Friday Night Links

Let me give you some links before I go to bed and I get ready for Hurricane Noel to come up the East Coast and wreak havoc in Rhode Island. Before it comes, let’s get to the links.

Newsday’s Neil Best blogs that Patrick McEnroe will be hosting a show for 1050 ESPN Radio in New York starting tomorrow. And Neil lets us know that Dennis Miller’s new show will premiere on Versus this coming Tuesday night.

Paulsen has his ratings predictions for the weekend on the Sports Media Watch blog.

In his Farther Off the Wall blog, Tom Hoffarth of the LA Daily News writes about ESPN360 crowing about the visits to its site after relaunching in September. And Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News writes that ESPN will be showing 267 live events on the 360 site just this month alone.

Chris Pursell of TV Week has the NFL Week 9 Broadcast Preview in his Pressbox blog.

Also from TV Week, James Hibbard has news that the Writers Guild of America and the Movie & TV producers will meet again on Sunday to try to avert a strike that would start on Monday.

Jessica Heslam of the Boston Herald writes that the Patriots-Colts game will produce a windfall for CBS affiliate, WBZ-TV, which will run the game, and its sister station, WSBK, which will have a post-game show.

Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star talks with ESPN’s Ron Jaworski and CBS’ Phil Simms about the QB matchup in the Pats-Colts game.

Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun writes in his Medium Well blog that CBS Sports is unveiling a new technical feature during the Patriots-Colts game.

Speaking of CBS Sports, Dan Marino interviewing Patriots QB Tom Brady will be one of the features that will be seen on the NFL Today on Sunday. And CBS previews tomorrow’s LSU-Alabama contest.

Rick Bentley of the Fresno Bee says the local CBS affiliate has opted to show the Patriots-Colts game instead of the nearby Raiders.

Steve Drumwright of the San Francisco Examiner writes that the Giants are moving their TV flagship from its 50 year old home of KTVU to KNTV starting next season. In the Contra Costa Times, Dave Del Grande writes that it was KTVU which decided to drop the Giants. John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News says it’s easier for KNTV to pre-empt NBC’s programming in favor of the Giants rather than KTVU to pre-empt Fox. Steve Kroner of the San Fransisco Chronicle says the move makes sense for KNTV.

Jonathan Okanes of the Contra Costa Times talks to Tom Tolbert who wonders why he was dropped from ESPN as an NBA analyst.

As fans in both Ohio and Wisconsin have to scramble to watch the Ohio State-Wisconsin game on the Big Ten Network, Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal says Fox and Comcast are both to blame for the game not being available.

Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports wonders if the International Fight League can gain a wide audience. The IFL is going to be on MyNetwork TV on Saturday with a primetime special.

Atlanta Hawks Vice President Dominique Wilkins will be appearing on FSN South and Sports South as an analyst on post-game shows. Tell me this isn’t a conflict of interest.

I’ll give you the Saturday links sometime tomorrow. In the meantime, be safe.

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.