It’s Wednesday already? Goodness. Seemed like I was at the Rhode Island Convention Center just this week for an all-day seminar. Oh wait! I was. Anyway, let’s get to your linkage.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today feels that ESPN should pull Hank Williams, Jr. from Monday Night Football pronto.
Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times writes in the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center that Williams gave ESPN one huge headache right from the start.
Brian Lowry from Fox Sports writes that the Hank Williams, Jr. mess shows that ESPN can’t handle controversy.
The great Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated has his Media Power List for October. A good list it is.
Etan Vlessing of the Hollywood Reporter writes that NBC Sports Group is now going all in on hockey as its new 10 year contract with the NHL begins on Thursday.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says TBS is pulling a ratings rally as the MLB Postseason kicks into high gear.
Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid has pictures of some of the female athletes who posed nude for ESPN The Magazine’s Body issue.
Glenn Davis of SportsGrid has a picture of curmudgeon Woody Paige as a young writer in the mid-1970′s.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says the name of Michael Rubin should become familiar with sports fans very soon.
Darren mentions that Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers’ jersey is a high seller while Tim Tebow’s sales are crashing.
Comcast SportsNet New England’s Sean McAdam breaks the news that former Red Sox manager Terry Francona will be a guest analyst for Fox on the American League Championship Series.
The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn writes that 98.5 The Sports Hub won the local sports radio wars in the latest ratings book.
Newsday’s Neil Best talks with TBS analyst John Smoltz who has been hitting out of the park with his work on the Tigers-Yankees series.
Neil notes that ESPN’s E:60 is celebrating a milestone tonight.
And Neil says the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols isn’t a fan of the Yankees playing in primetime.
James C. McKinley, Jr. and Richard Sandomir of the New York Times report that Madonna is being considered as the halftime act for Super Bowl XLVI on NBC. Holiday! Celebrate!
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette writes that the local AHL team will be carried on the ESPN Radio affiliate.
Ken reports that Versus aka NBC Sports Network will be airing Notre Dame hockey games this season.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union is not a fan of TBS covering the League Division Series.
Pete has the college football TV schedule for this weekend.
Pete notes that this is the first NFL week with the dreaded “byes” in effect.
Evan Weiner in the New Jersey Newsroom asks if freedom of speech even exists in sports.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog notes that Tony Kornheiser for the most part hates his radio station’s podcast policy. Don’t ever change, Mr. Tony.
Dan finds a 1997 magazine cover of two iconic DC sportscasters.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner writes about the newest addition to the Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic staff.
Jim notes that the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals rank among the bottom of the local MLB TV ratings.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman has the local weekend ratings.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says a Wisconsin alum has been named as an executive with NBC Sports.
Ed Sherman at Crain’s Chicago Business says Big Ten Network would like to be known as something else.
Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette previews NFL Network’s documentary on Kurt Warner.
Tom Hoffarth has some quotes from the NHL on NBC/Versus talking what else? The NHL!
Tom says Stephen Colbert had the right idea on the ESPN/Hank Williams, Jr. controversy.
Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle writes about a local sports radio host who has just gone public with his Parkinson’s Disease after keeping it quiet from family and friends for almost 10 years.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail writes that CBC will have a lot of Winnipeg Jets games this season.
Sports Media Watch says the WNBA Finals saw a ratings uptick on ESPN2.
Craig Calcaterra of NBC’s Hardball Talk links to a video from Sports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina showing WFAN’s Mike Francesa having no clue about a Detroit Tigers pitcher.
Dave Kohl at The Broadcast Booth feels many reporters failed to get the job done as the Terry Francona story developed on Friday.
And I’m going to end it there today.