The Return of Linkage!

by Ken Fang on August 30, 2009

After three days of long road trips from my house, going to Boston early for work, the ESPN Media Workshop, then going to New York to see my sister and some friends and no links here, it’s time to bring them back with a vengeance. You’ve been patient so let’s get cracking and give you linkage.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell addresses the rumors that the lovely Danica Patrick will be nude in ESPN The Magazine’s nude issue.

Newsday’s Neil Best says the time for general sports columnist has pretty much come and gone.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes that a former MSG Network president is suing George Steinbrenner over the YES Network.

And Richard writes that New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon is scoffing at the notion that he will sell the team after losing money in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News says Mets GM Omar Minaya needs to communicate better whenever he meets with the media.

It’s obvious that the New York Post’s Phil Mushnick hates college coaches.

The great Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union has some tidbits from the ESPN Media Workshop.

Pete has the NFL exhibition games for this week.

Ken McMillan of the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says both WFAN and 1050 ESPN will air college football games this fall.

Laura Nachman says a Philadelphia CN8 reporter moves up the coast to join Comcast SportsNet New England.

Laura says another CN8 sports reporter is now joining Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

Dave Hughes of DCRTV.com has sports media news and notes in Baltimore’s Press Box.

Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks about Bob Costas hitting the road for NBC’s Football Night in America.

Jim says CBS, ESPN2 and Tennis Channel will be all over the U.S. Open.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News writes that Michael Irvin will be joining the NFL Network.

John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer talks with Cris Collinsworth about taking the Sunday Night Football analyst baton from John Madden.

John has more with Cris in his blog.

Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business says new Cubs owner Thomas Ricketts may have some outs in the team’s long-term deals with WGN-AM, WGN-TV and Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

Ed says tonight’s Bears-Broncos games gives NBC an interesting storyline.

The Sports Media Watch has its weekend ratings predictions.

Joe Favorito wonders if soccer will ever make it big in New York.

During his trip to Bristol for the ESPN Media Workshop, the Big Lead spoke with College Gameday analyst Kirk Herbstreit.

The Big Lead also spoke with Alexi Lalas following their exchange over Landon Donovan.

The Sports Media Journal came from the ESPN Media Workshop with some great material. Let’s link them to you.

Here are some pictures from when we took the guided tour of the facilities.

Next, the SMJ’s Keith Thibeault talks with NFL analyst Tom Jackson. Note the casual dress for the workshop. Very good interview as well.

And the Southeastern New England Media Mogul interviewed SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm. I believe Keith offered her a contract to join his Fall River Cable TV station after this interview, but I think Hannah politely declined. That’s what I heard, I’m not totally sure.

From the Biz of Baseball, Maury Brown tells us that MLB Network will air a vignette on Eddie Gaedel. If you don’t know who Eddie Gaedel is, then you should watch the vignette on Monday.

In the Biz of Hockey, Maury discusses the very distinct possibility of DirecTV dropping Versus as of tomorrow.

For its part, DirecTV tweeted that it’s still trying to hash out an agreement with Comcast to keep Versus.

Steve Lepore of Puck The Media is excited that live NHL hockey is returning to TV next month.

And that’s it for now. I may be back with another post if news warrants.

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