Let’s do some links on this Wednesday. It’s going to be busy for me later on and I’ll be away from internet access for a bit this afternoon so I’m going to the links now.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand looks at the circuitous path NFL Network RedZone host Scott Hanson took to getting to getting his national gig.
Mike McCarthy of USA Today talks with former ESPN’er Brian Kenny who jumps to MLB Network next week.
Kim Hart at Politico writes that smaller cable companies are digging their lines in the sand to battle ESPN after it signed its huge Monday Night Football megadeal.
Tom Van Riper at Forbes says the next mountain the NFL has to climb is getting more distribution for the NFL Network.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk says Dan Patrick will host NFL Turning Point when it premieres on Versus tomorrow night.
Michael Smith at Sports Business Journal writes that Hyundai through IMG College has signed a deal to sponsor 24 universities.
At Variety, Rick Kissell says NBC used the NFL to roll to a primetime ratings victory last week.
Mike Reynolds at Broadcasting & Cable notes that ESPN’s opening week Monday Night Football doubleheader was down in the ratings from last year’s double dip.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek says both CBS and Fox drew strong numbers for the opening Sunday of the NFL.
Toni Fitzgerald from Media Life discusses the higher ratings for the U.S. Open Men’s Final on CBS Monday.
Glenn Davis of SportsGrid looks at a new book that claims that when she was a sports reporter, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin nailed Michigan’s Glen Rice at the Great Alaska Shootout tournament in the late 1980′s. There are many jokes here. You can insert them if you wish.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes that a portion of the country never got to see the U.S. Open’s Men’s Final thanks to several local CBS affiliates not picking up the match.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union has the NFL Week 2 schedule.
From the Virginian-Pilot, Dustin Long writes about NASCAR races finally being made available online through the WatchESPN apps.
John Daly at the Daly Planet says it’s about time that NASCAR has made this move.
Jack Bogaczyk of the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail talks with former coach Rich Rodriguez who’s now working with CBS Sports Network.
Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham (AL) News calls a conflict of interest penalty on ESPN for assigning Urban Meyer to this Saturday’s Auburn-Clemson game on ABC.
Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says ESPN’s SportScience will feature the kickoff return of Green Bay Packer Randall Cobb this week.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business says ESPN Radio Chicago is now on the street.
Ed says while Mike Ditka got a role in Entourage’s series finale, so did his agent.
Ed writes that Jay “The Rat” Mariotti has a new book, but it’s only available for the Kindle platform.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune talks with ESPN’s Ed Cunningham who will work this Saturday’s Utah-BYU game.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says Jay Mariotti sent him a copy of his book.
Tom talks with CBS Sports Network sideline reporter Brooke Collins who’s picking up the pieces after her dream marriage was cut way too short.
Ben Koo of Awful Announcing handicaps the race to get the rights to the first half of Thursday Night Football.
The Toronto Sports Media Blog has some late breaking local sports radio news.
Joe Favorito looks at NHL teams trying to find new revenue streams.
And that will do it for us today.