Time for the mid-week links. Lots of stuff to get to.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today looks at the ratings from some of the events held this past weekend.
Michael says networks may have to scramble to fill holes if the NFL lockout extends into October and November.
Brian Lowry at Fox Sports wonders if teams should be looking at the broadcast booth for their next coaches.
Andy Lewis of the Hollywood Reporter reviews the new book on ESPN co-authored by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales.
Jason Gay at the Wall Street Journal also reviews the tome.
Sam Schechner of the Journal has some of Dick Ebersol’s departing thoughts as he prepares to leave NBC Sports.
Erin Griffith from Adweek says Lance Armstrong’s brand and Livestrong organization are being hurt by the latest doping allegations.
Marcus Vanderberg at SportsNewser notes HBO had decent viewership for its boxing card last Saturday.
Mohammed Rahman of SportsGrid has the Tosh.0 video from last night which teamed two sports blogosphere icons, Screamin’ Gus Johnson and Brian Collins of “Boom Goes the Dynamite” fame.
Some sad news from CNBC. Original anchor Mark Haines, host of Squawk Box and Squawk on the Street died suddenly on Tuesday. He leaves behind his wife, Cindy and a son and a daughter. He was well known in the financial world and well loved by viewers. I remember him when he co-anchored the news on WPRI-TV in Providence in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s. He was very good.
CNBC has an entire section of memories from co-workers and viewers.
Darren Rovell shares his memories of Mark Haines.
Jason Dachman at Sports Video Group writes that Sony will extend its sponsorship of ESPN 3D.
Jerry Barmash of Fishbowl NY says for the first time, ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike beat WFAN’s Boomer & Carton in younger male demos, but WFAN turned the tables in the important categories.
David Hinckley of the New York Daily News also writes about the ESPN Radio/WFAN ratings.
Richard Sandomir in the New York Times notes that the Mets finances are very shaky.
Evan Weiner in the New Jersey Newsroom blames Ronald Reagan for much of the sports labor and business troubles of today.
In the Washington Post, Dan Steinberg finds that Tony Kornheiser still cannot forgive a former colleague for his review of Monday Night Football.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says outgoing NBC Sports Emperor Dick Ebersol would make for a good replacement for MLB Walking, Talking Conflict of Interest Bud Selig.
Bob wonders if the Green Bay Packers wouldn’t mind being on HBO’s Hard Knocks.
Ed Sherman at Crain’s Chicago Business says Turner Sports sets the standard for NBA coverage.
Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune writes that the Windy City continues to watch the Bulls in the NBA postseason.
Phil also has a story on Dick Ebersol leaving NBC Sports.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says a SoCal-based radio duo will get a tryout in Portland.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says the NHL Eastern Conference Final is performing solidly for Versus.
Steve writes that Boston is shining brightly in the NHL ratings universe.
SportsbyBrooks says a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter is now looking into the machinations with Jim Tressel and the Ohio State football program.
The Big Lead puts together its sports announcing dream teams.
And I’ll end here for now, but I’m not close to being done with the linkage. I have to leave the office so I’ll post more later.
UPDATE: 8:20 p.m. – Here are some more links.
Mike McCarthy of USA Today writes that ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose has pleaded guilty to DUI charges stemming from an arrest in Michigan back in March.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today has Fox Sports President Eric Shanks saying the network would go live from the Olympics in 2014 and 2016.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News writes that TNT saw received an audience of just under 10 million for Game 4 of the Miami Heat-Chicago Bulls NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
Todd Spangler of Multichannel says ESPN is changing satellite distribution system to affiliates.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek says with Vancouver in the NHL Stanley Cup Final, NBC desperately needs Boston to advance to help its ratings.
Dennis Dodd at CBSSports.com says the Pac-12 Conference is looking at an additional $1 billion in revenue over a 7-10 year period from a league-owned channel.
Reuters reports that actor Russell Crowe is attempting to bring Australia’s National Rugby League to the United States through Fox Sports.
Alex Weprin of SportsNewser says Fox Sports Net has purchased a weekly baseball series to be hosted by former NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw.
Dan Fogarty at SportsGrid has the audio of Dan Patrick telling “Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World of ESPN” co-author Jim Miller about his abusive relationship with ESPN management.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette says the local Time Warner Cable system will air the AHL Calder Cup Final.
Robert Cox of the New Rochelle (NY) Talk of the Sound says ESPN took over a local high school to shoot a high school prom theme for the ESPY’s.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner notes the viewership for TNT from Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
Ron Higgns of the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that the Liberty Bowl is moving from ESPN to ABC and expanding its reach to a bigger audience in the process.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has CBS golf analyst Gary McCord picking his favorites for the upcoming Byron Nelson Championship.
Bob has Fox Soccer Channel host Eric Wynalda singing the praises of Lionel Messi of Barcelona in advance of this Saturday’s UEFA Champions League Final.
Scott D. Pierce from the Salt Lake Tribune notes that despite a down year, the Utah Jazz are constantly on TV while the minor league baseball Salt Lake Bees aren’t able to get on TV.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times says the Pac-12 could move football games to Sundays or even Monday nights if the NFL lockout goes into the fall.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog reports that CTV/TSN have snagged the rights to Skate Canada events from CBC.
Sports Media Watch says the final round of the PGA Tour’s Colonial Invitational saw a big jump for CBS.
SMW Sunday’s NASCAR on Fox race saw a huge ratings increase.
Joe Favorito asks if Newark, NJ could become a sports capital.
I’ll end it there. You’re up to date on links.