A Monday Linkfest

by Ken Fang on August 24, 2009

I’m here to give you some links today and let’s get to them.

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand writes that former Monday Night Football voice Frank Gifford feels there’s too much screaming in the NFL announcing booths.

Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch talks with NBC’s Cris Collinsworth about taking John Madden’s place on Sunday Night Football.

To the Sports Business Journal which has a special section today on the Top Minor League markets. It explains how it reached the conclusion of Hershey-Harrisburg, PA as the top minor league market.

Here are the rest of the top 10 markets.

Here’s the ranking of all the markets.

The SBJ’s Theresa Manahan talks with two executives from Oklahoma City’s minor league teams to gauge the impact the NBA’s Thunder has had on the market.

David Broughton looks at certain markets that stand out for the right and wrong reasons.

Joe Favorito talks about a minor league team getting major league marketing buzz.

Walter Bingham writes in the Cape Cod (MA) Times how TV has changed golf over the years.

In a preview of his Tuesday column, Newsday’s Neil Best talks with ESPN’s Jon Gruden about Jets’ rookie QB Mark Sanchez.

Neil noticed that Kate Mara, granddaughter of Giants owner Wellington Mara, was on HBO’s Entourage last night.

Neil says good on SNY’s Gary Cohen for capturing the bizarre triple play ending to the Phillies-Mets game, but bad on him for not getting the history right.

Neil reports a former 1050 ESPN Radio staffer has surfaced down the dial at WFAN.

The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick is angry over a lack of sportsmanship at the Little League World Series and feels Nike is guilty by association in the release of the Pan Am 103 bomber.

Laura Nachman says CBS Radio has moved Eagles coach Andy Reid’s weekly show from WYSP to WIP.

Tom Knott of the Washington Times talks with former DC sports radio host and Washington Wizard Brendon Heywood.

Bob Molinaro of the Virginian-Pilot writes that the SEC with the help of ESPN has become the giant 800 lb. gorilla in college sports.

Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times reviews the weekend in televised sports.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News notes that the Cowboys exhibition game beat the Rangers in the ratings like a drum on Friday.

Barry also has the video of the tour that Jerry Jones took Fox Sports NFL host Curt Menafee on at the new Cowboys Stadium.

Warren Gerds of the Green Bay Press Gazette writes that eight Vikings games featuring Brett Favre will be seen locally this season.

Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business feels Tribune Company owner Sam Zell lost out on his sale of the Cubs.

Ed also has a huge suggestion for new Cubs owner-elect Thomas Ricketts.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says former Rams coach Mike Martz will be doing work for the NFL Network this season.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls (IA) Courier says E:60 will do a story on the high school football coach who was shot and killed earlier this year.

Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post writes that Colorado Avalanche voice Norm Jones deserved better than to be cut from his job to save money.

Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times says ESPN plans to show the USC-Ohio State game next month in 3-D in select markets.

Diane writes that unless an agreement can be made, DirecTV plans to pull Versus on August 31.

Joe Flint of the Times writes about the WWE showing a softer side and also planning in the works to launch its own cable TV network.

On the 20th anniversary of Pete Rose being banned from baseball for gambling, the Los Angeles Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth feels that any chance of Rose being reinstated is slim to none.

Art Thiel writing in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer site says new Pac 10 Commissioner Larry Scott has his work cut out for him as far as generating new TV revenue is concerned.

Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star says Maria Sharapova’s treatment of her coach proved to be more riveting than the Rogers Cup final on CBC.

Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says the war of words between Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and Research In Motion Jim Balsillie shows what’s wrong with the NHL today.

Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News outlines next week’s extensive TV coverage for the US Open in Flushing Meadow, NY.

Mike looks at some of the changes with the NFL TV partners this season.

Mark Sweeney in the Guardian in the UK says ESPN has hired former England and Newcastle United coach Kevin Keegan to be the network’s lead studio analyst for English Premier League games.

Dylan Stableford wonders in The Wrap if ESPN the Magazine is committing “publishing suicide” by offering a $1/year renewal rate.

Amanda Bruno in Batter-up with Bruno feels ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball crew did worse than Fox’s MLB crew during this weekend’s Yankees-Red Sox series.

Christy Hammond in the Sports PR blog looks at the SEC revising its new media policy.

Tracy Swedlow of Interactive TV looks at NBC’s 2.0 version of streaming Sunday Night Football this season.

WHDH TV in Boston says NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol was in town over the weekend as to honor the memory of his late son, Teddy.

And Kristine Leahy has today’s version of The Five on WEEI.com.

That’s it for today. Lots of links on this Monday.

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