Any time I put “Quick” in the title, it appears I find more linkage than I set out to. Nothing wrong with that. Again, I ended up being outside of the office for an extended time and it looks like that will happen again tomorrow. Don’t know work is so crazy all of a sudden. I hope the weekend won’t be too busy, but you never know until it gets here. So I won’t put “Quick” in the title today.
In the meantime, I’ll do as many links as I can.
Mike McCarthy of USA Today writes that ESPN has actually dropped two NFL studio analysts to help make room for five new guys coming to the network.
Michael Hiestand at USA Today explains why Jerry Rice chose to become a TV analyst now.
In Sports Business Daily, John Ourand has the story on how NBC Sports Group signed a new multiyear contract with MLS.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch writes that the NBC Sports deal might be the boost that MLS has been seeking.
Jack Bell of the New York Times looks at the particulars of the deal.
Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog says NBC Sports Group grabbing the MLS is a big blow to Fox Soccer which previously had this portion of the contract.
Daniel Feuerstein from MLS Talk also reviews this new MLS contract.
Now to other links.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News says Cablevision and Tennis Channel may spar again when its contract with a cable collaborative expires. Again, this could affect viewership of the U.S. Open in New York.
Autoweek talks about ESPN renewing its deal to air the Indianapolis 500 on ABC for the long-term.
Marcus Vanderberg of SportsNewser notes that a longtime Baltimore Sun writer is leaving to join the WWE.
Cam Martin of SportsNewser tells us that age was a factor in having CNBC’s Darren Rovell replace John Feinstein on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Washington DC. It’s never good to admit that publicly.
Ben Axelrod from SportsGrid says U.S. Women’s Soccer team goalie Hope Solo will be posing nude for ESPN The Magazine’s Body issue.
Major League Baseball has announced its postseason schedule and it starts early and would end well before Halloween.
Over to the aforementioned Darren Rovell who provides us with his annual College Football All-Name Team.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog looks at Darren joining a DC sports radio station for a weekly guest spot.
Dan writes that a DC TV station will air Baltimore Ravens preseason games for the first time.
Bert Pfankuch of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune is changing cable companies and tearfully says goodbye to Golf Channel.
Angela Woolen in the Macon (GA) Telegraph says ESPN is in town to air the Little League Baseball World Series Southeast Regional this week.
Ben Flanagan from the Huntsville (AL) Times recaps comments from South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier to Dan Patrick in which he stated that he felt ESPN gave Alabama preferential treatment.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says former Packers running back Ahman Green joins Big Ten Network for selected games this college football season.
Bob talks about former NFL coach Bill Parcells rejoining ESPN for this season.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune writes that NBC Sports plans to put one or two Notre Dame games on the NBC Sports Network starting next season.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily finds an angry message to Dodgers owner Frank McCourt inside Dodger Stadium.
Ferd Lewis at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser says an announcement to tout a new University of Hawaii sports channel has been delayed again.
Bruce Dowbiggin in the Toronto Globe and Mail goes over caddie Steve Williams’ bitter remarks to CBS shortly after Adam Scott won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Kristen Douglas of the Campbell River (Canada) Mirror says NBC Sports was in the local area to shoot a segment for an adventure show.
Sports Media Watch advises us to keep on an eye on the battle between ESPN and the NBC Sports Group.
Awful Announcing’s Matt Yoder goes over Jerry Rice’s hiring at ESPN.
And AA talks with soccer announcer extraordinaire Ian Darke.
The Biz of Baseball’s Maury Brown says MLB’s attendance numbers are quite deceptive.
The Football Girl blog looks at the ESPN/NFL Network analyst wars plus the NFL on Fox announcing lineup.
And that is going to conclude the linkage for today.