Some Thursday Linkage

by Ken Fang on October 1, 2009

Let’s do some linkage. Later today, I’ll be recording another edition of the Sports Media Weekly with Southeastern New England media mogul Keith Thibault. I can tell you that the Boston Globe’s Chad Finn is the guest this week and I’ll let you know when it’s up.

Doing the links and there are plenty of them this week.

From Yahoo! Sports, Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski says it doesn’t appear likely that DirecTV and Versus will hash out a carriage agreement in time for tonight’s NHL season openers.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times has more on the Versus/DirecTV dispute.

Bill Carter of the Times reports that Comcast is denying a report that it’s buying NBC.

David Faber of CNBC says Comcast may get 51% of NBC.

Chris Ariens of TV Newser has NBC Universal’s interpretation of events.

Gary Mihoces of USA Today says ESPN hopes to ride Brett Favre to big ratings on Monday Night Football.

Michael Hiestand of USA Today writes that TBS is gearing up for the League Division Series.

Newsday’s Neil Best has TBS’ announcing teams for the League Division Series.

Jerry Barmash of the New York Examiner talks with Sam Ryan of WCBS and CBS Sports about her decision to remain with WCBS after she originally wanted to leave due to family commitments.

Last night, a story surfaced that Michael Vick had signed an endorsement contract with Nike, but CNBC’s Darren Rovell quickly shot it down.

Darren has a look at the top selling NBA jerseys in Europe.

Darren lists the Top 10 best selling sports-themed books of the year to date.

Ben Mathis-Lilley of New York magazine would like Time Warner Cable and NFL Network to settle their dispute.

John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant analyzes the Big East’s women’s basketball TV schedule.

Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette has the NHL Network’s live game schedule for this season.

Ken reports that former New York Rangers coach Mike Keenan will join MSG Network as a studio analyst this season.

Ken says Time Warner Cable is expanding its HD sports offerings.

Ken McMillan from the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record notes that the NHL Center Ice package will be free for THREE WEEKS!!!

Ken says all 82 New York Knicks regular season games will be on MSG Network and not on any secondary MSG Network channel.

Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News says Sabres fans will see more games in HD this season.

Laura Nachman says the Phillies’ TV and radio crews will be splitting the local calls during the playoffs.

The 700 Level blog has a nice video montage for the Phillies asking the team to win this year for the late Harry Kalas.

And the 700 Level notes that Phillies paid homage to Harry after they clinched the National League East Division crown.

Patrick Berkery of the Philly Burbs papers previews Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s documentary on the old Spectrum.

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog notes the lack of presence of the local TV stations at Capitals practice during the NHL exhibition season.

Tim Lemke of the Washington Times says DirecTV subscribers won’t be able to see the Capitals’ season opener tonight.

Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner says it appears DirecTV is in no hurry to get Versus back on its service.

Jim says MLB Network is all over the season ending pennant races.

John Clay of the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader isn’t a fan of the ESPN-SEC deal thus far.

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

Barry wonders how long a new afternoon team on the local ESPN Radio affiliate will last.

David Barron from the Houston Chronicle notes a change at one local sports radio station’s morning team.

David says last Saturday’s Texas Tech-Houston game missed the top 10 in the local TV ratings.

Mel Bracht of the Oklahoman says ESPN/ABC’s Kirk Herbstreit will have a busy Saturday.

John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer says Fox Sports Ohio plans to air 16 Xavier University basketball games.

Mike Brudenell of the Detroit Free Press says Fox Sports Detroit unveils its new digital HD studio tonight.

Bill Shea from Crain’s Detroit Business writes that the Tigers have set another ratings record for Fox Sports Detroit.

Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business notes that Comcast SportsNet Chicago will celebrate five years of the Wolves.

Ed would love to see the Olympics in Chicago.

Ed comes as close as possible to predicting Chicago as the site of the 2016 Olympics. We’ll all find out around lunchtime tomorrow.

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says ESPN’s Jon Gruden felt that Brett Favre was going to be his quarterback before the New York Jets swooped in.

Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic reports that the Phoenix Coyotes have signed a last minute rights deal with Fox Sports Arizona for this season.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has the college football TV schedule for SoCal this week.

Tom also has the NFL TV schedule.

Tamara Chuang of the Orange County (CA) Register notes that a new FSN show seems to be a 30 minute product placement ad for Vizio.

Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News says Sharks fans may not see the team’s games thanks to cable and satellite providers disputes with Versus and Comcast SportsNet California.

Eric Anderson of the Register-Pajaronian (CA) says Charter Communications won’t provide Comcast SportsNet California leaving local Sharks fans in the dark.

Scott Greczkowski of Multichannel News says ESPNU and Dish Network have settled their carriage dispute.

Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek writes that ESPN Deportes has signed sponsors for its version of ESPN’s old reality show, “Dream Job.”

Karl Greenberg of Mediapost says NBC Sports has signed a branding deal with Subway for its NFL and NHL coverage.

Steelergurl says you don’t have to wear pink to support breast cancer awareness this month.

The Sports Media Watch notes that Game 1 of the WNBA Finals got good ratings thanks to an overtime classic.

And check out The Five hosted by Kristine Leahy at WEEI.com.

Lots of links today. I’ll end there. Back later with some press releases.

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