Let’s do some Sunday linkage on this first NFL regular season Sunday of 2012.
We’ll begin with Pat Eaton-Robb of the Associated Press with an interesting story on how Connecticut is fast becoming home of major sports media companies.
Candace Jackson of the Wall Street talks about her visit to Rich Eisen and his wife, Suzy Shuster’s home in beautiful Beverly Hills.
Jon Gold from CBSSports.com has statements from Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott on getting the conference’s networks on Dish Network.
Also from CBSSports.com, Dennis Dodd says the SEC expects to have new TV deals in place including the super secret SEC Network, not the one run by ESPN.
Media Rantz solves the mystery of what happened to NFL Network’s Kara Henderson.
Liana Baker of Reuters reports that an NHL lockout could hurt ratings momentum for NBC Sports Network.
John Gaudiosi of Forbes.com tells us that Sony Playstation 3 gamers get a discounted price for DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel says Dish Network has beaten DirecTV to the punch and made a deal with Pac 12 Networks in time for yesterday’s college football games.
Georg Szalai of the Hollywood Reporter writes that movie director James Cameron will be assisting UK’s Sky Sports in producing a 3-D production of this month’s Ryder Cup.
Tim Nudd of Adweek looks at ESPN’s very funny SportsCenter promo featuring John Clayton that has already gone viral.
Anthony Crupi from Adweek notes that NBC broke even on the 2012 Olympics.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch has your NFL Broadcasting Guide for the 2012 season.
Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times, writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center has a theory as to why some NFL teams fail to sell out their games.
Ed Sherman of The Sherman Report has former ESPN’er Charley Steiner recalling two of the funniest “This is SportsCenter” ads ever.
Ed also has some videos from the early days of Monday Night Football. Make that very early days.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell wonders if CBS is selling Super Bowl ads on the cheap.
Evan Weiner of Examiner.com says the late Art Modell deserves better from Cleveland fans. I hate to tell you, Evan, but as a Browns fan, Modell made his bed and has to lie in it.
On the other hand, Newsday’s Bob Glauber says he can’t reconcile Modell’s pulling the Browns from Cleveland with the other parts of his legacy.
Rachel Margolis at ESPN’s Front Row PR blog says College GameDay heads to Tennessee for Week 3.
Drew Drawbaugh of Engadget reports that Google Fiber subscribers will get access to NFL Network and NFL RedZone starting tomorrow.
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe says former Celtic and Chicago Bull Brian Scalabrine will join Comcast SportsNet New England as an analyst.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says two former American Basketball Association team owners who get to collect part of the NBA’s TV revenue in perpetuity, want even more and are suing to get it.
Tanzina Vega of the Times says ESPN Deportes Radio NY will be broadcasting Jets games in Spanish this season.
The Albany Times Union’s Pete Dougherty has NFL Commish Roger Goodell disappointed that the league doesn’t have a deal with Time Warner Cable to carry NFL Network.
David Zurawik from the Baltimore Sun says ratings for the Grand Prix of Baltimore fell by almost 60% from the year before. However, last year’s race was on ABC while this year’s edition was on NBC Sports Network.
David speaks with Amber Theoharis who has left MASN for NFL Network and will replace the aforementioned Kara Henderson.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with Fox Sports college football analyst Charles Davis.
Coley Harvey at the Orlando Sentinel asks if ESPN’s College GameDay will pay a visit to Tallahassee later this month.
Jimmy Burch in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that the new Big 12 deal with ESPN and Fox will allow for more national broadcasts.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle has the college football media guide for this season.
Mel Bracht in The Oklahoman says yesterday’s PPV production of the Florida A&M-Oklahoma game was network quality.
Tim Feran of the Columbus (OH) Dispatch says NFL Network and Time Warner Cable are no closer to an agreement than when the channel debuted.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News wonders how long DirecTV can hold out not carrying the Pac 12 Networks.
Tom says Fox tapped the right man to lead its World Cup coverage.
Sports Media Watch notes that last week’s PGA Deutsche Bank Championship hit a five year ratings high.
Dann Stupp and John Morgan of MMA Junkie write that NBC Sports Network will hire some familiar names for an upcoming World Series of Fighting telecast.
And that will do it. The NFL pregame show quotage is coming up next.
With the Games of the XXX Summer Olympiad in London starting this week, it’s time to provide you with a breakdown of coverage that you’ll see on the networks of NBCUniversal. While the Opening Ceremony will officially start the Games on Friday, soccer action will begin on Wednesday. MSNBC starts the coverage Wednesday morning with women’s soccer.
Let’s breakdown how many hours each network will carry and what they’ll show.
Bravo is back in the Olympics picture. It last carried the Olympics for NBCUniversal in 2004 in Athens. The channel will be the home of Olympic Tennis at the fabled grounds of Wimbledon and NBC gets to return to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club after being kicked out last year. Altogether, Bravo will carry 56 hours of tennis live mostly from early morning to mid-afternoon from July 28 through August 3.
Pat O’Brien will be the venue host. Tennis Channel’s Brett Haber and Andrew Catalon will call the bulk of the play-by-play. They’ll be joined by analysts Justin Gimbelstob and Rennae Stubs both of Tennis Channel. Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim will be the on-site reporter.
As it was for 2008 Olympics in Communist China, CNBC will be the home of Olympic boxing. With the debut of women’s boxing in London, CNBC will be quite busy carrying 73 hours of boxing from July 28 through August 12. A bulk of the coverage will be delayed and shown from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET on weekdays. Six hours of live boxing will be aired on weekends.
Fred Roggin will host from NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Center studios in New York. Calling the boxing will be Bob Papa and Teddy Atlas. This will be the third consecutive Olympics for Papa and Atlas at the boxing venue known as the ExCel. Papa has also called Olympic boxing for NBC in Barcelona in 1992 and in Atlanta in 1996 as well as in Athens in 2004 and Communist China four years ago. Russ Thaler will be the reporter.
The network will put aside its daytime programming and air a plethora of Olympic sports, 20 overall including archery, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, handball, indoor volkeyball, soccer, table tennis, water polo, weightlifting and six other sports.
MSNBC will lean forward with 155½ hours of coverage starting with women’s soccer between the host country, Great Britain and New Zealand on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. ET.
On weekdays, MSNBC will air Olympic coverage between 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET with expanded coverage on weekends. The coverage runs from July 25 through August 12 with no Olympic programming on Friday due to the Opening Ceremony.
Kelly Tilghman of Golf Channel and Rob Simmelkjaer will host MSNBC’s coverage from the NBC Saturday Night Live studios in New York.
NBC SPORTS NETWORK
Now under the NBCUniversal umbrella, the network formerly known as Versus and Outdoor Life Network before that, takes USA Network’s place on the Olympic broadcasting roster. NBC Sports Network will get the bulk of the programming on the cable side, airing a total of 292½ hours.
NBC Sports Network will carry a similar menu of sports as MSNBC, carrying 22 Olympic sports and it will also be the home of USA basketball, women’s soccer and field hockey.
NBCSN’s day will be busy, starting at 4 a.m. ET and running until 8 p.m. making way for NBC’s primetime coverage.
Your hosts will be Michelle Beadle, Liam McHugh and Willie Geist. All three will be based in the International Broadcast Center in London.
NBC Sports Network kicks off its Olympics coverage with the US Women’s National Soccer Team taking on France at 11:30 a.m. ET this Wednesday. It will air the Games continuously until August 12.
NBCUniversal’s Spanish language network will air over 170 hours of the Olympics. Its coverage will most focus on boxing, basketball, soccer and swimming. It will air the Opening Ceremony and will be the only NBCU network that will air a full 20 days of Olympics programming between July 25 through August 12.
Bolstered by a broadcast network record of 272½ hours, the National Broadcasting Company will focus on the glamor sports of the Olympics, beach volleyball, diving, gymnastics, swimming and track & field.
Due to the five hour difference between the Eastern time zone and London, all of primetime will be delayed. However, action in daytime will be live at least for the Eastern half of the country. Once again, the Mountain and Pacific regions will be forced to wait for three hours to see Olympic action in the morning.
NBC’s coverage will begin with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 27, delayed in all time zones, airing at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. Unlike the sports action, you won’t be able to find the Opening Ceremony online as NBC is going back to its old tape delay shenanigans for that part of the Olympics even though CTV in Canada will be airing it live at 4 p.m. ET. But I digress.
NBC’s coverage will begin at 10 a.m. ET/PT weekdays and as early as 5 a.m. ET/PT on weekends lasting until 5 p.m. on weekdays and 6 p.m. on weekends. Primetime begins at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sundays. Late night coverage will last from 12:35 a.m. until 1:35 a.m.
Your hosts on NBC will be Al Michaels and Dan Patrick on daytime, Bob Costas, of course, in primetime, and in late night, it will be Mary Carillo.
This is where Olympic fans finally get their chance to see everything. NBC says 3,500 hours of Olympic programming will be made available either on NBCOlympics.com or through the NBC Olympics Live Extra app for mobiles and tablets. Not only will the TV coverage of CNBC, Bravo, MSNBC and NBC Sports Network will be streamed, but also every event including the glamor sports that NBC used to hold for primetime.
The individual sports that will be streamed will not have the NBC announcers and the NBC production. In all cases, the world feed will be used and there could be occasions where the event will not have announcers.
The catch here is that you will have to authenticate meaning that you will have to sign in through your cable provider, but unlike the process for March Madness, it’s rather easy.
NBC hopes that providing everything online, it will not cannibalize its TV product and actually encourage people to watch later in primetime. We shall see how this Brave New World in Olympics broadcasting takes shape.
NBC is also providing separate channels for basketball and soccer. Check with local cable provider for channel number assignments. And for the 63 people across the country who care, NBC is also providing 3-D coverage.
So this is how the Olympics will be handled this year. Let the Games Begin.
Before the day is through, let’s do some linkage for you.
Steve Berkowitz from USA Today looks at the Pac-12′s TV contract which is the richest in college sports (for now).
Speaking of USA Today, Ed Sherman of The Sherman Report says the newspaper is restructuring its sports department and about a dozen staffers have been laid off. That includes Friend of Fang’s Bites Mike McCarthy and Game On! blogger Tom Weir. Very sad to see this. I met Mike a few years ago when we covered an event at ESPN. Good reporter and writer. I hope to be linking to him again soon.
Ed also writes about ESPN holding onto the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.
ESPN Ombudsman Jason Fry of the Poynter Institute watches ESPN’s interviewing guru critique the questioning style of some of its reporters.
Marisa Guthrie at the Hollywood Reporter looks at NBCUniversal’s plans to offer some 5,500 hours of coverage on the Olympics.
John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable says Golf Channel will have live coverage of U.S. Open qualifying on June 4.
Tim Baysinger at B&C recaps last night’s Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily’s Sports Business Awards.
Rich Thomaselli from Advertising Age says the NHL’s social media and traditional ad campaigns have helped bring casual fans to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
After being disrespected by its own local media last week, the Los Angeles Kings made this infographic giving a brief history on its logo, names of players and number of times the team has been in the postseason. This season, the Kings have stepped its social media campaign and website to provide fans with a very humorous, but also informative experience. Keep it up, Kings. You guys rock!
Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times, writing in the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, notes the difficultly for women to find a proper role in sports television.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton’s past is preventing collectors from lining up at his doorstep.
Congratulations to Steve Lepore of Puck The Media who has become SB Nation’s NHL Media writer. Steve is a hard worker who has created a very good niche for himself. And his first column for SB Nation is about the ratings for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final clincher.
Steve also writes about the controversy over NHL on NBC charlatan Pierre McGuire’s withholding of information over an incident between the benches during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.
Jerry Barmash of Fishbowl NY says MSG Network will air two specials on the upcoming Belmont Stakes in which I’ll Have Another will go for horse racing’s Triple Crown.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette says in addition, MSG Plus will air some horse races this summer.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union writes that ESPN has expanded its 3-D coverage of Wimbledon.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says Al Jazeera will be launching two soccer channels this summer.
Keith Groller at the Allentown (PA) Morning Call looks at ESPN on ABC’s plans for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog says former ESPN’er Dave Feldman is leaving the local market to go home to his native Northern California.
Dan says former DC NFL Team running back and sports radio host John Riggins will be hosting an outdoors show next year.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner says a deadline is fast approaching in which the Nationals will find out how much MASN will be paying them for TV rights.
Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the Rays are paying tribute to Fox Sports MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal by wearing bow ties.
Tom Jones of the Times says MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams ripped Tropicana Field.
David Barron from the Houston Chronicle looks at the proposed uses for the abandoned Astrodome.
John Kiesewetter in the Cincinnati Enquirer says Fox Sports is on the Reds’ bandwagon.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that MLB Walking, Talking Conflict of Interest Bud Selig is holding firm to his retirement date.
Paul M. Banks at Chicago Sports Media Watch says the Big Ten Network has helped to expand the league and in part, raise Northwestern’s profile.
Gordon Monson of the Salt Lake Tribune says even though the Utah Jazz bought the sports radio station where he works, he’ll remain an independent voice.
Chris Jenkins from the San Diego Union-Tribune says Fox Sports San Diego’s Mark Sweeney is a natural fit as Padres analyst.
Tim Sullivan of the Union-Tribune says he enjoys listening to the Padres on the radio.
The Los Angeles Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth can’t believe he’s seeing a farmers dating service ad on NBC Sports Network.
Laura Stone of the Toronto Star writes that a new feature by CBC for the NHL Stanley Cup Final has some hardcore female sports fans hopping mad.
Timothy Burke at Deadspin looks at the Twitter police for college sports programs.
Sports Media Watch notes the increased ratings for the series-clinching game of the NHL Stanley Cup Western Conference Final on NBC Sports Network.
Joe Favorito examines the right way and the wrong way to attract Twitter followers.
Dave Kohl at The Broadcast Booth marvels at the LA media for getting the Kings logo and players wrong during local newscasts.
And I’ll end the linkage there for now. Enjoy the rest of your day.
Yesterday, I focused on several press releases before heading out for errands. Today, it’s back to the links.
Daniel Kaplan at Sports Business Journal writes that the NFL wants to set up local zones in Super Bowl host cities similar to what Indianapolis did with a village and zip line this year.
Mike Ozanian of Forbes explores the sale of the San Diego Padres and how it contrasts greatly from the Dodgers sale.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch explores NBC’s plans for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and I liked what I saw during the first night of coverage on Wednesday.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News feels NBC’s multiplatform coverage of the NHL postseason should increase ratings and open ad sale opportunities.
John Koblin at Deadspin looks at ESPN’s free agents and handicaps who stays and who goes.
George Winslow at Broadcasting & Cable notes that one company will provide multiscreen coverage of the Olympics to computers.
Ben Koo at Awful Announcing writes that HBO is interested in the Atlanta Falcons for the next season of Hard Knocks.
Toni Fitzgerald at Media Life explores how the NHL is expanding its brand by marketing a 21 foot tall replica of the Stanley Cup in New York’s Times Square.
Writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Michael Bradley says no media outlet is safe from the budget ax.
Karen Hogan at Sports Video Group looks at SNY’s studio renovations.
SVG’s Ken Kerschbaumer tells us how ESPN’s 3D production of The Masters® has grown over the years.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says Masters champion Bubba Watson is bound to be a marketing champion as well.
Ira Kantor at the Boston Herald writes that the Red Sox have chosen Comcast to provide computer networking services at their ballparks.
To Fishbowl NY and Jerry Barmash who says MSG Network saw excellent ratings for the New York Rangers this season.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union says MLB Network is looking to gain “exclusive content” for the channel.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says CBS Sports Network airs a special on the Army Spring Football game this weekend.
Laura Nachman says a legendary Philadelphia sportscaster passed away over the weekend.
John F. Morrison of the Philadelphia has the obituary for late sports talk show host Steve Fredericks.
At Press Box, Dave Hughes of DCRTV.com says Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic plans to expand its Baltimore Ravens offseason coverage.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner has a couple of NHL on NBC analysts handicap the Capitals chances against the defending Stanley Cup Champions Boston Bruins.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that embattled Miami sports radio host Sid Rosenberg has been fired after his latest brush with the law.
And Radio-Info says another embattled sports talk show host takes Rosenberg’s place on his former station.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says a new sports talk show will debut in the market on Monday.
Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman says ESPN’s Skippy Bayless had to backtrack from claims about his high school basketball career on First Take this week.
Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star says new royals TV analyst Rex “The Wonder Dog” Hudler is hoping to win over fans in his new gig.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune writes that NHL fans will see more postseason games on TV than ever before.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News looks at the Broadway play on Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times misses Dodgers voice Vin Scully as he’s had to miss broadcasts due to a cold.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a local sports talk show host who late last year acknowledged he has Parkinson’s Disease now finds himself without a job.
The Chronicle gets the host’s reaction to his firing.
Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says the firing came as a surprise.
Sports Media Watch has some various ratings news and notes.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says NBC Sports Network’s NHL ratings are down from last year’s record ratings on Versus.
Martin Charles writes in the Sports PR blog says it’s important for athletes to get media training to understand how to properly handle reporters’ questions.
The Big Lead talks with multi-faceted Julie Alexandria.
And that’s going to do it for now.
Let’s do some linkage on this Super Bowl Weekend.
The Weekend Viewing Picks have my sports and entertainment suggestions.
Time for your links. As you can imagine, many of the stories will deal with Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today talks with NBC’s Bob Costas about his past experiences in hosing a Super Bowl pregame show.
The Nielsen Wire Blog has a look at the 10 Most Liked Super Bowl ads in the last five years.
Daisy Whitney at MediaPost says a large portion of viewers go online to look up information about a Super Bowl ad.
Wayne Friedman of MediaPost writes that the Super Bowl is reaching almost half of all female viewers.
Peter Pachal of Mashable says NBC will hold a Google+ hangout to after the Super Bowl to discuss the ads.
Marisa Guthrie of the Hollywood Reporter talks with NBC Sports Group Fearless Leader Mark Lazarus about the Super Bowl, winning the Olympics and losing Wimbledon to ESPN.
John Eggerton in Broadcasting & Cable writes that a fan lobbying group hopes the FCC will call for the elimination of the NFL’s antiquated TV blackout rules.
John says a Michigan man has been charged with illegally streaming NFL games online.
Thomas Umstead from Multichannel News says Saturday’s UFC pay per view event will be available in 3-D for the first time.
Todd Spangler of Multichannel looks at Verizon’s streaming of Sunday’s Super Bowl on select mobile devices.
Adweek talks with Sports Illustrated/NBC’s Peter King.
Tim Nudd from Adweek notes the return of the E*Trade baby to the Super Bowl.
The International Olympic Committee has awarded the Japanese rights for the 2014/16 Games at a much lower rate than the US rights paid by NBC.
Robert Livingston at Games Bid says the 2014 Olympics in Sochi will be the first to be produced in 3-D TV.
André Lowe of the Jamaica (yes the country) Gleaner says ESPN has gathered some former NFL players in a cruise ship for the Super Bowl at Sea. I’m not making this up.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch
Allison Stoneberg at ESPN’s Front Row discusses how the network’s producers book guests for the studio and radio shows during Super Bowl Week.
Jack Dickey at Deadspin explains how the New York Times really messed up the story of former Yale quarterback Patrick Witt.
Dylan Stableford at Yahoo’s The Cutline explains why the Puppy Bowl has become so popular on Super Bowl Sunday.
Sports Media Watch delves into the expanded NFL Network Thursday Night Football schedule.
SMW has a few ratings news and notes including one on the Winter X Games.
Ken Kerschbaumer of Sports Video Group goes behind the scenes with NBC’s Super Bowl production crew.
Jason Dachman of SVG goes into NBC’s first-ever online streaming of the Super Bowl.
And Dan Daily from SVG writes about this year’s Super Bowl World Feed.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says Wednesday night NHL games are doing well for NBC Sports Network.
Northeast & Mid-Atlantic
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe speaks with NBC’s Rodney Harrison on the unspoken revenge factor for the New England Patriots in this year’s Super Bowl.
Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette has NBC’s Cris Collinsworth talking about the Super Bowl.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says one of the Mets’ TV partners may help to bail out the team from its financial troubles.
Judy Battista of the Times reports on the expanded Thursday Night Football schedule.
Stuart Elliot of the Times says the Shazam mobile app will play a prominent role during many Super Bowl ads.
A rare appearance by Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News in the links. He has his Top 5 Super Bowl announcing teams of all-time.
Phil Mushnick from the New York Post has some Super Bowl storylines the media has missed.
Ken Schott at the Schenectady Gazette looks at the NFL Network announcement of five more games added to Thursday Night Football.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union has NFL Commish Roger Goodell shooting down rumors of more Monday Night Football doubleheaders.
Pete says Commissioner Goodell is firing a warning shot at Time Warner Cable.
Pete reviews the 11 men who have called a Super Bowl on network television.
The Crossing Broad blog says the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer may be on a slow death march to oblivion.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call discusses NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVI.
David Barron from the Houston Chronicle notes that NBC’s Rodney Harrison may be an ex-New England Patriots, but he says he can remain fair.
David says NFL Network gets a beefed up schedule next season.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman says NBC’s Cris Collinsworth gets to call his second Super Bowl on TV.
Mel notes that College GameDay will be covering the Big 12 on Saturday.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that one local radio show will be on radio row in Indianapolis today.
Scott Olson of the Indianapolis Business Journal says ESPN is very happy about choosing Pan Am Plaza as its Super Bowl headquarters this week.
The Indianapolis Star has what journalists are saying about the city as a Super Bowl host.
Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says two participants in last year’s Big Game will be on NBC’s Super Bowl pregame show.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Cardinals TV voice Dan McLaughlin will return to call games this season.
Steve Walentik of the Columbia (MO) Tribune calls ESPN’s Jay Bilas, “College Hoops’ Deepest Thinker.” Ok.
John Maffei of the North County Times says Al Michaels still loves calling Super Bowls.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star says Michaels is hoping for overtime.
Jim has NBC’s Rodney Harrison keeping the David Tyree catch from Super Bowl XLVII in proper perspective.
Richard Varrier of the Los Angeles Times looks at the Fed crackdown on websites that were illegally streaming NFL games.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News talks with former Lakers voice Paul Sunderland and lists the 20 best play-by-play men in Southern California.
Tom has more about Paul in his blog and adds a couple of media notes.
Susan Krashinsky of the Toronto Globe and Mail explains why Canada can’t see the U.S. Super Bowl ads in real time.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog has NBC’s Super Bowl production by the numbers.
And that’s going to do it for the links. Enjoy the Big Game.
Since late last night, I’ve been culling linkage for today. Let’s get to them.
Terry Lefton and Daniel Kaplan at Sports Business Journal discuss how Indianapolis hotels are gouging customers for Super Bowl Week.
Anick Jesdanun of the Associated Press reviews NBC’s online presentation of the Super Bowl for this Sunday.
Sergio Non of USA Today looks at the UFC on Fox rating from Saturday.
Michael Learmonth of Advertising Age says USA Today’s Super Bowl Ad Meter wrecked Super Bowl ads for good.
Tim Goodman of the Hollywood Reporter has an appreciation for The Beautiful Game.
Tim Nudd of Adweek looks at the highly successful “This is SportsCenter” ad campaign.
Wayne Friedman of MediaPost says NBC is copping $4 million per Super Bowl ad.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine writes that a survey shows that a majority of readers feel Super Bowl XLVI will set a viewership record.
Toni gives us a media buyer’s primer on the Super Bowl.
Diego Vasquez of Media Life says advertisers want to get buzz about Super Bowl commercials weeks before the Big Game.
The Daily says it appears Madonna’s set list for the Super Bowl halftime show has been leaked.
Peter Schrager of Esquire lists 10 current NFL players who could make a second career on TV.
Glenn Davis of SportsGrid notes that Jerry Seinfeld and the Soup Nazi will appear in a Super Bowl ad.
Frances Martel of Mediaite reviews the ESPN2 show, “Dan Le Batard is
Extremely Crazy Highly Questionable.”
Robert Littal of Black Sports Online has details of the Mexican TV reporter who made an impression during Super Bowl Media Day.
Ken Kerschbaumer of Sports Video Group looks at ESPN taking over Pan Am Plaza in downtown Indianapolis for the Super Bowl.
Karen Hogan of SVG writes that sports has entered into reality TV in a big way.
Summer Harlow of the University of Texas Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas writes about CBSSports.com’s firing of Adam Jacobi over his premature report on Joe Paterno’s death.
Karen Rosen of TV Guide talks with ESPN’s Hannah Storm about her NFL special tonight.
All Access says a new ESPN Deportes Radio affiliate will launch tomorrow in Chicago.
Mark Miller of Examiner.com says Gary Thorne makes his Pro Bowling announcing debut this Sunday on ESPN.
Larry Mahoney of the Bangor (ME) Daily News speaks with former MLB’er Matt Stairs who joins NESN as a studio analyst for the 2012 season.
Michael Hayes of the Clinton (CT) Patch says ESPN will report from the geological center in between Gillette and Met Life Stadiums on Sunday.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times has an interesting story on a small Connecticut NPR station which has a sports talk show that is not your typical run-of-the-mill program.
Judy Battista of the Times notes that the NFL will address head safety in one its in-house ads during the Super Bowl.
David Hinckley of the New York Daily News says rivals WFAN and ESPN Radio New York are squaring off in their Giants Super Bowl coverage.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union notes the release of ESPN’s Bracketbusters schedule.
Stacy Jones of the Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger says Super Bowl advertisers are hoping to hook viewers from their computers and mobile devices as well as through their TV’s.
Neal Zoren of the Delaware County Daily Times notes Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s countdown of the worst sports villains of all-time.
Long-time New Orleans sports anchor Jim Henderson is retiring from WWL-TV, however, he’ll remain as Voice of the Saints.
Dave Walker of the New Orleans Times-Picayune gets reaction Henderson on his retirement.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle discusses the busy Super Bowl week and the ads.
Dennis Manoloff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer speaks with ESPN’s Erin Andrews about sports, life and her hosting the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Annual Awards Banquet this week.
Tim Evans of the Indianapolis Star says Radio Row at the Super Bowl is the perfect place for star gazing this week.
Emily Hatton of the Indy Star gives us an inside look at ESPN’s Pan Am Plaza set.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has NBC’s Bob Costas calling for a revote if National League MVP Ryan Braun of the Brewers loses his appeal for testing positive for steroids last year.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says ESPN College GameDay visits the Missouri campus this weekend.
Brian Gomez of the Colorado Springs Gazette says ESPN may pull the Winter X Games out of Aspen after an 11 year relationship.
Jason Blevins of the Denver Post writes that ESPN has been airing this year’s Winter X in 3-D.
Jill Painter of the Los Angeles Daily News says longtime UCLA voice Chris Roberts was honored by his peers as was Daily News sports media writer Tom Hoffarth.
And Tom writes an appreciation for being honored last night.
Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing has videos of the Big Ten Network going behind the scenes with Gus Johnson.
Josh Tinley of Midwest Sports Fans explains how the Super Bowl got its name and why every game has Roman numerals.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog notes the NHL All-Star Game did really well for CBC.
And that will do it for now.
Let’s do some linkage on this MLK Day, a holiday for some of you.
We’ll begin with a story from an unusual source, Newsweek/The Daily Beast. Nick Summers of Newsweek writes about how ESPN’s subscriber fees could force cable providers to place the network on pay tiers.
Michael Hiestand at USA Today reports that CBS wants Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow as a guest analyst for The NFL Today before Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.
Hiestand delves into the overnight ratings for NFL Divisional Playoffs Sunday.
Mike McCarthy at USA Today notes that several TV analysts and national radio hosts ripped the officiating in yesterday’s New York Giants-Green Bay Packers NFL Divisional Playoff Game.
Ben Grossman at Broadcasting & Cable says filmmaker Peter Berg who’s “On Freddie Roach” series premieres on HBO this week, wants to produce a similar series on Washington State head football coach Mike Leach.
Michael Malone from B&C tells us that Sunbeam-owned TV stations in Boston and Miami were pulled from DirecTV forcing viewers to scramble to find ways to watch yesterday’s NFL action and the Golden Globe Awards.
Alex Weprin at TVNewser says Current TV host Keith Olbermann went to visit MLB Network, which housed his former MSNBC offices and found some interesting mementos.
Dan Fogarty at SportsGrid has video of a Chicago Blackhawks fan professing his love for Comcast SportsNet reporter Sarah Kustok.
Brandon Costa from Sports Video Group looks at how the College of Charleston produces its own basketball telecasts for ESPN3 and local TV affiliates.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell doesn’t like how colleges and universities are restricting their student-athletes from using social media.
The Tennis Times has a video giving us an inside look at the Australian Open Media Day.
Dan Lamothe of the Springfield Republican’s Red Sox Monster blog notes that former NESN Red Sox reporter Heidi Watney returns to New England next month for a charity auction.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks at the Tim Tebow TV phenomenon.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post is not a fan of Daryl “Moose” Johnston.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union notes that the Dial Global/Westwood One broadcasts of the NFL Conference Games will be heard locally.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call says a local talk show host is heading to Motown.
David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun actually praises CBS’ production of the Houston-Baltimore game.
The Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins conducted the first interview with former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno since the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke.
Sally also answered readers questions on the interview and how she got Paterno to speak with her.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with ESPN tennis analyst Darren Cahill about the Australian Open.
The Tampa Bay Times’ Tom Jones reviews the weekend in sports television.
Also from the Times, Eric Deggans wonders why news anchors were doing promos for a local Monster Truck event.
One more from the Times, Laura Keeley says Florida State fans lined up to be part of ESPN’s College GameDay’s appearance on campus on Saturday.
At the Houston Chronicle, David Barron isn’t a fan of the two minute commercial CBS gave to Subway during The NFL Today postgame show yesterday.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman reports that ESPN has settled a wrongful termination lawsuit put forth by former play-by-play man Ron Franklin.
Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that the NFL insiders were reporting on possible Packers coaching news yesterday.
In Crain’s Chicago Business, Ed Sherman looks at the 20th anniversary of sports talk radio in the Windy City with several local personalities.
To the Denver Post where Dusty Saunders talks with CBS’ Jim Nantz about the demise of the Broncos and Tim Tebow on Saturday.
Dawn C. Chmielewski of the Los Angeles Times looks at how ESPN is trying to push 3-D on the unwanting American people.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News talks with ESPN Radio LA host Marcellus Wiley about his acute memory loss and also has his 20th annual bests and worsts in SoCal sports talk radio.
Tom has more with Marcellus in his blog.
Tom also has his SoCal sports calendar for the week.
Bruce Dowbiggin at the Toronto Globe and Mail notes how slow motion has revolutionized sports television.
Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing is echoing what I’ve been saying the last couple of weeks, and that he’s becoming a fan of Joe Buck.
Sports Media Watch also looks at the ratings of the New York Football Giants and Green Bay Packers on Fox.
Joe Favorito wonders what’s next for Tim Tebow both as a player and as a marketer.
And that will conclude our linkage for today.
Let’s do some links on this Tuesday.
Michael Hiestand from USA Today writes that a tepid LSU-Alabama rematch drew the BCS National Championship Game’s lowest overnight rating ever on ESPN.
Mike McCarthy of USA Today reports that former ESPN analyst Sean Salisbury has either quit or been fired from his MTV2 Lingerie Football League gig. There’s always a gray area with Sean.
Bruce Horovitz from USA Today says Kim Kardashian has been booted from Sketchers’ Super Bowl ad and replaced by a dog.
Sports Business Daily looks at the reviews of ESPN’s production of the BCS National Championship Game.
At Fox Sports, Brian Lowry feels ESPN did a better job in stepping up than LSU-Alabama last night.
Erin Carlson of the Hollywood Reporter notes that NBC will air the London Summer Olympics in 3-D.
Todd Spangler from Multichannel News reports from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that ESPN admits a lack of 3-D programming for owners of 3-D sets, but the network says that should change.
Ben Drawbaugh of Engadget was at ESPN 3D’s demonstration of the BCS National Championship Game.
Jaymar Cabebe at CNET looks at ESPN Radio now streaming live through Slacker apps.
Erin Griffith of Adweek says the popular sound recognition app Shazam will power almost a third of this year’s Super Bowl ads.
Rich Thomaselli of Advertising Age says Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow could reach the marketing and endorsement stratosphere as long as he keeps winning.
Michael Bradley at the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center says a lackluster game between LSU and Alabama should lead the BCS to change its system.
Noam Cohen of the New York Times looks at NBC going 3-D for the Olympics.
Jerry Barmash at Fishbowl NY looks at the NYC Marathon’s new deal to have WABC-TV carry the race live starting this year.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union discusses the end of Jim Rome’s tenure at ESPN.
The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg says in the DC Sports Bog that former WaPo writers Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon say they would take Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio over Washington’s John Wall right now.
David Knox of the Birmingham (AL) News says last night’s BCS National Championship Game drew a big rating locally for Alabama-LSU, but not as big as last year’s involving bitter archrival Auburn.
Doug Segrest at the News says Alabama quickly took the wind out of ESPN’s sails for a close game.
W. Scott Bailey at the San Antonio Business Journal says the Alamo Bowl on ESPN drew good numbers as compared to some of the BCS games.
Mark Dawidziak of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the voice of the Browns and WKYC Sports Director Jim Donovan will co-anchor the 7 p.m. edition of the station’s newscast.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that local ratings for the NFL Wild Card weekend were very good.
Ed Sherman at Crain’s Chicago Business looks at a new series on Big Ten Network.
Ed says the Big Ten Conference remains steadfastly opposed to a Plus One or anything resembling a playoff in college football.
At the Salt Lake Tribune, Scott D. Pierce says NBC and ESPN have snubbed Real Salt Lake in their MLS schedules.
Houston Mitchell of the Los Angeles Times says you can bid on the chance to have NBA Hall of Famer and TV analyst Bill Walton at your house.
At the Biz of Baseball, Maury Brown says it’s best to wait a year before expanding the MLB playoffs.
I’ll end it there for now. If anything warrants, I’ll add some more links.
UPDATE, 6 p.m.: Some more links for you now.
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe looks at the record ratings for the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game between Pittsburgh and Denver.
Newsday’s Neil Best says the NFL is seeing more monster ratings.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette notes what Time Warner Cable subscribers are missing on MSG Network in Day 10 of the two companies’ dispute with each other.
Ryan Yoder at Awful Announcing notes that ESPN Radio premieres a new show tonight.
That’s going to do it.
Been busy again today, but I’ll try to post as many links here as possible. Don’t know if I can do a complete set, but I’ll see what I can do.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand hears from ESPN’s Brent Musburger who calls tonight’s BCS National Championship Game.
Tom Weir of USA Today says Tim Tebow mentions broke a Twitter record last night.
Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal says the winner of tonight’s BCS National Championship Game stands to cash in through licensing of its gear.
Eric Fisher and John Ourand of SBJ report that MLB has to make a decision very soon on an extra round of Wild Card playoff games and the TV network that would air them.
Sports Business Daily recaps the mixed reviews for Charles Barkley’s hosting of NBC’s Saturday Night Live this past weekend.
Eriq Gardner of the Hollywood Reporter says a lawsuit brought forth by basketball legends Bill Russell and Oscar Robertson over their likenesses used in video games now has the TV networks getting involved.
George Winslow at Broadcasting & Cable says LG Smartphone users will gain access to a new ESPN ScoreCenter app that will include exclusive HD video.
John Eggerton at Multichannel News has a quick blurb on ESPN gaining rights for the NYC Marathon.
At Adweek, Anthony Crupi looks at the NFL’s final regular season ratings for 2011.
Glen Davis of SportsGrid cannot believe the religious connotations behind last night’s ratings for Pittsburgh-Denver.
Dom Consentino of Deadspin says the NBC reporter arrested last month on DUI charges after a party thrown by alleged child molester Jerry Sandusky’s attorney, tried to talk his way out of the arrest.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post goes after Fox’s Charles Davis and NBC’s Mike Mayock for talking too much.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette writes that Saturday’s NFL Divisional playoff action will be split among two local radio stations.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union says MSG Network will be throwing a local viewing party to drum up support in its dispute with Time Warner Cable.
Ken McMillan with the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record writes about the NYC Marathon running to ESPN from NBC.
At the DC Sports Bog, the Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg notes that Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will begin airing a new live show modeled after NBC Sports Talk.
Tom Jones from the Tampa Bay Times reviews the weekend in sports TV.
David Barron at the Houston Chronicle notes that the Texans had their best local ratings since their inaugural game back in 2002.
John Kiesewetter at the Cincinnati Enquirer says on Saturday, the Bengals did not do as well locally as its regular season games.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that NFL Network will re-air two Giants-Packers games.
Dusty Saunders at the Denver Post writes that CBS stepped up for last night’s Pittsburgh-Denver game.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has your sports calendar for this week.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail continues to go after CBC’s Don Cherry.
Raju Mudhar from the Toronto Star says Toronto is not the only hockey hotbed around.
I’ll try to add more stuff later.
UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: I’ll add some more links now.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell notes that the top selling sports book of last year was not the ESPN book, but Tim Tebow’s autobiography.
Dave Zoren of the Delaware County Times notes that the NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game did well on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.
Scott Sloan from the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader says a Kentucky-based high school sports TV and online provider has filed for bankruptcy.
At the Austin American-Statesman, Kirk Bohls says despite a lack of carriage agreements and viewers, ESPN remains committed to the Longhorn Network.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News writes that legendary Dodgers voice Vin Scully finally gets his own bobblehead this season.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog says theScore has signed a deal to pick up a whole host of college sports.
Sports Media Watch tells us that the Sugar Bowl had its worst ratings in 18 years.
Sports Media Watch says the Orange Bowl had its worst ratings in the BCS era.
The Waiting for Next Year blog notes that ESPN’s Erin Andrews will replace Scott Van Pelt as host of the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards. That’s a huge upgrade.
Awful Announcing has the Broncos radio call of last night’s overtime win over the Steelers.
Joe Favorito wonders if MMA fighter Gina Carano is about to crossover to become a mainstream star.
The Sports Business Digest notes that the Lingerie Bowl will be played in Las Vegas.
NBC will partner with Panasonic to air the London Olympics in 3-D which only 145 people across the country can watch.
And that will do it for the links today.
Let’s provide the links on this Sunday.
Tim Goodman in the Hollywood Reporter writes about how the MLB Postseason remains compelling even without big market teams.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News notes that Game 4 of the National League Championship Series became the third most watched NLCS game on cable.
John Eggerton of Multichannel says DirecTV will air the first ever 3D production of pro bull riding.
Mike says Golf Channel is off to record ratings for the PGA Tour’s Fall Series.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel notes that ESPN has closed its Content Development department which was responsible for its critically acclaimed “30 for 30″ series.
The Big Lead notes that ESPN.com college football reporter Pat Forde is leaving to join Yahoo! Sports.
Barry Janoff of The Big Lead writes that the NHL is now red hot for marketers.
Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid says ESPN will not discipline New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica for an anti-President Obama piece.
From Media Bistro’s Agency Spy site, Kiran Aditham wonders which agency won the NBC Sports account.
In Sports Media Journal, Southern New England media mogul Keith Thibault delves into the controversial Boston Globe piece on the collapse of the Red Sox.
Matthew Holehouse of the London (UK) Telegraph looks at ESPN UK’s new virtual studio for its English Premier League broadcasts.
The Hartford Courant says both the State of Connecticut and NBC are not commenting about reports that NBC Sports could be moving its headquarters to Stamford.
To the New York Post where Phil Mushnick has some suggestions for the TV networks.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call speaks with former CNN Sports Tonight co-host Fred Hickman about his friend, the late Nick Charles.
Neal Zoren of the Delaware County Times says a retired Philadelphia sportscaster will have new book coming out this week.
The Washington Post’s Reliable Source column notes that ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak tied the knot with an MSNBC anchor.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times has a few sports media tidbits.
The Miami Herald says E:60 will have a feature on a WWE wrestler who’s been locked in a battle outside of the ring.
Tommy Stevenson of the Tuscaloosa (AL) News says sports television coverage of this year’s devastating tornado has showed the city’s resilience to the nation.
George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press notes that ESPN’s College GameDay will be on the Michigan State campus this week.
Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times looks at HBO Sports tapping the Showtime ranks for its new division president.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog replies to a blogger who wants the CBC to be privatized and no longer be funded by the government.
The Toronto Sports Media Blog notes the passing of a Canadian sportswriter.
Sports Media Watch says the ratings for the NLCS are improving, but still down from last year.
Steve Lepore of Puck The Media goes off the beaten path and says realignment in college football could mean some good things for Versus/NBC Sports Network.
Awful Announcing introduces the Dick Stockton Chronicles.
And that will do it for today.
Let’s do some links now. I have to write my recap of Blogs with Balls 4 while everything is still fresh in my mind. It really was a great event to attend and wonderful to meet so many good people. I hope to have the BwB recap up tonight.
Here are some links for you.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says Bill Parcells’ prediction on the Patriots-Bills game during ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown was off.
Ryan Chittum of the Columbia Journalism Review says ESPN has a massive conflict of interest with the Longhorn Network and conference realignment.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News writes that NBC/Golf Channel will combine for extensive live and repackaged coverage of the Presidents Cup in November.
Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal reports that the NFL plans to continue playing regular season games in London.
The perpetually lovely Rachel Cohen of the Associated Press writes that some NFL coaches challenges sometimes aren’t made due to the lack of replays from the networks.
Andrew McCains at Adweek tells us that Mercedes-Benz won’t advertise in Super Bowl XLVI, but that doesn’t mean it’s giving up on the Big Game altogether.
Mark Walsh at MediaPost writes that Verizon’s NFL mobile app has grown by leaps and bounds from last year.
Toni Fitzgerald from Media Life Magazine says ad buyers know that NBC’s Sunday Night Football is a sure ratings winner.
Barry Janoff at The Big Lead writes that the US may submit a bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Robert Seidman of TVbytheNumbers has the ratings for MLB Network’s worst show by far, Intentional Talk.
The Sports Biz Miss, Kristi Dosh explains what Texas A&M stands to gain from its move to the SEC.
Dan Fogarty at SportsGrid has Red Sox pitcher John Lackey angry over a text from TMZ.com before he was about to pitch before yesterday’s game against the Yankees.
From Broadcast Engineering, Michael Grotticelli says ESPN’s new deal for Monday Night Football allows for 3-D productions.
Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner says NFL Network’s Deion Sanders is refuting reports that he’s divorcing his wife, Pilar over her reality show fame.
Over to Phil Mushnick of the New York Post where he wants networks to embarrass athletes when they showboat.
Laura Nachman has the winners of the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards including those in the sports categories.
David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun feels NFL coaches don’t give CBS announcers much to go on in their pregame discussions.
From the DC Sports Bog in the Washington Post, Dan Steinberg writes that DC NFL team QB Rex Grossman doesn’t seem to pay attention to the sports media.
Brendan Brown of the Martinsburg (WV) Journal writes that West Virginia showed off its best features on ESPN’s College GameDay.
Tom Jones from the St. Petersburg Times goes over the weekend that was in sports television.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that Joe Buck’s voice while better, is still not all the way back yet.
Dusty Saunders at the Denver Post says Broncos fans wanted to talk about Tim Tebow after yesterday’s loss to Tennessee.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has your sports calendar for this week.
Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star looks at the media coverage of last week’s racist banana tossing incident involving Wayne Simmonds and Hazel Mae’s return to Canada.
The Toronto Globe and Mail has Canadian Press video of CBC’s Battle of the Blades cast remembering the late Wade Belak.
Bruce Dowbiggin from the Globe and Mail feels the NHL grew by leaps and bounds with Brendan Shanahan using video to explain disciplinary action by the league.
Joe Favorito explains why Blogs with Balls is important not just for bloggers, but for sports leagues.
The Days of Y’Orr blog busts Captain Blowhard for his lack of hockey knowledge. Again.
Ryan Durling of BostInnovation says Captain Blowhard got Twitter bombed.
And we’ll end the posts there for today. Keep it here for various updates throughout the day.
We have some linkage for you. It’s a bit late, but better late than never.
First, Mike McCarthy at USA Today writes that former NBC Football Night in America analyst Tiki Barber is reportedly “devastated” that no NFL team called him to inquire about his comeback.
Sports lllustrated’s Richard Deitsch provides his annual NFL broadcasting guide.
At the Wall Street Journal, Matthew Futterman reports on the NFL’s mega sponsorship deal with Pepsi.
Tim Baysinger at Broadcasting & Cable writes about NBCUniversal going all out to promote the NFL regular season opener.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News delves into the PGA Tour’s new TV contracts.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek notes that NBC has brought in a record haul for Super Bowl ad sales and is just about sold out which contrasts to Super Bowl XLIII where it had to wait until the final week to sell out its inventory.
Gabriel Beltrone of Adweek reviews the NFL’s “Back to Football” ad that’s been airing throughout the preseason.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life says NBC has to sell five more ads to sell out the Super Bowl in February.
Karen Hogan of Sports Video Group says despite having its best ratings for the NFL in its history, Fox is not resting on its laurels and is looking to improve its game presentation this season.
Brandon Costa of SVG writes that ESPN and DirecTV raised the bar for their US Open Mix channel.
Newsday’s Neil Best looks at Chad Pennington calling the NFL on Fox for this season and the Tennis Channel dispute with Cablevision and Verizon FiOS.
Timothy Burke of SportsGrid has the video of NBC’s Jimmy Roberts catching himself about to swear before changing course.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post kills ESPN for ignoring certain facts that are just important to him.
Sean Daly of the Post wonders with sales of 3-D TV’s in the crapper, will ESPN finally pull the plug on its minimally watched 3-D network?
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette says a local radio station will carry just the first half of Thursday’s Mets doubleheader with the Braves.
Al Gregson of the York (PA) Daily Record has praise for CBS’ Jim Nantz.
David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun writes that the weekend of motorsports in the Charm City, while a success in person, might not have been on TV.
Alan Blondin of the Myrtle Beach (SC) Sun News talks with “The Voice of Golf” Peter Kessler about his adjustment from leaving Golf Channel to doing radio.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times tries to explain the reasons why NFL Network still hasn’t been picked up by Time Warner Cable/Bright House.
Tom Patri at the Naples (FL) Daily News asks if the PGA Tour gave CBS, NBC and Golf Channel a hometown discount to renew their TV deals?
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle catches up on some of the college football sports media news from the last couple of weeks.
Gina Mizell of the Daily Oklahoman says Oklahoma States loves playing one Thursday night football game a year on ESPN.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has highlights of ESPN’s NFL conference call with Chris Berman, Tom Jackson & Company.
Scott Dochterman of the Iowa City Gazette notes that Iowa’s men’s basketball team will be seen at least six times on the ESPN family of networks in the 2011-12 season.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune writes that ESPN college football analyst Trevor Matich has former DC NFL team coach Steve Spurrier to thank for going into TV.
The Big Lead notes that an ESPN NBA beat writer has quietly left the Alleged Worldwide Leader.
Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing offers the quintessential primer on the whole “Free Bruce”/ESPN dispute.
Ben Koo of AA reviews the first week of college football on TV.
Dave Kohl of The Broadcast Booth reviews how the networks handled the massive weather delays during various events this past weekend.
The Angry Asian Man blog takes FoxSports.com to task for producing a racist bit on Asians and their knowledge of football.
And that’s where I’ll leave it for now.
CBS Sports will offer 3-D TV coverage of matches its airs from both Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstong stadiums during the same time as its airing the contests in HDTV during Labor Day Weekend and Championship Weekend of the U.S. Open from Flushing Meadow. This marks the second year that CBS will offer coverage in the third dimension for the 16 people who own such as a set.
Let’s take a look at what CBS and the United States Tennis Association have in store for “The World’s Toughest Tennis” this year.
Emmy-Award Winning Coverage Extended to Armstrong Stadium
FLUSHING, N.Y., August 22, 2011 – The USTA today announced that Panasonic, a global leader in 3D broadcast technology, will once again work with CBS Sports and the USTA to broadcast the US Open Tennis Championships in 3D for a second year. This year’s 3D broadcasts also will extend to coverage of CBS Sports’ matches from Louis Armstrong Stadium.
CBS Sports will serve as the host broadcaster producing the 3D coverage for the USTA and Panasonic. It will produce 3D versions of all Arthur Ashe Stadium matches that it broadcasts in High Definition both on Labor Day Weekend and on Finals Weekend, September 9-11.
Last year’s 3D production of the 2010 US Open Tennis Championships – the first world-wide 3D broadcast of a tennis major – was honored with a 2010 Emmy Award for technical achievement (George Wensel TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD).
This year’s expanded 3D broadcast coverage will include new, 3D-specific positions designed by the telecast partners to provide the best 3D perspectives. The action will be covered by 10 3D broadcast cameras and a high-speed 3D replay system. The overall court coverage will again be based around the innovative 3D broadcast camera shadow rigs designed by the Cameron Pace Group and used last year.
Panasonic – which returns as the official 3D electronics sponsor and the official television of the US Open Championships, as well as sponsor of CBS Sports’ 2D and 3D US Open telecasts – will enable fans at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to experience the immersive world of 3D via public viewing galleries featuring the latest large-screen VIERA Full HD 3D TVs. These on-site Panasonic “Experience Amazing” exhibits will demonstrate a wide range of 3D programming including movies and live TV events. They will also showcase Panasonic’s VIERA Connect technology in web-connected TVs and Blu-ray Disc players, which feature Skype video calling, Facebook, Twitter and lots more. The Panasonic “Experience Amazing” 3D exhibits can be found on the ground level of Louis Armstrong Stadium, at the Panasonic 3D Gaming Center within the SmashZone, and at the Panasonic VIERA Connect booth in the South Plaza in front of Court 10.
CBS Sports’ 3D telecasts of the 2011 US Open will again be available on DirecTV’s channel 103, “n/3D Powered by Panasonic.” This year, Comcast will also carry the 3D broadcast coverage to its subscribers on Xfinity 3D, making CBS Sports coverage of the 2011 US Open available via the nation’s two largest multi-channel video providers. Distribution discussions with additional providers are ongoing. Additionally, the men’s and women’s finals will be streamed live in 3D on USOpen.org, the official website of the tournament.
“Working with our partners CBS Sports and Panasonic, we once again expect to be a leader in presenting our sport to fans in breathtaking new ways,” said USTA Harlan Stone, Chief Business and Communications Officer. “Last year we saw the impressive production values for 3D television and now, by including Louis Armstrong Stadium and expanding our distribution, we are bringing this innovative new look to the sport to more people than ever before.”
“Panasonic is delighted to again be sponsoring the US Open Tennis Championships and bringing the passion and power of this premier tennis event in stunning 3D to TV screens across the country,” said Joseph M. Taylor, Chairman & CEO of Panasonic Corporation of North America.
“The tennis pros on the courts will be broadcast in 3D by sports production pros at our partner CBS, and with the USTA itself, we are thrilled to be back at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for this top event.”
“As we saw from last year, there may be no better sport to broadcast in 3D than tennis,” said Harold Byrant, Executive Producer & Vice President, Production, CBS Sports. “With our additional broadcast cameras and enhanced positions, including low, court-level positions, viewers will feel like they’re actually on the court with some of the world’s greatest players. CBS Sports is once again looking forward to using this groundbreaking technology during our coverage of the US Open Tennis Championships. This year, as action and play dictate, we will also have the ability to cover the matches from Louis Armstrong Stadium in 3D.”
The 3D broadcasts will use a separate production team and equipment from the traditional HD broadcasts of the tournament. Plans call for two special 3D production trucks and a unique 3D dedicated CBS Sports broadcast team. CBS has designed and upgraded 3D broadcast camera placements lower to the court than traditional TV locations in order to capture the close-up and personal, athletic dimension of tennis that make 3D such a powerful experience.
Panasonic will also engage fans on-site with promotions including a FourSquare program where fans can check into the Panasonic exhibits via FourSquare to receive special offers as well as the “Experience Amazing” Scavenger Hunt in which QR codes will be located in select locations throughout the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Fans that scan all of the codes receive a special premium and will be eligible to win prizes including a Panasonic Full HD 3D Home Entertainment system. Details on these promotions will be announced at a later date.
Away from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Panasonic and DirecTV will also provide the live CBS Sports 3D broadcasts of the US Open semi-final and final matches to hundreds of TV retail outlets nationwide, including scores of Best Buy stores.
There you have the U.S. Open press releases for now.
Well, yesterday I was two jobsites. Today, I forgot to bring my computer AC adapter and my phone so for several hours, I was without any communication to the outside world. Ok, that’s an exaggeration, but it certainly felt strange not to have connection to the internet or Twitter.
Now that I’m back, I can provide some linkage and also do some press release posts. I’ll do the linkage first.
Big news from John Ourand and Sports Business Daily. We learn that UFC will move its programming from Versus and Spike TV to Fox, FX and Fuel TV with four MMA events a year on Fox.
Tim Baysinger from Broadcasting & Cable notes that ESPN will produce the Little League World Series in 3-D for the first time.
Adweek looks at a new ESPN ad that’s being aired in the UK.
Toni Fitzgerald in Media Life Magazine notes that a battle of unknowns in a playoff led to lower ratings for the PGA Championship on CBS.
Tony Manfred at the Business Insider Sports Page says details are coming out on the new ESPN Monday Night Football rights renewal from ESPN book author James Arthur Miller. This story has been out there since January when Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand broke it.
Cam Martin of SportsNewser says ESPN’s Brent Musburger and CBS’s Verne Lundquist will be honored in New York for their contributions to college football.
Marcus Vanderberg of SportsNewser says a former WABC-TV sports anchor has pleaded guilty inappropriately touching a minor.
SportGrid’s Ben Axelrod has video of Showtime’s Jim Gray berating boxing referee Russell Mora for missed low blows after the Abner Mares-Joseph Agbeko fight. Jim Gray is a real bulldog, let me tell you. This is one of the best videos I’ve ever seen.
Dan Fogarty has video of ESPN’s Jon Gruden saying, “this guy” multiple times during last night’s Jets-Texans game.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says there’s a glut of Terrelle Pryor jerseys. Were they exchanged for tattoos?
Jason Dachman of Sports Video Group talks about ESPN going into the third dimension for the Little League World Series.
Newsday’s Neil Best talks with CBS Sports Network analyst Rich Rodriguez about working in TV.
Joe Drape of the New York Times reports that NBC is in talks to air a series of Triple Crown prep races each Spring.
Daniel Massey in Crain’s New York Business writes that the Jets are catching up with the Giants as far as the New York tri-state area fan support is concerned.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says a nationally syndicated radio show will be broadcasting live from Saratoga Race Course on Friday.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record notes that Notre Dame football will be heard locally throughout the season.
Dan Gross of the Philadelphia Daily News writes about the announced departure of Howard Eskin from sports radio WIP.
John Miller at Philadelphia Sports Daily says Howard Eskin will be missed.
In the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg says Rick “Doc” Walker will sub for the talkative Joe Theismann for this Friday’s game on the DC NFL team’s local broadcast.
Jim Williams in the Washington Examiner writes that Texas A&M to the SEC will have a huge fallout in college football.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Mac Engel talks with former Monday Night Football sideline reporter and current Inside Edition reporter Lisa Guerrero.
The Houston Chronicle’s David Barron reports that Texans running back Arian Foster has signed to appear on both Yahoo! Sports Radio and a local radio station.
The San Antonio Express-News has a fascinating look at the evolution of every major sport on American TV in the last 21 years.
Jerry Garcia of the Express-News adds his thoughts on the most notable changes in sports television.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman has the local ratings from the weekend.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business talks about how Comcast SportsNet Chicago got an interview with embattled Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano.
Tom Hoffarth has the Sports Calendar for this week.
Because of my busy schedule, I haven’t been able to cover the Barstool Sports/Tom Brady baby picture controversy as much I have liked. It’s a big story in Boston as sports radio station WEEI feigned outrage on a slow news day to get ratings. The story went national and Barstool Sports editor David Portnoy found himself today on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show to explain himself (you can go here and here to listen). Perhaps down the road I’ll spend more time on it and go into analytical mode on it.
In The Broadcast Booth, Dave Kohl looks at Howard Eskin’s announcement that he’s leaving his daily WIP show in Philadelphia.
The Canadian Sports Media blog notes that TSN accidentally leaked a portion of its 2011-12 NHL schedule over the weekend.
At Puck The Media, Steve Lepore says the NHL will finally release its national TV schedule on Thursday.
And that will do it. I’ve been trying to do these links since 3 p.m., but I’ve been interrupted so many times. Glad to finally be done.
Was out of the office again earlier today so I’m getting to these rather late. Let’s look at what we have today.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says the new CBS Sports/Showtime documentary on this year’s Army-Navy football game will have touches of reality TV.
Mike McCarthy of USA Today notes that TNT’s Shaquille O’Neal and ESPN bloviator Skippy Bayless are throwing insults at each other.
At the Hollywood Reporter, Carolyn Giardina and Adrian Pennington report that at least 10 Olympic venues in London are expected to get the 3-D TV treatment. About 16 people in the US will be able to watch that.
George Winslow of Broadcasting & Cable says ESPN will make its news feeds available to the Pulse mobile app.
Gregg Rosenthal at Pro Football Talk cites a Phil Mushnick report that the man who helped ruin the Cleveland Browns, Eric
Manmoron Mangini will be an ESPN NFL analyst this season.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Eric Deggan of the St. Petersburg Times previews the ESPN Films documentary on the real-life Rocky Balboa who got his shot at the championship.
Lauren Indvik of Mashable looks at how Sports Illustrated is on top of digital technology by publishing a tablet edition of its magazine.
In SportsNewser, Marcus Vanderberg talks with Bomani Jones about the end of his morning show at The Score on Sirius Satellite Radio in Canada.
Cam Martin at SportsNewser tells us to get ready for the NASCAR-themed drama “Tits in the Pits”. You can’t make this shit up.
Dan Fogarty at SportsGrid notes that ESPN’s Merril Hoge took to Twitter to say that Tim Tebow isn’t going to be a good NFL quarterback.
Former Boston Sports Media Watch blogger David Scott writes in ESPN’s Front Row about the Alleged Worldwide Leader breaking ground on a new building and pledging to create an additional 200-800 new jobs in Connecticut over the next five years.
Kristi Dosh, the SportsBizMiss, of the Business of College Sports tries to predict the future and creates four potential BCS “Superconferences” out of the remains of the Big 12 and the Big East.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell notes that video game manufacturer EA Sports could stand to lose one billion dollars if a lawsuit by college athletes goes against it.
Darren talks with Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott about the league’s upcoming regional sports networks.
And Darren looks at a new venture that could bring fans closer to their favorite athletes by consolidating social media and personal websites into one site.
John Talty of the International Business Times writes that the NBA lockout won’t be much of a drain on the economy, only to the league’s fans.
Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal writes about the Big East Conference looking forward to a potential huge media rights payday in two years.
Kevin says Big East Commissioner John Marinatto is denying reports that the conference may have to drop a few schools in order to get big TV money.
Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant says the next TV negotiations for the Big East will be the league’s most important in its history.
Mara Lee of the Courant talks about ESPN’s planned expansion in Connecticut.
JC Reindl of the Day of New London (CT) writes that Connecticut came up with plenty of tax breaks so ESPN could expand its Bristol headquarters.
Pete Thamel of the New York Times writes that despite conventional wisdom, the Big East is a big player in college sports.
Lenn Robbins of the New York Post says a lucrative TV contract will ensure the Big East’s success in the long term.
Sean Daly of the Post says NBC is really going after ESPN with its rebranding of Versus.
Newsday’s Neil Best notes that the winner of SNY’s Kidcaster contest got to call a Mets home run last night.
Neil says ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit is now downplaying reports that overzealous Ohio State fans forced him to move from his native Columbus to Tennessee.
Neil writes that there appears to be a cease fire between WFAN’s Mike Francesa and the New York Jets.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says two local radio stations will pick up Compass Media’s NFL schedule this fall.
Ken says this month’s US Open tennis coverage will be divided among three networks again.
And Ken has the preliminary Westwood One Radio NFL schedule for the first six weeks of the season.
In the New Jersey Newsroom, Evan Weiner says the NFL and the league’s Players Association may not be done negotiating yet.
To the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog where Dan Steinberg notes previews from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King and ESPN Radio Hack Colin Cowherd on the DC NFL Team.
Bridget Cary of the Miami Herald says ESPN Deportes Radio is changing stations to get a better signal in South Florida.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman looks at the local ratings from the weekend.
Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman says the Longhorn Network has made Texas untouchable to other BCS conferences.
Jim Thomas of the Canton (OH) Repository profiles local native Dan Dierdorf on his second career as an NFL analyst.
Shane Hoover of the Repository notes that the NFL continues to find new fans via social and new media.
Steve Ballard of the Indianapolis Star notes that Sunday’s Brickyard 400 scored for ESPN.
David Brauer of MinnPost says the Twin Cities’ ESPN Radio affiliate is pulling Colin Cowherd and inserting a local talk show in his place.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says it’s not known if the NHL’s marriage to Versus will pay off in the long run.
To the Biz of Baseball and Maury Brown who reports that one section of Ohio that was hit with blackouts of the Cleveland Indians and the Pittsburgh Pirates won’t be blacked out anymore.
Larry Brown Sports has former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach sticking up for suspended ESPN.com writer Bruce Feldman on Fox Sports Radio last night.
Kissing Suzy Kolber notes that ESPN’s sponsored segments are getting a bit out of hand.
Melina Travis of Pro Sports Communications talks about the power of sports documentaries.
Ty Duffy at The Big Lead wonders if the Big East has any juice with fans.
Awful Announcing kicks around some ideas for the next batch of ESPN Films documentaries.
We have a lot of links today. That’s good for you. I’ll be back later tonight.
Let’s get your Tuesday linkage up and posted today. Good stuff to get to.
Variety’s Stuart Levine talks with NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus about the Versus rebrand to NBC Sports Network and other subjects.
The Associated Press has Lazarus hopeful that he can make former NBC Sports Emperor Dick Ebersol proud.
Brian Steinberg at Advertising Age writes that NBC’s rebrand of Versus plus having the Super Bowl this season puts the network in position to be a real challenger to ESPN.
Marisa Guthrie in the Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed blog says NBC’s top brass was never worried about losing NFL games this season.
Etan Vlessing of the Hollywood Reporter writes that Canada’s Rogers Communications will stream live video of Toronto Blue Jays games online and on smartphones starting this month.
Georg Szalai of the Reporter notes that Fox Sports is protesting a plan to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers’ media rights. Fox says it agreed to a long-term extension of its current deal with the team, but MLB has rejected it.
To Adweek and Emma Bazilian who says Fox is going to war over the Dodgers’ media rights.
Todd Spangler at Multichannel News writes about AT&T U-verse suddenly dropping ESPN3D citing the high carriage fees and lack of subscribers.
George Winslow of Broadcasting & Cable notes that ESPN has promoted one of its executives.
Marcus Vanderberg of SportsNewser notes that Chicago sportscaster Mike Adamle was cleared of DUI charges.
Cam Martin of SportsNewser looks at Awful Announcing’s Joe Morgan Memorial Tournament that left Craig James as its “winner”.
Ken Kerschbaumer at Sports Video Group wonders if 3-D will have a role in the 2012 London Olympics.
At Outkick The Coverage, Clay Travis says it’s Yahoo! that’s poised to be ESPN’s true sports media rival in the 2nd decade of the 21st Century.
The Sports Biz Miss, Kristi Dosh in the Business of College Sports explains why BCS Automatic Qualifying conferences are not knocking down Boise State’s doors to have the school join their leagues.
Kristi also looks at how the Pac-12 Network will be distributed to several Top 100 media markets within the Conference footprint.
To Yahoo’s Puck Daddy where Sean Leahy talks with ESPN’s John Buccigross about his NHL guilty pleasures.
Jose Martinez of Complex speaks with ESPN’s Erin Andrews about her country music and Saturday Night Live obsessions.
USA Today’s Mike McCarthy also talks with Erin, this time about Twitter and her assessment of her first year on the anchor desk at College GameDay.
All Access reports that Fox Sports Radio is hooking up with Mastercard for a Stand Up to Cancer promotion.
Greg Bordonaro of Hartford Business writes that ESPN plans to take advantage of a Connecticut tax break incentive offer to add more jobs in the state.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union looks at NBC/Versus NHL voice Mike “Doc” Emrick receiving another honor.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call catches up with iconic Philadelphia Eagles radio voice Merrill Reese.
Paul Farhi of the Washington Post speaks with outgoing local sports anchor Brett Haber about his decision to leave his local station.
Adam Kilgore of the Post writes that MASN has not exercised the option on Washington Nationals TV voice Bob Carpenter’s contract, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that he won’t be back next season.
ESPN3.com will be streaming a Georgia rivalry high school football game later this month.
Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says Big 12 schools decided to compromise on the Longhorn Network for one season.
Randy Riggs of the Austin (TX) American-Statesman writes that means no high school football games on the Longhorn Network for now.
Mike Finger in the Houston Chronicle says the Big 12 did leave open the possibility of having a conference game aired on the Longhorn Network this season.
Anthony Schoettle of the Indianapolis Business Journal says an NBC Sports Group deal to put NFL games on Versus would be a big help to the channel’s IndyCar package.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that NFL Network and companion RedZone were picked up by Charter Communications.
Bob says Chicago Cubs radio voice Pat Hughes regales in telling stories about the late Marquette coach Al McGuire and their time calling the school’s games together.
In OnMilwaukee, Andy Tarnoff goes behind the scenes during a Brewers game production with the Fox Sports Wisconsin crew.
Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas City Star writes that NBC’s Sunday Night Football crew is ready for the NFL season to start.
Shad Powers of the Desert (CA) Sun says MLB Network came through on Sunday.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News discusses the rebranding of Versus to NBC Sports Network.
In the Daly Planet, John Daly notes that ESPN NASCAR analyst Rusty Wallace has a conflict of interest when calling Nationwide Series races.
Toronto Sports Media says Sirius and XM in Canada might be pulling the plug on The Score radio channel.
The Canadian Sports Media blog has some thoughts on the last week in Canadian sports media.
Sports Media Watch notes that ESPN has brought in former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Hugh Douglas as a studio NFL analyst.
Dave Kohl at Major League Programs looks at the moves to rebrand of Sporting News Radio and Versus.
And we’re done with the linkage for today.
I started to do the Megalinks last night, but I fell asleep at my computer while doing them. I was out for most of the Friday so it prevented me from sitting down and pounding out the linkage yesterday. I’ll do it now to get you going for the 4th of July weekend. There’s a lot of sports happening so the Weekend Viewing Picks provides you with the programming that you may want to watch.
Let’s do the linkage.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand talks with multiple network tennis analyst John McEnroe on how to spice up tennis’ ratings.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek writes that an extended NBA lockout will hurt TV partners ESPN and TNT.
Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk didn’t like Jon Gruden’s gushing over former Ohio State quarterback Tyrelle Pryor during ESPN’s QB Camp.
Brooks Peck of Yahoo’s Dirty Tackle blog notes that ESPN.com lifted some of his fictitious quotes over Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi.
At Baseball Digest, Jerry Milani profiles MSG Network’s and Friend of Fang’s Bites Tina Cervasio.
Marcus Vanderberg of SportsNewser notes that a Southern California radio host’s firing from the Anaheim Angels was racially motivated.
Dave Levy from SportsGrid looks at the future of the Pac-12 Conference.
Adam Watson of Yahoo’s The PostGame talks with Renée Herlocker who will be the sideline reporter for the Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Jason Dachman of Sports Video Group notes that TSN wants to bring CFL viewers even closer to the game.
Ken Kerschbaumer of Sports Video Group says distributing Wimbledon in 3-D to movie theaters shows the need for one standard for the format.
Beth Healy of the Boston Globe writes that the newspaper’s parent company, the New York Times has sold part of its 17% stake in the Red Sox for a sizable profit.
Taryn Luna of the Globe says watering holes in the vicinity of the TD Garden are worried about losing business in the wake of the NBA lockout.
Newsday’s Neil Best notes that sports radio talk in New York actually turns 90 years old today.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog has Lindsay Czarniak saying when she’ll be moving to ESPN and what her duties for the Alleged Worldwide Leader will be.
Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune notes that the Big Ten Network came to fruition thanks to an ESPN lowball bid back in 2004.
And Jessica Guyin and Dawn C. Chmielski of the Los Angeles Times look at Google’s potential bid to buy Hulu which has NFL Films videos.
Sports Media Watch has news and notes on some media personalities.
SMW notes that Nike has re-signed Michael Vick.
I’m going to end it there.
Trying to squeeze linkage in while I can. This won’t be a full set of links. I will do the megalinks tomorrow, but today will be a quickie links day.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today reports that the ratings for the USA-North Korea game in the Women’s World Cup drew decently for ESPN.
Todd Spangler of Multichannel News says industry analysts expect 3-D TV sales to be very slow this year, but eventually ramp up by mid-decade.
Phil Swann at TV Predictions explains why the sales of TV’s in the 3rd dimension are tanking.
David Goetzl from MediaPost says NBC Sports is raising its profile for the Tour de France which begins this weekend.
The St. Petersburg Times’ Eric Deggans writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center says David Tyree’s anti-gay stance brings some strong challenges for journalists.
This story has been burning up the sports blogosphere since Wednesday afternoon. A.J. Daulerio of Deadspin says Hollywood movie producers are thinking of making a movie from the tome, “Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside The World of ESPN”.
Alexandra Kuczynski-Brown of SportsGrid says the BBC has developed a product that will reduce the grunting and shrieking at Centre Court in Wimbledon.
Andy Blesser at Beet TV talks about the Watch ESPN mobile app.
Brandon Costa of the Sports Video Group discusses ESPN 3D going live from Wimbledon this week.
Dave Nagle of ESPN’s Front Row PR blog talks with ESPN2′s Chris Evert on her return to TV at SW19 for the fortnight.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell looks at what lies ahead of NBA Communist China Sympathizer David Stern as the lockout is now in full effect.
Kurt Helin of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk has the organizers of last year’s “The Decision” starring LeBron James and his talents, surprised by the backlash against the made-for-TV event. Really? C’mon, man.
All Access reports that personalities from Philadelphia’s sports radio WIP will guest host Comcast SportsNet’s Daily News Live starting next week.
The Around the Rings blog says BBC Sport has been named as the UK rightsholder for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir writes about General Electric’s increased sponsorship of the Olympics.
Newsday’s Neil Best wonders why NBC did not air today’s Maria Sharapova-Sabine Lisicki Wimbledon semifinal match live.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union has the MLB Network live game schedule for July.
The Centre Daily (PA) Times previews tonight’s ESPN presentation of Penn State coach Joe Paterno and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.
From Capitol File magazine, ESPN’s Erin Andrews answers a few questions.
KIMT-TV in Mason City, Iowa says a local cable company will pick up 16 extra Minnesota Twins games ending a dispute with Fox Sports North.
Jay Heater of the Idaho State Journal says a Pocatello radio station is changing its affiliation from ESPN Radio to Fox Sports.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News previews tonight’s ESPN program with Penn State’s JoePa and Duke’s Coach K.
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area notes that Bob Costas and Al Michaels will make a guest appearance on its local broadcast of July 8th’s New York Mets-San Francisco Giants game. The pair will call most of the game on MLB Network, but will slide over to CSN Bay Area for a half inning.
The Maui News says NBC golf reporter Mark Rolfing will no longer be the organizer for a PGA Tour event.
Marty McGee of the Daily Racing Form talks with NBC’s horse racing reporter Donna Brothers.
Noel Murray at the A.V. Club looks at the ESPN book.
The Football Girl is not a fan of a full NFL Thursday Night Football schedule.
Stars Entertainment speaks with Tennis Channel anchor Angela Sun. The story mentions that she worked for ESPN, but I have never seen her on ESPN. Yahoo, yes. Tennis Channel, yes. ESPN? No. I’ve never seen her there. Maybe you have.
Sports Media Watch notes that the U.S. Open’s ratings were down for all four rounds.
SMW has some various ratings news and notes.
And SMW has some news and notes on some coming attractions.
Barry Janoff from The Big Lead speaks with prolific reality TV producer Mark Burnett.
Dave Kohl at Major League Programs reviews the latest in sports media.
And I found more links than I thought and that’s a bonus for you. Back later tonight.
Even though I didn’t links on Wednesday, it feels I haven’t done them in ages. You’re owed a chunk of them. Here goes.
David B. Wilkerson at Marketwatch.com says ESPN is not worried about losing NFL programming.
At NPR, Frank Deford says there has to be a reason why ESPN didn’t bid hard for the Olympics.
Marisa Guthrie of the Hollywood Reporter notes that Universal Sports has finally signed a long-awaited distribution deal with DirecTV.
Lindsay Rubino of Broadcasting & Cable writes that last night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 7 won the night for NBC in key demographics.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News reports that CBS Sports Network picks up Comcast subscribers in three Southern markets.
Mike talks with Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Jim Corno about running the area’s various sports networks over the years.
Emma Bazilian of Adweek writes that NBCUniversal has signed a deal with comic book creator Stan Lee’s Guardian Media Entertainment to market the NHL’s Superhero franchise which to date, no one understands. I saw the Guardians unveiled during the NHL All-Star Game earlier this year and I had no idea what it was supposed to represent.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life says Stanley Cup Final Game 7 finished rather well for NBC last night.
Marcus Vanderberg of SportsNewser has video of ESPN’s Michelle Beadle admitting on Live with Regis & Kelly that she’s watched internet porn.
Glenn Davis of SportsGrid has some videos from last night’s crazy riots in Vancouver that took place after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Now imagine if the Canucks had won!
Here’s today’s front page of the Vancouver Province showing what the story was last night.
The Vancouver Sun’s front page had what the story should have been.
This is the front page of the Boston Herald. I like this picture.
And the Brockton (MA) Enterprise with a classic front page.
Noah Davis at the Business Insider Sports Page says it’s obvious that tablets are the future of magazines.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says Chinese tennis star Li Na has signed an endorsement deal with Mercedes Benz.
The Big Lead has tennis analyst John McEnroe calling for a Hard Knocks-type reality series to help market the sport.
All Access says the St. Louis Rams have signed a new deal to remain in their current flagship radio station.
John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant writes that Comcast SportsNet New England will air select Connecticut Sun WNBA games.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union talks about CBS signing a new six year deal with the Big Ten for basketball.
The Buffalo Sabres have announced a new broadcast team for selected road games for next season.
The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg in the DC Sports Bog says local ratings for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final were very good. They were certainly higher than the national number.
Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner talks about the NHL’s ratings for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Jim says the U.S. Open at Congressional will be covered like a wool blanket this week.
Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram talks about the launch date for ESPN’s Longhorn Network.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle has a couple of sports media notes.
Mike Finger of the Chronicle discusses the launch of the Longhorn Network plus its quest to get carried throughout the Lone Star State and beyond.
Michigan Live says the University of Detroit will name its basketball court after ESPN’s Dick Vitale. He coached there before going to the NBA and then to ESPN in 1979.
Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal notes that Cincinnati Bengals Dhani Jones gave NFL Network a list of the top NFL linebackers that includes himself.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business says Cubs owner Ed Ricketts did not help himself by talking to the media this week.
Scott Dochterman in the Iowa City Gazette discusses CBS signing a new deal with the Big Ten for basketball.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says the Wimbledon finals can be seen in 3-D at various theaters around SoCal.
In another uniformed column, the Toronto Globe and Mail’s Bruce Dowbiggin feels Twitter is what ails everything in sports.
Sports Media Watch looks at the NBC’s overnight ratings for the Stanley Cup Final Game 7.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media has the half hour overnight ratings breakdown of Game 7.
Yahoo’s Greg Wyshynski explains how NBC got good ratings for Game 7 despite having a Canadian team in the Stanley Cup Final.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing can’t believe the wallpaper Don Cherry used as a suit for CBC’s Coach’s Corner last night.
SportsbyBrooks looks into yet another plagiarism charge against Denver Post columnist Woody Paige.
Chris Hadley at The Sports Tube remembers NBC’s failed Olympics Triplecast experiment for the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Dave Kohl at Major League Programs feels sports radio in both Dallas and Miami failed by not having local programming immediately following the NBA Finals Game 6 to give fans opportunities to vent or celebrate.
We’ll leave it there for now.
Ok, I’m being quite snarky about 26 people owning a 3-D TV set, but to be honest, the numbers aren’t overwhelming on people who own 3-D TV and I don’t see a run on sets whenever I go to Best Buy or other retailers that sell them. I know the people at ESPN don’t like it when I pick on ESPN 3D, but until the cost comes down and the bulky glasses are gone, I don’t see ESPN 3D taking off. And I don’t see 3-D taking off either, but that’s my opinion.
Here’s ESPN’s press release on the increased programming this summer on ESPN 3D which includes the return of the Home Run Derby and the first 3-D airing of the Little League World Series.
Also Adds Two World Football Challenge Games and Coverage of Little League World Series
ESPN 3D will again air the Home Run Derby and increase the number of college football games presented on the network in its second year. In addition, 17 games of the Little League World Series have been added to the schedule for August as well as two upcoming World Football Challenge games in mid-July.
“It’s an exciting time for ESPN 3D as it enters its second year of providing compelling action of some of the biggest sporting events,” said Bryan Burns, vice president, strategic business planning. ”Our programming continues to evolve and grow. Last year we presented 11 regular season college football games and this fall we will have 20 regular season games plus six bowl games, including The BCS National Championship. Information concerning games and dates will be available later this summer.”
New programming added to the ESPN 3D schedule:
Date Time (ET) Event Mon. July 11 8 p.m. Home Run Derby Sat. July 16 10 p.m. World Football Challenge: LA Galaxy vs. Real Madrid Wed. July 20 11 p.m. World Football Challenge: Real Madrid vs. Chivas Guadalajara Thurs. Aug. 18 3 p.m. Little League World Series – Opening Round 8 p.m. Little League World Series – Opening Round Fri. Aug. 19 3 p.m. Little League World Series – Opening Round 8 p.m. Little League World Series – Opening Round Sat. Aug. 20 8 p.m. Little League World Series – Elimination Game Sun. Aug. 21 8 p.m. Little League World Series – International Game Mon. Aug. 22 12 p.m. Little League World Series – Consolation Game 4 p.m. Little League World Series – U.S. Game 8 p.m. Little League World Series – U.S. Game Tues. Aug. 23 1 p.m. Little League World Series – Consolation Game 4 p.m. Little League World Series – Elimination Game 8 p.m. Little League World Series – Elimination Game Wed. Aug. 24 4 p.m. Little League World Series – International Game 8 p.m. Little League World Series – U.S. Game Thurs. Aug 25 4 p.m. Little League World Series – International Game 8 p.m. Little League World Series – U.S. Game Sat. Aug. 28 11 a.m. Little League World Series – Third Place Game
Earlier this month ESPN 3D announced it will televise the Gentlemen’s semifinals and the Finals of both the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s draws from The Championships: Wimbledon tennis action from the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in London on Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4. The four matches will be the first 3D tennis televised by the network which launched June 2010.
Also, ESPN 3D will telecast five nights of live boxing throughout the summer starting on June 24 when Friday Night Fights will be featured on the network at 9 p.m. with matches originating from the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif. For additional information, click here.
Let’s do some linkage on this lazy Sunday.
Kari Lipschutz of Adweek writes that it’s a photo finish in the race to the US rights to the 2014/16 Olympics.
Rachel Cohen of the Associated Press looks into the Olympic bidding.
David Lieberman and Patrick Hipes at Deadline wonder what losing the Olympics could mean to NBC.
Jaqueline Magnay of the London (UK) Telegraph says the longtime Olympics rightsholder BBC is watching the US TV bidding with more than casual interest.
Glenda Korporaal of The Australian notes that current Australian Olympics rightsholder 9 Network is hoping it will keep the Games after taking them away from 7 Network for 2010/12.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News handicaps the Olympics bidding among the US networks.
Mike says viewership for the first two games of this year’s NBA Finals are outpacing the ratings from last year.
Mike writes that the NBC Sports Group is all over collegiate rugby this weekend.
Jackie Finlan of Rugby Magazine says NBC has put its full support behind airing rugby.
Pat Yasinkas at ESPN.com mourns the passing of Tampa Tribune sports editor Tom McEwen.
Phil Swann at TV Predictions asks if sports can save 3-D TV. I doubt it.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reviews the new book on Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post decides that ESPN is to blame for the world coming to an end.
Mike Harrington at the Buffalo News writes that MLB Network is trying to generate excitement over the MLB Draft.
Bob Fernandez of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that it’s time for Comcast to step up to the plate for the Olympics bidding.
Tim Whitaker at Philadelphia Magazine has this profile of Comcast SportsNet host Michael Barkann.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner notes that sports on television continues to gain traction with viewers.
Joey Johnston of the Tampa Tribune has the obituary for former sports editor and columnist Tom McEwen.
Mike Baldwin of the Daily Oklahoman speaks with ESPN softball analyst Michele Smith.
Kent Sterling reacts to Fox Sports Indiana dropping Pacers pregame host and sideline reporter Stacy Paetz.
Blair Kerkhoff at the Kansas City Star looks at the Big 12 distributing its TV revenue more evenly to member schools.
Woody Paige of the Denver Post has his look at “Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World at ESPN.”
Kyle Ringo of the Boulder (CO) Daily Camera writes that Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott will hold some marquee events and games for the Conference’s in-house TV network.
Jill Painter of the Los Angeles Daily News says former Dodger Steve Garvey would join fellow ex-Dodger and current ESPN’er Orel Hershiser in a potential bid to buy the team from Frank McCourt.
Ferd Lewis of the Honolulu Advertiser notes that the Mountain West Conference now has to play catch up with the Pac-12 after it signed a megabucks TV deal last month.
Gayle MacDonald of the Toronto Globe and Mail says the Canadian TV landscape is getting crowded with the increased amount of players for sports TV rights.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing says ESPN’s Marty Reid wrongly called last night’s finish of the NASCAR Nationwide Race wrong. Oops.
Brandon Stroud at With Leather gets on UFC’s brainless analyst Joe Rogan for calling MMA writer Maggie Hendricks “a cunt”. Joe is an ass.
Sports Media Watch looks at NBC’s ratings for the first weekend of the French Open.
SMW notes that the PGA Tour’s ratings continue to rise this year.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media notes that after getting off to a good start, the NHL Stanley Cup Finals hit a big ratings brick wall on Saturday.
Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski also looks at the NHL’s mediocre ratings on Saturday.
Joe Favorito takes a look at two MLB teams which are trying to reach fans beyond their local areas.
SportsbyBrooks is looking into ESPN’s Mel Kiper’s relationship with 7-on-7 summer football camps which have come under scrutiny of the NCAA and the SEC.
Corey Nachman of the Business Insider Sports Page looks at the 20 Worst Sports Ads of All Time.
Sox & Dawgs has the video of NESN’s Jerry Remy making fun of on his on-air partner Don Orsillo’s capsizing of a paddle boat on Friday.
And I worked extra hard to squeeze as many links as I did today. I hope you enjoy them.
The last couple of days have killed me going to New York on Friday for business then having to go to work on Saturday preventing me from really reacting to the Dick Ebersol resignation. I will do a Sunday thoughts column today and also start answering the mailbag. Good questions from all of you. If you want to squeeze question in, you can send it to email@example.com and I do have some swag for you.
But let’s do some linkage first.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News talks about Tennis Channel and ESPN2 beginning their two weeks of French Open coverage today.
Mike says thanks to free previews, Tennis Channel’s audience will expand for the French Open.
Jessica E. Vascellero and Sam Schechner of the Wall Street Journal write that NBC Sports Emperor Dick Ebersol clashed with Comcast corporate officials over money.
Marisa Guthrie at the Hollywood Reporter explains why Dick Ebersol chose to resign.
Brent Lang at The Wrap wonders what Ebersol’s next move will be.
Michael Malone of Broadcasting & Cable says NBC local affiliates really appreciated Dick Ebersol’s support of the broadcast stations.
Jon Lafayette of B&C notes that upfront ads have been selling fast and furious for the NFL despite the uncertainty over its season.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek writes that automakers are buying up the available Super Bowl XLVI spots making NBC quite happy.
USA Today’s Mike McCarthy reports that ESPN has reupped analyst Cris Carter for Sunday NFL Countdown.
Steve Jones of USA Today reviews the 2nd volume of the ESPN Films 30 for 30 DVD gift set.
Rick Chandler of NBCSports.com reviews the whole Chris Berman “You’re with me, Leather” incident that the Swami tried to deny in the new ESPN book.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell looks at the new ESPN book and recounts some of his experiences at the Alleged Worldwide Leader.
Chris Ariens of SportsNewser notes that CNN’s John King (a URI alumnus and a guy with whom I attended journalism classes) caught David Ortiz’s 300th career home run at Fenway Park.
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe previews tonight’s MLB Network airing of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.
William S. Paxton of the Stamford (CT) Advocate catches up with Chris Berman to talk about the NFL.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says Dick Ebersol won’t have a chance to redeem himself from the heavy financial losses from the 2010 Olympics.
At the New York Post, Phil Mushnick says taped Olympics and XFL brought down Ebersol’s legacy. Leave it to the Gloomster to find something negative.
Newsday’s Neil Best notes that the new book on ESPN has definitely struck a chord.
Greg Connors at the Buffalo News talks with Tennis Channel’s Mary Carillo.
In the Philadelphia Inquirer, John Gonzalez speaks with ESPN’s Kevin Negandhi about replacing Josh Elliot on the daily morning SportsCenters. You’ll have to mute the autoplay video that starts as soon as the page loads. Just a warning.
In Press Box, Dave Hughes of DCRTV.com talks about the spike in TV ratings for the Baltimore Orioles.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner talks with Mary Carillo about her move to Tennis Channel.
Jodi Belgard at the Alexandria (LA) Town Talk profiles a local student who got an internship with ESPN.
Mel Bracht at the Daily Oklahoman notes that ESPN’s NBA analysts were critical of the Oklahoma City Thunder last night.
Philip Hersh of the Chicago Tribune has Dick Ebersol saying that he expects NBC/Comcast to put forth a very strong bid for the 2014/16 Olympics.
Bryce Miller in the Des Moines (IA) Register talks with ESPN/ABC NASCAR analyst Brad Daugherty.
Bryce also profiles the technician from Iowa who’s working ESPN on ABC’s production of today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
Trevor Hughes of The Coloradoan recaps Denver News columnist Woody Paige’s honoring by Colorado State University about his piece last year about the suicide of a Broncos player and his brush with killing himself.
Dick Harmon from the Deseret (UT) News writes about BYUtv preparing to add more sports coverage to its agenda.
John Maffei at the North County Times reports that the San Diego Padres and Fox Sports are about to come together on a two decade, nine figure deal.
Michael Oliveira of the Toronto Globe and Mail says CBC is no longer bullish on 3-D TV.
EPL Talk says ESPN and Fox Soccer Channel have improved their English Premier League coverage, but still have a ways to go.
Sports Media Watch says the ratings Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on ESPN were up from last year.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media has the ratings for Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference Final on Versus.
Ian Bethune of Sox & Dawgs has the video of NESN’s Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy cracking up on the air again.
And that will do it.
I’ll provide some linkage this evening. Some stuff has surfaced this evening since I did my original links today.
The Hollywood Reporter recaps the first excerpt from the ESPN book “Those Guys Have All The Fun” that was released by GQ today.
Etan Vlessing of the Hollywood Reporter says now that the NHL’s US TV rights are settled, the league is now looking to expand the game overseas and into the Middle East.
Mike Reynolds from Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News writes about the history-making ratings TNT received for the opening game of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
At Multichannel, Mike looks at Tennis Channel providing 20 hours of 3-D coverage from the French Open.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel says Spike is going to rebrand its TNA Impact wrestling programming.
David Goetzl of MediaPost looks at a long-running dispute between ESPN and Dish Network over ESPNU.
Some sad news out of Kansas City. Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports that Royals TV analyst and former pitcher Paul Splittorff has been admitted to a local hospital for treatment of oral cancer and melanoma.
The Big Lead says ESPN Radio Hack Colon Cowherd had his CBS sitcom squashed.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says some MLB teams had better be ready to accept $1 ticket prices and low food prices.
Amy Phillips from ESPN’s Front Row has a podcast previewing the network’s upfront presentations in New York on Tuesday.
And that’s going to do it. Short and sweet.
At the Sports Emmy Awards, CBS Sports bagged six Sports Emmy Awards including a new trophy for Outstanding Playoff Coverage for the NCAA Tournament. Two features from CBS’ Super Bowl XLIV coverage also received Emmys.
CBS SPORTS WINS SIX EMMY AWARDS
NCAA Tournament, Super Bowl XLIV, Golf and U.S. Open Tennis Championships Garner Honors for Network at 32nd Annual Sports Emmy Awards
CBS Sports won six Emmy Awards at the 32nd Annual Sports Emmy Awards on Monday, May 2 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Highlighting CBS Sports’ winning night were Emmy Awards for its 2010 coverage of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, Super Bowl XLIV, GOLF ON CBS and the U.S. Open Tennis Championships.
CBS Sports garnered trophies for OUTSTANDING PLAYOFF COVERAGE (The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament); OUTSTANDING SHORT FEATURE (Sarah Rinaldi; Wynton Marsalis – ’43 Years’; Super Bowl XLIV); OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN / ART DIRECTION (Pete Radovich, Jr.; Run This Town; Super Bowl XLIV); OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION / DIRECTION / LYRICS (Pete Radovich, Jr.; Run This Town; Super Bowl XLIV); OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL TEAM REMOTE (Golf on CBS) and the George Wensel TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (3D at U.S. Open Tennis Championships).
We’ll go to NFL Films next.
I’ll be posting the Sports Emmy Awards as they’re being handed out. I’m not there, but thanks to live tweets from ESPN public relations maven Josh Krulewitz and Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand, I’ll be posting the awards as I get them.
As I begin this post, some awards have already been handed out including a few upsets. For the complete list of nominations, you can go here.
I’ll be listing these in the order they’re handed out.
Outstanding Studio Show – Weekly
College Gameday – ESPN
Outstanding Live Event Audio/Sound
NASCAR on Fox – Fox
The George Wensel Technical Achievement Award
US Open Tennis Championships: 3D at the US Open Tennis Championships – CBS
Outstanding Production Design/Art Direction
NFL on CBS/Super Bowl XLIV: Run This Town – CBS
Outstanding Short Feature
NFL on CBS/Super Bowl XLIV: Wynton Marsalis – 43 Years – CBS
24/7: Jimmie Johnson: Race to Daytona – HBO
Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement/Institutional
MLB All-Star Game: Sand – Fox/The Mill
Outstanding Technical Team Studio
XXI Winter Olympic Games – NBC
Outstanding Graphic Design
Sport Science – ESPN/Base Productions
XXI Winter Olympic Games – NBC
Outstanding Sports Documentary
Lombardi – HBO/NFL Films
Outstanding New Approaches Sports Event Coverage
XXI Winter Olympic Games: Beyond the Broadcast – NBCOlympics.com
Outstanding Playoff Coverage (New Category)
NCAA Basketball on CBS: The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament – CBS
Outstanding Camera Work
Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the New York Jets – HBO/NFL Films
Outstanding Edited Sports Special
24/7: Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic – HBO
Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics
2010 FIFA World Cup: U2 & Soweto Gospel Choir – ESPN
NFL on CBS – Super Bowl XLIV: Run This Town – CBS
Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement/Episodic
NFL ‘It’s Good To Have A Ring’: Booth; Airport; Pool Party – Fox/SMuggler
Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play
Mike Emrick – NHL on NBC
Outstanding New Approaches Sports Event Coverage
NFL Sunday Ticket Experience on DirecTV – DirecTV
XXI Winter Olympic Games: Discovery – NBC
Outstanding Post Production Audio/Sound
Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the New York Jets – HBO/NFL Films
Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst
Cris Collinsworth – Sunday Night Football, NBC
The Dick Schaap Writing Award
2010 FIFA World Cup – ESPN
Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst
Kirk Herbstreit – College Gameday, ESPN
Outstanding New Approaches Sports Programming – Short Format
XXI Winter Olympic Games – NBC
Outstanding Studio Show – Daily
MLB Tonight – MLB Network
More as I get them.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Al Michaels – NBC
UPDATE: 9:10 p.m. – Back to the awards now.
Outstanding Technical Team Remote
Golf on CBS – CBS
UPDATE: 9:15 p.m. – More awards being handed out.
Outstanding Long Feature
E:60: Survival 1 – ESPN2
Outstanding Edited Sports Series – Anthology
Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the New York Jets – HBO/NFL Films
Outstanding Live Sports Series
Sunday Night Football – NBC
Outstanding Sports Journalism
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: The Missing Link – HBO
Outstanding Live Event Turnaround
Sound FX: Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets – NFL Network/NFL Films
Outstanding Live Sports Special
2010 FIFA World Cup: Final Match – Spain vs. Netherlands – ESPN on ABC
Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host
Bob Costas – NBC/MLB Network (SHOCKER! Not really, Costas seems to win every year)
There are your awards. I’ll be posting press releases as they come in.
I got up early this morning (not that you care) and it now enables me to do some links for you. Some good stuff out today.
First USA Today’s Mike McCarthy, we learn that Joe Theismann claims he has not been told about any changes to the NFL Network Thursday Night Football booth. Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reported earlier this week that Mike Mayock is replacing Theismann and Matt Millen. Thanks to Marcus Vanderberg at SportsNewser for the link.
Back to Marcus at SportsNewser, he tells us that the Los Angeles Times is explaining why it chose to print the homophobic slur Kobe Bryant used against a referee in an NBA game this week.
CNBC’s Brian Beers has three cities to where the Sacramento Kings should relocate and they don’t include Los Angeles.
Kathleen E. McLaughlin of Global Post says an economic summit in Communist China led officials to ban several TV channels including Golf Channel.
There’s a controversy brewing in Philadelphia over a she said/she said story that was originally posted in the Naked Philadelphian blog where Sarah Madson, the wife of Phillies pitcher Ryan Madson was quoted as saying she hates Phillies fans and they’re rude and she won’t live in the city in the offseason. Deadspin picked up the story and the story boomeranged from there.
But Kyle Scott from the Crossing Broad blog did some investigating and found that the writer of the post, Laura Goldman has a rather checkered past. While Mrs. Madson has not denied the quote, the Phillies issued a statement that Goldman never identified herself as a reporter, nor did she record the conversation with Madson. For her part, Goldman said she did identify herself not just once but several times.
Kyle has written a post for CBS Philadelphia on the whole matter and again, he questions Goldman’s credibility. The whole question on bloggers and ethics is coming up again. I’m not sure about Goldman’s actual credentials based on her rather shady past, but there is a standard to uphold on approaching a potential interviewee. If she did identify herself as a reporter, that’s one thing, but according to people who attended the event, there was no notebook or tape recorder and there is a claim that Goldman cornered Madson and would not let her go. This story is apparently not going away any time soon.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says the NBA’s TV partners are looking forward to high ratings for the postseason.
Mike says Comcast SportsNet Chicago saw record ratings for the Bulls during the regular season.
Mike writes that the NHL on Versus saw increased viewership for the first night of the postseason.
Thomas Umstead of Multichannel writes that NBA.com is going to provide increased coverage for the NBA Playoffs.
Chris Tribbey of Home Media magazine says 3-D TV’s future depends on sports programming.
At SB Nation Boston, Bruce Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch takes a look at the Bruins and Celtics playoff TV coverage.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times takes a look at MSG Network Knicks analyst Walt Frazier’s extensive wardrobe.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post reports that Bob Papa and Gus Johnson are “neck-and-neck” for the NFL Network Thursday Night Football gig.
The Gaston (NC) Gazette reports that the local Fox Sports Radio affiliate has picked up the rights to the Charlotte 49ers basketball and football broadcasts.
Chris Bahn of Arkansas Sports 360 notes that the University of Arkansas is reaping the benefits of ESPN choosing its spring football game to air today.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News writes that the Fox/Big 12 deal could look frugal down the road and Barry also talks with CBS’ Bill Macatee about his infamous Tiger Woods interview at The Masters last week.
Speaking of that interview, the Golf Channel’s Bradel Chamblee takes Tiger to task for being smug with Macatee.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles of the Los Angeles Times writes extensively on the success of NBA.com’s video streams and how it looks to make a mark in social media.
Nathaniel Popper of the Times reports on the Fed’s crackdown on three online poker websites on Friday.
Ben Koo of Awful Announcing says while ESPN reported on the FBI’s shutdown of the poker betting websites, it did not mention the money it took in from each site for advertising.
The Hawaii Reporter says the NBC Sports Group will be covering a rowing and canoeing event at the islands next month.
Sports Media Watch notes the NBA on TNT wrapped up its most viewed regular season.
SMW says the same goes for the NBA on ESPN.
SMW says ABC had its highest-rated and most viewed season for the NBA as well.
Joe Favorito says Vancouver has untapped potential for the NHL and MLS.
And we are now done for the day. If there’s any breaking news, I’ll be here to cover it.
After not being able to bring you the Friday megalinks or even Saturday linkage, I have some time to provide the Sunday linkage. Some good stuff here and don’t forget to read my Sunday thoughts.
USA Today’s Mike McCarthy breaks news that former co-host of Versus’ The Daily Line, Jenn Sterger will give her first interview on the Brett Favre scandal to Good Morning America this week.
Mike notes that Jim Gray is not part of Golf Channel’s coverage of The Masters® this year.
Rachel Cohen from the Associated Press says TV networks are trying to work out the kinks of shooting sports in 3-D.
From Yahoo’s The PostGame, Eric Adelson talks to former CBS golf announcer Ben Wright whose “Yes Sir!” call of Jack Nicklaus win in the 1986 Masters has been overshadowed and ignored by Verne Lundquist’s.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News notes that ESPN’s ratings for its opening round coverage of The Masters® were down from the year before.
Mike says the ratings for The Masters® did go up Friday when Tiger Woods got back into contention.
R. Thomas Umstead at Multichannel says UFC has signed a multiyear sponsorship deal with Bud Light.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek says when you take bar and hotel viewing into account, the ratings for the NCAA Tournament goes up 20%.
Dan Fogarty from SportsGrid writes that the Joe Buck hate reached a fever pitch on Twitter during yesterday’s Yankees-Red Sox game on Fox.
Mohammed Rahman of SportsGrid says ESPN’s Jon Gruden hasn’t met a player he hasn’t liked.
The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick goes after EA Sports for not toning down the violence in the Madden NFL 12 video game.
Annie Karni of the Post talks with Jenn Sterger’s ex-manager (not Jenn herself?) about how it’s all Brett Favre’s fault that she can’t get her career off the ground. If you read the story in full, you’ll see that apparently Sterger’s interview with Good Morning America could lead into her working for ABC. In what capacity, I have no idea.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says ESPN’s ratings for the 2nd round of The Masters® were down from last year.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has former Nationals President Stan Kasten denying that former MASN TV analyst Rob Dibble was let go following an e-mail from the father of pitcher Stephen Strasburg.
At the WaPo’s DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg has Dibble responding to Kasten.
Mike Frandsen of the Washington Examiner says Dan Snyder’s Red Zebra DC radio station is defending its policy to pick up Baltimore Orioles games.
Greg Hardwig of the Naples (FL) Daily News talks with former CBS golf analyst Ken Venturi about watching The Masters without his good friend, the late golf producer Frank Chirkinian.
Mel Bracht from the Daily Oklahoman says 60 Minutes will profile St. Louis Cardinals 1st baseman Albert Pujols today.
Evan Binns from the St. Louis Business Journal says Fox Sports Midwest has added some familiar names to its Cardinals games.
The Kirksville (MO) Daily Express reports that a local cable provider won’t be airing 20 Cardinals games this season over a rights fee dispute with Fox Sports Midwest.
David Southorn of the Idaho Press-Tribune has the complete 2011 Mountain West football TV schedule.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media notes that NHL Network will reveal all of the playoff matchups tonight.
Awful Announcing says St. John’s basketball coach and former ESPN analyst Steve Lavin has prostate cancer. Our best wishes to Steve.
That’s going to do it for today.
Let’s do the linkage on this Thursday morning. Some good stuff is already out.
The Financial Times has a look at how European TV money is now either catching up or surpassing US TV dollars for the bidding for certain global sports events.
Todd Spangler from Multichannel News reports that ESPN has released a new app for the iPhone and iPod Touch which allows Time Warner and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers to watch live TV on their devices.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel notes that SNY is now taking shots at Dish Network after being dropped by the satellite provider.
Mike says YES Network and DirecTV continue their negotiations as a deadline that was extended to today is staring them in the face.
Lindsay Rubino from Broadcasting & Cable says ESPN’s E:60 is being nominated for an award that honors diversity in communications.
Louisa Ada Seltzer of Media Life writes that Tiger Woods appears to be an afterthought for ESPN’s and CBS’ coverage of The Masters®.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, the St. Petersburg Times’ Eric Deggans feels Mark Cuban’s idea to ban all internet writers to improve sports coverage is quite silly.
Ronald Grover, Brian Womack and Andy Fixmer of Bloomberg report that YouTube is in talks with several Hollywood companies to provide original content including sports.
Marcus Vanderberg of SportsNewser says DirecTV is all over The Masters® this year.
Sports Video Group has provided a site that outlines how to produce live golf in the third dimension.
At the Biz of Baseball, Maury Brown says MLB isn’t serving its Extra Innings and MLB.TV subscribers well through its archaic blackout policies.
Dan Frommer of the Business Insider has a look at the new WatchESPN iPhone app.
Pete Dougherty from the Albany Times Union writes that a local sports TV anchor will be part of the online and DirecTV coverage of The Masters®.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tells us that NFL Films visited the Steelers last week to film several interviews.
CBS Radio Baltimore’s Jen Royle talks with the Baltimore Sun’s Simon Habtemariam.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog says former Nationals analyst Rob Dibble has come out stating that it was a letter from the father of pitcher Stephen Strasburg that led to him being fired from MASN last year.
Dan talks to a local man who came close to winning ESPN.com’s NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says CBS and Augusta National Country Club have a unique partnership for The Masters®.
Iliana Limon in the Orlando Sentinel talks with Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky about the future of the league.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman discusses online coverage of The Masters®.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer has an update on what happened with Fox Sports Ohio’s feed of the Astros-Reds game from earlier in the week.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that the Bucks will be pushed to another radio station due to conflicts with the Brewers.
Neal Justin of the Minneapolis Star Tribune says four cable and satellite providers are not carrying the full schedule of Twins games from Fox Sports North.
Tim Engstrom in the Albert Lea (MN) Tribune writes that Charter Communications is at an impasse with Fox Sports North over 45 Twins games that Fox Sports North picked up.
Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times says while the Lakers will not bring back TV play-by-play man Joel Myers, they will bring back analyst Stu Lantz.
That’s where I’ll end it for now.
I have news slogans in my head today, so I’m using “Live & Local” in the title. Let’s do your linkage. Lots to get to.
John Ourand at Sports Business Daily notes that CBS received a decent 13.3 overnight rating for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, but it was down from last year.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand looks at some of the ratings from last weekend’s action.
Brian Lowry of Fox says the CBS/Turner crew had to call last night’s NCAA Championship for what it was.
Marisa Guthrie of the Hollywood Reporter says the NCAA Championship helped steer CBS to a primetime demographic ratings win on Monday.
Toni Fitzgerald says the ratings for the NCAA Championship fell significantly from last year.
Toni says the game did take a bite out of Dancing with the Stars.
Marie Hardin at Nieman Reports says the number of stories on women’s sports has fallen dramatically in recent years.
Glenn Davis of SportsGrid has the video of ESPN’s Dick Vitale in tears on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike this morning.
Glenn says an Indiana newspaper correctly captured the Butler mood last night.
Carolyn Branff at the Sports Video Group notes that CBS is preparing for a huge production at The Masters®.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says on Friday, a beer vendor at Seattle’s Safeco Field plans to the first to take an order via Twitter.
Darren says the Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade will get his first Jordan signature shoe.
Gary Van Sickle of Golf.com notes that ESPN’s Paul Azinger will be on the 3-D telecast of The Masters®.
Jessica Kastner Plaskett of the Southington (CT) Patch notes that an ESPN original will be honored in town tomorrow.
Newsday’s Neil Best says last night’s NCAA Championship Game TV ratings were down from the year before.
The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir notes that the NCAA Tournament’s ratings overall are up from last year.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union has the complete television and internet schedule for The Masters®.
Andy Loigu of the Warren (NJ) Reporter says ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser held court at a local event last Friday.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner discusses the ratings for the NCAA Championship as well as the Orioles home opener.
Jim talks with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic’s Chick Hernandez about celebrating 10 years of local sports newsgathering at the regional sports network.
Hal Boedecker of the Orlando Sentinel says the NCAA Final Four® helped CBS win last week’s primetime ratings in a close battle with ABC and Fox.
The Orlando Business Journal notes that Golf Channel is renovating its headquarters.
Fox Sports Southwest says the Texas Rangers season opening series against the Red Sox produced record ratings.
Sean Morrison at the Indianapolis Business Journal says attendance at the Women’s Final Four® still has a lot of catching up to do with the men’s.
Drew White at the Michigan City (IN) News Dispatch loves “One Shining Moment”.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer says “The Mayor” Sean Casey makes his Reds TV analyst debut on Fox Sports Ohio tonight.
The Dayton Daily News notes the CBS/Turner partnership for the NCAA Tournament has definitely paid dividends.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Brewers voice Bob Uecker would like to start the season in warm weather or domes.
Bob says while attendance for Brewers games remains high after an 0-4 start, it’s not so with Chicago for the Cubs.
Jeff Kolpack of the Dickinson (ND) Press writes that North Dakota State University wants to get on statewide and regional TV more often.
Bill Folsom of KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs, CO reports that the NBC Sports Group has signed on to air a local cycling race that will tour the Rocky Mountain State.
The San Francisco Chronicle says former 49er Eric Davis will become the team’s radio analyst.
Brian Packey of Awful Announcing has the video of CBS’ Jim Nantz laying down some awful puns at end of last night’s NCAA Championship Game.
Matt Yoder at AA says ESPN still has some explaining to do over the Jalen Rose suspension.
Kurt Allen of Midwest Sports Fans reviews the TV and radio coverage of the NCAA Tournament.
John Daly at the Daly Planet reviews the daily NASCAR studio shows.
Sports Media Watch despite the NCAA Championship being an ugly game to watch, it still drew decent numbers.
Thanks to Joe Favorito for listing Fang’s Bites as one of the Eight Sites Worth A Look.
And we are going to end it there for the day.
This is the first of what I hope will be weekly Sunday posts. I’ll provide three or four thoughts into one post and I hope you enjoy them. Consider this to be a throwback to when sports media writers would write a lengthy column in the Sunday newspapers. As I mentioned, I hope to make this a regular occurrence at Fang’s Bites. I hope you’ll like it.
Can Other Sports Lend Themselves to Multiple Networks?
It’s obvious that the NCAA Tournament on CBS/TBS/TNT/truTV has been a phenomenal success. By having all of the games available nationally on four networks in the first three rounds, viewers watched in droves and in higher numbers than in previous years. Instead of waiting for CBS to make a switch to another game during a blowout or having to purchase the March Mega Madness pay per view package on DirecTV, viewers could do it themselves by either looking at the scoreboard bug on top of the screen or having the game announcers give an alert or even through social media like Twitter which gave alerts to close games.
The ratings have proved that airing four games simultaneously adds interest and eyeballs to the TV set. You’ll have a blowout here and there, but you can turn away if you so desire.
CBS/Turner’s spreading the games over four networks got me to thinking what other sports could use the NCAA Tournament treatment and I immediately thought baseball. You have four League Division Series and with TBS already having the rights to the entire LDS, why not spread them out to TNT and truTV? You don’t have to have four games at once, perhaps TBS can start with a game at 4 p.m. Eastern, then have three games at 7:30 p.m. on TBS again, TNT and truTV. And you won’t have to worry about airing a game at 10 or 11 p.m. which would anger East Coast fans.
What about other sports? The NBA used to have playoff games on TBS and TNT. Instead of spreading series out over a span of two weeks, why not go to the old system of conducting them every other night and having TNT and ESPN involved? Commissioner David Stern could stagger start times, Eastern Conference series could tip off at 7 and 8 p.m. Eastern, then the Western Conference would tip at 9:30 and 10:30 respectively. Or the games could begin a half-hour apart.
The NHL could do something similar with Versus and other another cable partner, say ESPN2 perhaps or even NHL Network. The possibilities are endless
And if NBC ever came to its senses and decided to truly show the Olympics live, we could see events on multiple networks such as track and field on NBC, basketball on Versus, gymnastics on USA Network, diving on MSNBC and cycling on Bravo. Do it, NBC.
So as you can see, this can be done provided the sports leagues allow it. But this would heighten interest and provide the viewer with more games and more choices.
The Insanity of 3-D TV
Over the last few weeks, I have seen articles about the slow sales of 3-D TV throughout the country. I have also seen articles about Best Buy’s stock being downgraded over poor sales due to 3-D TV and other factors. The fact that 3-D TV has not taken off tells me one thing. Americans aren’t interested in buying another expensive TV set after making the investment to HDTV.
Let’s face it. The digital conversion from analog TV to High Definition was botched by the Feds. The date of the mandatory conversion kept getting pushed back to 2009 when it was finally decided that it could not be pushed back any further. It didn’t matter, the forced drop dead date was still confusing to some who thought that TV as they knew was coming to an end. Some people to this day still don’t have TV coming to their homes. However, most people did make the conversion to high definition, in some cases, spending well over $1,000 to make the change.
Now after making the transition to HDTV, TV manufacturers rushed out 3-D TV sets based on the success of the movie, Avatar. However, one movie does not a whole movement make. The fact that there’s hardly a surplus of 3-D programming, ESPN 3D asides, people don’t have the urge to buy a 3-D set. In addition, the economy has hit many Americans right in the wallet or pocketbook. They aren’t rushing to Best Buy or other electronic retailers. Many Americans aren’t thinking they’re missing anything by not owning a 3-D TV. Asking people to buy a $3,000 set after they’ve already spent money on new HD TV’s just two years previous is like asking them to waste money like a local government. It’s not going to happen.
In addition, their favorite sports aren’t making a big push to go 3-D. The NFL is very skeptical about putting its games in the third dimension and the league certainly doesn’t see it as a moneymaker.
So where does this leave us with 3-D? Right where it started, struggling to find an audience. I don’t see 3-D taking off as network executives and TV manufacturers had hoped. And even when the economy bounces back, I don’t see a huge wave of people looking to buy 3-D. Let’s call this for what it is, 3-D TV is a colossal failure.
You know The Masters is coming when you hear that familiar theme, “Augusta” being played during the NCAA Tournament and even on promos on the CBS Evening News. For many people, it will be the first golf tournament on which they will pay attention.
For me, The Masters is a true sign that spring is here. My only problem with The Masters is the referential treatment from CBS. Granted, Augusta National calls the shots and signs one year renewals with CBS, but sometimes the restrictions by the membership can go too far. Announcers like Jack Whitaker and Gary McCord were booted from CBS’ coverage for saying things that Augusta National didn’t like.
We haven’t any similar incidents at The Masters in the past few years, but one has to think that we’re due based on CBS’ track record which has been quite good.
More Sunday thoughts coming next week.