This week has been a bad one for me. Haven’t been able to provide links since last Friday and that’s not good. Been busy and it’s cutting into bringing you the latest sports media news. I’ll try to do better over the next few days.
We’ll begin with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch who speaks with ESPN’s Mark Schwartz about the network’s handling of the Syracuse-Bernie Fine story.
Paul Thomasch and Lisa Richwine of Reuters write that the NFL is confident that it will receive significant increases in rights fees from its TV partners.
Michael Hiestand from USA Today says the NFL is looking to expand its Thursday Night Football schedule.
Marisa Guthrie of the Hollywood Reporter looks at the TV winners and losers of the NBA’s return.
Michael Bradley writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center says new Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer will influence how the national media, ESPN in particular, will cover the school.
Chris Mottram of SB Nation announces that the site has hired writers Bomani Jones and Matt Ufford joining recent hire Amy K. Nelson who came over from ESPN.
Adam Watson of Yahoo’s The PostGame magazine profiles CNBC’s SportsBiz GameOn! sideline reporter Erin Sharoni.
Dan Levy at the Bleacher Report goes over the staggering number of bowl games on ESPN.
Rigo Gonzalez of Slam! laments the precipitous fall of the Great Alaska Shootout.
The Midnight Yell blog got its hands on an e-mail from former Big 12 Commissioner Don Beebe on how ESPN and Fox have formed an alliance to keep NBC out of college sports.
Timothy Burke at Deadspin notes that Dan Patrick got to host his own category on last night’s Jeopardy.
One of the funniest posts you’ll see today. Last night, a Michigan State cheerleader was hurt in a fall during the game against Florida State. She’s fine after a brief stay in the hospital. Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid notes that the cheerleader’s dad decided to show some humor about it all on Facebook.
Brandon Costa of Sports Video Group says the America East conference has signed new rights deals with both CBS Sports Network and ESPN.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says Tim Tebow jersey sales are growing fast.
Mike Cole at NESN notes that Patriots coach Bill Belichick shot down Boston TV reporter Kristine Leahy as she tried him to ask a question about the Colts.
Mary Ellen Godin and Stephanie O’Connell of the Meriden (CT) Record-Journal team up for a story on ESPN being quite happy in seeing the NBA’s return.
Howard Beck and Richard Sandomir of the New York Times discuss how the NBA will open its truncated season on Christmas Day with 5 games.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union notes that with the NFL giving Fox Denver at Minnesota this week, it now becomes the network’s featured early game on Sunday.
Michael J. Connor of the Syracuse Post-Standard explains why the newspaper did not hand over its copy of the Laurie Fine tape to authorities back in 2003.
Buffalo Business First says the Bills are facing their first NFL blackout of the season.
At the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg summarizes what Tony Kornheiser had to say about the Capitals firing former coach Bruce Boudreau.
Dave Walker in the New Orleans Times-Picayune says Monday night’s Giants-Saints game scored big locally.
David Barron at the Houston Chronicle has some local sports media notes.
David says Comcast SportsNet Houston has hired its first General Manager.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman says the Sooners got their worst TV ratings of the season on FX last Saturday.
Joel Hammond of Crain’s Cleveland Business says Fox Sports Ohio couldn’t be happier about the NBA’s return.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the most popular TV commentator among NFL players is “This Guy.”
Mike DeArmond of the Kansas City Star writes that the new online Mizzou Network is now up and running.
The Cedar Valley (IA) Daily Times says cable provider Mediacom is providing a free month-long preview of NFL Network.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has the football TV schedule.
At Puck The Media, Steve Lepore is enjoying Versus’ version of NHL Live.
Sports Media Watch has the final ratings for college football Week 12.
SMW says CBS saw a season ratings low for its NFL doubleheader in Week 11.
SMW says Fox had strong numbers for NFL Week 11.
And we’ll end it there. A full set of links which is good for you and for me.