Let’s do you some links on this Monday, a get back to work day for many of you.
Starting with John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, he writes that ESPN is now shooting back at critics who say the network will pass its huge Monday Night Football deal down to cable subscribers.
Sports Business Journal hears from various sports and marketing executives discussing the viability of stadium naming rights deals.
In a sidebar story, David Broughton of SBJ writes that Target has renewed its deal for the rights to the Minneapolis arena for another three years.
Sports Business Daily looks at Sunday Night Football’s overnight ratings and has a roundup of media opinion on Sunday’s NFL coverage.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand writes that Fox NFL insider Jay Glazer grabbed another exclusive for Fox NFL Sunday.
Steve Gardner of USA Today reviews MLB Network’s documentary on statistics.
Dan Fogarty at SportsGrid has some of the best signs seen at College GameDay in Tallahassee on Saturday.
Dan asks us if the Sunday Night Football open featuring singer Faith Hill is the worst in TV history.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine looks at the ambush marketers trying to make a name for themselves on the Olympics.
Stephanie DeVito at ESPN’s Front Row blog gives us a funny video explaining the TV ratings system and how the video was made.
Newsday’s Neil Best notes that SNF beat the Emmys in the ratings last night.
Neil waxes poetic about the return of “Giants Online.”
Neil is amused over the Floyd Mayweather-Larry Merchant squabble on Saturday.
Neil wonders if Kyle Chandler’s Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama for “Friday Night Lights” is the first Emmy win for a TV series set in a football locale.
This feels like the early days of the blog when I used to link to Neil as many as six or seven times in a link dump. I feel complete!
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post tries to make a point about ESPN airing football and attempting to note concussions.
Ken Schott at the Schenectady Gazette notes that HBO will re-air the Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz fight this Saturday.
Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says ESPN’s College GameDay will make its first visit to Morgantown and the West Virginia University campus this weekend.
Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun says NBC’s Football Night in America crew said they were surprised over the Ravens performance in Tennessee on Sunday.
David Zurawik of the Sun writes that CBS and the NFL poured on the promotion during yesterday’s Ravens-Titans game.
Dan Steinberg and Scott Clement of the Washington Post write about a new poll that is not good news for DC NFL team owner Daniel Snyder.
Dan has a bit more on the poll in the DC Sports Bog.
Chris Baysden of the Triangle Business Journal says ESPN will air both North Carolina and NC State separately in action this week.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times reviews the weekend that was in sports television.
Jeff Washburn of the Lafayette (IN) Journal & Courier says ESPN’s Bob Knight was in town for an appearance.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel liked Jim Mora’s work on Fox during the Panthers-Packers game.
Bob delves into Prince Fielder’s comments to TBS about his speculation on leaving the Brewers after the season.
Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post writes that the debate over which quarterback, Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow, should start for the Broncos continues on local sports radio.
Tom Hoffarh in the Los Angeles Daily News feels SoCal got screwed when CBS cut away from the exciting Oakland Raiders-Buffalo Bills game to give them the start of Chargers-Pats.
Tom has the sports calendar for this week.
Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star looks at the NHL’s new social media policy and wonders what took the league so long?
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail writes that Canadian college football may finally get some attention on the nation’s airwaves.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog has some Monday thoughts including some news that will get the attention of Hazel Mae fans.
Steve Lepore of Puck The Media says Versus’ NHL Overtime will air just three nights a week at first.
Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing notes that San Diego Chargers voice Josh Lewin of the Lisping Lewins made fun of portly Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork as he intercepted Philip Rivers. Who had the last laugh, Josh?
And that’s going to do it.