Quick Thursday Links

I don’t have much time to blog today as when I arrived in my office, I found that all my phone lines were down preventing me from using my DSL at work. So I’m home so I can e-mail some documents out.

While I’m dealing with this, I’ll give you a few links for now.

Starting with Michael Hiestand of USA Today, he talks about viewers calling the shots when they watch tonight’s NFL season opener and NBC’s Sunday Night Football online.

Nice to see John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News back after a brief sabbatical. He writes about NBC’s online coverage of Sunday Night Football.

Rocco Valluzzo of the Redding (CT) Pilot talks with Sunday Night Football director Drew Escohoff who also directed the swimming coverage at the Olympics in Communist China.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe discusses the back-to-basics approach for Monday Night Football this season.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union writes that ESPN finally listened to the fans regarding Monday Night Football.

Robin Berger of TV Technology.com says the NFL TV partners are looking for new ways to bring the games into your home.

Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune talks about ESPN’s new seven year contract extension with the WAC.

Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star says fans of Indiana and Purdue Universities will have plenty of chances to watch their schools on TV.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times talks with Tennis Channel Chairman and CEO Ken Solomon about his network gaining the rights to all four Grand Slam tournaments.

Kathleen McElroy of the Times says she’ll miss USA Network televising the US Open.

The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman talks about Mike Francesa and Chris Russo working without each other for the first time.

Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press says ESPN’s Dick Vitale is thankful the Pistons fired him which led to Dickie V to TV. On Friday, Vitale is being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

That will do it for now. Primetime & Late Night Viewing Picks coming up later.

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.