Ok, time to get cracking on the linkage. Haven’t done any since Thursday and the weekend was busy for me as I was out of the house for most of Saturday and Sunday so it didn’t make for conducive blogging conditions. We have a lot of stuff to get to today and a couple of leftover links from last week to give you.
Let’s get going.
From Mike McCarthy at USA Today, he tells us that Fox has extended the contracts of two of its star analysts. For one of them, I use “star” rather loosely.
David Goetzl at Mediapost looks at how the NFL tried to get rights fees from its TV partners in advance of a potential lockout and almost alienating them in the process.
David Broughton of Sports Business Journal writes about Conference Tournaments bearing gifts to athletes during Championship Week.
Also from SBJ, Michael Smith says some colleges are irked at the Capital One Cup’s scoring system to determine an all-sports champion.
Michael chronicles the commitment that has to be made to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Selection Committee.
And Michael talks with two men who will join the Selection Committee next season.
John Ourand at Sports Business Daily says ESPN’s Communications department is going to launch a blog to cover itself. That’s going to be very interesting.
At Press Coverage, Dan Levy announces that he’ll have to give up his regular podcast due to family commitments. Sorry to hear that. Dan is one of the good ones on the internet and I hope everything goes well with his son, Max.
Jason Fry at the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center tackles the no cheering in the press box issue.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club which runs the Wimbledon Championships has announced that the late rounds of the tournament will be shown in 3-D in theaters all around the world. Now this is a good use of 3-D, not on TV where only 62 people can watch.
Phil Swann at TV Predictions says Dish Network has pulled 27 local TV stations which affects March Madness and NASCAR in some markets.
Chris Ariens of SportsNewser says CBS’ Jim Nantz appeared on Golf Channel on NBC’s coverage of the Honda Classic to remember the late CBS golf producer, Frank Chirkinian.
Jon Lafayette at Broadcasting & Cable says NBC and Versus are banding together to promote the NHL ‘s Stanley Cup Playoffs.
And you can check out the new promotional spots right here.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News talks about Versus airing 3 classic Notre Dame football games that had previously been broadcast by NBC.
Bill Cromwell of Media Life Magazine says the NFL’s TV partners are watching this week’s collective bargaining sessions rather closely.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says it’s time for the NFL owners to open their books to the Players Association.
If you’re a regular visitor to Fang’s Bites, you’ll know how much I dislike ESPN.com’s Bill Simmons, but I’ll give him credit for this excellent column from last week on the greed in the NFL labor talks. I’m not unfair where I won’t praise for him a good column, and this is one of the best he’s written in a very long time.
Newsday’s Neil Best tweets that WFAN will have Yankees manager Joe Girardi on every weekday with Mike Francesa. That has the potential to disastrous.
The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick is happy to see Joe Morgan gone from ESPN’s MLB coverage.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union goes over the early MLB on TBS schedule.
Jacques Kelly at the Baltimore Sun says the popular local beer known as “Natty Boh” will be sold at Orioles games this season. That has nothing to do with sports media, I just wanted to write “Natty Boh” in the blog.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog tries to determine if the Wizards have or don’t have a new logo.
Tom Jones in the St. Petersburg Times spends a day with ESPN’s Dick Vitale.
Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel also chatted with Dick Vitale, this time about his children’s book and his giving back to the community.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle remembers CBS’ Frank Chirkinian.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob Wolfley reviews NFL Films’ Super Bowl XLV DVD which features of course, the Green Bay Packers.
Bob notices that the Milwaukee Brewers are missing from the early MLB on TBS schedule.
The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal writes about Versus airing three classic Notre Dame games.
Phil says Headline News’ Rafer Weigel who anchored sports on Morning Express with Robin Meade is leaving and heading back to his native Chicago.
Robert Feder from Time Out Chicago also writes about Weigel’s return to the Windy City.
Kent Babb at the Kansas City Star says local CBS affiliate KCTV is still try to figure out why the network switched away from Saturday’s Kansas-Missouri game and never returned.
Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post reviews HBO’s documentary on the 1990-91 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has your SoCal sports calendar for this week.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail wonders what happened to Hockey Night in Canada’s Mike Milbury after he questioned the need for fighting in hockey.
Sports Media Watch says the Miami Heat continue to burn up the NBA’s TV ratings.
The Daly Planet reviews Fox’s production of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
Maury Brown at the Biz of Baseball talks with MLB’s new Official Historian.
Joe Favorito says the MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes made a mundane story about groundbreaking for a new home, into a big media event.
And we’ll end it there.
And I forgot to the Primetime & Late Night Viewing Picks. No one noticed they were missing today. I’ll do them for tomorrow and look for them Tuesday morning.