Ok, now that the Olympics bidding is over until the next round sometime later this decade, I can focus on other sports media stories and there are quite a few of them now.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that embattled cyclist Lance Armstrong has taken down his anti-60 Minutes website stating its report on his alleged PED use has been debunked.
Lindsay Rubino of Broadcasting & Cable notes that Game 4 of the NBA Finals scored a primetime win for ABC on Tuesday.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News talks about ESPN signing a new deal with the West Coast Conference for basketball and Olympic sports.
Todd Spangler of Multichannel says ESPN is ready to convert to a full HD format.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek says Captain Blowhard is trying to save the internet from a certain type of advertising. Nice of him to appoint himself as our savoir.
Louisa Ada Seltzer of Media Life says the NBA Finals are on pace to become the most watched in seven years.
Bill Simmons’ Grantland site finally had its official launch yesterday. Already people are assessing it including Nicholas Jackson of Atlantic Monthly.
Ty Duffy of The Big Lead has his first impressions.
Tim Carmody of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University wonders if Simmons’ mix of sports and pop culture will work.
Tommy Craggs at Deadspin tells us why Grantland Rice for whom Simmons’ site is named, was really overrated.
Deadspin runs an excerpt from former New York Times sportswriter Robert Lipsyte’s new book in which he recalls an encounter with an overtalkative Bob Costas.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times writes that this week’s successful Olympic bid was key for the new NBC/Comcast.
The Nielsen Wire blog has a look at the top NHL players in name recognition.
Cam Martin at SportsNewser has TNT’s Charles Barkley ripping Miami Heat fans.
Cam says the Denver Post’s Woody Paige has apologized to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal for lifting quotes from an ESPN story he wrote.
Corey Nachman of the Business Insider Sports Page has his 100 Best Venues in Sports.
Dan Fogarty at SportsGrid has the video of a Brazilian writer typing away on a small laptop while showing a bit more of himself than he realized.
And Dan says Steven A. “A is for Allude” Smith hinted on ESPN Radio that something is up with LeBron James, but won’t say exactly what.
Chris Chase of Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner gives some examples from the ESPN book that he feels evidence how NBC’s Sunday Night Football is superior to Monday Night Football.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell has a strange endorsement story involving the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez.
ESPN PR pro Bill Hofheimer helps to unveil the new Monday Night Football logo that will be seen when the NFL starts playing again.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes that NBC now has to follow through on promises to show the Olympics live.
Brian Stelter of the Times reports that UFC is in talks with Comcast to buy its G4 gaming channel.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union notes that ESPN has added 7 more Big Ten games to its ESPN/ESPN2/ABC college football schedule.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette says Time Warner Cable airs some local high school lacrosse finals this weekend.
Dave Hughes of DCRTV.com writes in Press Box that Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will air 10 WNBA games this season.
In the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg notes that there’s something brewing between writer John Feinstein and ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt.
Iliana Limon at the Orlando Sentinel writes that Central Florida along with Conference USA have announced their TV schedules.
Jon Solomon of the Birmingham (AL) News reports that the SEC and ESPN are ready to re-evaluate their 15 year deal which now looks antiquated when it was signed in 2009.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman says the NBA is gaining increased interest in the area thanks to the Thunder.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Sentinel notes that outgoing ESPN NBA analyst Mark Jackson cites Rick Pitino was his best coach.
Yesterday was Tom Hoffarth’s birthday. Happy Belated Birthday, Tom.
Joe Flint at the Los Angeles Times says keeping the Olympics was top priority for NBC and Comcast.
Jon Wilner at the San Jose Mercury Times has some thoughts on ESPN’s new contract with the West Coast Conference.
Lisa K. Anderson in the Sandy (OR) Post writes about a local woman who’s hosting a reality show for Comcast SportsNet Northwest.
Dan Robson of the Toronto Star says CBC has signed a five year deal with the International Skating Union for figure skating, speedskating and other events.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog notes that TSN will air BBC’s coverage of the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.
Joe Caporoso of Gunaxin asks Erin Andrews or Michelle Beadle?
Cosby Sweaters looks at how Olympic viewing will change with Comcast in charge of NBC.
We have a new sports media blog, The Sports Tube, headed by Chris Hadley. He looks at the Olympic bidding.
Sports Media Watch notes the ratings for Games 2 & 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final are down from last year.
Joe Favorito wonders if any New York sports teams or events will take advantage of the Congressman Anthony Weiner mess.
That’s going to do it for now.