Your Thursday Links

I’m at my office checking the links for you.

We begin with the Boston Herald’s Jessica Heslam talks with ESPN’s Michele Tafoya who has been covering the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett since he was drafted out of high school.

Don Stacom from the Hartford Courant writes that ESPN is asking its hometown of Bristol, CT to rezone 14 acres of property for a potential expansion of its headquarters.

Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune talks about ESPN/NBC aiming to show every nook and cranny of the Torrey Pines golf course during the U.S. Open. And Jay gives us the ratings from San Diego last weekend.

Barry Horn from the Dallas Morning News says the U.S. Open is the one golf tournament best suited for primetime TV.

Matt Michael of the Syracuse Post-Standard profiles a local catering company that provides food for NBC Sports.

Jeff Hash from the EPL Talk soccer blog says viewership numbers for Euro 2008 on the ESPN family of networks have been pretty decent.

Ken Schacter of the Seeking Alpha blog says ESPN is seeking digital rights for technology that has yet to be invented.

Berry Tramel of the Daily Oklahoman gives his Top Ten list of sports broadcasters.

Don Kaplan of the New York Post reports that retired New York Giant Michael Strahan is being courted by CBS and Fox. And there’s no need to describe Strahan as “gap-toothed”. Seems like a shot to me.

Larry Williams of the Charleston (SC) Post and Courier says sports radio host Mark Packer (son of Billy) is expanding his show to the local area.

Bob Molinaro of the Hampton Roads (VA) Virginian-Pilot says Jim McKay has set a standard that the sports media today can’t reach.

Wayne Friedman of the Media Daily News writes that the NBA Finals are scoring well in the ratings for ABC.

Bob Raissman from the New York Daily News says despite the NBA’s scandals, people are tuning in to watch the Celtics-Lakers.

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says ESPN/ABC NBA analyst Bill Walton will be back on the air tonight after being out for several months due to a back injury.

Sam Amick of the Sacramento Bee says Ron Artest of the Kings is providing NBA analysis for a local radio station.

Mike Lucas of the Capital (WI) Times profiles FSN Wisconsin reporter Trenni Kusnierek who came back home to work.

Doug Robinson of the Deseret (UT) Morning News profiles Ed Eyestone who will do track & field analysis for NBC during the Summer Olympics.

That will do it for now.

Ken Fang

About Ken Fang

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.