Let’s do the Monday linkage. Some interesting stories out there already.
I’ll start with some housekeeping from the weekend in regards to Saturday’s passing of Nick Charles.
Sports Illustrated’s Joe Posnanski who wrote a wonderful and poignant article in March on Nick’s coming to peace with his cancer and how he attempted to make every day count, has another wonderful and poignant article on Nick’s passing.
David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun remembers Nick’s time in Baltimore.
Matt Schudel of the Washington Post has an obituary for Nick from another market where he worked before hitting it big with CNN.
Michael Marley at Examiner.com notes how boxer Mike Tyson made up with Nick before Charles’ passing.
Jason Levine of the Delaware News-Journal mourns Nick’s passing as well as USA Today baseball writer Rod Beaton.
Becky Schlikerman of the Chicago Tribune writes about Charles never forgetting his Windy City roots.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News also has a remembrance of Charles and calling his last fight earlier this year for HBO.
At Fight News, Nick’s Showtime partner, Steve Farhood, also gives his thoughts on Charles’ passing.
Now to other sports media and business news of the day and there’s quite a bit on this Monday.
One big story surfacing today is the potential bidding for the first half of a Thursday Night Football package that would begin in 2012. John Ourand and Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal write about it. I add some thoughts as well.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have filed for bankruptcy after MLB Commissioner Bud Selig rejected the team’s 17 year deal with Fox for media rights. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports on owner Frank McCourt’s filing in bankruptcy court.
The Times has the Dodgers’ statement on the bankruptcy filing.
Chris Dufrense of the Times has a good story on how the Dodgers lost their toehold on Los Angeles to the Lakers.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell reports on some of the biggest Dodgers creditors.
Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal writes that McCourt’s filing sets up a battle with Selig.
David McLaughlin of Bloomberg News also has a story on this latest Dodgers development.
Craig Calcaterra of NBC’s Pro Hardball Talk tells us what bankruptcy means for the Dodgers.
From Sports Business Journal, we have a couple of stories from this week’s issue.
First, Terry Lefton breaks news that the new Meadowlands Stadium, home to the Giants and Jets, is close to having a new sponsor for naming rights.
Tripp Mickle reports that Sprint is about to roll out a new promotion with NASCAR that will benefit both fans and drivers.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today explains how NBC’s tape delayed shenanigans at Wimbledon will work this week. This is the last year of NBC’s contract with Wimbledon. Let’s hope the shenanigans end in 2011.
Mike writes that ESPN college football analyst Craig James could be starting a political career.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reviews ESPN’s NBA Draft coverage.
Mick Mulvenney from Reuters says the International Olympic Committee says athletes can go on Twitter during competition during the 2012 Olympics so long as they don’t do it for commercial purposes.
Jason Fry writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center discusses some of the comparisons Grantland faces with the late, great The National.
SportsGrid notes some nutty behavior by some baseball announcers over the weekend.
SportsGrid has video from Wendi Nix’s subbing for Karl Ravech on Baseball Tonight from Sunday and it apparently didn’t go over well.
Fox Sports in Australia has announced that tennis analyst John McEnroe will be part of its Australian Open coverage in 2012. He had previously called matches for 7 Network, but had not been in Australia since 2004.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post feels WFAN’s Craig Carton can be a good listen when he wants to be.
Jerry Barmash at Fishbowl NY has ESPN Radio New York’s Jared Max reaction to the New York State Senate passing the same sex marriage bill last Friday.
At the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg notes that the Nationals’ TV ratings are beginning to surpass other teams in the market.
Dan has some observations from the news conference involving Wizards top draft pick Jan Vesely who made a big splash last week with a kiss from her girlfriend at the NBA Draft.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times shares his thoughts on the sports weekend on TV.
Hal Boedeker of the Orlando Sentinel says the local NBC station won’t be airing Wimbledon this week due to its wall-to-wall coverage of the Casey Anthony trial.
Jeff Korbelik of the Lincoln (NE) Journal-Star says a new local sports radio station will pick up programming from Fox Sports and Premiere Radio Networks in addition to having some local shows.
Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post says soccer’s popularity is rising.
Tom Hoffarth from the Los Angeles Daily News has your Southern California sports calendar for the week.
Jon Wilner at the San Jose Mercury News writes that the Pac-12 Conference is consideration all distribution options on both TV and the internet for its in-house channel.
Bruce Dowbiggin in the Toronto Globe and Mail writes about the NHL delaying a decision about participating in the Olympics and the media rights for the new Winnipeg Jets.
The Toronto Sports Media blog says expect to hear some changes at the local Rogers Sportsnet’s radio station.
With some upheaval expected for next season, Paulsen at Sports Media Watch has some announcing suggestions for the NBA’s TV partners.
At Puck The Media, Steve Lepore notes that the NHL Awards saw increased ratings on both Versus and CBC last week.
And Steve says NHL Network will pick up TSN’s coverage of the first day of the league’s free agent signing period.
Doug Farrar at Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner wonders if NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens injured himself during the taping of a VH1 reality show.
EPL Talk looks at ESPN’s coverage of the Women’s World Cup.
The Big Lead notes that Dallas Mavs owner Mark Cuban shot a new Transformers 3 movie ad.
Jack Dickey at Deadspin says it seems Marv Albert’s conviction on sexual assault charges has been long forgotten.
And that’s where we’re going to leave it.