Late Monday Night Links

I’ll give you a few more links tonight before calling it a night.

First, Ken McMillan of the Times Herald-Record (NY) gives a remembrance of Jim McKay in his blog.

Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun writes that McKay’s former TV station, WMAR, will air a special on McKay starting tomorrow.

The Sports Media Watch says the blowout of Roger Federer by Rafael Nadal in the French Open on Sunday led to lower ratings for NBC. SMW also notes that while the ratings for Game 2 of the NBA Finals did better for ABC than last year, they still lag behind from the last time the Lakers participated.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union notes that ratings for Game 2 even fell off from Game 1. That might have been partly due to the fact that the Celtics were leading by more than 20 points during the game.

However, Friend of Fang’s Bites, Bruce Allen from the Boston Media Watch has the ratings demographic breakdown of Sunday’s Game 2 as viewership increased 58% from the year before.

The lovely Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine says the NBA Finals gave ABC a big primetime ratings win on Sunday.

Newsday’s Neil Best praises ESPN for cutting in the Cleveland-Detroit game to show Ken Griffey, Jr’s 600th career home run. Neil says the NFL Network will have blanket coverage of Michael Strahan’s retirement announcement on Tuesday.

Neil is also responsible for the following link. Douglas Quenqua of the New York Times writes that the Sporting News is trying to redefine itself in this day and age.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell chronicles what Big Brown’s owners lost financially when their horse failed to complete the Triple Crown last Saturday.

P.J. Bednarski of Broadcasting & Cable writes that despite the Yankees poor performance on the field, their games are still scoring for the YES Network.

John Consoli of Mediaweek reports that ESPN will show the U.S. Open golf tournament on 15 different platforms. Is that necessary?

Chris Pursell of TV Week wraps up last week’s sports ratings in his Pressbox blog.

The news regarding CTV purchasing what was the Hockey Night in Canada theme remains big news in Canada. Kas Roussy of CBC News tells us what the move means for hockey fans.

Due to my computer problems last week, I could not link to this feature, but I can today. After Ellen announced its Hot 100 list for 2008.

That will do it for now.

Ken Fang

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Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013. He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television. Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.