I’ll provide a quick set of links for you on this New Year’s Day. Because 1/1/2012 falls on a Sunday, it doesn’t feel like a holiday. It’ll feel more like the holiday tomorrow with college football and the NHL Winter Classic. Let’s look at what we have for you.
First, Rich Sands from TV Guide tells us what’s in store for NBC Sports Network when it officially changes from Versus tomorrow. Lots of interesting events including Olympics this year.
The Sports Biz Miss, Kristi Dosh, has a story at ESPN.com on the MSG Network/Time Warner Cable dispute.
John Ourand from Sports Business Journal has Time Warner Cable’s full statement in reaction to its dispute with MSG Network.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News has Time Warner Cable’s side of the dispute.
Mike writes about MSG and MSG Plus going dark on TWC as of midnight today.
Multichannel News says Fuel TV is stepping into the UFC Octagon in a big way with a 24 hour marathon today.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times also writes about the MSG/Time Warner Cable dispute.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette says 2012 isn’t starting out the right way for Knicks and Rangers fans who subscribe to Time Warner Cable.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union wishes ESPN’s college football announcers would learn the rules.
Pete has a poll on the MSG/Time Warner dispute.
At the Bergen (NJ) Record, Evan Weiner says consumers are the ones holding the bag in the MSG/Time Warner fight.
Over to the Philadelphia Daily News and Les Bowen who wants to know who exactly his colleague Bill Conlin really is. Conlin is accused of molesting several children in the 1970′s.
Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner talks with NBC Sports executive Jon Miller about tomorrow’s launch of NBC Sports Network.
Jeff Moss at the Detroit Sports Rag gives his Best and Worst in Motor City Sports Media in 2011.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks back at St. Louis sports media in 2011.
At the Salt Lake Tribune, Scott D. Pierce says CBS provided its best announcers for the Sun Bowl involving Utah while ESPN gave viewers scrubs on the Armed Forces Bowl with BYU.
To the Toronto Globe and Mail where Bruce Dowbiggin says the NHL labor talks will be a big story in 2012.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog provides its Big Dozen Sports Media Stories in 2011.
Sports Media Watch provides some predictions for 2012.
Steve Lepore of Puck The Media has a suggestion to make the NHL Winter Classic better.
And that’s going to do it for today.