I keep getting interrupted at work. I wrote a post earlier today on Brent Musburger’s night in Las Vegas, but I kept being recruited to the leave the office and something that should have taken 20 minutes to write ended up being three hours. And now I’m trying to do some linkage and keep getting interrupted as well. Who said Saturday’s are easy? Who said weekends are for relaxing? Who said you’re not supposed to work on weekends?
Anyway, you don’t want to read my complaints. Let’s do some linkage.
This won’t be as big as the recent news of the deaths in Norway or the just reported death of Amy Winehouse, but legendary boxing promoter Butch Lewis passed away today at the age of 65. He was a prolific promoter of fights in the 1980′s and had his signature tux with no shirt look. Lewis also produced movies and TV shows. He will be missed.
Michael Hiestand and Mike McCarthy of USA Today debate whether US coverage of global sporting events should be neutral or American-centric.
Rebeca Ford of the Hollywood Reporter says comedian Artie Lange is getting closer to co-hosting a Fox Sports Radio show with fellow comic Nick DiPaolo.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says the NBA released its national TV schedules this week to a lot of fanfare, but little buzz.
Andy Lewis at the Hollywood Reporter reports that Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has been ordered to negotiate a new bankrupcty loan with MLB after a judge ruled voided one negotiated with another party.
To Sports Grid where Dan Fogarty notes that Jim Rome decided to dredge up some old street slang that people thought was dead for several years.
Glen Davis at SportsGrid says Fox Sports Detroit MLB analyst Rod Allen tried to make a joke about the Tigers’ large Latino contingent, but it came out very wrong.
James Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press had Allen trying to clarify that remark.
Cam Martin of SportsNewser writes that legendary announcer Dick Enberg will be honored by the Rhode Island-based International Tennis Hall of Fame for 50 years in broadcasting.
Newsday’s Neil Best looks at NBC/Versus getting into summer horse racing at Saratoga starting today.
Neil says athletes will miss getting their 15 minutes on HBO’s Entourage as the last season airs starting tomorrow.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes that Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspapers could lose special access to the London 2012 Olympics due to the News of the World phone hacking scandal.
To Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette who reports that Versus may be interested in airing college hockey games to supplement its NHL schedule.
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review notes that Fox has selected the Pirates for its Saturday Baseball package for the first time since last decade.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner writes that MASN gives Mid-Atlantic baseball fans a show to watch.
Jeff Weiner in the Orlando Sentinel says ESPN is pulling out its ESPN the Weekend event out of Walt Disney World.
Jon Solomon of the Birmingham (AL) News writes that the SEC Media Days event has outgrown Birmingham.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News looks at some of the developments that occurred in sports media over the week.
Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star Telegram notes that TCU is now keeping a watchful eye the Longhorn Network.
Eric Bailey of the Tulsa World says the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes are looking forward to increased TV exposure this football season.
To the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where Dan Caesar writes that you need a scorecard to keep up with the Cardinals’ TV and radio broadcast teams.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports a local TV station will air selected University of Utah football games starting this season.
Richard Ruelas of the Arizona Republic chronicles how the Fiesta Bowl made it to TV.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog looks at the announcers CTV could employ for the London 2012 Olympics.
The CSM also looks back at the week in Canadian sports media.
Sports Media Watch says Fox got off to a fast start of the second half of the MLB season last Saturday.
The Business Insider Sports Page lists the 10 worst sportscasters on the planet.
Brady Green at Awful Announcing has audio of Yankees voice John Sterling singing crazily about “The Grandy Man.”
That’s going to do it for today. Lots of links for a Saturday.