Time to do some links on this last Wednesday of 2009. Lots of stuff to go over.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand has a year-end sports media quiz.
Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN.com writes that former Detroit Tigers voice Ernie Harwell is spending his last year of life to the fullest.
From the Albany Times Union, Pete Dougherty looks at the 2010 ESPNU college lacrosse schedule.
Pete tries to piece together the NFL playoff schedule and which matchups will end up on the various networks.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette notes that local Buffalo Bills fans won’t be happy this Sunday.
Ken McMillan of the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says former ABC Sports broadcaster Dave Diles has died at the age of 78. For some old school fans, they’ll remember him as the original college football studio host before Jim Lampley, Al Trautwig and John Saunders.
Great post by Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog as he expresses some thoughts on the passing of the Washington Times sports section which is expected to go by the wayside on Friday.
Matt Humphrey of the Orlando Sentinel writes that Fox is not optimistic that it will reach an agreement with Bright House Cable which would mean 50 Magic games on Sun Sports would not be available to subscribers.
Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution talks with Fox Sports Net’s and ESPN’s Dave Neal about his thoughts on outgoing Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.
Sheryl Jean of the Dallas Morning News says local viewers will not lose their local Fox station from Time Warner Cable so they will be able to watch the NFL playoffs after the New Year.
Barry Horn of the Morning News has the NFL TV schedule for the Metroplex this Sunday.
Barry notices that the NFL Network doesn’t mention any Cowboys in the top NFL players of the decade list.
The Morning News prints excerpts of an ESPN Radio interview with Craig James on the Mike Leach situation.
Steve Neavling of the Detroit Free Press remembers late ABC Sports and Detroit sports anchor Dave Diles.
The Detroit News also has an obit of Diles.
Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune notes that ESPN scored for the last Monday Night Football game of the season involving the Packers and the Bears.
Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes that Fox Sports North is dropping all but two high school hockey dates due to money concerns.
The Duluth (MN) News Tribune says a local ESPN Radio affiliate is back online after five days of dead air.
Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times mentions that Monday Night Football had its highest rated season since moving to ESPN in 2006.
Interesting story here. Ryan Kim of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Stanford University is joining a cable provider lawsuit against Comcast complaining about its pricing for its regional sports networks.
Ferd Lewis of the Honolulu Advertiser says a total of 20 million people viewed the Diamond Head Classic and Hawai’i Bowl on ESPN’s family of networks.
Stuart Levine from Variety says viewership for NFL Network games this season was up 49% from 2008.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says there won’t be too many surprises when Hockey Canada makes the announcement for the men’s Olympic team today.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media has his pick for studio analyst of the decade. Good choice.
And Steve gives us his NHL network of the decade.
Finally, Steve provides us with the way Mike Emrick prepares for a game.
I’m going to watch the Canadian Olympic hockey team announcement at CTVOlympics.ca. Back later.