Here are some Wednesday links today.
Maury Brown from the Biz of Sports Network writes in Forbes about a Federal judge ruling in favor of the NFL Players Association in its fight to prevent the league’s owners from taking TV rights fees as lockout insurance.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says ESPN will be unveiling a new way we look at sports statistics.
Armen Keteyian of CBS News and formerly of Sports Illustrated writes about how the collaboration between the two entities resulted in the college football criminal investigation that was published in today’s issues of the weekly sports magazine and aired today on the network.
Marisa Guthrie of the Hollywood Reporter says MLB and reality TV producer Endemol are teaming to do a web series involving one person getting his/her dream job with the league.
Multichannel News says ESPN has named the executives for the new Longhorn Network.
Anthony Crupi at Adweek says the NCAA Tournament is still a prized advertiser’s showcase.
Briain Steinberg of Advertising Age writes that NCAA Tournament commercials are almost sold out.
Dan Levy at Press Coverage wonders what is the deal with the new Fanhouse?
Keith Thibault of Sports Media Journal continues to look at what’s right and wrong in sports coverage. First, he examines sports radio. And Keith looks at game coverage and we disagree on the horrible Joe Buck and the great Gus Johnson.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says the NFL owners lost some big leverage against the players in the courts.
Mat Schaffer from the Boston Herald says the wife of Celtics star Ray Allen has her own cooking show on Comcast SportsNet New England.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times talks about the Federal ruling against the NFL owners that occurred last night.
Jonathan Tannenwald at Philly.com’s Goaltender blog notes that long-time ESPN soccer voice JP Dellacamera has left the network.
Michael Klein at the Philadelphia Inquirer says NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger gets his own daily show talk show.
George Diaz from the Orlando Sentinel says a new face and a familiar one are helping the ratings for NASCAR and he also tackles the issue of cheering in the press box.
Robbie Neiswanger in the Log Cabin (AK) Democrat has ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb speculating on Arkansas coach John Pelphrey’s unstable future with the school.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says ESPN is sending some heavy hitters to Texas to run the Longhorn Network.
Jeff Mosier of the Morning News writes that Fort Worth wants ESPN to return to cover more events.
Scott Nishimura from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says city officials plan to make a pitch to ESPN for a long-term relationship with the network.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a look at the NCAA Tournament TV schedule.
At Crain’s Chicago Business, Ed Sherman talks to a former counsel for the NFL Players Association regarding the ruling that went in favor of the union last night.
Over to the sad McCourt divorce saga that has the Los Angeles Dodgers in limbo, Bill Shaikin of the Times reports that Jamie says ex-husband Frank endangered the value of the team by negotiating a secret deal with Fox Sports Net.
Bill Plaschke of the LA Times says it’s one thing for Clippers owner Donald Sterling to honor Black History Month a month late, but another to ignore his history on race.
One more from the Times, Will Richmond writes an Op-ed piece stating that the Lakers deal with Time Warner Cable will hurt non-sports fans in the pocket.
Bruce Dowbiggin at the Toronto Globe and Mail says NHL Trade Deadline coverage went at a snail’s pace on Monday.
The Big Lead discovers that the Perpetually Angry Doug Gottlieb got pulled over for speeding in Oklahoma yesterday.
Sports Media Watch says TNT is picking up a New York Knicks game for next Thursday.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says Versus is picking up some NHL Network programming to fill voids after NHL games and to lead into NHL Overtime.
Steve talks with ESPN’s NHL maven John Buccigross.
Joe Favorito wonders if the average fan can make an ownership stay or go or even sell.
Cork Gaines of the Business Insider’s Sports Page accuses MLB Network of big market bias.
And we’ll end it there.