Time for Linkage

by Ken Fang on August 4, 2009

Let’s do linkage on this Tuesday. Already a busy day on Fang’s Bites so let’s get to the links while we can.

The great Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated has his Media Power Rankings for July.

The Nielsen Ratings Wire blog says New York Mets GM Omar Minaya’s attempts to discredit the New York Daily News’ Adam Rubin ended up giving the paper and reporter big boosts not only on blogs but on TV as well.

The Sports Business Daily has the weekend overnight ratings from the TV networks.

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand gives his take on the ratings.

Michael also talks with ESPN’s Lee Corso who hopes to be on College Gameday’s season premiere in September.

Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal says any chance for ESPN to pick up next week’s US-Mexico World Cup qualifier is now dead (scroll down).

The Wall Street Journal reports that ESPN has finalized deals for placement on all of the UK’s pay TV services in time for the English Premier League season.

Amanda Andrews of Marketing Magazine says ESPN faces an uphill battle in reaching UK subscribers.

Newsday’s Neil Best looks at the reports that the Arena Football League is folding.

Richard Sandomir from the New York Times says the sale of the Chicago Cubs continues to twist in the wind.

Jane L. Levere of the Times looks at an ESPN campaign that looks to promote high school athletes.

Adam Reilly of the Boston Phoenix points out that the long running feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe is over. Interestingly, it comes right when WBZ-FM is preparing to launch next week.

Dan Kennedy of the Phoenix looks at the history of the feud.

Speaking of WEEI, Kristine Leahy has today’s edition of The Five.

Two articles from the Hartford Courant.

One compares the radio broadcasts for the Red Sox and Yankees and finds there are a lot of commercials.

MaryEllen Fillo of the Courant tagged along with some unknown named David Cook as he went to ESPN’s Baseball Tonight set.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell is amazed that a minor league baseball team pulled off a Nickel Beer Night without any incidents.

Darren says the Pirates have a unique way of selling tickets in the wake of their fire sale and the weak economy.

Darren wonders if selling standing room only tickets at Cowboys games is a good idea.

Anthony Miller from the Cherry Hill (NJ) Courier Post feels ESPN let down Erin Andrews by lifting its ban on New York Post reporters.

Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call was with ESPN’s production team as it had to adjust to rain at the Pennsylvania 500 on Sunday.

Laura Nachman wonders if an injury to Philadelphia Eagle Stewart Bradley will end his role on WPVI’s Eagle-centric show.

Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times talks with Tampa Bay Rays TV voice DeWayne Staats about the rules of calling a no-hitter in progress.

John Adams from the Knoxville (TN) News says ESPN will make sure we’ll all watch SEC football this season.

Jason Galloway writes for the Tuscaloosa (AL) News says two University of Alabama alums are broadcasting minor league baseball games in hopes of making the Show someday.

The Columbus Post-Dispatch says Fox Sports Ohio have added two new members to the Blue Jackets broadcasting team.

Ed Sherman from Crain’s Chicago Business looks at a couple of stories that hit while he was on vacation.

Steven M. Sipple in the Lincoln (NE) Journal-Star says the Big 12 conference has a ways to catch up with the SEC as far as TV rights are concerned.

Doug Robinson of the Deseret (UT) News says there’s an irony in the Erin Andrews story.

David Hatfield of Inside Tucson Business talks about the University of Arizona bringing its games back to broadcast TV after years being on cable’s Fox Sports Arizona.

Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times writes about Comcast subscribers finally getting access to NFL Network.

Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News talks with YES President Tracy Dolgin about the decision to stream Yankees games in-market.

John Eggerton of Multichannel writes that the FCC feels that MASN has not made its case to get carried on cable systems in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia.

With the NBA schedules being released today, the Sports Media Watch finds that ABC is getting the absolute bare minimum of games for the 2009-10 season.

And SMW says it appears Christmas Day won’t be a showcase for just marquee teams.

Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball looks at a controversy that has hit the blogosphere, what is fair use for quoting an article and should a media outlet charge for use of such article?

Ed Meza of Variety writes that a Rupert Murdoch-owned entity is bidding for the German TV rights for the 2014 and 2016 Olympics. Murdoch-owned companies in Italy and Turkey have already picked up rights for said games.

Chris Byrne from the Eye on Sports Media points out that the Washington Post magazine has published some previously secret letters from the Redskins.

And Chris says Rich Gannon replaces Solomon Wilcots on Sirius NFL Radio.

We’re done for now.

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