We have some linkage for you. It’s a bit late, but better late than never.
First, Mike McCarthy at USA Today writes that former NBC Football Night in America analyst Tiki Barber is reportedly “devastated” that no NFL team called him to inquire about his comeback.
Sports lllustrated’s Richard Deitsch provides his annual NFL broadcasting guide.
At the Wall Street Journal, Matthew Futterman reports on the NFL’s mega sponsorship deal with Pepsi.
Tim Baysinger at Broadcasting & Cable writes about NBCUniversal going all out to promote the NFL regular season opener.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News delves into the PGA Tour’s new TV contracts.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek notes that NBC has brought in a record haul for Super Bowl ad sales and is just about sold out which contrasts to Super Bowl XLIII where it had to wait until the final week to sell out its inventory.
Gabriel Beltrone of Adweek reviews the NFL’s “Back to Football” ad that’s been airing throughout the preseason.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life says NBC has to sell five more ads to sell out the Super Bowl in February.
Karen Hogan of Sports Video Group says despite having its best ratings for the NFL in its history, Fox is not resting on its laurels and is looking to improve its game presentation this season.
Brandon Costa of SVG writes that ESPN and DirecTV raised the bar for their US Open Mix channel.
Newsday’s Neil Best looks at Chad Pennington calling the NFL on Fox for this season and the Tennis Channel dispute with Cablevision and Verizon FiOS.
Timothy Burke of SportsGrid has the video of NBC’s Jimmy Roberts catching himself about to swear before changing course.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post kills ESPN for ignoring certain facts that are just important to him.
Sean Daly of the Post wonders with sales of 3-D TV’s in the crapper, will ESPN finally pull the plug on its minimally watched 3-D network?
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette says a local radio station will carry just the first half of Thursday’s Mets doubleheader with the Braves.
Al Gregson of the York (PA) Daily Record has praise for CBS’ Jim Nantz.
David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun writes that the weekend of motorsports in the Charm City, while a success in person, might not have been on TV.
Alan Blondin of the Myrtle Beach (SC) Sun News talks with “The Voice of Golf” Peter Kessler about his adjustment from leaving Golf Channel to doing radio.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times tries to explain the reasons why NFL Network still hasn’t been picked up by Time Warner Cable/Bright House.
Tom Patri at the Naples (FL) Daily News asks if the PGA Tour gave CBS, NBC and Golf Channel a hometown discount to renew their TV deals?
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle catches up on some of the college football sports media news from the last couple of weeks.
Gina Mizell of the Daily Oklahoman says Oklahoma States loves playing one Thursday night football game a year on ESPN.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has highlights of ESPN’s NFL conference call with Chris Berman, Tom Jackson & Company.
Scott Dochterman of the Iowa City Gazette notes that Iowa’s men’s basketball team will be seen at least six times on the ESPN family of networks in the 2011-12 season.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune writes that ESPN college football analyst Trevor Matich has former DC NFL team coach Steve Spurrier to thank for going into TV.
The Big Lead notes that an ESPN NBA beat writer has quietly left the Alleged Worldwide Leader.
Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing offers the quintessential primer on the whole “Free Bruce”/ESPN dispute.
Ben Koo of AA reviews the first week of college football on TV.
Dave Kohl of The Broadcast Booth reviews how the networks handled the massive weather delays during various events this past weekend.
The Angry Asian Man blog takes FoxSports.com to task for producing a racist bit on Asians and their knowledge of football.
And that’s where I’ll leave it for now.