks with Turner Sports president David Levy about TBS’, TNT’s and truTV’s role in the NCAA Tournament.
Jon Fine of the DC-based TBD.com went searching for the man behind the Washington City Paper column that has DC NFL Team owner Daniel Synder flexing his legal muscles.
Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union speaks with Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow about his new autobiography and being a commercial pitchman.
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel says Fox Sports Florida will be available to Comcast subscribers in sections Central Florida.
Gregory A. Hall of the Louisville Courier-Journal writes about NBC bringing back all three legs of horse racing’s Triple Crown to one network.
David McCollum at the Log Cabin (AK) Democrat says ESPN is playing musical chairs with an early date in the University of Central Arkansas’ football schedule.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the local ESPN Radio affiliate will have Super Bowl XL MVP Aaron Rodgers as a weekly guest during the NFL season.
The Milwaukee Business Journal also notes Rodgers’ weekly guest spot.
Ed Sherman at Crain’s Chicago Business notes that local Bears talk steered sports radio station WSCR to a morning drive ratings win over nationally-based Mike & Mike on ESPN Radio Chicago.
Matt Minkus at the Tucson Citizen talks with CBS college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg.
Paul Coro with the Arizona Republic says the NBA’s Phoenix Suns will air all of its games on cable starting next season.
Larry Bohannon of The Desert (CA) Sun looks at Golf Channel and NBC combining forces for the WGC-Match Play Championship.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail writes that hockey maybe Canada’s game, but the NHL wants to make it the world’s.
Dave Stewart at The Guardian in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada talks with TSN’s three voices of curling.
Sports Media Watch says CBS received good ratings for the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open.
SMW has some various ratings news and notes.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says Versus will air a special Trade Deadline edition of Hockey Central on Monday.
Dave Kohl at Major League Programs feels better about NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman following his interview with WFAN’s Mike Francesa.
And that’s going to be it for the links.