Ok, let’s bring you some linkage. Again, in the midst of a lot of stuff, but taking a break to do some now before work really prevents me from blogging.
Mike McCarthy at USA Today recaps Phil Simms comments to Sirius XM regarding his Super Bowl incident with Desmond Howard.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today says the NBA is experiencing its own ratings renaissance this season just as the NFL has.
TNT’s Marv Albert held a chat with USA Today yesterday and talked about his approach to calling the NCAA Tournament this season.
If you’re a fan of the Dan Patrick Show like I am, then you’ll welcome a relaunch of his website.
Jeff Pearlman talks about the monotony of a postgame press conference.
Milton Kent of Fanhouse looks at CBS’ Sean McManus focusing on sports again.
The Hollywood Reporter says HomeAway’s Super Bowl ad which featured a baby doll being smashed against a window will be re-edited for future showings.
Lindsay Powers of the Hollywood Reporter says the director of the popular Volkswagen mini-Darth Vader Super Bowl ad which went viral before the game feels releasing them online will be the model for future commercials.
Philiana Ng of the Hollywood Reporter notes that Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl VII received its highest audience ever.
Jon Lafayette at Broadcasting & Cable reports that Disney showed higher earnings in the first quarter of its fiscal year thanks to ESPN and ABC.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News writes that TNT is on pace to have its highest rated NBA regular season ever.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine writes that thanks to the Super Bowl and American Idol, Fox has climbed to number 1 in the all-important 18-49 ratings demographic.
Brad Cohen of SportsGrid gives his first-hand account of surviving Super Bowl Week in the Metroplex.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Eric Deggans from the St. Petersburg Times writes that CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus has plenty of challenges lying ahead of him.
Marcus Vanderberg of SportsNewser says a Dallas radio talk show host went over the line in confronting Michael Vick last week.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell notes that the NFL is stepping up a notch in the ticket snafu that left hundreds of fans watching the Super Bowl in a bar instead of inside Cowboys Stadium.
Nellie Andreeva of Deadline says Comedy Central has given the green light to a Norm Macdonald-hosted sports show.
Josh Halliday of the London (UK) Guadian reports that ESPN is going to launch mobile apps for cricket and Formula 1 racing for the iPhone.
Alex Marvez of Fox Sports writes that NFL labor unrest could put the league’s annual game in London in jeopardy.
Ron Sirak of Golf Digest has the new president of Golf Channel talking about the new corporate synergy between NBC Sports and Golf Channel.
Stuart Elliot of the New York Times says amid complaints, Groupon is revising its Super Bowl ads.
Newsday’s Neil Best attended an event previewing an MSG Network documentary series on the 1986 New York Mets.
Brad Wellen of Fishbowl NY says ESPN The Magazine is packing up its Manhattan offices and heading to Bristol, CT.
Ken McMillan in the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record states that the New York Yankees will have 15 spring training games on TV and radio.
And Ken says the Mets will have a combined 19 exhibition games on the air this spring.
In the Buffalo News, Greg Connors praises Fox’s Joe Buck and Troy Aikman for their work in the Super Bowl.
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun writes that the Orioles have decided to return to 50,000 watt powerhouse WBAL-AM as its radio flagship station after a three year absence.
MASN says it’s pulling a simulcast of the Scott Garceau radio show effective immediately.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner explores why the Orioles decided to return to WBAL after being on FM.
Shannon Owens of the Orlando Sentinel has ESPN’s Dick Vitale giving some love and support to co-worker Stuart Scott who’s undergoing a second battle with cancer.
Mike Bianchi of the Sentinel says the 9 year old girl who sings the National Anthem at Magic games feels she could have done better than Christina Aguilera at the Super Bowl. Ouch!
Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas writes that Mavericks TV analyst Bob Ortegel has decided not to return to the organization after owner Mark Cuban pulled him off the broadcasts last month.
John Henry of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the city’s mayor feeling his town was the epicenter of Super Bowl Week thanks to ESPN.
Mike Bailey of the Houston Chronicle talks about a local news anchor who loves to hit the links.
David Barron of the Chronicle looks at Sean McManus’ elevation to CBS Sports Chairman.
Jerry Garcia of the San Antonio Express-News has an appreciation of Friday Night Lights which ends its run this week on DirecTV. I’ve never watched the show and I know my Twitter Trophy Wife, Amanda Rykoff and Jason McIntyre of the Big Lead are big fans. Had this show not run on NBC at a time when I was boycotting the network’s primetime schedule, I might have given it a chance. I guess I’ll have to watch the DVD’s. Yes, I know it’s been on DirecTV the last two years which I have, but I just didn’t want to pick it up in the middle of its run.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Super Bowl XLV set viewing records all over the place.
Bob also looks at the ratings in various local markets.
The Chicago Sun-Times says nearly all of the Cubs’ spring training games will be aired on TV, radio or the internet.
George Diaz of the Chicago Tribune despite the urgings of Fox Sports, NASCAR will not change its start times this season.
KSDK-TV in St. Louis says a local rapper is suing ESPN and two other parties for using his song without his permission.
Mike Sunnucks in the Phoenix Business Journal says Super Bowl XLV is the most watched TV program ever locally.
The San Francisco Business Times reports that Comcast SportsNet California is back up and running on Dish Network systems.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog reports that tennis is headed to Rogers Sportsnet.
Sports Media Watch says public indecency charges have been dropped against an ESPN NASCAR producer who was arrested last year.
SMW also looks at the ratings and viewership for each 2011 NFL postseason game.
SMW says the Super Bowl had slight increases in every key demographic from last year.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says Versus’ NHL Overtime is showing slight increases in viewership on non-game nights.
Joe Favorito wonders when a sports franchise will hold a Christina Aguilera National Anthem Night.
Dave Kohl of Major League Programs writes about a new talk show on New York’s Off Track Betting channel.
That’s all for now.
Time for some links on this Tuesday night.
Let me say The War is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. It’s compelling, the footage from the front lines taken by newsreels or by official military filmmakers is amazing. And hearing how people coped at home in four cities, Waterbury, CT; Mobile, AL; Lucerne, MN; and Sacramento, CA humanized the stories. Plus, the use of letters from soldiers and their families from home helps to give the viewer a sense of what everyone went through. It’s a device Director Ken Burns has used in The Civil War so well. Great TV. Tomorrow night, The War chronicles D-Day. Watch this when you can.
Ok, to the links.
The Sports Media Watch blog looks at the drop in ratings for ESPN’s Monday Night Football through the first three weeks of the NFL season.
Neil Best of Newsday blogs that The Daily Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson has written a reply to Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy’s tirade against her last Saturday.
ESPN.com’s Gregg Easterbrook has his usual Tuesday Morning Quarterback column.
Not that this comes as a surprise, but a study shows that sports websites are mostly visited by males aged 18-34.
Milwaukee Bucks fans can see 70 games on FSN Wisconsin this season.
Ray Frager in his Medium Well blog at the Baltimore Sun says Fox’ Curt Menefee made a reference to “The View” to former QB Tim Hasselbeck. His wife, Elizabeth is a panelist on the show.
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Frank Fitzpatrick writes that the ratings for Phillies games on Comcast SportsNet are up this season.
Darren Rovell from CNBC writes that the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the New York Knicks will not affect them at the gate.
The 38Cliches blog looks at the comments at the petition site to remove Glenn Geffner from the Red Sox radio booth. And LC celebrates the long-awaited return of Dave O’Brien to the Shaw’s/Lowe’s/TD Banknorth/Covidien Red Sox Radio Network airwaves.
And from the great Awful Announcing blog, apparently Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban likes to hold his rod.
Have a good night. See you Wednesday.
Some more good stuff for you today.
Jim Williams of the DC/Baltimore Examiner says TNT’s Charles Barkley helps to make a regular telecast interesting.
Darren Rovell of CNBC has a new addition to his sports business blog and he discusses the Mark Cuban foray into a proposed new fall football league. While I made the comparison to the USFL last night, Rovell makes the comparison to the XFL which was a colossal failure. And he also mentions another failed competitor, the World Football League of the 1970′s.
Can you believe ESPN/ABC will show the National Spelling Bee tonight? The hosts will be Mike & Mike of ESPN Radio. I don’t think this should be televised, but Disney spends a lot of money and that helps to fund the competition. Here’s an article on the Spelling Bee which by the way, is written by a Scripps Howard reporter. Scripps Howard sponsors the Bee.
That’s it for now. We’ll have more later.
A couple of more things since I last updated here.
First, I finally heard Alicia Silverstone today! Remember I was asking if you remembered Alicia? She was on Sirius Satellite Radio talking with Alexis Stewart (yes, Martha’s daughter) and Jennifer Hutt on Whatever, a show that’s on the Martha Stewart channel. Before you go killing me listening to Martha Stewart Living Radio, Alexis and Jennifer talk about a lot of things, like Jennifer schtupping her boyfriend, Guy; and Jennifer thinking about schtupping her husband for their 10th Anniversary. So it’s not about cooking, sewing, lifestyles and the like. If you have Sirius, Alexis and Jennifer are on Sirius channel 112 from 5 – 7 p.m. Eastern Time. It’s quite the show and I’ve called in a few times although not in the last six months. Very funny show.
This story came in late this afternoon, but Mark Cuban wants to be part of a new league that will rival the NFL. Just like the USFL before it in the 1980′s, the objective is to bid for the lower round talent, but I’m sure just like the USFL before it in the 1980′s, the owners of this new league will want to make a splash and will enter into a bidding war for higher priced talent. This was tried with the USFL and when Donald Trump became owner of the New Jersey Generals, he thought it would be a good idea to try to sue the NFL to force a merger. Didn’t happen and it was one of the bigger losses Trump suffered in his career. The fact that this league will try to compete in the fall with the NFL is one red flag I see right off the bat. Sports fans are so ingrained with the NFL, this will not work. Yes, the AFL became an alternative to the NFL in the 1960′s, but they were in cities the NFL had not touched (Boston, KC, San Diego, Buffalo, Miami). Cuban comments about what will be called the UFL in his blog.
Defending BCS Champ Florida will have its annual faceoff against Tennessee on CBS Sports on September 15. CBS Sports has not announced its full slate of SEC games as of yet, but has announced its windows this season.
CBC’s Don Cherry will finally make his debut on NBC’s Stanley Cup Final coverage this Monday.
May was a bad month for the cable channels including TNT and ESPN. Ratings for the NBA hurt both channels and don’t forget, that all of the over-the-air networks were also running their season ending finales.
That should be it for tonight.