A Tuesday Linkfest

by Ken Fang on October 20, 2009

Doing some links today. Got a late start as I had to deal with computer problems at the home office early this morning. But I think I have a handle on them and I’ll do the links and hope to have a review of the 30 for 30 documentary on the USFL that will air tonight on ESPN.

First, linkage and we start with USA Today’s Michael Hiestand who lists the TV ratings of some of the weekend sports programming.

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated writes about ESPN’s new announcer for next year’s World Cup and various other subjects.

The Sports Business Daily says Fox received ratings tops for its afternoon broadcast of Game 3 of the ALCS yesterday.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell writes about one of the fastest growing bat makers in the country.

Darren says the fight over what shoes Michael Jordan’s son wears on the court is still ongoing.

Last weekend was the Blogs With Balls 2.0 conference in Las Vegas and from all accounts, another successful event run by HHR Media. The BwB2.0 site has the first of several recaps from the bloggers in attendance.

Writing in the Sporting News, Dan Levy of On The DL says he’s not a fan of Monday Night Football’s Jon Gruden. I disagree with him, but that’s ok, not everyone can agree.

One other thing from Dan, he pays tribute to a very special person in his life.

Richard Sandomir from the New York Times is puzzled by Los Angeles’ ratings for the  League Championship Series.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News feels Fox is drinking the Yankees Kool-Aid.

Newsday’s Neil Best gives Fox Sports’ Joe Buck some love.

In his blog, Neil also gives loves to the Fox Sports’ ALCS production team.

On the other hand, Neil wonders what’s up with TBS’ Chip Caray?

Neil tells us that Marv Albert is cutting back on the number of Nets games he’ll call for YES this season.

Neil talks with MLB Network guest analyst Aaron Boone who’s leaning on retirement and a possible TV career.

Will Leitch of New York Magazine says Chip Caray has given us a new appreciation of Joe Buck.

Frequent Caray critic Richard Sandomir of the New York Times is still on Chip’s case.

Pete Dougherty in the Albany Times Union is amazed that in Los Angeles with two teams in the LCS, football still beat baseball in the ratings.

Keith Groller from the Allentown (PA) Morning Call writes that one of the voices of the Phillies’ minor league farm team is getting a taste of the big time during the MLB Postseason.

The 700 Level blog noticed that MLB.com jumped the gun before the final of NLCS Game 4.

Christopher Vito of the Delaware County (PA) Times says TBS’ Craig Sager’s burnt orange number was critiqued by a Phillies fan last night.

Matt Martin of the Erie (PA) Times-News it’s sad that DirecTV subscribers can’t see NHL games due to its dispute with Versus.

Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes that the NBA is targeting Hispanics in a big way.

Barry Horn from the Dallas Morning News has the college football TV schedule for the Metroplex this week.

Barry also has the NFL TV schedule.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman is amazed by the details of the Jim Nantz divorce trial.

The Niles (MI) Daily Star says a high school football playoff selection show will be aired on HD.

Ed Sherman from Crain’s Chicago Business says Los Angeles is not a hardcore sports town.

Ed says sportswriters are particularly partial to Dodgers GM Ned Colletti.

Carol Slezak of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that Fox and TBS are taking the joy out of the MLB Postseason.

Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune says ESPN’s College Gameday is heading to Utah this weekend.

Michael C. Lewis from the Tribune says fans of the Mountain West Conference are still shut out from seeing of certain games on TV.

The University of Nevada has announced its basketball TV schedule.

Diance Pucin of the Los Angeles Times looks at the productions of ALCS Game 3 and NLCS Game 4 from her perspective.

Rick Bentley of the Fresno Bee writes that Raiders fans were angry about being shut out of Sunday’s rare win over the Eagles.

Etan Vlessing of the Hollywood Reporter writes that the Harlem Globetrotters are heading back to the animated market. They Globbetrotters had a Saturday morning TV show in the 1970′s.

David Tanklefsky from Broadcasting & Cable says MLB helped to steer Fox to a primetime ratings win.

Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek says after losing to TBS’ MLB coverage, ESPN got back on top of the cable primetime ratings for football.

The supermodel-like Amanda Rykoff remembers one of the saddest moments in MLB history, but she does give me a shout out in  the post.

Former WBZ-TV sports anchor Bob Lobel is now co-hosting a new show that is barely seen outside of his house.

The Sports Media Watch notes that the SEC on CBS got another ratings spike.

SMW says NASCAR on ABC got stomped on by MLB.

Despite a 59-0 blowout win by the Patriots, CBS still drew good ratings for the NFL.

SMW says NBC got strong ratings for Sunday Night Football.

Rounding out the NFL ratings, SMW says Fox garnered good ratings for regional coverage.

The NHL Network has been nominated for a Gemini Award in Canada. That’s the equivalent of an Emmy Award.

Kristine Leahy has Tuesday’s version of The Five on WEEI.com.

That’s it for now.

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