Lots of stuff going on here and it’s prevented me from providing links. I’ll do some now while I can.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek reports that the NFL has put the kybosh on a new Thursday Night Football package until next season.
Michael Smith and John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal report that with Pittsburgh and Syracuse joining the ACC, ESPN and the conference are reopening negotiations on the TV contract that took effect just this month.
In Media Bistro, Marcus Vanderberg has part one of his interview with embattled writer Jay “The Rat” Mariotti.
And Marcus has part two of his talk with Jay The Rat in Fishbowl LA.
Over to Michael Hiestand of USA Today who writes that a family medical emergency is preventing Ernie Johnson, Jr. from participating in this year’s MLB Postseason for TBS.
Michael looks at the ratings from some of this past weekend’s events.
Mike McCarthy at USA Today tells us about the athletes who will pose nude for ESPN The Magazine’s Body issue.
Erik Malinowski of Wired magazine profiles the great Timothy Burke of the Mocksession site and SportsGrid.
The Big Lead notes that ESPN sideline reporter Jenn Brown is now a paid endorser for GNC products.
Deadspin’s A.J. Daulerio is amazed at how Steve Bartman has managed to remain anonymous since his fateful failed attempt to catch a foul ball during Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series.
Dan Fogarty at SportsGrid has video of a Dallas TV sports anchor creating the word “shart” on live TV.
The aforementioned Timothy Burke in SportsGrid has video from Germany of a reporter inadvertently trying to out Chelsea soccer star Didier Drogba.
At espnW, Sarah Spain writes about attending this week’s espnW: Women + Sports Summit which had a plethora of superstars from both media and sports.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News writes that ESPN’s Monday Night Football hit its biggest audience of the season in NFL Week 3.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell (and now officially a Friend of Fang’s Bites) writes that the toning shoe market could take a substantial hit after the Feds settled a case with Reebok on one its shoe claims.
Newsday’s Neil Best wonders if this is the last season for the Yankees on WCBS-AM.
Neil says SNY’s Mets announcers were critical of the team for taking out shortstop Jose Reyes after the first inning of today’s game against the Reds.
Neil says Ron Darling closed out a TBS media conference call with a line that only he picked up.
Pete Dougherty in the Albany Times Union says the Capital Region’s NFL fans should all be happy with the TV schedule this week.
Pete has this week’s college football TV schedule.
Crossing Broad has a new Philadelphia media feud for us to follow.
In the Washington Post, Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog says ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon weren’t too enthused by London Fletcher’s pregame speech before the Washington-Dallas Monday Night Football game.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says the Texans did well in the local ratings again.
Mel Bracht in the Daily Oklahoman writes that Oklahoma State has decided against going for pay per view for one of its games next month.
Mel notes that college football topped the local ratings last weekend.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says TBS and MLB have yet to announce a time for the Brewers League Division Series game on Saturday.
Bob says Brewers voice Brian Anderson will call the Yankees LDS series for TBS starting on Friday.
Bill Novak of the Capital (WI) Times writes that ESPN’s College GameDay has chosen its location on the Wisconsin to broadcast for this Saturday’s show.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News looks at TBS’ announcers for the League Division Series and manages to misspell “Orsillo”
Sports Media Watch says last Sunday’s NASCAR race had better ratings than last year, but not up as it should be.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media has the number of games each NHL team will have televised locally.
Joe Favorito talks about how sports can be a uniter, not a divider.
Over to Yahoo’s Big League Stew where Duk has some thoughts on the ESPN Films Steve Bartman doc.
From Obsessed with Sports, we have a pic thanks to Sarah Spain of Friend of Fang’s Bites Michelle Beadle sucking rattlesnake venom from Linda Cohn at the aforementioned espnW summit. I believe this really happened.
And that will do it for today.