Olympics start today with women’s soccer and there’s more soccer action tomorrow on the men’s side. Let’s bring you some linkage before I get distracted by the live streaming.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand reports that Erin Andrews will get some high profile NFL assignments working with the Fox Sports “A” announcing team of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver on Thanksgiving and the postseason.
Roger Yu of USA Today looks at NBC’s Olympic online streaming plans.
Reid Cherner of USA Today says the Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies will not be streamed online by NBC. Both will be held for primetime broadcast. Grrrrr.
David Bauder of the Associated Press has your Olympics Viewing Guide.
I have my own Olympics Viewing Guide.
Ed Sherman of The Sherman Report wonders if NBC will force Bob Costas to back of his pledge to honor the slain Israeli athletes from the 1972 Munich Olympics during this year’s Olympic Opening Ceremony.
Jason Fry and Kelly McBride of the Poynter Review Project as the ESPN Ombudsman review ESPN’s coverage of the Penn State story on Monday.
Sports Business Daily Global notes that the Olympics are the second most valuable brand worldwide.
ESPN may not be the Olympics rightsholder in the US, but it does have the rights in Latin America and John Ourand at Sports Business Journal’s Olympic site looks at its sponsors for the Games.
UK Radio personality Polly James of Absolute Radio has started an Olympics blog and it’s quite good.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel News says Showtime and CBS will team up to show the professional debut of several Olympic boxers.
John Eggerton of Mulitchannel writes that Tennis Channel won a huge victory from the FCC in its carriage battle with Comcast.
Todd Spangler of Multichannel says Netflix feels that growth will be stunted in the current quarter due to the Olympics.
George Winslow of Broadcasting & Cable notes that NBC News will use Storify to piece together certain stories of the Olympics.
Christopher Heine of Adweek reports that one Penn State sponsor has dropped the school in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Jerry Barmash of Fishbowl NY talks with former CBS News and WCBS anchor Dave Marash who covered the 1972 Munich tragedy.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette writes that CBS Sports Network will air some US Open Tennis on Labor Day Weekend.
Ken McMillan at the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record has Fox Sports college football analyst Charles Davis talking about the Penn State sanctions.
Laura Nachman notes that ESPN SportsCenter anchor Ducis Rodgers will be joining the Philadelphia ABC affiliate.
Tim Richardson in Press Box writes that the military will continue its sports sponsorships in the mid-Atlantic region.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog says the DC NFL Team has already e-mailed the media on quarterback Robert Griffin III’s availability.
Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman talks about the Olympic streaming smorgasbord online.
Mel also looks at the local ratings from the weekend.
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer says the Bengals aren’t going to relax their requirements to ease TV blackouts.
Robert Feder of TimeOut Chicago says a popular Comcast SportsNet reporter is leaving the Windy City.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune has NBC’s Bob Costas lashing out at those who write about Olympic tape delays.
Jon Wilner at the San Jose Mercury News has Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott optimistic about getting DirecTV on board for the Pac-12 Networks.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail talks with CTV Olympic Daytime host James Duthie.
Sports Media Watch looks at NBC Sports Network’s new highlight show.
Joe Lucia of Awful Announcing says the Olympics going digital.
AA’s Matt Yoder feels Fox should ditch the local announcers on its MLB broadcasts.
That’s going to do it.