Some Quick Monday Linkage

I have too many tabs slowing down my browsers, so that means I should do some linkage for you. Here goes.

Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch has his weekly Monday column which includes a talk with ESPN’s Jay Bilas and a look into NBC’s English Premier League coverage which kicks off in earnest this Saturday.

Deitsch along with several SI writers including Stewart Mandel, Andy Staples and Pete Thamel discuss the issues facing college football going into the new season.

John Ourand at Sports Business Daily says for those cable and satellite providers which won’t carry Fox Sports 1 at the outset, they’ll still get a version of Speed.

Adam Schupak at Golfweek tells us how Fox got the deal with the USGA to televise the U.S. Open for 12 years starting in 2015.

Tim Rosaforte of Golf Digest says Fox is targeting Greg Norman as the analyst for the U.S. Open.

Laken Litman of USA Today talks with several regular callers to the Paul Finebaum Show, asking them what they’ve been doing without his program. Finebaum’s new national radio show premieres today.

Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News reports that four more cable providers including Time Warner have signed onto NBC’s English Premier League Extra Time channels.

Tim Baysinger of Broadcasting & Cable has Fox executives bullish on Fox Sports 1’s chances of being profitable within three years.

Erik Malinowski of BuzzFeed talks with the Associated Press reporter who helped to bring steroids in baseball out into the open.

Steve Lepore of SB Nation’s Puck The Media interviews Fox Sports 1’s Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole about the new Fox Sports Live.

Steve also talks with NBC’s Jon Miller about the EPL, NASCAR and NHL Stadium Series.

Ed Sherman of The Sherman Report reviews the trash talking that has arisen between ESPN and Fox Sports 1.

Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing has video of Cleveland Browns preseason TV analyst Bernie Kosar hating on the St. Louis Rams last week. To me, the video is hilarious, but the Rams didn’t find it so.

David Rogers at Awful Advertising says Fox Sports now has a real version of Cleatus the Robot. Oh, man.

Phil Mushnick at the New York Post continues hating on Yankees voice John Sterling. He even uses a 1978 incident to justify his column. Ok, Phil.

Phil yells at ESPN for its handling of the Hugh Douglas-Michael Smith incident and its reporting of the Riley Cooper racial slur.

Ken Schott at the Schenectady Gazette notes a local sports radio station has hired a new Brand Manager.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union writes that CBS got a ratings boost for the final round of the PGA Championship.

Jonathan Tannenwald at’s The Goalkeeper blog speaks with NBC’s EPL and MLS analyst Kyle Martino.

Great pic from the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog showing MASN Nationals reporter Julie Alexandria bracing for a Gatorade bath after Sunday’s game. Julie’s getting nailed with the Gatorade quite a bit during her postgame interviews this season.

Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times says Ronde Barber has some work to do to become an elite NFL analyst.

Bob Carlton of the Birmingham (AL) News talks with Paul Finebaum about his return to radio today.

Ben Flanagan of the Birmingham (AL) News hopes to hear some of Finebaum’s regular callers when his show premieres today.

David Barron at the Houston Chronicle notes that ESPN’s Hannah Storm will interview Texans’ defensive lineman J.J. Watt for a special tonight.

Angelique S. Chengelis of the Detroit News says long-time University of Michigan voice Frank Beckmann is retiring at the end of the football season.

But Jeff Moss at the Detroit Sports Rag has the rest of the story behind Beckmann’s departure.

Paul M. Banks of the Chicago Sports Media Watch says the hometown Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer-Press are “trading” beat writers.

Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post says Golf Channel’s coverage of the Solheim Cup will be must-see TV.

Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times looks at the battle between ESPN and Fox Sports 1.

And Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has your SoCal sports calendar.

That’s it.

About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013. He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television. Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.