Even though I didn’t links on Wednesday, it feels I haven’t done them in ages. You’re owed a chunk of them. Here goes.
David B. Wilkerson at Marketwatch.com says ESPN is not worried about losing NFL programming.
At NPR, Frank Deford says there has to be a reason why ESPN didn’t bid hard for the Olympics.
Marisa Guthrie of the Hollywood Reporter notes that Universal Sports has finally signed a long-awaited distribution deal with DirecTV.
Lindsay Rubino of Broadcasting & Cable writes that last night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 7 won the night for NBC in key demographics.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News reports that CBS Sports Network picks up Comcast subscribers in three Southern markets.
Mike talks with Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Jim Corno about running the area’s various sports networks over the years.
Emma Bazilian of Adweek writes that NBCUniversal has signed a deal with comic book creator Stan Lee’s Guardian Media Entertainment to market the NHL’s Superhero franchise which to date, no one understands. I saw the Guardians unveiled during the NHL All-Star Game earlier this year and I had no idea what it was supposed to represent.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life says Stanley Cup Final Game 7 finished rather well for NBC last night.
Marcus Vanderberg of SportsNewser has video of ESPN’s Michelle Beadle admitting on Live with Regis & Kelly that she’s watched internet porn.
Glenn Davis of SportsGrid has some videos from last night’s crazy riots in Vancouver that took place after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Now imagine if the Canucks had won!
Here’s today’s front page of the Vancouver Province showing what the story was last night.
The Vancouver Sun’s front page had what the story should have been.
This is the front page of the Boston Herald. I like this picture.
And the Brockton (MA) Enterprise with a classic front page.
Noah Davis at the Business Insider Sports Page says it’s obvious that tablets are the future of magazines.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says Chinese tennis star Li Na has signed an endorsement deal with Mercedes Benz.
The Big Lead has tennis analyst John McEnroe calling for a Hard Knocks-type reality series to help market the sport.
All Access says the St. Louis Rams have signed a new deal to remain in their current flagship radio station.
John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant writes that Comcast SportsNet New England will air select Connecticut Sun WNBA games.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union talks about CBS signing a new six year deal with the Big Ten for basketball.
The Buffalo Sabres have announced a new broadcast team for selected road games for next season.
The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg in the DC Sports Bog says local ratings for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final were very good. They were certainly higher than the national number.
Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner talks about the NHL’s ratings for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Jim says the U.S. Open at Congressional will be covered like a wool blanket this week.
Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram talks about the launch date for ESPN’s Longhorn Network.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle has a couple of sports media notes.
Mike Finger of the Chronicle discusses the launch of the Longhorn Network plus its quest to get carried throughout the Lone Star State and beyond.
Michigan Live says the University of Detroit will name its basketball court after ESPN’s Dick Vitale. He coached there before going to the NBA and then to ESPN in 1979.
Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal notes that Cincinnati Bengals Dhani Jones gave NFL Network a list of the top NFL linebackers that includes himself.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business says Cubs owner Ed Ricketts did not help himself by talking to the media this week.
Scott Dochterman in the Iowa City Gazette discusses CBS signing a new deal with the Big Ten for basketball.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says the Wimbledon finals can be seen in 3-D at various theaters around SoCal.
In another uniformed column, the Toronto Globe and Mail’s Bruce Dowbiggin feels Twitter is what ails everything in sports.
Sports Media Watch looks at the NBC’s overnight ratings for the Stanley Cup Final Game 7.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media has the half hour overnight ratings breakdown of Game 7.
Yahoo’s Greg Wyshynski explains how NBC got good ratings for Game 7 despite having a Canadian team in the Stanley Cup Final.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing can’t believe the wallpaper Don Cherry used as a suit for CBC’s Coach’s Corner last night.
SportsbyBrooks looks into yet another plagiarism charge against Denver Post columnist Woody Paige.
Chris Hadley at The Sports Tube remembers NBC’s failed Olympics Triplecast experiment for the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Dave Kohl at Major League Programs feels sports radio in both Dallas and Miami failed by not having local programming immediately following the NBA Finals Game 6 to give fans opportunities to vent or celebrate.
We’ll leave it there for now.