Time to provide you some links to close out 2011. Thanks for visiting the blog this year. I moved from my old Blogger site to a new server, only to get kicked off the new place because it couldn’t handle the traffic from you. But then I was able to find HostMonster in a pinch and they’ve been absolutely wonderful in hosting the site and it’s been smooth sailing ever since. Thanks to you, I keep plugging along at the site and will continue to do so.
Let’s do some linkage on this New Year’s Eve.
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We’ll begin with USA Today’s Michael Hiestand who looks at Versus turning into NBC Sports Network on Monday.
Over to Adweek and Anthony Crupi who says the deadline to hash out an agreement between MSG Network and Time Warner Cable is fast approaching.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York may not be seeing Knicks and Rangers games for a while.
Todd Spangler of Multichannel writes that AT&T U-Verse is also fighting with MSG, but at least can provide the network in HD for its subscribers.
Mike talks with ESPN’s Chris Fowler about the bowl system and how it might lead to a “Plus One” playoff.
And Mike writes that CBS Sports Network provides a Tim Tebow programming marathon starting tonight.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing has the site’s Best & Worst in Sports Media for 2011.
My podcast partner, Keith Thibault from Sports Media Journal lists his biggest sports media stories for 2011.
Timothy Burke at Deadspin has the video of ESPN’s SkyCam crashing down to the field at last night’s Insight Bowl causing a short delay. I like one of the bands doing a SportsCenter sting as the camera was being dragged off the field.
And Ben Koo at Awful Announcing even has video of how the SkyCam works and how it could snap as it did last night.
The great Bruce Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch has a Year-in-Review of Boston media at SB Nation.
Max Tedford at WEEI.com has some of the top Boston sports media controversies.
Peter Abraham at the Boston Globe notes that the Red Sox AAA farm team, the Pawtucket Red Sox have found their replacement for announcer Dan Hoard who became the radio voice of the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this year.
At Sports Media Watchdog, the great Mike Silva has his 2011 “Stock Up/Stock Down” for New York sports media personalities.
Newsday’s Neil Best has a quick sports media roundup.
Neil has a few columns mixed into one for his year-end thoughts.
Neil notes how the NHL Winter Classic became exactly that in a short period of time.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union notes that Friend of Fang’s Bites Ian Eagle is a busy man.
Ken McMillan at the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says through radio and TV, local NFL fans will have access to most of the 16 games played on Sunday.
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun says one of the year’s highlights in local broadcasting was also one of the saddest.
David Zurawik of the Sun talks with Friend of Fang’s Bites Jen Royle about her decision to leave Baltimore and return to her native Boston.
And David has some quotes from CBS’ Dan Fouts who will call Sunday’s Baltimore-Cincinnati game with the aforementioned Ian Eagle.
At the Washington City Paper, Dave McKenna who was embroiled in a legal battle with DC NFL Team owner Dan Snyder is leaving the publication, but not before he fires a few more shots.
Ira Kaufman at the Tampa Tribune gets Jon Gruden to say that he’s not leaving ESPN and will remain with Monday Night Football for the foreseeable future.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says one of Jim Rome’s long-time radio affiliates has dropped the show in favor of local programming.
John Carzano of The Oregonian doesn’t like how ESPN covers the Rose Bowl.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog notes that the World Junior Hockey Championships are doing well on TSN.
In his sports business blog, Joe Favorito provides some thoughts for 2012.
Sports Media Watch reviews its predictions for 2011.
The Business Insider Sports Page provides its Winners and Losers in Sports for 2011.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media has some ratings numbers from Versus’ various programming.
Dave Kohl of The Broadcast Booth has his last review of the week in sports media for 2011.
And that will end our linkage for 2011. I know I haven’t been providing as many links lately due to my personal schedules. I hope to do better in 2012. Again, thanks for visiting. I have a couple of more features to provide before 2011 is out. Keep your feeds updated.