Let’s do some links. Couldn’t get to them yesterday. Time to grind some out today.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today says ESPN won’t be an oasis away from political advertising this fall.
Michael also has the ratings on Wimbledon and NASCAR.
Bill King of Sports Business Journal looks at NBC bringing back boxing to network television.
Sports Business Daily Global notes that the Wimbledon men’s final drew well in both the US and the UK.
SBD says the International Olympic Committee is under fire for renewing sponsorship deals with McDonald’s and Coke in the midst of an increasing obesity crisis.
And Eric Fisher of SBD notes that MLB will allow players to Tweet during tonight’s All-Star Game.
Jason Fry of the ESPN Ombudsman’s Poynter Review Project notes that the Alleged Worldwide Leader’s reporting has changed thanks to Twitter.
Alicia Jessop at Forbes writes that Kansas City expects a big financial windfall from the MLB All-Star Game.
Ken Kerschbaumer of Sports Video Group looks at Fox’s ever-changing production of tonight’s All-Star Game.
Chris Ariens of TVNewser has a clip of Erin Andrews’ interview with Fox News’ Shepard Smith in Kansas City.
Glenn Davis from SportsGrid notes that one cover of ESPN the Magazine’s Body issue will feature a nekkid Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots.
A rare link to Grantland finds a 15,612 word oral history of WFAN written by Alex French and Howie Kahn. It’s really good, but read it at your own pace and not all at once.
Tim Baysinger at Broadcasting & Cable says the Gentlemen’s Final at Wimbledon drew ESPN’s best tennis ratings ever.
Tim says NBA TV is all over Summer League games in the next two weeks.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News notes that the combined TNT/truTV effort for last Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race brought the highest ratings for the Daytona 400 in four years.
Ann Killion of Adweek says Olympic athletes are trying to get their piece of marketing gold in the midst of companies getting all of the sponsorship money.
Also from Adweek, Anthony Crupi writes that NBC and Turner Sports appear to be fighting for the main cable rights to MLB.
Lifestyle Mirror has a fantastic photo shoot with Fang’s Bites fave Charissa Thompson.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times is amused that SNY, the home of the Mets, has erected a billboard at the Yankee Stadium subway train stop.
Richard says Jerry Seinfeld, a big baseball fan, will break down the iconic Abbot & Costello comedy skit, “Who’s on First?” on MLB Network.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says a local TV station has hired a new sportscaster.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says WFAN and ESPN Radio NY will split Dial Global Radio’s Olympic coverage later this month.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog notes that new DC NFL Team QB Robert Griffin III was asked on local sports radio if he’s already more popular than the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin.
Dan says DC NFL Team radio analyst Sam Huff has worked so long on the game broadcasts that the network feels he can call his own shots now.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with Fox Sports’ Tim McCarver.
Tom Jones at the Tampa Bay Times writes that a local TV station has signed to air NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football Bucs-Vikings game.
David Barron at the Houston Chronicle says MLB Network airs a documentary on the life and death of former Astros pitcher Darryl Kile.
Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman says ESPNU will re-air four games involving Sooner State schools in its top college football games of the season.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that despite the U.S. Women’s Open being played locally, there wasn’t much interest either on ESPN2 or on NBC.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says Fox Sports Florida sideline reporter Laura McKeeman was crowned Miss Florida over the weekend.
SportsRantz also profiles Ms. McKeeman.
Sports Media Watch says last night’s MLB Home Run Derby had a slight ratings decline from last year.
SMW says Fox’s Baseball Night in America ended its 8 week run on a high note thanks to Yanks-Red Sox.