A Head Exploding Tuesday Links

by Ken Fang on June 30, 2009

Head exploding describes me right now. I’m not in the greatest of moods right now. All of it is work-related so I’ve decided to blog to calm down. I have BBC’s coverage of Wimbledon on in the background so hopefully I’ll be able to get back to work after this without blowing up.

Ok, you don’t care about my mood, you want linkage so I’ll give it to you.

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Michael Hiestand of USA Today looks at the ratings of some of the major events from the weekend.

Michael McCarthy of USA Today writes that in the tough economy, not even broadcasting gigs are safe especially for ex-athletes trying to make a second career. Thanks to Newsday’s Neil Best for the link.

In a related note, Mike Donaghue of the Burlington (VT) Free Press reports that former Vermont basketball coach Tom Brennan won’t be returning to ESPN this upcoming season due to budget cuts.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times has a good feature on how Michael Jackson forever changed the Super Bowl halftime show.

Speaking of halftime shows, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk says the NFL’s Hall of Fame game is expecting to announce its first ever halftime act “soon”.

The perpetually pissed off Bob Raissman from the New York Daily News says the Mets are driving viewers away from SNY.

Newsday’s Neil Best must really be on vacation because he blogs about the Knicks City Dancers auditions. Neil says you can buy old Giants Stadium seats for just under $500 a pair.

Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette says former NHL Live host Don LaGreca returns this week for the final show of the season.

Frank Seravalli from the Philadelphia Daily News chronicles a typical day at the NFL Broadcasting Boot Camp.

Keith Groller from the Allentown (PA) Morning News looks at a new book written by ESPN’s Jayson Stark about the 2008 World Champion Phillies.

Washington Nationals TV voice Bob Carpenter blogs about the announcing switches that took place on MASN and MASN2 for the Orioles-Nats series this past weekend.

Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the Brewers set the standard for small market teams.

Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas City Star writes that a legendary local sports anchor is retiring as of today and won’t be replaced by his station.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News recaps last night’s 4th and Long episode on Spike.

Nick Jezierny and Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman write that a local TV station will pick up Boise State football, but not the school’s basketball games.

Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star says the NHL Entry Draft led the ratings last week in Canada.

Katherine Rushton of Broadcast Now in the UK writes that ESPN is about to outsource its production of English Premier League games to British Sky Broadcasting.

Leo Barraclough of Variety says last night’s Andy Murray-Stanislas Wawrinka match at Wimbledon pulled in great numbers for the BBC.

Ben Grossman of Broadcasting & Cable writes that HBO is unveiling a new edition of its 24/7 series.

Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News looks at the San Diego Padres’ deal to stream their games online within their local market.

Mike writes about ESPN’s plans to originate its studio shows for next year’s World Cup from South Africa.

National Public Radio’s Tell Me Now had the Washington Post’s Michael Wilbon as a guest to talk about his heart attack.

Jerod Morris from the Midwest Sports Fans blog speaks with Hannah Patrick of Sports Media Challenge who provides ESPN with its “Blog Buzz” feature that airs every morning on SportsCenter.

Joe Favorito says the Miami Dolphins try to keep themselves the media forefront as much as possible. Joe says the College of William & Mary opening up their mascot contest to the entire country is giving the school some massive brand recognition.

Steve Lepore of Puck The Media writes that NHL Network plans to celebrate some of the United States’ best contributions to hockey on July 4.

That’s going to do it for now.

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