Wednesday’s Links

by Ken Fang on August 26, 2009

To your links.

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand writes about Jon Gruden’s joining Monday Night Football and ensuring the focus is on the game and not on anything else.

Eric Fisher in the Sports Business Daily writes that CBSSports.com’s Rapid Reports from embedded NFL reporters has already reached over the 17,000 mark in a short period of time.

Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek reports that ESPN came close to toppling USA Network in the cable primetime ratings last week.

Kenneth Hein of Adweek says one thing Brett Favre brings with his return to the NFL is marketing and media savvy.

Wayne Friedman of Mediapost isn’t too keen on the idea of the NFL RedZone channel.

Writing in the Sporting News, Dan Levy of On The DL notices that despite ESPN’s Twitter and Social Network policy, staffers continue to Tweet and blog.

Southeastern New England media mogul Keith Thibeault continues his series of interviews with NFL play-by-play in the Sports Media Journal and the latest talk is with new San Francisco 49ers voice and veteran tennis announcer Ted Robinson.

Keith tells us that he’ll be at the ESPN Media Workshop tomorrow and I’ll have details of my attendance there as well, but that will be in a separate post.

Len Berman gives us his top five stories of the day in the Huffington Post.

Newsday’s Neil Best notes that today is the 70th anniversary of the 1st MLB game ever to be aired on TV.

Neil asked CBS’ Lesley Visser about Erin Andrews.

Neil was at CBS Sports’ NFL luncheon yesterday and that’s where he caught up with Lesley and a bunch of CBS Sports NFL announcers. You can check out the eight blog posts he made right here.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union was also at the CBS luncheon. He has CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus being on board with the new NFL RedZone channel which Comcast and Dish Network have already agreed to carry.

Pete has the CBS NFL analysts dishing on the Jets, Brett Favre and the Bills.

Pete says CBS’ McManus likes the network’s extension to air NFL games through 2013.

And Pete has some more tidbits from the CBS NFL luncheon.

Jackie Majerus of the Bristol (CT) Press chronicles an ESPN 30th anniversary party featuring Chris Berman as speaker.

Mary Ellen Fillo of the Hartford Courant was also at the celebration.

Richie Rathsack of the Meriden (CT) Record-Journal has Berman sharing his memories of the early days at ESPN.

Comcast SportsNet New England wishes beloved Celtics analyst Tommy Heinsohn a Happy 75th Birthday and it’s nice to know that I share a birthday with Tommy. I get a Tommy Point for that.

Nice to have Ken McMillan of the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record back after recovering from wrist surgery.

Ken says Fox Soccer Channel will enter the college soccer realm this season.

And Ken writes that the long-time Army flagship radio station has replaced the Black Knights with Notre Dame football.

Laura Nachman says Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia is making some lineup changes in September.

Eric Ferrari of the Raleigh News & Observer says some workers at the University of North Carolina aren’t happy about being told to leave their jobs early when ESPN airs the UNC-Florida State on campus in October.

The State in South Carolina says all of Clemson’s ACC basketball games will be on TV.

John Clay in the Lexington Herald-Leader has some comments from ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit about the upcoming college football season.

Andrea Adelson of the Orlando Sentinel says Herbstreit predicts that Florida will be in the BCS National Championship Game.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says it’s status quo for the voices of the Dallas Mavericks.

Barry wonders why the Texas Rangers-New York Yankees series is being aired in standard def.

The Austin American-Statesman adds to the growing list of calls that ESPN’s airing of the Little League World Series exploits kids.

Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business says Crane Kenney’s days as Cubs chairman are most likely numbered.

Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tried to sit through the Big Ten Network’s airings of team practices.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has a blog post on the first MLB game to air on television some 70 years ago today.

And you can take a look at the history of televised baseball through the years at Wikipedia and the article is pretty accurate

Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says the DirecTV/Versus dispute is the last thing NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman needs.

Chris Zelkovich from the Toronto Star has the sports TV ratings in Canada from last weekend.

The Sport Media Watch says NASCAR can actually say it’s on a ratings winning streak.

SMW says Yankees-Red Sox gave ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball another ratings boost.

SMW has some various ratings news and notes.

SMW gives us the weekend overnight ratings.

EPL Talk is amazed at ESPN2′s ratings for the English Premier League after 3 games.

Joe Favorito looks at the pros and cons of a group of newspapers wanting to share sports content.

SportsbyBrooks says Pardon The Interruption has now surpassed SportsCenter in the ratings and in generating ad revenue.

Devon Teeple writing in the Biz of Baseball site says the movie “Sugar”, about a Dominican prospect hoping to make it to the Major Leagues, is coming out on DVD.

Kristine Leahy has your latest edition of The Five on WEEI.com.

And here’s a video of Kristine trying to interview Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon with manager Terry Francona giving them the business.

That’s it for now. Lots of links.

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