Your Tuesday Links

As I crank the air conditioning in my office, it’s time to give you some links so you can be a sedentary and remain cool on this scorcher of a day. We’re expecting temperatures to reach the upper 90’s here in Southern New England and it’s just too hot to be outside.

Starting with Newsday’s Neil Best, he writes in his Tuesday column about Michael Strahan’s retirement and his next career as a TV analyst. And Neil has more about Strahan in his blog. Neil has some items that did not make his column.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News also feels Strahan is headed for one of the TV networks. Raissman remembers Jim McKay while taking a backhanded slap at ESPN.

Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News says Jim McKay was truly a broadcast pioneer.

George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal admires McKay’s dedication.

Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that Jim McKay certainly went the distance to bring Wide World of Sports into our living rooms.

Jim Carlisle from the Ventura County Star writes that Jim McKay never allowed himself to become part of the story he was covering.

From the New York Times’ archives, we have Richard Sandomir’s review of the 2003 HBO documentary, “Jim McKay: My World in My Words”.

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says despite having a stellar matchup for the NBA Finals, the ratings have not followed the media hype.

Chicago Tribune media writer Teddy Greenstein says while Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti may not be liked nationally, he’s now taking hits from his own Sun-Times colleagues.

The San Jose Mercury News’ John Ryan says the International Olympic Committee should look in the mirror when it considers the problems in Communist China over potential broadcast restrictions.

Dusty Saunders from the Rocky Mountain News has a review of tomorrow’s HBO documentary on the 1960 U.S. Open.

Keith Groller from the Allentown (PA) Morning News says the HBO documentary is another in a long line of excellent programs by the network.

Craig Dolch from the Palm Beach Post says Tiger Woods is the only reason why this week’s U.S. Open is moving into primetime.

Molly Yanity of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer writes that 7 University of Washington games will be seen on national TV through ESPN, FSN or Versus.

And here’s the complete PAC 10 football TV schedule.

Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star says the impending retirement of PAC 10 Commissioner Tom Hansen (no relation) may not be a totally good thing and may not mean migration of games to ESPN.

Joseph Mantone of the Wall Street Journal talks with Tennis Channel CEO Ken Solomon about the struggle to reach more subscribers.

Robert J. Terry of the Baltimore Business Journal reports that another arbitrator has ruled that Time Warner Cable must carry MASN in North Carolina. Back in January, a Federal arbitrator said Time Warner discriminated against MASN in favor of its own channels.

Roger Van Der Horst of the Raleigh News & Observer says Time Warner is not going to give up without a fight.

Jeffrey Flanagan of the Kansas City Star says Time Warner Cable missed one batter during a key stretch in the Yankees-Royals game yesterday.

Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star writes about CTV wrestling the Hockey Theme away from CBC.

Peter Cheney of the Toronto Globe and Mail says CTV came in and scooped up the song from under CBC’s nose.

Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald says fans will eventually get over hearing the Hockey Night in Canada theme on TSN.

I’ll stop here for now.

Ken Fang

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.