Let’s do some links now. I’m still coming down from learning that I’m an uncle as of this morning. My sister gave birth to a bouncing baby girl, 6 lbs., 5 oz. and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m looking forward to meeting my niece sometime this weekend so you may not see me on Saturday or Sunday. In any event, I’m very happy over the news. Certainly makes me forget the fact I don’t have a TV.
Also look for the next Sports Media Weekly podcast starring Southeastern New England media mogul Keith Thibeault and your humble blogger. We do hope to have a guest (fingers crossed) and I will let you know when that is up and running. Last week’s debut was quite fun and we try to keep it under a half hour so you can listen while you’re working out or in your car. They are available on iTunes as well. I will give you the heads up when you can listen.
Starting your links with Michael Hiestand of USA Today, he says the new United Football League plans to be all about football and less about gimmicks.
Also from the Nation’s Newspaper, baseball writer Mel Antonen says the great Ernie Harwell is handling death just as he has handled his life, with great dignity.
The great Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated says last night’s edition of Joe Buck Live was more subdued than its debut back in June.
Eric Fisher of Sports Business Daily writes that ESPN has confirmed that it’s launching ESPN Dallas next week.
Dan Lamothe of the Red Sox Monster blog in the Massachusetts Republican is happy to see NESN hire popular Philadelphia sports anchor Jade McCarthy.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times has an NBC-centric column today in which he waxes poetic about John Madden and takes the network to task for overgushing on the new Cowboys Stadium.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News breaks a story telling us that former Mets manager Bobby Valentine appears to be heading back to ESPN where he was employed in 2003.
Will Leitch of New York Magazine also looks at Bobby V’s return to cable TV.
Newsday’s Neil Best recaps his visit to the Joe Buck Live set last night.
Neil notes that this Sunday’s Giants-Jets conflict is the first in 25 years.
Neil says former Jets QB Joe Namath likes what he sees from current Jets signal caller Mark Sanchez.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell gets an inside look at Brian Urlacher’s memorabilia contract.
Darren wonders if air conditioned shoulder pads are the next big thing?
Darren says Michael Crabtree’s holdout is hurting his value in jersey sales and endorsements.
John Gonzalez of the Philadelphia Inquirer says he’s going to miss watching sports anchor Jade McCarthy. I didn’t know she was so popular in Philly. I watched her on visits to the area and thought she was good, but had no idea of her popularity.
Kevin McGuire of Examiner.com wonders why Penn State fans can’t watch the Big Ten Network in HD.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says the Ravens and the inappropriately named Washington NFL team were ratings winners in their respective markets.
Jim says Versus tapping Baltimore sports talk show host Anita Marks for the UFL is a good move.
Jim has a look at the FoxSports.com lunchtime online programming.
Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post misses longtime local sports anchor George Michael.
Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman writes the Sooners’ women’s basketball team makes an appearance on ESPN2′s Big Monday schedule in 2010.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban both made HBO-worthy comments on Joe Buck Live.
Barry has word of Sean Salisbury’s latest gig.
Barry wonders if the economy is behind the NFL’s huge ratings in the young season.
Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has some NFL-related media news.
Tim Cary of Chicago Now talks with Big Ten Network host Dave Revsine.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News looks at the Week 4 college football TV schedule for SoCal.
Tom also has the NFL Week 3 TV schedule.
Tom reviews last night’s Joe Buck Live.
Bruce Dowbiggin from the Toronto Globe and Mail says the new people meters ratings system brought good news for CBC Sports and TSN.
The Sports Media Watch says last Saturday’s Florida State-BYU game gave Versus its highest viewership of the week.
SMW has some ratings odds and ends.
And SMW has the overnight weekend ratings.
Chris Byrne at the Eye on Sports Media blog says the networks of ESPN will air all 52 games of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The EPL Talk blog says ESPN2 has garnered decent ratings for English Premier League games despite not having marquee matchups to date.
And the always lovely Kristine Leahy has the latest edition of The Five at WEEI.com.
That’s it for now.