Ok, linkage has been really scarce over the last month and a half and I apologize for that. My schedules have been quite busy and it’s been tough to sit down for the time it takes to gather the links. I hope that changes over the next month or so.
I have some National links for you right now. I’ll follow up with more stuff later.
Here are the Weekend Viewing Picks for you.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch speaks with the people at the Poynter Institute who are the ESPN Ombudsman.
Nate Davis at USA Today’s The Huddle has the Miami Dolphins not so enthusiastic about being on Hard Knocks this season.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today talks with ESPN’s Sean McDonough who will undergo brain surgery later this year.
Ira Boudwell of Bloomberg Businessweek says ESPN is getting out of the high school sports business saying it’s not broad enough.
Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski says this week’s blowout between David Stern and Jim Rome proves that the NBA Commissioner needs to go.
John Ourand of Sports Business Daily says Fox Sports San Diego is launching an ad campaign against Time Warner Cable which has still not picked up the regional sports network.
Good Morning America’s and former ESPN SportsCenter host Robin Roberts says she will beat the rare blood disorder that will require a bone marrow transplant.
Michael O’Connell of the Hollywood Reporter notes that the NBA Finals are pacing ABC to good ratings this week.
At Broadcasting & Cable, Tim Baysinger writes that this week’s Dream Team documentary gave NBA TV its best viewership ever.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News says GolTV scored with this week’s soccer international friendly match between Brazil and Argentina.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life reports that NBC will debut two new sitcoms right smack dab in the middle of the Olympics.
Ed Sherman at the Sherman Report looks at the geriatric broadcasting team calling the NBA Finals for ESPN Radio.
Glenn Davis at SportsGrid notes that even after the winning the Stanley Cup this week, the Los Angeles Kings still aren’t getting respect from the local media.
Former Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio returns to his former stomping grounds to do a massive takedown of Jay “The Rat” Mariotti.
Also from Deadspin, John Koblin writes that there doesn’t seem to be a clamoring for Erin Andrews beyond ESPN.
Jason Dachman of Sports Video Group says NBA TV and NBA Entertainment are appealing to the hardcore basketball fan for their Finals coverage.
Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead says Sports Illustrated could be laying off part of its staff.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing has tweets from people who hated Chris Berman on the U.S. Open yesterday.
Sports Media Watch notes that this year’s Stanley Cup Final did not resonate with viewers.
SMW also has some various ratings news and notes.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell writes that Brooklyn Nets gear is selling very well.
MediaRantz tells us that Sean Salisbury will be getting a new internet radio gig.
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Time for more linkage here.
East and Mid-Atlantic
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe reports that May was a very good month for sports radio station WEEI as it finished ahead of 98.5 The Sports Hub.
At SB Nation, Bruce Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch writes about golfer David Duval taking a turn in the broadcast tower at the U.S. Open.
Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette discusses Johnny Miller holding court for NBC at the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco this week.
Newsday’s Neil Best talks with ESPN college baseball analyst Kyle Petersen who will be introducing many Long Islanders to the College World Series today.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post goes after the Yankees for pricing out fans from the “Beautiful People” seats at Yankee Stadium.
Jerry Barmash at Fishbowl NY notes that SNY will unveil the all-time Mets team at a gala event on Sunday.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says the US Women’s National Soccer Team will be on TV and the web this weekend.
Ken says local Time Warner Cable subscribers will have access to the new Pac-12 Networks this summer.
Ken Schott at the Schenectady Gazette says NBC Sports Group has announced the 2012 Summer at Saratoga schedule.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union talks with Jim Rome who marks his 16th year in New York’s Capital Region.
Pete says one of harness racing’s famous races changes networks this year.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call profiles a local cable TV sports reporter who is filling a double role this summer.
Keith has more on her in his blog.
Barry Jackson from the Miami Herald has some NBA Finals Game 2 postgame reaction as well as Jon Barry saying he’s not a Miami Heat Hater.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says Fox Sports Houston was well-prepared and staffed for Wednesday’s perfect game thrown against the Astros by Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants.
Mel Bracht at The Oklahoman writes that ESPN on ABC was all over the non-foul call against the Thunder’s Kevin Durant during Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
The Oklahoman rounds up what sports reporters are saying on Twitter about the NBA Finals.
John Kiesewetter at the Cincinnati Enquirer says an all-star high school football game will be shown locally this weekend.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that ESPN is dropping its high school sports operation.
Bob criticizes Jim Rome for his questioning of NBA Communist China Sympathizer David Stern.
Paul M. Banks at Chicago Sports Media Watch says Cubs announcers Len Kasper and Bob Brenly were silent when comedian Jeff Garlin brought up trading Alfonso Soriano.
Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin notes the rare occurrence of the U.S. Open and the NBA Finals going head-to-head on TV this Father’s Day.
Dan Caesar from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that viewers of Fox Sports Midwest may need a scorecard to tell who’s in the Cardinals TV booth over the next few days.
Dan notes that next week will mark a decade since the passing of Jack Buck and Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile.
Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman says this fall’s Boise State-Southern Mississippi game will get the Fox treatment.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune says Utahans are nervous about getting the Pac-12 Networkcomparing it to their experience with the ill-fated the mtn.
John Maffei of the North County Times writes that Fox Sports San Diego has set its sights squarely on Time Warner Cable.
Jim Carlisle at the Ventura County Star says ESPN’s NBA Countdown show seems to work fine without a host.
Jim talks with NBC’s Johnny Miller about the U.S. Open.
Jim has his weekend viewing picks.
Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times says Game 2 of the NBA Finals drew a good overnight number for ABC.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News talks with former Kings voices about the Stanley Cup victory.
Tom has some more in his blog.
The Toronto Globe and Mail’s Bruce Dowbiggin blames both Jim Rome and David Stern for their ugly exchange this week.
The Toronto Sports Media Blog says the NBA and NHL Commissioners are taking it on their chins this week.
And that’s going to do it.
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.
I’ll do some more linkage for you this evening. You’re owed it. Why not?
Thomas O’Toole from USA Today reports that Laurie Fine, the wife of ex-Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, is suing ESPN for libel saying a report ruined her reputation.
Barry Petchesky of Deadspin goes inside the lawsuit and notes that Fine is accusing ESPN of circling the wagons against her.
John Koblin from Deadspin says Fang’s Bites fave Charissa Thompson will replace the outgoing Michelle Beadle on ESPN2′s SportsNation.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch speaks with ESPN’s Prince of Darkness John Skipper who fires some shots at NBC Sports Network.
Mike McCarthy of USA Today has NBC’s response to Skipper.
Tom Weir of USA Today says ESPN’s Adam Schefter threw a G*d D*mned reference at Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio and ESPN2. That’s a lot of ESPN references in one sentence.
Mike Ozanian from Forbes says while sports TV advertising spending is up, the return of investment is not necessarily that good.
Andy Fixmer and Edmund Lee of Bloomberg Businessweek report that the networks are putting more sports programming in primetime to avoid DVR timeshifting.
Jon Lafayette of Broadcasting & Cable looks at NBCUniversal announcing Olympic coverage plans for three cable networks.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News reports that NBC Sports Network will air a cable TV record amount of Olympic coverage this summer.
Mike notes that ESPN is hoping to double its subscriber numbers for its WatchESPN app.
Meanwhile, Josh Lowensohn of CNET says hold the WatchESPN to Apple TV talk.
Billy Steele of Engadget reviews the new ESPN Radio iPad app.
Dan Fogarty at SportsGrid notes that Fox Sports West had an interesting “Key to the Game”.
Jim Williams of the Bleacher Report talks with Fox Soccer analysts on this Saturday’s Champions League Final.
Clare Atkinson from the New York Post reports that the networks are jacking up ad rates for the NFL including CBS for Super Bowl XLVII.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette notes that NBC Sports Network will cover the Indy 500 Time Trials this weekend.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union looks at the amount of Olympic coverage on three NBCUniversal cable networks.
Pete says NBC Sports golf reporter Dottie Pepper has co-authored a series of books bringing golf to kids.
Keith Groller at the Allentown (PA) Morning Call says a local cable TV sports reporter is fast becoming a regular on the high school scene.
Dan Steinberg from the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog says a sports radio producer put Icy Hot on his manjunk.
Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald writes that TNT’s Charles Barkley is not a fan of Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.
Paul M. Banks at Chicago Sports Media Watch can’t believe Mike Francesa’s anti-Twitter stance.
Kent Youngblood at the Minneapolis Star Tribune says the new TV voice of the Minnesota Wild comes with some controversy.
Tom Hoffarth at the Los Angeles Daily News says the national media is beginning to take notice of the Kings’ playoff run.
Bud Withers of the Seattle Times writes that ESPN has moved the coaching debut of Mike Leach with Washington State to a Thursday night primetime game.
Jeff Morrow of the Tri-City (WA) Herald notes that ESPN Radio has returned to the local area.
Annie Fowler of the Herald says NHL Network will air the Memorial Cup in its entirety.
Ryan Yoder of Awful Announcing is still buzzing over Mike Francesa’s anti-Twitter rant from this week.
Sports Media Watch has some various ratings news and notes.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says the NHL on NBC could be moved on Saturday if Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final goes into triple overtime.
Steve says the ratings Game 2 of the NHL Western Conference Final were down from last year.
Dave Kohl at the Broadcast Booth looks at various local radio ratings for baseball.
And that will be do it for tonight.
I’ve accumulated a lot of links. They’re slowing down my browser so let’s clear them so I can let my computer get back some memory. Lots of stuff going on.
Let’s start with ESPN stuff as it dominated the news today with its network upfront presentation to advertisers and also confirmed personnel moves.
First, Sports Media Watch talks about Scott Van Pelt reupping with ESPN.
The ESPN Front Row blog has a Q&A podcast with Van Pelt in which he explains why he decided to remain with the Bristolians.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today recaps today’s ESPN upfront presentation in New York.
Mike McCarthy of USA Today notes that with Michelle Beadle leaving ESPN, the network is now focusing on keeping Erin Andrews in the fold.
The Hollywood Reporter goes over some ESPN upfront news including its plans to bring back the 30 for 30 documentary series.
Stuart Levin from Variety also has a story on the new set of 30 for 30 docs.
Jeannie Poggi of Advertising Age also reviews ESPN’s upfronts.
Alex Weprin from TVNewser says ESPN and ABC News will co-produce an interview series to be fronted by Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts.
Mike Shields from Adweek says ESPN.com will now partner to sell ads.
Chad Scott at ChuckOliver.net explains how third tier media rights work in college sports.
Andy Fixmer and Alex Sherman at Bloomberg report on how ESPN may expand its WatchESPN app to Apple TV platforms.
Andy Fixmer of Bloomberg says CBS is ready to take the coveted 18-49 ratings title from perennial winner Fox with the airing of Super Bowl XLVII next season.
The great SportsbyBrooks tweets that Erik Kuselias’ move to NBC Sports Network from Golf Channel’s Morning Drive is being considered a demotion by network higher-ups. I had a feeling this was the case. Do you consider this tweet inane, Mike Francesa?
Ed Sherman from The Sherman Report enjoyed watching Survival Sunday on the Fox Sports platforms, but wondered why the most important English Premier League game was on another network.
Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing has four different calls of the same moment when Manchester City won the EPL title on Sunday.
John Ourand from Sports Business Journal writes about a now-defunct Twitter account that got under the skin of several sports network executives.
Earlier today, WFAN’s Mike Francesa
If you want to see Mike’s veins popping out during this rant, you can see it here on the YES Network website.
And while Francesa seemingly hates Twitter, Media Rantz points out that Francesa has an app where he does something similar to Twitter.
Bruce Jenkins from Sports Illustrated says Tennis Channel failed to serve the WTA Tour’s Madrid Open like it did with the ATP’s side of the same tournament.
Phil Allaway at Front Stretch looks at ESPN’s coverage of this past weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Race.
BBC Sport has announced it will have 24 live HD streams dedicated to the Olympics this summer.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says NBCUniversal has set the Olympics programming lineup for Bravo, CNBC and MSNBC.
John Eggerton at Multichannel News notes that a Federal Appeals Court has upheld an FCC ruling that Time Warner Cable did not discriminate against MASN when it refused to put the regional sports network on its North Carolina systems.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says the college conference realignment game won’t be settled for at least another decade.
NESN goes behind the scenes with Jenny Dell and the network’s production team on what goes on during a typical Red Sox gameday.
Rich Elliot of the Connecticut Post has SNY’s president talking about the regional sports network’s plans to air UConn Women’s basketball next season.
Newsday’s Neil Best talks with NBC Sports’ Mike Emrick about calling his old team, the New Jersey Devils in the NHL Eastern Conference Final.
In the New York Times, Jay Schreiber talks about the last time the Devils and the New York Rangers met in the Eastern Conference Final and how he had to monitor the series without smartphones back then.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reports on ESPN’s plans to bring back 30 for 30.
Jerry Barmash from Fishbowl NY writes that MSG Network will provide of wraparound coverage of the NHL Eastern Conference Final.
Ken Schott at the Schenectady Gazette says YES Network will air a Yankeeography on David Wells this week.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record notes that MSG Network will begin airing the WNBA’s New York Liberty starting this weekend.
Bob Fernandez of the Philadelphia Inquirer says two local global conglomerates including Comcast expect to make some big money from the London Olympics.
Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com Sports goes behind-the-scenes with ESPN’s MLS production.
Jeff Barker from the Baltimore Sun says the Orioles and the Washington Nationals are waiting word from MLB on a decision on how much MASN should pay the Nats.
Over to Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog who writes that Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic is making a change in its DC NFL team beat reporter.
Dan talks about former Post columnist Howard Bryant ranting against Washington Nationals ownership.
Mike Finger at the Houston Chronicle says the Longhorn Network may offer more Texas football games in another attempt to get carriage from state cable providers.
Mel Bracht in The Oklahoman writes that the Oklahoma City Thunder on TNT set another local ratings record.
In Chicago Sports Media Watch, Paul M. Banks goes over some hate mail.
Scott D. Pierce at the Salt Lake Tribune writes that Utahans should be able to see the Running Utes thanks to wider distribution of the Pac-12 Networks than the soon-to-be defunct the mtn.
Tuesday night, KNBC-TV did a story on the busy postseason in Los Angeles, but aired the wrong graphic for the Kings and showed the Sacramento Kings instead of the LA Kings. C’mon, man!
Martin Miller of the Los Angeles Times says ESPN upfront presentation showed the network was ready for some football.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media is telling everyone that a New York Rangers-Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Final might not mean boffo ratings as some NHL observers are saying.
Jay Koot of Busted Coverage is disgusted by Erik Kuselias’ engagement to Morning Drive news reader Holly Sonders.
And that’s where we’ll end the links tonight.
Let’s do some Friday megalinks. You’ve been owed some and I haven’t been able to do links for most of the week.
Of course, you have the Weekend Viewing Picks which provide plenty of college sports, soccer, baseball and the NBA and NHL postseason action.
Now let’s do your links.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today explores Jason La Canfora’s decision to leave NFL Network and bolt to CBS.
Media Rantz looks into the potential departure of Michelle Beadle from ESPN to NBC.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch says E! will produce a special on New York Jets QB Tim Tebow.
Ed Sherman at The Sherman Report hears from a Fox Soccer executive on why the Fox Sports Media Group chose to air so many English Premier League games on the final day of the season.
Michael David Smith at Pro Football Talk writes that despite reports to the contrary, it appears that the New York Jets won’t make another appearance on HBO’s Hard Knocks this summer.
Eriq Gardner at the Hollywood Reporter says a group of fans have filed a class action lawsuit against MLB and its TV partners on the antiquated and silly blackout policy.
Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel says while the Minnesota Vikings will finally get their long-awaited stadium, one state legislator attempted to sneak a bill ending all local NFL blackouts. I think that was a great idea.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News/Broadcasting & Cable writes the long-anticipated Time Warner Cable Los Angeles Lakers-centric regional sports network will launch in October.
At Adweek, Anthony Crupi writes that Fox has sold out its ad inventory for the UEFA Champions League Final.
Thomas Pardee of Advertising Age says social media is changing the way we watch sports.
In the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times says there are times when the N-word should to be published in full.
Eric Goldschein at SportsGrid says CBC Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean stretched his analogy too far in comparing the 9/11 First Responders to NHL players this week.
Jason Dachman of Sports Video Group looks at NBC/Golf Channel’s joint production of this week’s Players Championship.
Brandon Costa of SVG explores ESPN’s expanded multiplatform rights for NCAA Championships.
And SVG tells us about the Big East Conference’s in-house production of the league’s Baseball Tournament.
Kristi Dosh at ESPN.com looks into the dollars and cents of the major college sports TV rights contracts.
Patrick Rishe at Forbes says while the ACC signed a rich contract with ESPN, it still doesn’t compare to the Pac-12′s huge megadeal.
My Twitter Trophy Wife, Amanda Rykoff chronicles her day spent at the MLB Fan Cave for espnW.
Paulsen at Sports Media Watch crunches the numbers behind the ratings rise for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and the lower for the NBA Playoffs.
Joe Lucia of Awful Announcing also looks into the ratings for the NBA and NHL Postseasons.
Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead notes the disturbing arrest of the PA Announcer for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Dave Kohl at The Broadcast Booth looks at some of the sports media stories that are irking him this week.
East and Mid-Atlantic
I haven’t been able to address the death of Carl Beane, the Red Sox public address announcer. Carl was a radio reporter in Western Massachusetts and also free-lanced for ESPN Radio, CBS Radio, Fox Sports Radio to report on various NFL and college games. He died this week when he suffered a heart attack and crashed his car. He was 59. It seemed everyone in New England had some connection to Beane. I’ll give you some of the stories that have been written about him this week.
David Scott at ESPN’s Front Row PR blog gets reaction from people at the network who knew him.
Gordon Edes at ESPN Boston says Beane felt he was born to be the Fenway Park public address announcer.
WEEI’s Mike Petraglia writes about his personal connection to Beane.
Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe says the Red Sox paid tribute to Beane at last night’s game by not having anyone do the PA.
Amanda Bruno of the Springfield Republican writes that Beane was a role model and mentor to her.
To other stories now, heading back to the Globe, Chad Finn says the ACC got its huge deal and it will affect member school Boston College in many ways.
Chad says former Red Sox voice Jerry Trupiano is getting some familial help in trying to get the Houston Astros radio gig.
Desmond Connor of the Hartford Courant says the Big East’s interim commissioner is hopeful his conference can cash in on the recent big spending by ESPN and other networks.
The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir talks with the legendary Vin Scully.
Richard profiles the person behind a fake Walt Frazier Twitter account.
Jack Bell of the Times interviews Fox Sports President Eric Shanks about Sunday’s unprecedented English Premier League coverage.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Times rails over player unions defending their membership for the wrong reasons.
The Post’s Justin Terranova talks with NBC’s Pierre McGuire.
Justin has five questions for TNT’s Kenny Smith.
Jerry Barmash at Fishbowl NY says a former local sports reporter is returning to her roots with Time Warner Cable’s Southern California network.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union says technical difficulties plagued a local radio broadcast of the Yankees.
Pete says many of NBC/Golf Channel’s cameras will be focused squarely on one hole at the Players Championship this week.
Ken McMillan at the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record explores the new SNY deal to air UConn women’s basketball games.
At the New Jersey Newsroom, Evan Weiner asks if high school football is doomed.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call watched the train wreck of former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens appearing on Dr. Phil this week and being confronted by his multiple baby mommas.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post says MLB Network compared the swings of the late Mickey Mantle and the Nationals’ Bryce Harper.
David Barron from the Houston Chronicle says a new local sports radio morning host comes with some baggage from his old job.
David says Comcast and ESPN cut a deal this week for subscribers to watch the network online.
Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman notes that Fox Sports Oklahoma will air specials next week on the state’s two major college football programs.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that the Reds TV and Radio ratings are up this season.
Paul M. Banks of Chicago Sports Media Watch explores the Cubs’ Kerry Wood blowing up at the local media this week.
Paul Christian at the Rochester (MN) Post Bulletin looks at NBC’s coverage of The Players Championship.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that a local sports anchor gets to talk news on the radio.
John Maffei of the North County Times says the local media plans to cover Junior Seau’s public memorial today.
Jim Carlisle at the Ventura County Star notes that outgoing flagship TV station KCAL gave another farewell to the Los Angeles Lakers this week.
Jim looks at the 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass which will get plenty of attention on NBC/Golf Channel at the Players Championship.
Jim provides his weekend viewing picks.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News looks at Time Warner Cable’s new sports channels.
Tom tries to give Kings fans missing their local TV voices a silver lining.
Jon Wilner at the San Jose Mercury News goes over the latest developments at the Pac-12 Networks.
Bruce Dowbiggin at the Toronto Globe and Mail says CBC’s Ron MacLean had to clarify his 9/11 remarks before Game 6 of the New York Rangers-Washington Capitals series.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog has the announcing assignments for both CBC and TSN in the NHL Conference Final round.
And we are done. Enjoy your sports weekend.
I’m going to be away from a computer for most of the day so I’ll provide a few links for you now. If I can, I’ll provide more later when I’m back.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today writes that Floyd Mayweather vs. Larry Merchant II did not materialize after Saturday’s Mayweather-Cotto fight on pay per view.
Mike says TNT is denying that Charles Barkley used a gay slur during its NBA pregame show on Sunday.
Ed Sherman at the Sherman Report notes that Phil Mushnick’s Sunday column was not A) posted on the New York Post’s main sports webpage, and B) did not reference the brouhaha over his Friday piece.
Sophie A. Schillaci of the Hollywood Reporter talks about Hollywood’s love affair with hockey.
Jon Lafayette of Broadcasting & Cable says CBS is receiving increased ad revenues for its SEC college football package due to a price increase.
R. Thomas Umstead writes that a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquaio pay per view fight could reap millions of dollars for both fighters when it finally becomes reality.
Noreen O’Leary of Adweek says a new Olympic ad is causing a firestorm in the UK for renewing old wounds from the 1982 Falklands War between the UK and Argentina.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing notes that ESPN’s Karl Ravech got his DC monuments mixed up during last night’s edition of Baseball Tonight.
Do you want to see ESPN Erin Andrews in her Kentucky Derby hat from Saturday? I think you do. It’s at The Big Lead.
Phil Mushnick at the New York Post still doesn’t address his controversial Friday column today, but has time to criticize SNY for one of its graphics.
Jerry Barmash of Fishbowl NY says Mushie is still feeling the heat today.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times pays tribute to former CBS and ABC wordsmith Jack Whitaker who received a Lifetime Achievement Sports Emmy Award last week.
To David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun who reports that WJZ-TV actually cut away from yesterday’s marathon Red Sox-Orioles game in favor of 60 Minutes and a feature on local Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.
John-John Williams IV of the Sun says O’s fans took to Twitter to express their anger at the move. The game was also shown on MASN in the local area, however, there are still parts of Baltimore that are still not wired for cable so you can imagine the anger.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times enjoyed NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby.
However, Sports Media Watch says the overnight ratings for the Derby dropped 7% from last year and hit a six year low.
Paul M. Banks at Chicago Sports Media Watch can’t believe White Sox TV voice Hawk Harrelson remained silent for over a minute apparently despondent over a loss on Friday.
Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post feels ESPN’s Doris Burke gets the job done on NBA games.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has the sports calendar for this week.
Bruce Dowbiggin from the Toronto Globe and Mail says CBC’s Bob Cole remains a polarizing figure among hockey fans.
Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star writes that the sale of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment to Canadian media giants Rogers and Bell is a home run.
And that’s it for now. I’ll try to do more when I return.
I haven’t been able to links for a couple of days. I have a few leftover stuff since Monday, but nothing totally clogging up my browser, but I do want to give you a full set of stories today.
I’ve done my best to summarize the whole bizarre Sarah Phillips/ESPN.com/Scamming people story and that’s over here. If there any updates today, I’ll try to bring them to you, but it appears that there’s a new development every hour or so.
Let’s try to get what I have to you now.
Tom Weir of USA Today also looks into the Sarah Phillips saga.
Mike McCarthy of USA Today says Tiger Woods is being criticized for doing an end run around the news media and answering questions from fans via social media.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deistch critiques ESPN’s and NFL Network’s coverage of the NFL Draft.
Kurt Soller of Esquire catches up with TNT’s Craig Sager and discusses his loud wardrobe.
Multichannel News reports on ESPN’s ratings for its first weekday English Premier League game.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life notes the NFL Draft was the second most watched in history.
Former ESPN’er Dana Jacobsen has started her own blog and says she’ll keep us up to date on where she lands next.
Greg Wyshynski at Yahoo’s Puck Daddy notes that HBO has renewed 24/7 for another NHL season and will get more input from the league’s media arm.
Greg talks with NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins about the league’s Stanley Cup Playoff ratings and other matters.
Jeff John Roberts at paidContent wonders if Bleacher Report can make its writers into viable media stars.
ESPN Ombudsman Jason Fry of the Poynter Review Project looks at one man who oversees the Alleged Worldwide Leader’s interviewing technique.
Ed Sherman at the Sherman Report warns how not to use Twitter like the Chicago Sun-Times’ columnist Joe Cowley.
Jason Dachman of Sports Video Group writes that Harris Corp. which done a lot in developing broadcast equipment and had a hand in sports will now get out of the business.
Timothy Burke at Deadspin has the audio of Gus Johnson calling MLS action over the weekend. That’s right, MLS.
John Koblin at Deadspin says pariah Sarah Phillips and her partner-in-crime, Nilesh Prasad have been career scammers.
Deadspin’s Erik Malinowski has a parody Tweeter breaking character and giving his side of the story in the Sarah Phillips saga.
To Ben Koo of Awful Announcing who notes that the Tuesday late night edition of SportsCenter ended in silence.
Erin Gloria Ryan at Jezebel says the Crossing Broad blog posted an upskirt pic that was shown on TV and the site’s editor doesn’t get why the uproar.
Neil Best of Newsday talks with New York Knicks TV voice and ESPN NBA play caller Mike Breen.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette writes that MLB Network will air seven Minor League Baseball games this season.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says CBS has made one announcement for its SEC football schedule for the fall.
Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com talks with Gus Johnson about him calling soccer games.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog is amused at boring and extremely verbose ESPN.com columnist Gregg Easterbrook’s fears about DC NFL Team QB Robert Grifffin III’s play in the rain. I used to love Easterbrook’s TMQ columns, but they now grate on me. Can’t read them anymore.
Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald has some South Florida sports radio moves.
Jerry Garcia at the San Antonio Express-News goes over the Sports Emmy winners.
Mel Bracht from The Oklahoman says the Thunder continue to set local ratings records.
Mel says TNT’s Charles Barkley is squarely in the Thunder’s camp.
Robert Feder at Time Out Chicago says the Chicago Sun-Times have put sexist columnist Joe Cowley on what’s called “Final Notice.”
Paul M. Banks at Chicago Sports Media Watch did not like how one female TV host kept hitting on St. Louis Cardinals World Series hero David Freese during a morning show segment.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune has TNT’s Kenny “The Jet” Smith discussing the Utah Jazz’s future.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail isn’t too thrilled about having the Maple Leafs on the next season of HBO’s 24/7.
Sports Media Watch says the Manchester Derby scored for ESPN on Monday.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says CNBC is doing well with the NHL Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals.
Dave Kohl at the Broadcast Booth has a look at the sports radio scene across the country.
Normally I don’t link to Bleacher Report slideshows and it’s one of the things I’ve disliked about the site for a long time, but I will link to the 20 Hottest Redheads slideshow only for the fact that they used a pic that I posted of Jen Royle from last year’s Five Women Who Make Me Stop Flipping The Remote post. Actually that pic came from Jen herself so they should really credit her and not me.
And that’s going to do it.
I need to clear my brower of links I was hoping to get to sometime over the last few days. Since I couldn’t do the Friday megalinks or any Saturday morning linkage, I’ll do some Sunday evening leftover links.
Consider this the Sunday entrée to the beginning of the workweek. I honestly don’t know what that means.
Here’s some linkage for you to chew on.
Brian Lowry of Fox Sports is not a fan of Shaquille O’Neal on TNT.
Mike Farrell of Multichannel News writes that Time Warner Cable is hoping to obtain more sports properties for its new Southern California regional sports network.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel says the first round of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs was the most watched on record.
Andrea Morabito of Broadcasting & Cable reports that no talent hack Ryan Seacrest will be haunting NBC Sports as well as NBC News in an all-new, all-encompassing contract with NBCUniversal.
Tim Baysinger at B&C says ESPN’s ratings for the First Round of the NFL Draft were up double digits from the year before.
Sam Laird at Mashable writes that social media is influencing sports in many ways.
To Sean Newell of Deadspin who looks at the strange Twitter meltdown of Chicago Sun-Times reporter Joe Cowley who went all-sexist on female pilots and one of his co-workers.
Ed Sherman of The Sherman Report writes that former CBS and ABC Sports essayist Jack Whitaker is receiving a long overdue honor from the Sports Emmys on Monday.
Ryan Yoder from Awful Announcing reviews the good and the bad of ESPN’s First Round coverage of the NFL Draft.
Joe Lucia of AA does the same for NFL Network.
Back to Matt from AA, apparently Tim McCarver fancies himself an expert on climate change
From the Tampa Bay Times, Eric Deggans reviews ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center.
Jason Dachman from Sports Video Group has ESPN optimistic that its Los Angeles studios will put itself in a unique position to cover the Lakers and Clippers in the NBA Playoffs.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell wonders if Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck can ever match Peyton Manning’s marketability.
Providence’s WJAR-TV and Cox Communications announce a new partnership that will simulcast the NBC affiliate’s local newscasts and also put Cox Sports RI’s programming on a new cable channel.
Amy Chozick and Nick Wingfield of the New York Times explore the growing world of TV mobile and tablet apps which include the soon-to-be released NBC Olympics iPad app.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times profiles actor Peter Scolari who plays three important roles in the Magic/Bird Broadway play.
Breaking a ban of linking to Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News who has an interesting story regarding Yankees voices John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman and whether they’ll be leaving if the team changes flagship radio stations after this season.
The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick has no hope for our society. Lighten up, Phil. Time to travel to Moldova or Johannesburg. Somewhere you don’t have to watch sports anymore.
Jerry Barmash at Fishbowl NY says MSG Network’s ratings for Game 7 of the Ottawa Senators-New York Rangers series were the best since the 1994 Stanley Cup-clinching game on the network.
Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the 76ers are leaving long-time home WIP and switching to ESPN Radio Philadelphia.
Crossing Broad says the Sixers’ move came as a surprise.
Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner talks with Jim Rome and his new CBS home.
Laura Newberry of the Orlando Sentinel says Golf Channel has become a Central Florida mainstay.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle writes that the Rockets are not only moving to a new TV home next season, but are currently looking for a new radio flagship station as well.
Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman transcribes Mike Tirico’s call of Kevin Durant’s winning shot for the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.
The Cincinnati Enquirer says one local cable provider will pick up NFL Network, but it’s not Time Warner.
Paul M. Banks at Chicago Sports Media Watch says the Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley may be headed towards a suspension.
Danny Ecker at Crain’s Chicago Business says the Bulls generated their highest regular season TV ratings since the Michael Jordan years.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says scheduling of playoff games never has the fans in mind.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune says ESPN gave the Utah Jazz the benefit of the doubt in its series opener.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says CBC got the job done in choosing its NHL Playoff series for the Conference Semifinal round.
Peter Adler from the Edmonton Journal says the Oilers’ documentary series Oil Change which runs on NHL Network should return for a third season
Howard M. Alperin of Midwest Sports Fans asks why CBSSports.com doesn’t include soccer coverage?
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy has TSN’s top hockey bloopers of the 2011-12 season.
That’s a lot of leftover linkage. Glad I was able to clear this out before Monday.
Let’s provide a few links here. Don’t think I can do a full set, but I’ll try.
In Sports Business Journal, John Ourand says MLB and Sirius XM have come to terms on streaming audio of live baseball games and will eventually be able to provide both home and away feeds starting next month.
Brian Steinberg of Advertising Age reports NBC is seeking close to $1 million per 30-second spot for its first-ever Thanksgiving Night NFL game.
Mike McCarthy at USA Today notes that the NFL has signed Tide as its official laundry detergent.
Marlen Garcia at USA Today’s Campus Rivalry blog writes that ESPN is interested in hiring former Virginia Tech basketball coach Seth Greenberg as an analyst.
Bryan Armen Graham of Sports Illustrated talks with rapper Nas about ESPN using one of his songs for the NFL Draft and Jeremy Lin.
Ed Sherman says the latest ESPN promo featuring a man named Michael Jordan has gone viral.
Todd Spangler at Multichannel News reports that Microsoft is bringing both ESPN and CBS Interactive as advertisers to its Xbox 360 platform.
Tim Baysinger of Multichannel says Fox Sports Media Group will air fights from Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Most of them will be on Fox Deportes.
Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk says the NFL has reminded teams not to leak their draft picks before Commish Roger Goodell makes the official announcement on ESPN and NFL Network.
Mike Florio of PFT says you won’t see Warren Sapp on NFL Network during the draft.
Florio looks at some potential ESPN-on-ESPN crime between reporter John Barr and analyst Bill Polian.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life writes that the NBA’s TV partners are on pace for another ratings record.
John Plunkett of the London (UK) Guardian looks at a new landmark radio deal with the English Premier League that an upstart British company could sublicense to the States.
MediaRantz says the NFL Network completely ignored the Mickey Loomis-New Orleans Saints eavesdropping story that was first reported by ESPN.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says notorious cheating website AshleyMadison.com will reportedly pay a woman $1 million for schtupping Tim Tebow.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks at the dying art of the newspaper sports cartoon.
Gary Myers of the New York Daily News says the Saints are vehemently denying ESPN’s reports that GM Mickey Loomis eavesdropped on gameday radio transmissions.
Pete Dougherty in the Albany Times Union has ESPN’s Big Ten Football primetime schedule.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog notes a local record rating for Sunday’s Game 6 of the Bruins-Capitals OT game.
Mel Bracht in The Oklahoman writes that Sunday’s Thunder-Lakers game on ABC set a local ratings record.
Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that it appears that Time Warner Cable may not pick up Fox Sports San Diego at all shutting out Padres fans this season.
Steve Donohue of Fierce Cable reports on one TV industry giant telling a Senate committee that ESPN and other cable TV companies should not be allowed to sell their programming directly to viewers.
Joe Lucia at Awful Announcing notes that Captain Blowhard is bitterly whining once again about not getting a Grantland writer credentialed.
Ryan Yoder of AA says ESPN is swinging the axe over a critique questioning its relationship with the Poynter Review Project.
Matt Yoder of AA notes that Jose Canseco has apparently deleted his Twitter account. Good riddance, Steroids Boy.
Sports Media Watch says NASCAR on Fox saw a drop in its overnight ratings for the Kansas Sprint Cup race on Sunday.
SMW says the NBA’s TV partners do well when they carry the Miami Heat.
Beau Denison of Sports Page Magazine asks of boxing fans if they should be angry at HBO and Top Rank promoters for the way they handle the Sweet Science.
San Diego Padres fan blog Gaslamp Ball says if Time Warner Cable won’t pick up Fox Sports San Diego, then why should Friar fans keep the cable provider?
And we’re going to leave it there for today.
Time for some linkage again.
Starting with Sports Business Daily which gauges media reaction to last night’s extravagant NFL regular season schedule release on both ESPN and NFL Network.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News reviews both the Monday Night and expanded Thursday Night Football schedules.
Ed Sherman at the Sherman Report has your potential hits and misses in the 2012 NFL regular season schedule for all of the league’s TV partners.
Dan Levy of the Bleacher Report talks with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch about Skippy Bayless, ESPN’s free agents and Twitter.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today notes that NBC is now going all in to provide a live online Olympic experience.
Mike McCarthy at USA Today says the NFL Schedule Release Shows on ESPN and NFL Network filled fans’ thirst for football news.
Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press says thanks to a NASCAR-less Sunday, IndyCar’s race on NBC Sports Network got a ratings bump.
Stuart Kemp and George Szalai of the Hollywood Reporter says London is hoping to build buzz for the XXX Olympic Summer Games in the days leading up to the Opening Ceremony.
John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable notes the FCC is appealing to the Supreme Court, the ruling from a lower court throwing out its decency complaint over CBS’ airing of Janet Jackson’s nekkid boob during Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Sarah Mahoney of MediaPost’s Marketing Daily says advertisers are jumping on the Olympics 100 Day Countdown.
Michael Bradley at the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center writes that cable provider Comcast is proving to be a very good broadcast competitor.
Jason McIntyre of the Big Lead says a lawsuit brought forth by a former ESPN.com writer against New York Post NBA big mouth Peter Vescey has been settled out of court.
Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid talks with ESPN’s Michelle Beadle about what her next move is.
Ken Kerschbaumer at Sports Video Group notes that NBCOlympics has tapped AT&T to manage private networking systems for the London Summer Games.
Zac Wassink in Yahoo! says MLS on NBC Sports Network is doing decently in the ratings.
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe has the local sports radio ratings and CBS Radio continues to be on top.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says NBC will stream all Olympic events live online, but there’s a bit of a catch.
Richard says the NBA is looking at allowing jersey sponsorships.
Jerry Barmash of Fishbowl NY notes the passing of a former Yankees, Islanders and Nets radio announcer.
Ken Schott at the Schenectady Gazette notes the good ratings for the NHL on NBC.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record has a viewing primer for the upcoming NFL season.
Keith Groller at the Allentown (PA) Morning Call discusses and dissects NBC’s Sunday Night Football schedule.
Keith says the NHL’s Battle of Pennsylvania is drawing big ratings in the Keystone State.
Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com’s Goalkeeper blog says a Spanish League soccer game on ESPN2 beat MLS on NBC Sports Network in the ratings last weekend.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog has pictorial proof of the Space Shuttle Discovery passing various local sports venues on its last flight to the Smithsonian yesterday.
Tom Robinson at the Virginian-Pilot reports that the United Football League could have a TV contract with CBS Sports Network.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says the Texas Rangers’ ratings on Fox Sports Southwest are way up this season.
Mike Bailey of the Houston Chronicle talks with a local golfer who took part in the upcoming season of Golf Channel’s Big Break reality show.
Mel Bracht in The Oklahoman says a local sports radio show moves from middays to afternoon drive.
Mel has the local weekend TV ratings.
Berry Tremel of The Oklahoman writes that NBC’s Sunday Night Football is the NFL’s premier TV package.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer remembers a former NBA announcer.
Bill Shea at Crain’s Detroit Business says the Tigers are looking at a big payday for their TV rights.
Robert Channick in the Chicago Tribune profiles Comcast SportsNet Chicago head man Jim Corno.
Eric Goodman at Mile High Sports feels he wasted three hours of his life watching ESPN’s NFL regular season schedule release special.
Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic says Phoenix Coyotes TV analyst Tyson Nash is feeling the wrath of Chicago Blackhawks fans for comments he made about a hit on ‘Hawks star Marian Hossa.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News mourns the passing of a former Kings radio voice.
Tom Cheredar of Venture Beat talks about NBC’s extensive plans to stream the Olympics online.
Sports Media Watch notes the rise of NHL ratings for a couple of regional sports networks.
SMW talks about CBS passing on broadcasting this upcoming season’s Pro Bowl.
Steve Lepore of Puck The Media says NBC may air both Bruins-Capitals NHL Playoffs games this weekend.
Joe Favorito says sometimes, it’s a little idea at a major network that could catch fire elsewhere.
And that is all for now.
As promised earlier today, I’m giving you more links. I was out earlier today and I’ll be out again tomorrow so it’s going to be a bit crazy for me. So let’s get to the linkage right now.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch looks at the media circus that was the Tim Tebow press conference at the New York Jets practice facility on Monday.
Speaking of Richard, he and CNBC’s Darren Rovell were locked in Round 2 of their Twitter feud. This was fun while it lasted as Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing recaps.
Matt notes that Al Trautwig of MSG Network had a slip of the tongue.
And Matt is gleeful that ESPN’s Jonathan Coachman also had a similar slip.
Christina Settimi of Forbes looks at baseball’s biggest local cable TV rights deals.
George Winslow of Broadcasting & Cable says ESPN has promoted an executive to handle its international digital media efforts.
Sam Laird of Mashable notes that the Boston Bruins have launched their own social media portal, believed to the first in pro sports.
Todd Cunningham at The Wrap says with Tiger Woods win this past weekend, CBS now looks forward to having masterful ratings for The Masters® in two weeks.
Dale Buss of Brand Channel writes that Jockey brand underwear welcomed Tim Tebow to New York as only it could.
Kevin Kaduk of Yahoo’s Big League Stew has one of the funniest on-screen graphics pulled by Fox Sports Midwest during a St. Louis Cardinals exhibition game.
Jesse Sawyer of the Avon (CT) Patch says ESPN’s Kenny Mayne has sold his Connecticut home over half a year after he moved his family to Washington State.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post hates everybody.
Breaking the Bob Raissman ban to note that the New York Daily News curmudgeon feels Tim Tebow is already a pro at handling the Big Apple media circus.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union notes that the ratings for the NCAA Tournament this past weekend took a huge hit thanks to Tiger Woods.
Greg Connors of the Buffalo News writes about ESPN’s three month-long initiative to celebrate Title IX.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call talks about the departure of local native Meredith Marakovits for the bright lights of New York.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog tells us that he’s going to have a partner on the blog.
And Sarah Kogod introduces herself to DC Sports Bog readers in her first post.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with Tennis Channel’s Mary Carillo.
Tom Jones from the Tampa Bay Times reviews the weekend in sports television.
Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman notes that the Oklahoma City Thunder set a new ratings record.
John Kiesewetter at the Cincinnati Enquirer says a nationally syndicated radio morning show will be in town for Reds Opening Day.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Wisconsin-Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 did well in the local ratings.
Scott D. Pierce at the Salt Lake Tribune says BYU basketball coach Dave Rose has a future in TV if he so chooses.
Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times says an investment bank helped to broker the Pac-12 media rights contract with ESPN and Fox plus other huge sports and entertainment megadeals.
Joe reports that DirecTV and Tribune are in a dispute over the company’s TV stations and this could include WGN America which carries a bunch of sports programming.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail has yet another amazingly uninformed column not realizing that CBS and Turner share the NCAA Tournament and CBS no longer regionalizes games. Many Canadian college basketball fans are aware of this, yet Bruce is not.
Sports Media Watch looks at the lower ratings generated by the NCAA Tournament over the weekend.
SMW has the viewership for the first primetime effort by ESPN2′s First Take.
To Macgasm where we learn that ESPN is teaming with Apple to make sports scores available on the Siri voice platform on the iPhone 4S.
Joe Favorito asks does UFC really needs New York to be successful?
Jim Connelly at USCHO.com wonders if ESPN is doing more to hurt the NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament than help promote it.
Maury Brown at the Biz of Baseball wonders when MLB Network will hit Canada.
And we’ll end it there. Good night.
Due to crazy personal schedules on Tuesday and Wednesday, I wasn’t able to update the site as much as I would like. I apologize to you as I’ve been trying to keep you apprised of the latest sports media news. A few housekeeping notes, first I did some Sports Media Thoughts earlier this morning and you read them here.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing was kind to ask me on his podcast and we recorded it on Wednesday while I was on the road so the phone quality isn’t great (damn you, AT&T 3G). You can listen to what Matt and I discussed at the Awful Announcing site.
And lastly, Keith Thibault and I recorded our latest Sports Media Weekly podcast this week and our guest is Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette and the subject is college hockey coverage.
Now to our links.
Michael Smith & John Ourand from Sports Business Journal look at the possibility of ESPN and Fox Sports teaming up once again, this time to control the media rights to the Big 12 Conference. The two companies combined for the Pac-12 last year in an attempt to keep NBC Sports out of college sports and it appears the two are back at work again on the Big 12 rights.
Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim makes a very good point on the perceived conflict of interests of ESPN’s tennis announcers and the players to which they’re connected, case in point, Mary Jo Fernandez seen sitting with Roger Federer’s wife during the BNP Paribas Open last week on ABC.
Andrew McCalvy at MLB.com writes that Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Fame voice Bob Uecker will be honored with a statue outside Miller Park. Congrats to Uke on a well deserved honor. We all remember his character, Harry Doyle from the “Major League” movies and his great quote, “Juuuuust a bit outside.” Classic.
Interesting study from the Media Behavior Institute which shows a great majority still watch the NCAA Tournament on TV, but online numbers comprise a large chunk.
Ben Grossman at Broadcasting & Cable reports that Major League Baseball is looking at placing postseason games on MLB Network to boost its subscriber numbers.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News writes that MLB Network will produce a pregame show for Fox Saturday Baseball.
Tom Comi of Channel Guide Magazine would like a halt to the Tim Tebow media circus.
Mike Miller at NBC’s College Basketball Talk notes that the NCAA Tournament ratings on CBS/Turner are just about even with last year.
Eric Goldschein of SportsGrid has video of ESPN’s Mike Tirico losing it during last night’s Lakers-Mavericks game.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says Wheaties may be dying a very slow and painful death.
Ronnie Ramos in the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center says coaches and players are learning the proper use of Twitter.
Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy notes that Rogers Sportsnet picked up on a popular internet meme and used it in an on-screen graphic.
To Fishbowl NY where Jerry Barmash talks with Kenny Albert.
Newsday’s Neil Best writes that NBC Sports Network set a ratings record for hockey in NYC.
Neil notes that ESPN has a new head man-in-charge.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union writes that CBS/Turner will bring in two coaches as guest analysts for the NCAA Tournament.
Pete says ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball crew will be busy in the first week of the MLB season.
Keith Groller at the Allentown (PA) Morning Call says Lehigh left an impression on CBS during the NCAA Tournament.
Matt Brooks of the Washington Post’s Early Lead has your viewing guide for tonight’s Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has links to some of the best columns from the late Furman Bisher.
Some of Bisher’s friends pay tribute to the man.
The AJC has a gallery of pictures showing Bisher throughout his career.
Mel Bracht of the Oklahoman looks at HBO Real Sports’ update on the 2001 plane crash that hit the Oklahoma State basketball program extremely hard.
Mel says local viewers chose Fox Sports Oklahoma over ESPN for two Oklahoma City Thunder games last week.
David Jablonski of the Dayton (OH) Daily News says a local man leads the millions of entries in ESPN’s Bracketology contest.
John Kiesewetter at the Cincinnati Enquirer is not a fan of NCAA Tournament scheduling.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that the radio analyst for Bucks games has been off the air since last month.
Bob says former Brewers voice Matt Vasgersian will host the MLB Network-produced MLB on Fox pregame show.
Tom Ginnetti of the Chicago Sun-Times remembers pioneering sportswriter Lacy J. Banks who died Wednesday.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has video of Bob Costas pontificating on the Saints suspensions.
The Toronto Globe and Mail’s Bruce Dowbiggin writes about the media fighting over staged NHL fights.
The Toronto Sports Media blog explores the local newspapers imploring the Maple Leafs to apologize to their fans for missing the playoffs.
Sports Media Watching notes that ratings on NBA TV are up.
Media Rantz says ESPN got fooled by a fake Adam Schefter Twitter account during Tim Tebow coverage last night.
We have a picture of that fake Adam Schefter tweet. “Adarn Schefter”?
Ben Koo of Awful Announcing explores the Gus Johnson departure from CBS and how it may leave him without his signature event for a long time to come.
The Convoluted Mind of a Single Man site looks at the innovations John Madden brought to NFL broadcasting.
Dave Kohl at the Broadcast Booth says league-owned networks are making big strides in production and programming.
And that will finish our links for today.
Let’s do some megalinks on this Friday. My apologies for the lack of posts yesterday. The site was swamped with people linking to my post on How to Avoid Paying the $3.99 Fee For March Madness Live and it was down for most of the day. We seem to be ok today, although the site was down for a short stretch in the morning. But we’re back up now and time for some megalinks on this Friday.
The Weekend Viewing Picks are up and running. Lots of sports as the winter NCAA Championships including the basketball tournaments are underway.
Let’s get to your links.
Michael Hiestand from USA Today praises CBS/Turner for bringing the NCAA head of men’s basketball officiating back to explain controversial calls.
Reid Cherner of USA Today’s Game On blog remembers a great NCAA Tournmament buzzer beater from 1981 as called by NBC’s Marv Albert.
Sports Business Daily notes the overnight ratings for Thursday’s games from the NCAA Tournament were down, but still considered a win for CBS/Turner.
Matt Carmichael from Advertising Age tells us which two schools were Googled the most during yesterday’s NCAA Tournament action.
Dan Fogarty at SportsGrid has the absolutely hilarious video of a WGN morning news anchor trying to amp up the volume at ESPN’s Dick Vitale while technical difficulties arise.
Karen Hogan from Sports Video Group writes that the National Invitation Tournament may be the NCAA Tournament’s ugly sister, but it still gets major treatment from ESPN.
To Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing who notes another Twitter feud involving CNBC’s Darren Rovell, this one with Bomani Jones.
Sports Media Watch says Thursday’s 2nd round NCAA Tournament games received slightly lower overnight ratings from the year before.
Dave Kohl of The Broadcast Booth wants to know why name calling in sports radio is a more punishable offense than inaccurate reporting.
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy asks if the NHL’s new Stanley Cup ad campaign to replace the great “History Will Be Made” promos can be as successful.
Laura Northrup of the Consumerist wonders why NBA League Pass hasn’t adjusted to Daylight Savings Time?
All Access says ESPN Deportes Radio in Chicago has picked up the Spanish rights to the White Sox.
La Liga Talk has learned that Al Jazeera has obtained the US TV rights to Spain’s La Liga from Gol TV.
East and Mid-Atlantic
The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn talks with ESPN’s Dick Vitale.
At SB Nation Boston, Boston Sports Media Watch’s Bruce Allen says social networking may have created spoiled fans.
Tazina Vega from the New York Times says the NHL is hoping to lure viewers by airing all of its Stanley Cup Playoff games on various NBC Sports platforms.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post feels the CBS/Turner NCAA Tournament collaboration has become the Home Shopping Network. Whatever.
The Post’s Justin Terranova talks with CBS/Turner analyst Clark Kellogg.
Justin has 5 questions for MSG Network NBA analyst Kelly Tripucka.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog notes that the Onion has skewered the DC NFL Team.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with a Turner Sports Interactive executive on how Twitter is incorporated into this year’s NCAA Tournament coverage.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says NBC will air this fall’s Miami-Notre Dame football game in primetime.
David Barron from the Houston Chronicle notes that CBS/Turner’s Charles Barkley criticized Baylor’s ugly neon yellow uniforms.
David has the CBS/Turner announcing assignments for Saturday’s NCAA Tournament action.
Mel Bracht from The Oklahoman notes that Cox Cable subscribers can access the NCAA March Madness Live app for free provided they authenticate.
John E. Hoover from the Tulsa World says the Big 12′s new TV deals will ensure the survival of the conference.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that Reds voice Marty Brennaman can be heard in a new UPS March Madness ad.
While Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel enjoys the NCAA Tounament, there are some things he can do without.
Ed Sherman at Crain’s Chicago Business announces he’ll no longer be writing his sports business and media blog for the publication.
Ed says he will be launching a new site on the sports media and I look forward to seeing it when it finally comes to fruition.
Brigid Sweeney of Crain’s Chicago Business notes that Bulls TV analyst Stacey King now has a new fashion line.
Paul Christian at the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin says the national Junior College championships can be seen online.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the local CBS affiliate didn’t help matters by taking up a large portion of the screen during NCAA Tournament action for weather updates.
Bill Center at the San Diego Union-Tribune says maybe, maybe Fox Sports San Diego will launch on Saturday provided MLB approval comes that quickly.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star looks at the Erin Andrews network sweepstakes.
Jim says the NCAA Tournament has become predictable.
Jim has his weekend viewing picks.
Richard Horgan of Fishbowl LA says ESPN will not discipline its SoCal reporters for getting a big story wrong on the Dodgers ownership bid process.
We are going to end the links there. Not as many as in past weeks, but still a hefty amount. Enjoy your weekend.
Since we did our linkage this morning, there have been several stories worthy of links and they really should not wait until Tuesday. So I’ll do a set of links right now.
We start with Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead who reports on a fake tweet about ESPN’s Erin Andrews leaving the network (her contract is expiring) and the personalities at the Alleged Worldwide Leader who are negotiating new deals.
MediaRantz recaps how this tweet got circulated and had to be quickly debunked by ESPN.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing goes over an interesting Twitter feud between comedian Norm Macdonald and ESPN’s Rick Reilly.
Matt says Digger Phelps wasn’t on his “A” game during Sunday night’s Bracketology show on ESPN.
John Ourand and Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal has CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus talking about the new authentication and pay system for the March Madness mobile app.
Daniel B. Wood of the Christian Science Monitor notes that the ESPN Films documentary on Magic Johnson’s HIV-positive announcement 20 years ago shows how far we have come in our attitude on the disease.
Conor Nagle at Wei Under Par writes that NBC went into bizzaro world in attempting to cover Tiger Woods’ leg injury at the WGC Cadillac Championships.
At Puck The Media, Steve Lepore notes that the NHL on NBC hit a season low overnight rating on Sunday.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell goes inside the numbers with March Madness.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette writes that fans hoping to watch this weekend’s ECAC Hockey Championships will have to do so online (scroll down).
Katie Kramer of the Syracuse Post-Standard has ESPN’s Joe Lunardi saying that local fans give him the hardest time when it comes to his brackets.
The Washington Examiner’s Jim Williams has CBS/Turner’s Jim Nantz and Marv Albert both talking about the NCAA Tournament.
Dave Walker at the New Orleans Times-Picayune says social media has helped to popularize March Madness.
David Barron at the Houston Chronicle says the departure of Texans’ offensive lineman Eric Winston will leave a big hole at a local sports radio station.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer has the networks, announcing assignments and tip times for games of local interest from the NCAA Tournament.
Writing in OnMilwaukee, departing local sports radio host Doug Russell has one wish for the market as he leaves town.
Aaron Morton of the Deseret (UT) News explains to BYU fans where they can find truTV.
Sports Media Watch says the NCAA Tournament Selection Show had its lowest overnight ratings since 1989!!!!
Carol Einarssen at Race Journal Online has Cheers and Jeers for Fox’s NASCAR coverage.
Sox & Dawgs has video of Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine speaking with former ESPN colleagues Karl Ravech and John Kruk during Monday’s exhibition game against Miami.
And that will complete the posts for Monday
Let’s do our linkage for today. It’s going to snow in Southern New England so I’m doing this early in case I have bug out later.
Starting with USA Today’s Michael Hiestand, we learn that ESPN will be streaming its Championship Week games on Facebook, but not everyone will be able to see the games.
Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk through John Ourand of Sports Business Journal writes that former Indianapolis Colts GM Bill Polian will join ESPN in a couple of weeks.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Michael Bradley advises NBC Sports Network to stay the course and not panic in the wake of low ratings out of the box.
Eric Fisher at Sports Business Daily has the skinny on MLB Advanced Media’s unveiling of the new At Bat mobile app.
Stephen Galloway at the Hollywood Reporter has a fascinating update on cable television pioneer and Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner.
Eriq Gardner from the Reporter writes that former college athletes suing the NCAA over the use of their likenesses in video games and attempting to get information from TV contracts, have been sanctioned by the judge presiding over the case.
John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable says the National Association of Broadcasters has told the FCC to keep the antiquated NFL blackout rule in place.
Tim Baysinger at B&C notes the NFL has moved its regular season opening game back one day to accommodate the Democratic National Convention.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says after some early momentum, TNT saw rating drops for its NBA All-Star Weekend.
Wendy Davis at MediaPost writes that streaming service Justin.TV and YouTube are being sued for illegally showing a boxing pay-per-view fight.
All Access notes that CBS Radio’s WJFK has signed to remain the DC affiliate for Virginia Tech sports.
Greg Doyel of CBS Sports wants to know why ESPN is allowing Bob Knight to show his clear disdain for Kentucky.
The Mansfield (CT) Patch picks up a story from Kenneth Best who went behind the scenes when ESPN’s College GameDay visited the UConn campus last weekend.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks at Twitter’s newest darling, NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski.
The Long Island Tennis Magazine says ESPN2 will air the annual BNP Paribas Showdown on tape delay with an MSG Network replay following a day later.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says the NFL regular season opener has been pushed back one day to accommodate President Obama.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog notes that the Nationals’ Bryce Harper has deleted his Twitter account.
The Winston-Salem (NC) Journal remembers a local sports anchor who passed away this week.
Deven Swartz of WGHP-TV also remembers Rich Brenner who was a beloved member of the community.
WGHP also has a special section devoted to Brenner.
Amanda Kelley at the Myrtle Beach (SC) Sun-Times says ESPN Radio is changing stations.
Luther Campbell, formerly of 2 Live Crew, in the Miami New Times accuses ESPN’s Skippy Bayless of race baiting.
Jon Solomon at the Birmingham (AL) News writes that the SEC’s member schools are reluctant to expand to 9 conference football games, but the league’s TV partners are seeking more inventory.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the Daytona 500 did well in primetime for Fox, but ratings are down from last year.
Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune says the Padres are wondering why MLB is taking so long to approve its rights deal with Fox Sports.
Brady Green at Awful Announcing has the video of Rich Eisen’s annual 40 yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Andrew Bucholz at AA notes that Captain Blowhard is complaining about something no one cares about.
At the Bleacher Report, Dan Levy looks at the sexism one San Diego sports anchor threw at Danica Patrick and the reaction since.
John Daly of the Daly Planet reviews Fox’s performance at the Daytona 500.
John also explores ESPN’s Brad Daugherty inexplicably coming down hard on driver Brad Keselowski for Tweeting during the Daytona 500.
John Gennaro of the Bolts from the Blue blog looks at how the new Fox Sports San Diego will affect sports fans.
Congratulations to CNBC’s Darren Rovell who now has a baby daughter to take care of. She wasn’t even a day old when Darren signed her up for Twitter.
And then Darren told us that he signed her up for other social networking services and bought her domain name. Darren? Put down the smartphone and walk away slowly.
And we’ll end it there for today.
Let’s provide some links now.
John Ourand and John Lombardo of Sports Business Journal write that local NBA TV ratings are up thus far.
Eric Fisher of SBJ writes that sports arenas have an issue with providing more bandwidth as fans demand wifi access.
Paul White at USA Today says the newly-renamed Miami Marlins are ready for their reality TV closeup.
Mike McCarthy at USA Today says Los Angeles Lakers radio voice John Ireland was busted by Jay Leno’s Show of Hacks for putting on makeup during a game.
Michael O’Connell at the Hollywood Reporter says thanks to the Daytona 500, Fox won Monday night’s ratings over strong network competition.
John Eggerton from Broadcasting & Cable reports on a sports fan lobbying group that’s asking the FCC to end the NFL’s archaic blackout policy.
Toni Fitzgerald from Media Life Magazine says despite lower ratings from last year, the NBA is pleased with the numbers for the All-Star Game.
Mihir Bose of the London (UK) Evening Standard looks at the upcoming bidding for the English Premier League TV rights by talking with an ESPN Europe executive. It’s expected that incumbents Sky Sports and ESPN will have to fend off a heated bid by Al-Jazeera.
Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid says Dan Patrick almost got into a heated exchange with David Letterman last night.
Sports Video Group says ESPNsoccernet has launched a new mobile app.
At Her Campus, Annie Wang talks with a close friend of Jeremy Lin’s on he views Linsanity in Communist China.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says reviews the upcoming ESPN documentary on the 20th anniversary of Magic Johnson’s announcement that he was HIV positive.
Newsday’s Neil Best notes that today ends a long streak for Jeremy Lin.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union says a local radio station will air a handful of Red Sox exhibition games.
Pete says this year’s MAAC Tournament will be online except for the finals.
Ken McMillan at the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says the NBA’s pay per view League Pass package is free for this week.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman notes that Oklahoma City was the 2nd highest rated local market for the NBA All-Star Game.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says rain delay coverage of the Daytona 500 on Sunday scored well in Suds City.
And Bob says Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver is given good odds to win this season’s Dancing with the Stars competition.
Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune says Fox Sports San Diego has tapped a news anchor to become its first-ever Padres studio host.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times talks with ESPN college football analyst Ed Cunningham about winning the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
Bruce Dowbiggin at the Toronto Globe and Mail says Twitter scooped TV in breaking NHL trades yesterday.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog kept track of which Canadian networks RDS, Rogers Sportsnet or TSN broke the trades yesterday.
Ben Koo at Awful Announcing says ESPN ignored the NHL Trade Deadline yesterday.
Ty Duffy at The Big Lead explains why ESPN chose to ignore the deadline.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media declares Rogers Sportsnet the winner in NHL Trade Deadline Day coverage.
In Tennis Space, former player Mark Petchey tells how he became a TV analyst.
Barry Petchesky of Deadspin gets an internal ESPN e-mail about Twitter.
Sports Media Watch looks at the Daytona 500′s ratings.
And that’s going to do it for now.
The last thing I wanted to wake up to this morning was reaction to racist headlines regarding Jeremy Lin, but that’s what we have on this Saturday. I’ve already written a post about it and I’ve given my opinion about the incident already. I’ll give ESPN the benefit of the doubt feeling the headline was unintentional, but let this be a lesson to other news organizations who are trying to be cute with puns or creative.
Mike McCarthy says ESPN has apologized for the headline.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reacts to ESPN’s actions following the posting of the headline.
Ben Koo at Awful Announcing says even if the incident was unintentional, it was still inexcusable to allow the headline to get through.
Media Rantz says this is not the first time that an ESPN platform has used “chink in the armor” in a Jeremy Lin story.
Patty Hsieh at Aery’s Sports’ The Pigskin March site sums up the feeling of what many Asians like myself are thinking today.
Sports Media Watch has some context to the ESPN.com Jeremy Lin headline.
The Angry Asian Man blog has its reaction.
Now to other stories.
Tragic story. The son of Fox Sports’ Chris Myers was killed this week in a car accident and it will keep Myers from his NASCAR duties.
Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel says the Pac-12 Conference is hoping its in-house network will break TV barriers.
Todd Cunningham of The Wrap notes that the NBA’s TV partners can’t go crazy and add New York Knicks games this season.
Awful Announcing’s Matt Yoder looks at yesterday’s Twitter feud between CNBC’s Darren Rovell and the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir.
Speaking of Richard, he and Howard Beck team up for a story in the Times about the resolution of the dispute between MSG Network and Time Warner Cable.
Nina Mandell of the New York Daily News says there was intervention among state and NBA officials to end the MSG/Time Warner Cable dispute.
The New York Post’s Claire Atkinson and Andy Soltis write about what brought MSG and Time Warner Cable back to the table.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union has MSG’s official statement on the resolution.
Pete has Time Warner’s statement as well.
Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that ESPN’s ratings for college basketball are up.
Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press chronicles College GameDay’s visit to the Michigan campus.
John Daly of the Daly Planet has a recap of some NASCAR media issues going into its first real weekend of the season.
John Singler of the Motor Racing Network talks about the first online streaming of NASCAR this season.
That’s going to be it for today.
Ok, going to attempt some linkage here. Quite busy, but I’ll try to sneak some stuff for you.
Eric Fisher of Sports Business Daily looks at the new $3.99 charge for the new March Madness Live app for the NCAA Tournament.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel News/Broadcasting & Cable also writes about the new March Madness Live app.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch talks with ESPN’s Ron Jaworski about being removed from the Monday Night Football booth.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio has the impression that ESPN’s Jon Gruden didn’t agree with the decision to take Jaws out of the MNF booth.
Former New York Times columnist George Vecsey is now on Twitter and he’s a bit apprehensive about it.
Glenn Davis at SportsGrid is confused about yesterday’s Colin Cowherd interview with Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit cover girl Kate Upton.
Timothy Burke at Deadspin has audio of CNBC’s Darren Rovell explaining his Valentine Day’s proposal to Kate Upton.
Maury Brown at the Biz of Baseball says not every local MLB deal is equal and fair.
Adweek has a video with NASCAR CEO Brian France on the upcoming Sprint Cup season.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine says thanks to the Super Bowl, NBC leads the February sweeps by a 2-1 margin over CBS.
Sam Eifling of The Big Lead talks with a Memphis sports radio host who kept grinding and has been rewarded with national recognition.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Ronnie Ramos talks about how to maximize your Facebook and Twitter strategies.
Also at the National Sports Journalism Center, Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times cautions traditional media about falling into prejudicial traps when writing about Jeremy Lin.
Karen Hogan of Sports Video Group explains the logistics for CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says one sporting goods chain is going all in for Jeremy Lin.
Kevin Lincoln at the Business Insider’s Sports Page notes that Time Warner Cable is sending out small refund checks for those missing MSG Network.
WEEI’s Kirk Minihane lists the best and worst Boston TV announcers.
The Boston Herald’s Inside Track found Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez going through the ESPN “Car Wash” yesterday.
To the Worcester Telegram & Gazette where Bill Doyle gets Comcast SportsNet Celtics sideline reporter Greg Dickerson to talk about epilepsy and Tourette syndrome which have plagued him.
Over to the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir who looks into ESPN’s Monday Night Football personnel move.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union has the New York Mets Spring Training TV schedule.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record posts the Yankees Spring Training TV and Radio schedules.
Ed Barkowitz at the Philadelphia Daily News says Jaws being taken off Monday Night Football doesn’t mean the end for him at ESPN.
From the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg says DirecTV has added Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic’s overflow channel in HD, finally.
Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner says a two man booth will benefit Monday Night Football.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times writes that local sports radio talk show host is out of a job today.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says Astros voice Milo Hamilton may be retiring after this season, but the team won’t be losing him altogether.
The Houston Astros website has an entire section devoted to Hamilton’s career including some of his most famous radio calls.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the Brewers will be featured at least six times on Fox’s Saturday baseball package.
Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times says the NHL finally has a TV partner which is fully promoting the league.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has reaction to Bob Ryan’s announced retirement from the Boston Globe.
Barry Wilner at the San Jose Mercury News gets some details of the new Pac-12 Network from league commissioner Larry Scott.
Blogs and reporters are constantly receiving public relations pitches. Here’s one regarding Jeremy Lin and it’s a bit over the top.
Sports Media Watch notes that the 2012 MLB on Fox schedule is reduced from last year due to the 2012 Olympics.
SMW says Golf Channel set a ratings record last Sunday.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog has the sports TV viewership numbers for last week.
Mike Silva of the Sports Media Watchdog has a review of the new CBS Radio Mike Francesa Show app.
Joe Favorito says the Phoenix Suns are using the Samsung Galaxy tablet on the sidelines.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media has the numbers for the NHL on NBC Sports Network from early this week.
Ben Koo at Awful Announcing notes that ESPN is not tiring of the Jeremy Lin overkill.
Lou Clinton at 38 Cliches is rooting for former Red Sox announcer Jerry Trupiano.
And that’s where we’ll end it. Enjoy your Thursday.
I was hoping to do links on Monday featuring reviews of the Super Bowl and the ads, but real life got in the way. Plus, a link from SI.com to my Biff Henderson post temporarily knocked my site down. Much appreciated to Jimmy Traina and Hot Clicks for the link.
The links begin with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch who doles out his grades for the Super Bowl production.
Michael Hiestand from USA Today says Al Michaels was on top of his game on Sunday.
Bruce Horovitz of USA Today has the results of the paper’s Super Bowl Ad Meter. The results may or may not surprise you.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek notes that Super Bowl XLVI on NBC set a viewership record.
Tim Nudd of Adweek lists the five best Super Bowl commercials according to the publication.
Adweek’s David Griner has the five most debated Super Bowl adverts.
Todd Cunningham at The Wrap says NBC has apologized for the now-infamous middle finger from M.I.A. during the Madonna halftime performance.
Kristi Dosh at ESPN.com has some off-the-field winners for Super Bowl XLVI.
Sports Business Daily notes that dogs were a favorite of the Super Bowl ads.
SBD notes that NBC’s Super Bowl pregame show was mostly praised.
Michael Smith and John Ourand of Sports Business Journal say the ACC is looking for a big payday from ESPN with two new members entering the conference.
Eriq Gardner of the Hollywood Reporter says the FCC likely won’t fine NBC for M.I.A’s middle appendage.
The Hollywood Reporter says Super Bowl XLVI set a Twitter record.
George Winslow of Broadcasting & Cable says the Super Bowl was the biggest event ever on social media.
John Eggerton of B&C writes that the FCC has ruled a Chicago NBC affiliate was within its rights to reject an anti-abortion Super Bowl ad.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News writes about the ratings and viewership standards set by Super Bowl XLVI.
Mike writes that MSG Network will air the February 11 Buffalo Sabres-Tampa Bay Lightning game on NBC affiliates in Buffalo and Rochester as an end run around Time Warner Cable.
Simon Dumenco of Advertising Age has the 10 Super Bowl ads that set social media afire.
Ad Age’s Rich Thomaselli notes that Giants Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is now expected to equal or surpass his brother Peyton as a commercial endorser.
Ad Age’s experts break down the Super Bowl ads.
Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid has video of ESPN’s Rick Reilly making a preposterous statement following Super Bowl XLVI.
Jason Dachman of Sports Video Group says Super Bowl XLVI lived up to the ratings hype.
SVG notes that Super Bowl XLVI garnered its highest audience ever in Canada even beating the CFL Grey Cup.
The With Leather blog has some pictures from the infamous Playboy Super Bowl party where CNBC’s Darren Rovell got into trouble with women.
Stephen Douglas at The Big Lead notes that Extra host and Massachusetts Maria Menounos native paid up on a Super Bowl bet and hosted yesterday’s show in a Giants bikini in the middle of Times Square.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says NBC’s Cris Collinsworth stepped up in the biggest moment of the Super Bowl.
The Times’ Brian Stelter has NBC calling its online stream of Super Bowl XLVI a success.
Stuart Elliot of the Times says the Super Bowl ads were meh.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post feels NBC covered up Rob Gronkowski’s ankle injury when the game began. You’re reaching, Phil.
Jerry Barmash of Fishbowl NY says WCBS-TV scored impressive numbers for its post-Super Bowl coverage.
Howard Megdal of the Journal News’ LoHud Mets Blog says the team, invoking memories of the Soviet Union, has revoked his media credential for the 2012 season.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union feels Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth weren’t up to par on Sunday.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call notes that the Philadelphia Phillies will be heard on the FM dial starting this season.
Laura Nachman has her Super Bowl XLVI highlights.
David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun says NBC’s Super Bowl telecast rose above the ads and the halftime show.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog says a local sports radio producer is getting out of the business to become a restauranteur.
Barry Jackson from the Miami Herald praises NBC for its coverage of the Big Game.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times feels NBC got the job done on Super Bowl Sunday.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says the Super Bowl got another huge rating.
David provides his thoughts on the NBC Super Bowl production.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer lists his best and worst Super Bowl ads.
Robert King of the Indianapolis Star has the national media heaping praise on the city for hosting the Super Bowl.
King writes that the earliest Indy could host the Super Bowl again would be in 2017.
Lou Harry and Anthony Schoette of the Indianapolis Business Journal review Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime performance.
Anthony and Cory Schouten say Lucas Oil Stadium passed the test of holding its first Super Bowl.
Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel feels Aaron Rodgers did well in his guest stint on NBC.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business has his wrap of the Super Bowl.
Dan Caesar from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Gateway City lagged behind the national average ratings for the Super Bowl.
Dusty Saunders at the Denver Post writes NBC did yeoman’s work and then some on Super Bowl Sunday.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune lists his favorite Super Bowls XLVI ads.
Jay Posner in the San Diego Union-Tribune feels NBC was good, but not Super on Sunday.
John Maffei of the North County Times for the most part enjoyed NBC’s Super Bowl coverage.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News also liked NBC’s broadcast.
Tom has a longer review on his blog.
Bruce Dowbiggin in the Toronto Globe and Mail wonders why the Super Bowl has so many prop bets.
Slate’s Matthew Black was stuck watching the lackluster Canadian Super Bowl ads.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog notes the Super Bowl did really well in Canada.
Leah Goldman at the Business Insider Sports Page keeps an eye out for ESPN’s Erin Andrews and Fox’s Troy Aikman as a potential sports media power couple.
Sports Media Watch has some other Super Bowl ratings news.
Mike Silva of the Sports Media Watchdog has suggestions on how to handle fan taunts unlike Gisele Bündchen.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media notes that NBC Sports Network will have a hockey doubleheader on Wednesday.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing gives his bests and worsts of Super Bowl XLVI.
Matt also looks at the running feud between ESPN Radio’s Ryen Russillo and WEEI’s John Dennis.
Surviving Grady speaks with Friend of Fang’s Bites Jen Royle.
And those are your links. Got them done before noon. I’m happy.
Let’s do some Super Bowl Sunday links today.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says media analysts are predicting another record viewership for the Super Bowl.
Mike says MSG Network remains off Time Warner Cable systems for the fifth consecutive week with no agreement in sight.
Kate Fagan of espnW has a look at what Super Bowl XLVI sideline reporter Michele Tafoya will deal with on the Lucas Oil Stadium field tonight.
Peter Pachal from Mashable has a look at NBC’s streaming of the Super Bowl.
Sean Newell at Deadspin says CNBC’s Darren Rovell may have lost the female vote forever.
Deadspin’s Timothy Burke tells us about a media feud between WEEI’s John Dennis and ESPN Radio’s Ryan Russillo.
Speaking of Darren Rovell, he wonders if Eli Manning can become a more prolific endorser than Tom Brady.
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe talks about Twitter and some of the New England Patriots who use the social media service.
The New York Times’ Ritchie S. King and Kevin Quealy look at some of the clichés that have enveloped ESPN SportsCenter.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Times is speaking in tongues today.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record has the NBC football crew talking about today’s Super Bowl.
Jim Williams in the Washington Examiner talks with Fox Sports’ John Lynch about the Super Bowl.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says the Super Bowl could decide the local news race.
Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that the Green Bay Packers’ Charles Woodson is doing well for the NFL Network.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News talks with NBC’s Al Michaels.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog has NBC’s and CTV’s coverage plans for the Super Bowl.
Mike Silva from the Sports Media Watchdog goes over Darren Rovell’s downfall with women this weekend.
Joe Favorito has a few sports business tidbits for us.
And those are the quick links for today. Enjoy the Super Bowl. I’ll have grades on the Super Bowl ads tonight.
I don’t know why they’re mighty, but they’re here. Let’s get to them.
USA Today’s Mike McCarthy looks at Super Bowl Media Day which will be covered from all angles on both ESPN and NFL Network.
Preston Bounds from Sports Business Daily lists the top 11 most marketable NFL players. Your humble blogger is quoted in the story.
At the Poynter Institute, Kelly McBride takes both the New York Times and Yale Daily News to task for their handling of the Patrick Witt alleged sexual assault story.
Michael O’Connell of the Hollywood Reporter writes that the NFL Pro Bowl gave NBC a Sunday primetime win over weak competition.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek notes that marketers and star players are for the most part, a winning combination.
Tim Nudd from Adweek looks at the advertiser rundown for Sunday’s Super Bowl on NBC.
Tim loves the extended Honda Ferris Bueller-themed Super Bowl ad.
Back to Crupi who delves into the April launch of Univision Deportes.
Adweek talks with Jim Rome about his move from ESPN to CBS.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times says social media campaigns can enhance and also detract from the Super Bowl viewing experience.
The Nielsen Wire blog looks at the spending trends for Super Bowl ads over the last five years.
Ken Kerschbaumer of Sports Video Group notes that NFL Network is gearing up for a very busy Super Bowl Week.
Patrick Burns of Deadspin breaks down ESPN SportsCenter’s coverage from last week.
At All Things Digital, Peter Kafka says it’s ESPN that’s weighing down your cable bill.
Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe writes that NESN has made additions to its Red Sox broadcast team.
Here’s a rarity, Phil Mushnick of the New York Post giving praise and today he’s dishing it out to Knicks radio voice Spero Dedes.
Bob’s Blitz has caught WFAN’s Mike Francesa in a lie regarding his Super Bowl XLVII prediction.
From the Albany Times Union, Pete Dougherty notes that former Indianapolis Colts GM Bill Polian has signed with SiriusXM to co-host some radio shows.
Tom Jones at the Tampa Bay Times looks back at the weekend in sports television.
Cleveland Plain-Dealer ombudsman Ted Diadun discusses the reassignment of Browns beat writer Tony Grossi after a private tweet about Browns owner Randy Lerner went public.
The Waiting for Next Year blog looks at the Plain-Dealer decision.
Also from the Plain-Dealer, Bill Lubinger writes about how local TV rights money is playing a huge role in baseball free agency signings.
Dusty Saunders from the Denver Post notes that MLB Network has plucked Root Sports’ Alana Rizzo for a national gig.
Tom Hoffarth at the Los Angeles Daily News has the sports calendar for this week.
Friend of Fang’s Bites Jackie Pepper is heading to the Super Bowl.
John Daly of the Daly Planet looks at NASCAR taking over operation of its website from Turner Sports.
John also looks at the future of NASCAR’s Nationwide Series on ESPN.
Sports Media Watch has the overnight ratings of the NHL All-Star Game and Australian Open finals.
Joe Lucia at Awful Announcing says UFC on Fox’s ratings may have gone down from its November debut, but they’re still good in the desired demographic.
That will do it.
I haven’t provided links on schedule so let me try to do it now.
We begin with Michael Hiestand of USA Today who talks about NBCUniversal’s big plans to blanket Super Bowl XLVI next week.
Wow. The secret organization Anonymous plans to attack ESPN.com over its support of SOPA and PIPA. In case anyone from Anonymous is reading, Fang’s Bites is an ardent critic of both bills.
Adrian Melville of Forbes says Fox is hoping to retain the US rights to the English Premier League.
Jeff Roberts at paidContent looks at USA Today Media Group’s purchase of Big Lead Sports.
Funny post. It’s a long one, but stay with it. Complex provides the 100 Worst Sports Tweets in history.
The Nielsen Wire blog reviews the year in sports advertising for 2011.
Rarely do we link to Self Magazine, but it has a story on ESPN SportsCenter anchor Sage Steele training for the upcoming Disney Princess Half Marathon.
Lacey Rose at the Hollywood Reporter writes that current NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner will host a USA Network reality show that will premiere later this year.
James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly looks at NBC’s plans for the Super Bowl.
John Eggerton from Broadcasting & Cable says Massachusetts US Senator John Kerry wants DirecTV and Sunbeam to pledge that Super Bowl XLVI won’t be blacked out in Boston. Sunbeam’s WHDH-TV is off DirecTV right now over a carriage dispute and it’s the NBC affiliate.
Tim Nudd of Adweek says clothing retailer H&M is trying to put out a social media firestorm in advance of its first-ever Super Bowl ad.
Ken Wheaton at Advertising Age says CareerBuilder is keeping its lovable chimps for this year’s Super Bowl commercial.
Ad Age’s Michael Learmonth has the best Super Bowl ads ever.
Diego Vasquez from Media Life Magazine speaks with two people from a research firm to find out why some Super Bowl ads fail to connect with viewers.
Karlene Lukovitz from MediaPost’s Marketing Daily says Papa John’s is betting on the Super Bowl coin flip to help sell pizzas.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life notes that the NBA’s ratings despite the lockout are way up from last year’s record.
Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid catches ESPN2′s Patrick McEnroe firing off an “F” bomb during the Australian Open coverage last night.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell has some myths and facts about the Super Bowl ticket market.
Mary Alice Gill from the Nashua (NH) Telegraph writes about the DirecTV/Sunbeam dispute that could affect Boston’s watching of the Super Bowl.
Johnny Diaz of the Boston Globe says area bars with DirecTV are scrambling for other possible ways to show the Super Bowl.
At SB Nation Boston, Kat Hasenauer Cornetta looks at how small market New England sports radio stations try to serve the needs of their audience.
Stuart Elliot of the New York Times says the pregame show has begun for the Super Bowl ads.
To Newsday and Neil Best who writes that reporter Kim Jones is leaving the YES network.
Justin Terranova and Phil Mushnick of the New York Post report that Jones is talking with a national network.
Don McKee of the Philadelphia Inquirer has an obituary for the late Andy Musser.
Ray Didinger of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia remembers Musser.
David Jones from Florida Today feels ESPN’s deal with the SEC is bad for the league.
Gregory A. Hall of the Louisville Courier-Journal notes that NBC has brought the Breeders’ Cup back under its fold.
The Houston Chronicle’s David Barron says a long-time local TV sports director is leaving after this year.
Mel Bracht from the Daily Oklahoman notes that the NFL Conference Championship Games drew big ratings locally.
Steve Nitz of the Morris (IL) Daily Herald is no longer a fan of ESPN.
NBC’s Michele Tafoya is ending her Minneapolis radio show.
Jon Bream at the Minneapolis Star Tribune says Tafoya has grown tired of a weekly 7 day grind between her show and Sunday Night Football.
David Brauer of MinnPost.com writes that Tafoya’s ratings weren’t great.
Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star looks at ESPN’s College GameDay’s visit to the University of Arizona campus this weekend.
Anthony Gimino of the Tucson Citizen says CBS Sports Network will have inside access to Rich Rodriguez and the University of Arizona during National Signing Day.
Bruce Dowbiggin from the Toronto Globe and Mail wonders if TSN’s Dave Hodge was reaching when he tried to tweet a connection between Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas and the KKK after Thomas refused to go to the White House earlier this week.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog looks at CBC’s dropping of the Curling’s Grand Slams.
To the Big Lead and Jason McIntyre who has a profile of ESPN Radio Hack Colin Cowherd. Actually it’s a very good profile.
Ryan Yoder at Awful Announcing has the Top 10 Sports Media Busts.
Blythe Brumleve at AA looks at CBS’ client stroke for E-Trade during the NFL Today on Sunday.
Sports Media Watch notes that the NHL is getting increased ratings on both NBC and NBC Sports Network.
Steve Lepore of Puck The Media wants the in-game coach interviews during NHL games to end.
Steve tells us where the AHL All-Start Game can be seen in your market.
SportsRantz says NBC Sports Network is using the Super Bowl to get a ratings boost.
And Morgan Wick informs us what the Breeders’ Cup move back to NBC means.
And that is it.
I’ll do some links that I’ve gathered over the day. You deserve some.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today discusses the monster ratings for Championship Sunday in the NFL.
Michael says with NBC reacquiring the rights to the Breeders Cup, ESPN has gotten out of the horse racing business.
And Michael discusses Jim Rome’s CBS debut before the AFC Championship.
Stuart Miller of Multichannel News says league-owned networks are looking to fill time through imaginative programming.
John Ourand at Sports Business Journal notes that the dispute between MSG Network and Time Warner Cable could threaten the Buffalo Sabres’ number one spot in the local NHL ratings.
John says carriage talks for Time Warner’s new regional sports network featuring the Los Angeles Lakers and for the Pac-12 Network are about to begin in California.
Michael Smith of SBJ says Turner Sports will be running the Fan Fest and other events at the NCAA Final Four this year.
Some stories on how the media handled or did not handle the premature reports of Joe Paterno’s death.
Ronnie Ramos at the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center says there are lessons to be learned from the way the Paterno story was reported on Saturday.
Craig Silverman of the Poynter Institute tells us how the Associated Press did not fall into the trap of reporting Paterno’s death.
Davis Shaver on Onward State, the online publication that made the erroneous report, explains the events on Saturday.
Michael Malone of Broadcasting & Cable notes that local TV stations in the Penn State vicinity showed restraint on the Paterno story.
Brian Stelter of the New York Times looks into how the Paterno story burned online news sources.
Now to other links.
John Daly of the Daly Planet delves into how Danica Patrick will influence NASCAR this season.
Barry Janoff of The Big Lead writes about Danica’s GoDaddy.com Super Bowl ad.
Sam Laird of Mashable notes that Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis will be the first to have a social media command center.
Sam informs advertisers what the typical NFL fan looks like.
Now some remembrances of the late Andy Musser who along with the late Harry Kalas, the late Richie Ashburn and Chris Wheeler, formed one of the best local broadcast teams whey they called the Philadelphia Phillies from the 1970′s into the 1990′s. Musser died Sunday at the age of 74. Musser was a consummate professional who called the Phillies, the Eagles, the 76ers and Villanova basketball. He did all of them well. A man who was content to be the number two broadcaster on the Phillies behind Kalas, he would call games on both radio and TV for the team.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com has an obituary of Musser.
The Philadelphia Inquirer says a memorial service will be held at the end of the month for Musser.
Tyler Kepner of the New York Times says Musser was a true gentleman.
And I hope to have more stories about Musser in Tuesday’s links.
Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid has video of a Baltimore news anchor trying to prop up a depressed Ravens fan base.
Dan has another video of a Ravens fan kicking out an entire viewing party after the failed field goal by Billy Cundiff on Sunday.
Glen Davis of SportsGrid has the clip of the Ravens’ Terrell Suggs giving Skip Bayless a verbal beatdown.
Bob’s Blitz notes that Boomer Esiason and Jillian Michaels will co-host this year’s “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials.”
Patrick Burns of Deadspin did some excellent work to break down SportsCenter’s coverage on ESPN over an 11 day span earlier this month.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times notes how Gary Carter’s daughter is chronicling her father’s struggles with a brain tumor.
Matt Flegenheimer of the Times writes about how New York Knicks fans are actually going to games in the wake of the Time Warner Cable-MSG Network dispute.
Back to Brian Stelter of the Times who profiles NFL Films.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post wonders why CBS won’t bring up Ray Lewis’ stabby past.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette notes the big ratings for NFL Conference Championship Sunday.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union has the ESPN Family of Networks college lacrosse schedule.
Ken says YES will air Jorge Posada’s retirement from the Yankees on Tuesday.
Ken McMillan at the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says ESPN will air a half-dozen Spring Training MLB games in March.
At the Baltimore Sun, David Zurawik says CBS got the job done during the AFC Championship.
David says the local ratings for the AFC Championship may have set a record.
David writes that the AFC Championship definitely set a social media record.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner writes about Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic’s new show.
Tom Jones from the Tampa Bay Times looks back at a tumultuous weekend in sports television.
David Barron at the Houston Chronicle writes about the NFL Conference Championship Games’ ratings.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer has Thom Brennaman
threatening promising to call Reds games on the radio with his dad, Marty.
Dusty Saunders from the Denver Post reviews the HBO Sports documentary on Joe Namath.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News discusses the Breeders Cup going primetime on NBC later this year.
Bill Shakin of the Los Angeles Times goes over the process of the Dodgers sale that began in earnest on Monday.
Sports Media Watch says the NBA’s move to becoming a mostly cable television league has paid off.
SMW has some various news and notes.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says the Boston Bruins had a mixed bag over the weekend on NESN.
Dave Kohl at the Broadcast Booth says live sports continues to rack in the ratings.
Joe Favorito looks at the growth of squash, Twitter trouble and how to use the social media service properly.
Joe Lucia at Awful Announcing wonders how CBS’ Jim Nantz could confuse two Baltimore Ravens’ wide receivers.
And that will do it for your late night linkage.
What a crazy Saturday in both sports and social media. An erroneous report of the death of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno set Twitter afire, but after denials from the family, people were quick to blame the social media service. However, it really wasn’t Twitter’s fault.
Twitter reacts to breaking news. While it was a tweet that began the entire process, it was what was supposed to be a reputable sports news website that set Twitter ablaze.
Onward State, an online news organization at Penn State University tweeted at 8:45 p.m. ET that Paterno had died.
Shortly afterwards, CBSSports.com’s Adam Jacobi saw it, ran with it and put it up in his Eye on College Football blog. CBSSports.com promptly put this up on its front page. It was from this story where people starting reacting with “RIP Joe Paterno” tweets.
Onward State has since deleted its tweet and CBSSports has retracted its original story, however, someone did manage to get a screengrab of the original story and I have it for you below.
Almost 12 minutes later, Onward State tweets that it will look further into its original report.
9:21 p.m., Paterno’s sons tweet that their father is not dead and continues to fight.
Six minutes later, CBSSports.com pulls its original report and quickly edits to throw Onward State under the bus after not citing the report at first.
9:29 p.m., Onward State retracts its original report.
After the denials and retractions, the condemnation of both Onward State and CBSports.com begin and to a lesser extent, Twitter.
Then at 10:15 p.m., the managing editor of Onward State, Devon Edwards announced that he was stepping down immediately.
A letter from the Managing Editor of Onward State:
Earlier this evening, Onward State reported that Joe Paterno had passed away. However, the mountain of evidence stacked opposite that report is too much to ignore. At this time, I would like to issue a retraction of our earlier tweets.
I never, in a million years, would have thought that Onward State would be cited by the national media, and today, I sincerely wish it never had been. To all those who read and passed along our reports, I sincerely apologize for misleading you. To the Penn State community and to the Paterno family most of all, I could not be more sorry for the emotional anguish I am sure we caused. There are no excuses for what we did. We all make mistakes, but it’s impossible to brush off one of this magnitude. Right now, we deserve all of the criticism headed our way.
In this day and age, getting it first often conflicts with getting it right, but our intention was never to fall into that chasm. All I can do now is promise that in the future, we will exercise caution, restraint, and humility.
I can only hope and pray that the outstanding work our writers and photographers do on a day-to-day basis is not overshadowed by the events of tonight. I understand that our reputation is in serious question, but I hope you will continue to stand by us as we do everything in our power to make amends.
To begin that process, I will be stepping down from my post as Managing Editor, effective immediately. I take full responsibility for the events that transpired tonight, and for the black mark upon the organization that I have caused.
I ask not for your forgiveness, but for your understanding. I am so very, very, sorry, and we at Onward State continue to pray for Coach Paterno.
I give credit to Edwards for taking responsibility. Not sure if he needed to step down, but that’s his decision.
Was it Onward State’s fault for running with the story? In hindsight, yes. While it heard from what it thought was credible sources, it did not go the extra mile to get confirmation from the family.
But it is CBSSports.com that really gets the blame here. Adam Jacobi linked to the Onward State tweet and never checked on his own to confirm it. That was the site that started the whole chain reaction. CBSSports.com has plenty of independent reporters who have their own sources who could have confirmed the story before running it. All this happened very quickly and the debunking from the New York Times, CNN and the Paterno family occurred almost as quickly.
While Paterno’s health is not good, it doesn’t mean a rush to report as was the case here. It’s easy to blame Twitter for the erroneous report, however, it should not. The blames goes to shoddy journalism.
For more on the timeline on this story, Poynter’s Jeff Sonderman constructed one through Storify which includes the now-deleted tweets from Onward State and CBSSports.com.
It wasn’t a great night for journalism, but big outlets stepped up when it came time to ensure the story was right.
UPDATE, 2:35 a.m.: CBSSports.com has issued an apology to the Paterno family over the erroneous report. CBS says that is the only statement it will make at this time.
The last few Fridays, I haven’t been able to provide you with the megalinks. I have to do some today otherwise you’ll stop visiting me.
We begin as always with the Weekend Viewing Picks and there are quite a few for this snowy weekend in Southern New England.
Now to your links.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today talks with Fox Sports’ Terry Bradshaw about Tim Tebow and the upcoming NFC Championship.
Jason Fry, part of the ESPN Poynter Review Project hears sideline reporter Holly Rowe’s side of the story regarding about her now-infamous incident where she shoved a Sugar Bowl staffer away to get an interview with Michigan coach Brady Hoke.
Marisa Guthrie of the Hollywood Reporter looks at HBO’s new unscripted series on boxing trainer Freddie Roach.
The Tampa Bay Times’ Eric Deggans has a review of the Freddie Roach series in the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center.
John Eggerton at Broadcasting & Cable says Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has written a letter to the FCC asking the agency to get involved in the Sunbeam-DirecTV dispute which could affect how viewers in Boston see the Super Bowl.
John says Comcast is seeking a reversal of a Federal decision that ruled in favor of Tennis Channel in their dispute.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says DirecTV has signed a rights deal to distribute Big Sky football and basketball games.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek says History Channel has purchased a longer ad to promote its series, “Swamp People” during Super Bowl XLVI.
Brian Steinberg from Advertising Age tells us who’s buying what in Super Bowl XLVI.
AdAge looks at the 12 ads that changed Super Bowl marketing forever. Three guesses on number one and the first two don’t count.
Brian says marketers are going longer with their Super Bowl ads this year in an attempt to stand out.
Finally, Brian writes that even though we’re not thinking about next year’s Super Bowl XLVII, CBS already is and has been working on getting an early start on ad sales for that Big Game.
Inside Radio says all of Cumulus’ Bay Area radio stations will simulcast Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.
From across the pond, Amy Lawrence of The Guardian in the UK says Fox airing an English Premier League game live over the air is a big deal.
Kevin Iole of Yahoo looks into NBC Sports Network’s first foray into boxing.
Dan Levy at the Bleacher Report wonders which network can muster enough former NFL talent to drum up a flag football game.
Mac Nwulu of ESPN’s Front Row PR blog has an inside look at the preparation of Sunday NFL Countdown.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing chronicles this week’s Twitter feud between Sports Illusrated’s Richard Deitsch and CNBC’s Darren Rovell.
Speaking of feuds, The Big Lead looks at an internal ESPN squabble between college basketball analyst Jay Bilas and insider Andy Katz.
Sports Media Watch notes that ESPN is making a major scheduling change for the WNBA this year.
SMW has a look at some local NBA and NHL ratings.
Tennis Channel laments not being picked up by Cablevision.
Ken Kerschbaumer of Sports Video Group takes a look at CBS’ and Fox’s preparation for the NFL Conference Championship Games.
Sports TV Jobs has an interesting graphic of sample camera positions at various stadia and arenas.
East and Mid-Atlantic
Chad Finn from the Boston Globe talks with a former Baltimore Raven who now works in Boston as a weekend sports talk show host.
Bill Doyle at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette interviews legendary Patriots radio voice Gil Santos.
Newsday’s Neil Best says local TV is gearing up for the NFC Championship.
Neil talks with former New York Giants running back and NBC analyst Tiki Barber who makes his return to TV this weekend.
George Vescey at the New York Times looks forward to seeing Sunday’s English Premier League game live on Fox.
The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick is not a fan of the NFL replay review process.
Justin Terranova of the Post has five questions for CBS Sports’ and WFAN’s Boomer Esiason.
The Albany Times Union’s Pete Dougherty has some NFL TV analysts break down the four quarterbacks still playing for a shot in the Super Bowl.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record has Fox’s Troy Aikman talking about the NFC Championship.
Ken has more from Troy in his blog.
Dave Hughes from DCRTV.com notes in Press Box that last week’s Texans-Ravens game set a local ratings record.
David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun attempts to get answers from CBS on having Subway endorser Ndamukong Suh on last week’s NFL Today postgame show.
And David has former Ravens QB and current ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer opining on Ed Reed’s comments on current QB Joe Flacco.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post says the Nationals are hoping to get more money from MASN as the sides negotiate a new contract.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner talks with the radio voice of the Wizards about his busy schedule.
Keith Jarrett at the Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times says the Big South may have to move its Conference Championship Game venue which could effect ESPN’s scheduling.
Jon Solomon of the Birmingham (AL) News says SEC partners CBS and ESPN want better scheduling for next football season.
Jerry Tipton of the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader writes that the SEC’s basketball coaches aren’t happy over the scheduling-for-TV moves this season.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says the Texans’ flagship radio station hopes to build on the team’s momentum when their new contract kicks in next season.
David has some news and notes that didn’t make his column.
Nancy Sarnoff of the Chronicle says NBC Sports Group is looking for a new facility to house the Comcast SportsNet Houston regional sports network which launches later this year.
Mel Bracht from the Daily Oklahoman notes that the Texas Rangers will have multiple appearances on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.
Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press says HBO continues its string of acclaimed sports documentaries.
Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says don’t expect NFL Conference Championship Sunday to change its format for the foreseeable future.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business has his winners and losers in sports business and media.
Patrick Reusse of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune feels Fox Sports North just cheerleads for Minnesota teams and won’t criticize them.
Paul Christian from the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin looks at Fox Sports North’s Hockey Day in Minnesota schedule.
Dan Caesar at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has CBS Sports President Sean McManus wanting to keep the status quo for NFL Conference Championship Sunday.
John Maffei of the North County Times looks at MLB Network’s first-ever game show which premieres next week.
Jim Carlisle from the Ventura County Star says CBS was hoping to get Tim Tebow for its NFL Today pregame show on Sunday, but he declined.
At the Los Angeles Daily News, Tom Hoffarth profiles Fox Sports West host Patrick O’Neal and has his list of best and worst local sports anchors.
Tom has a bit more on O’Neal.
Bob Weeks in the Toronto Globe and Mail notes that CBC has gotten out of the curling business, a sport it has televised since 1962.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail says the Raptors may be suffering on the court, but not on TV.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog looks at the International Olympic Committee throwing out CTV/CBC’s joint bid to air the 2014/2016 Games.
And that is it. Glad to be able to provide the Megalinkage for you.
Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck formally joined Twitter back in December. He previously had an account for his old HBO show, Joe Buck Live (remember that disaster?), and actually did some tweeting from there, but stopped when the show ended. Actually, he stopped tweeting way before the show went off the air.
I have not been a fan of Buck since he started with Fox as one of the regional announcers for the NFL and then as the main play-by-play man on baseball. When he took over for Pat Summerall as the main announcer for the NFL, my dislike increased. In fact, when Buck joked that he would rather watch “The Bachelorette” over a baseball game, I blew up and called for him to stop calling baseball.
But since he began tweeting, Joe has been funny, honest and interacted with tweeps, showing a side that is not displayed on his broadcasts. And with that, he’s turning around a bunch of haters to fans. I don’t think that was Buck’s intent when he started tweeting, but it’s working. I’ve seen many tweets saying Buck has made them laugh and they find themselves liking him.
Here are some of the tweets that Joe has been sending out. I have to admit, I’ve laughed out loud at these.
And yes, Buck can be serious as in the case of his explanation of his call of the David Tyree catch in Super Bowl XLII.
And here are a couple of examples of his interaction with fans.
So you can see that Buck has been funny, charming, engaging and willing to mix it up with tweeps. I can’t believe I’m writing this, but I’m becoming a fan. So many others are feeling the same way after Joe replies to their tweets and disarms them with his humor.
Now if Chris Berman ever did this, I think the world would truly come to an end.
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.
On this day when many of you head back to work after the lazy holiday season, let’s provide some links as we get into the New Year.
I’m still saddened today by the passing of Turner Sports and PGA.com essayist Jim Huber. Reading the tributes on Twitter from those who knew him and those who did not, the man was widely well-liked. Jim gave us the facts, was willing to let the events come to him and never was one to call attention to himself. And when you finished reading or watching one of Jim’s essays, you felt the richer for having seen it.
Some links for you.
Scott Michaux from the Augusta (GA) Chronicle says Jim Huber’s passing was so sudden.
Michael Schulder, an Senior Executive Producer at CNN writes at SI.com, that Jim was not only a great writer, he was also a poet.
Ryan Ballengee at Golf Channel mourns Jim’s passing.
John Kim at PGA.com has an obit.
Carla Caldwell at the Atlanta Business Chronicle also has an obituary.
And the Turner Sports-run NBA.com has a story plus a video tribute to Jim Huber.
Other sports media links.
John Ourand & Michael Smith from Sports Business Journal report that Oklahoma University will have plenty of its sports programming seen in the Sooner State as well as Texas thanks to a new deal signed with Fox Sports.
Brian Steinberg at Advertising Age says NBC has sold out its Super Bowl XLVI ad inventory in sharp contrast to the last time it aired the Big Game when it was selling ads in the week leading up to the event.
And Brian writes that some Super Bowl advertisers are looking to make a big splash like Apple did with its famous “1984″ ad.
Alex Sherman of Bloomberg Business Week writes that NBC is getting as much as $4 million per 30 second ad for the Super Bowl. That’s a lot of money.
At the Hollywood Reporter, Georg Szalai writes about the neverending dispute between MSG Network and Time Warner Cable.
If you watched the NHL Winter Classic yesterday, you may have noticed a new ad from Bridgestone Tires with a fake press conference involving various ESPN personalities, one TNT analyst and if you’re really sharp-eyed, a reporter from Sports Business Journal. Shirley Brady of Brand Channel looks at the ad campaign that will climax at the Super Bowl.
To Greg Wyshynski at Yahoo’s Puck Daddy where he laments the death of Versus.
Jeff Sonderman at the Poynter Institute looks at how Philly.com handled comments in the reporting of Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin’s alleged molestation of seven children.
Ken Kerschbaumer of Sports Video Group mourns the passing of an ABC Sports production legend.
Dan Daley of SVG looks at how Turner Sports wired its NBA broadcasts when the league returned to play on Christmas Day.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes that Time Warner Cable has put NBA TV in MSG Network’s channel slot.
Richard says HBO’s 24/7 on the NHL Winter Classic is another part of the network’s winning formula in sports documentaries.
Richard looks at the Super Bowl ads selling out and setting a revenue record for NBC.
Newsday’s Neil Best says NBC did its best to sell hockey during yesterday’s Winter Classic.
At Fishbowl NY, Jerry Barmash catches up with former WABC-TV sports anchor Scott Clark.
Will Leitch at New York Magazine wants to know what’s going on with the MSG/Time Warner Cable spat.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette tells Time Warner Cable subscribers what they’re missing tonight on MSG and MSG Plus.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union notes that two ESPN’ers and also Capital Region natives get an on-air reunion during this week’s Orange Bowl broadcast.
Pete says Fox Sports Radio has debuted yet another morning show.
WCAU-TV in Philadelphia has announced a deal to pick up ACC Network basketball games this season.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog has highlights of the DC NFL Team Radio Network’s season finale from Sunday.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times has some thoughts on the holiday weekend in sports television.
At the Houston Chronicle, David Barron writes that Jim Rome is promising a return to H-Town in the near future after his local affiliate dropped his radio show.
To the Daily Oklahoman where Mel Bracht says ESPN got the job done for last night’s Fiesta Bowl.
Dusty Saunders from the Denver Post is a fan of NFL RedZone.
Jason Quick of The Oregonian says Comcast SportsNet Northwest has struck a deal allowing fans without access to the channel to view Portland Trail Blazers games online. For a fee, of course.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times feels Fox Sports NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira should call things both ways.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says the NHL Winter Classic drew its lowest overnight rating ever.
Sports Media Watch notes that TNT is putting Charles Barkley courtside this week.
SMW notes the Rose Bowl saw its lowest overnight rating in years.
Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead says Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer is banning his players from Twitter and CNBC’s Darren Rovell is pissed.
Barry Janoff from The Big Lead looks at the aforementioned Bridgestone ad campaign.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing has tweets from people angry over Matt Millen’s analysis during last night’s Fiesta Bowl. Millen was really awful last night.
Lots of good links for you today. That will do it.
Let’s give you some linkage on this Thursday.
We begin with Fox NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira who doesn’t mince words on ESPN’s Jon Gruden.
Bob’s Blitz reacts to Pereira’s strong post.
Jill Goldsmith of Variety says the clock is ticking for MSG Network and Time Warner Cable to hash out a new carriage agreement.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News writes that ESPN’s Monday Night Football experienced close to a double digit percentage ratings drop this season.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek says nothing delivers the ratings like football whether it be college or the NFL.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Ronnie Ramos says coaches and leagues regulating how their players use Twitter is still up for debate.
Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid notes that ABC 20/20 anchor Chris Cuomo is a fan of ESPN Monday Night Countdown’s “C’mon, Man” segment.
Mike Ozanian of Forbes says the Seattle Mariners could see a huge media rights increase in the very near future.
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe talks with the venerable TV play-by-play man of the Boston Celtics, Mike Gorman.
Chad notes that the Boston sports radio wars are getting a bit tighter in the ratings.
Johnny Diaz of the Globe writes that local businesses including Celtics rightsholder Comcast SportsNet New England are glad to have the team back in action.
Richard Huff of the New York Daily News looks at ESPN’s New Year’s Eve programming featuring two daredevil death-defying and record-breaking jump attempts.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette gives us his top 5 sports media stories of the year.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union writes about Mike Pereira’s column on Jon Gruden.
John Hopkins of the Towanda (NY) News offers to take a vow of abstinence from ESPN for a year.
Tim Pinaccio of CSNPhilly.com talks with NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins about HBO’s 24/7 series.
Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald says a local sports radio station is juggling its on-air lineup.
Rachel George of the Orlando Sentinel says CBS Sports Network will be all-Tim Tebow from Saturday night into the wee hours of Sunday morning.
Jay G. Tate of the Montgomery (AL) Advertiser notes that Auburn coach Gene Chizik will be returning to the BCS Championship Game this season, as an ESPN analyst.
At the Detroit News, Angelique S. Chegelis looks at the new partnership between the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences that would pit the conference’s football teams in interconference matchups in the first three weeks of the season. Games would benefit both conferences’ TV networks.
Tom Couzens at the Sacramento Bee gives a primer to Kings fans looking for the team’s games on satellite providers.
Susan Krashinsky of the Toronto Globe and Mail wonders if CBC can remain in the sports business.
Tommy Craggs of Deadspin looks into the Skip Baylessification of ESPN.
Kevin McCauley of SB Nation says now that charges against him have been dropped, Mike Milbury will return to NBC for the NHL Winter Classic.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says Versus will utilize its NHL top analyst Eddie Olcyzk to help call its inaugural college hockey telecast this week.
And that will conclude the links for now. I figured I would get them done early for a change.
I’ve been all over the place. I think I’m busier on unemployment than when I was working. It’s cut into my blogging time. Thanks for your patience during this time.
I’ll provide a few links for you.
With the Bill Conlin story continuing to explode, let’s get some links there first.
If you’re not familiar, Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin hastily retired after Philadelphia Inquirer investigative reporter Nancy Phillips wrote a story about four people accusing the Baseball Hall of Fame writer of molesting them as children in the 1970′s.
Daily News editor Larry Platt writes how hard it is to report on one of your own.
Gail Shister from the Philly Post talks with Phillips on how she broke the Conlin story.
Mike Silva’s Sports Media Watchdog was angry over the initial reaction from the Baseball Writers Association of America to Conlin.
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News says the BBWAA doesn’t speak for him.
AJ Daulerio of Deadspin chronicles a strange e-mail conversation he had with Conlin the day before the story broke.
To other stories now, Ronnie Ramos at the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center writes that new media is putting teams in competition with traditional media to break stories.
Brian Steinberg at Advertising Age has details on NBC’s plans to stream Super Bowl XLVI online and to give online viewers access to the TV ads that are a big part of the game.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News writes that Time Warner Cable has signed a long-term deal for NESN National, firing a big shot at MSG Network.
Wayne Friedman at MediaPost’s Media Daily News says the NBA is offering its League Pass out-of-market package free to cable and satellite customers at no cost for the first two weeks of the season.
Yesterday, there was a minor Twitter scuffle that started when Deadspin creator Will Leitch (now of New York Magazine) tweeted his morning run. CNBC’s Darren Rovell got irritated with it and called him out. It then led to Late Show with David Letterman staff writer Justin Stangel to get involved. Stangel was unfollowed by Rovell a couple of weeks ago over a tweet and he’s been bitter about it ever since.
Leitch wrote this post in Deadspin about his tweeting and Darren today. To their credit, Leitch and Rovell made up so all’s good apparently. Stangel and Rovell are a different story. Darren does have a sense of humor about being called the Twitter Police and this is his Twitter profile pic.
Speaking of Darren, he has this report on CNBC looking at the increase in broadcast rights fees for sports.
Joe Gill at Boston Sports Then and Now looks at how the Boston Red Sox used Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s likeness without permission.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media notes that the premiere of HBO’s 24/7 Flyers/Rangers garnered over one million viewers over a week’s worth of airings.
Obsessed With Sports looks at how ESPN makes money on the non-BCS bowls.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes that come Saturday, the Bengals will be blacked out again in Cincinnati.
I’ll leave it there. Wanted to give you some links.