Here Are the Thursday Links

by Ken Fang on August 20, 2009

Ok, to the links.

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe writes about tomorrow’s return for NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy.

John Tomase from the Boston Herald also has a story on the Remy return to the NESN booth in time for the Yankees series.

Ken Belson and Tim Arango of the New York Times discuss the SEC’s new restrictions on fans who want to take pictures or Live Tweet from conference football games. Again, I wonder how the conference can enforce this.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell says the SEC misunderstands how blogs work.

Darren talks with ESPN the Magazine general manager Gary Hoenig about the company’s strategy to offer a $1 renewal rate for current subscribers.

Newsday’s Neil Best says Yankees fans can look for first baseman Mark Texeira on the Late Show with David Letterman next week.

Neil says DirecTV is offering its NFL Sunday Ticket package online to Manhattan residents who can’t get the satellite service.

Neil mentions that Showtime boxing announcer and original CNN Sports anchor Nick Charles is undergoing cancer treatment. My best to Nick.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union talks about NBC Sports extending its contract to air Sunday Night Football for two more years.

Rachel Orland of the Washington Times profiles former Olympics gold medal-winning gymnast Dominque Dawes who is turning to TV journalism.

Tim Lemke of the Times writes about teams hoping to get returns on their major signings.

John Kiesewetter from the Cincinnati Enquirer says the first episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks featuring the Bengals got higher ratings than last year’s premiere with the Dallas Cowboys.

John says the second episode of Hard Knocks showed a lot of the Bengals’ shortcomings.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News analyzes the Erin Andrews photoshoot in this month’s GQ magazine.

Tom was focused on Nicole Manske during ESPN2′s NASCAR Now which featured President Barack Obama yesterday.

The Los Angeles Times’ Diane Pucin says John Madden is coming out of retirement… for one day. Scared you, didn’t I?

Alex Pham of the Times actually talks with Madden about the newly released Madden 10 NFL video game and retirement from TV.

Jon Weisman of Variety has details of NBC Sports’ extension to air Sunday Night Football through 2013.

Ben Grossman of Broadcasting & Cable says Showtime’s Nick Charles will be off the air indefinitely as he battles carcinoma.

Alex Weprin of B&C says the first head-to-head battle between UFC and Strikeforce on Spike and Showtime respectively was won by UFC. But as you know, Spike is on many basic cable tiers while Showtime is on pay so really it’s comparing apples and oranges.

Wayne Friedman of Mediapost writes about the Tennis Channel-Cablevision dispute.

Joe Strupp from Mediaweek says at least 49 newspapers with high circulations are forming a sports website alliance where they can share content and stories. I think this is a very good idea.

The delightful Amanda Bruno from the Batter-up with Bruno blog says while the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Telethon won’t take place until next week, some items are already for bid on eBay.

Speaking of WEEI, Kristine Leahy has The Five at the radio station’s website.

The great Steve Lepore from Puck The Media has your team-by-team breakdown for NHL national television appearances for the upcoming season.

Good friend Cameron Frye is asking for writers for her blog. Send her samples. Her e-mail address is on the site.

Steve Scafa from I Had to Turn It Off When… feels WFAN’s Lori Rubinson lost her mind last week when she tried to explain the Mets’ David Wright’s lack of power.

The Sports Media Watch looks at the ratings of various programs.

Joe Favorito likes how a Cleveland Indians and Columbus Blue Jackets marketing alliance is following the lead of a similar partnership between the Chicago Blackhawks and White Sox.

Chris Byrne in the Eye on Sports Media blog has video of James Brown talking about his 60 Minutes interview with Michael Vick.

Chris wonders if Kentucky coach John Calipari is sitting back and laughing while the NCAA penalizes his former Memphis team.

And we’re done for the day.

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