My hopes of having a night off from the blog have gone by the wayside. Too many things going on. I’m going to give you an extra set of links this evening.
Our first story is in regards to the NFL Players Association complaint that the NFL improperly negotiated its TV contracts, insisting its TV partners pay for games even if there’s a lockout. A special master ruled against the union, however, did award damages to the NFLPA.
For its part, the NFLPA released a statement giving its reaction to the ruling.
In Sports Business Daily, John Ourand reports that Versus President Jamie Davis is being replaced by the NBC Sports hierarchy.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! has details of a meeting between Fox Sports’ Terry Bradshaw and Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Fox Sports’ Brian Lowry looks back at Super Bowl XVIII where one particular commercial took hold and paved the way for advertisers.
Marcus Vanderberg of SportsNewser clears things once and for all on the back of John Clayton’s head.
Dashiell Bennett of the Business Insider’s Sports Page delves into ESPN’s rehiring of Stephen A. Smith to host two local radio shows in New York and Los Angeles.
Rob Gloster and Andy Fixmer from Bloomberg write about the new naming rights deal for Los Angeles’ new stadium which doesn’t have an NFL team.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell explains why he’s watching the Super Bowl from home instead of being at the game in person.
Milton Kent from Fanhouse writes about Stephen A. Smith’s return to ESPN.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union also writes about ESPN bringing back Stephen A.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has NFL Network’s Steve Mariucci telling Packers fans that they’ll forgive Brett Favre eventually.
Lance Pugmire from the Los Angeles Times has a story on the new stadium naming rights deal.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News talks to various play-by-play men about Vin Scully.
First, Tom asks CBS’ Jim Nantz about Vin.
Tom also talks with one of the worst play-by-play men of all-time and a writer of Cheers, Ken Levine
Tom then talks with one of Vin’s former partners, Ross Porter.
Tom taps former Padres play-by-play man and current MLB Network host Matt Vasgersian to talk about Vin.
Tom finds current Anaheim Angels voice and Friend of Fang’s Bites Victor Rojas to discuss what he can learn from Vin.
And finally, Tom talks with Vin’s current partner, Charley “Follow Me To Freedom” Steiner.
David Shoalts from the Toronto Globe and Mail delves into the NHL US TV rights negotiations which get a bit more interesting now that Versus’ exclusive negotiating window has ended.
Bruce Dowbiggin from the Globe and Mail reports that TSN which obtained Euro 2012 & 2016 along with the Tour de France today, appears to have wrested the Canadian rights to Major League Soccer away from CBC and Rogers Sportsnet.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog looks into TSN’s acquisition of MLS.
Dave Kohl from Major League Programs writes about Super Bowl coverage from the local point of view.
That’s going to finish us for tonight. Glad to provide some linkage for you.