More Tuesday Links

First, I would like to welcome those who are coming over to this blog from the Imus Truth blog and Support Imus website. In one of my entries yesterday, I linked to an article from Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News talking about the search to replace Don Imus. This is what I wrote:

From his Sunday column, Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News writes that the search for Don Imus’ successor has been a failure and CBS Radio should bite the bullet and invite him back. No.

One person apparently linked to my comments and I’ve had quite a few visitors from both sites. Thank you for coming over. While we’ll not agree over Imus, perhaps you’ll find something else you’ll like here.

Let’s go over some other stuff on this Tuesday.

The finale of The Sopranos killed the networks on Sunday. It outpaced everything, The Tony Awards, the NBA Finals, anything NBC had that night.

Last week, DirecTV announced it would have multiple coverage of the US Open next week with four channels including one devoted to Tiger Woods. Dish Network follows suit with six channels.

Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer has a profile on ESPN’s John Kruk who is the veteran analyst on Baseball Tonight. Apparently Kruk’s contract expires at the end of the season. With Harold Reynolds on, why not reunite Krukie and Reynolds so they can launch the new MLB Network? It’s a thought.

Michael Hiestand of USA Today had a feature on ad agency Wieden+Kennedy which has the ESPN SportsCenter and Nike accounts. You’ve seen their ads. Very imaginative and quite good.

ESPN bought a website devoted to Cricket, but I’m not linking to the story.

Fox Soccer Channel has purchased US mobile and internet rights to the Barclay’s Premier League, otherwise known as the Premiership.

Steve Politi of the Newark Star-Ledger says fans just don’t care about the NBA anymore. I think having Game 2 of the NBA Finals against The Sopranos finale was a bad move by both Disney and the NBA. John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News wonders if the ratings for Game 3 will be lower tonight. In Newsday, Neil Best says it’s sad when the NBA’s Tony Parker can be outrated by his fiancee, Eva Longoria on the same network.

Get ready for Round 2 in NFL vs. Comcast. Last month, a New York court ruled that the cable company could place the NFL Network on a sports tier which was made the channel available to fewer customers. Now, the NFL is fighting back with what is being called as an e-mail “blast”, asking Comcast customers to fight the move.

CBS chairman Les Moonves spoke with Ken Auletta at a symposium this morning. Subjects broached in the interview were Jericho, the Sopranos and the CBS Evening News.

The Big West Conference is negotiating with ESPN to launch a basketball tournament involving West Coast conferences and perhaps one of the power conferences such as the Big Ten or SEC.

That’s it until primetime viewing choices later today.

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.