Giving You Some Saturday Links

by Ken Fang on December 12, 2009

Doing some linkage for you on this Saturday morning.

As we all know by now, Tiger Woods has made a statement in which he says he’s taking an indefinite break from golf.

And if you missed it last night, CNN’s Anderson Cooper had a roundtable discussion on Tiger which included USA Today columnist Christine Brennan and Steven A. (A is for Accurate in this case) Smith.

Larry Dorman of the New York Times writes about the impact of Woods leaving the PGA Tour indefinitely. The story includes a contribution from Richard Sandomir who talks with CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus about the effects of Tiger on the network’s ratings.

Paul Farhi of the Washington Post looks at the media feeding frenzy on the Tiger Slam.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio talks about the site’s first media squabble, in a while.

Kevin Whitelaw of National Public Radio looks at how the Comcast purchase of NBC will affect the consumer on TV and in sports.

Stephen Wilson of the Associated Press reports that it’s expected that at least three U.S. media companies will bid on the 2014/2016 Olympics.

In the New Bedford (MA) Standard-Times, Kevin McDonough reviews “The U”.

Ken McMillan of the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says YES’ Michael Kay calls a rare NBA game on Sunday.

Ken has the Olympic men’s ice hockey schedule.

Ken also talks with former Army coach Bobby Ross who will be in the booth for Westwood One Radio calling today’s Army-Navy game.

Stefan Bondy of the Bergen (NJ) Record says ESPN’s commitment to soccer will be seen at the World Cup next year.

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun says MASN is looking for a replacement for Orioles analyst Buck Martinez who left to take the play-by-play position with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Barry Horn from the Dallas Morning News talks with Josh Lewin who is returning to call the Texas Rangers on TV in 2010.

Mel Bracht of the Oklahoman is glad to see Lewin return to the Rangers TV booth.

John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer is urging Reds fans to vote for the late broadcaster Joe Nuxhall for the Baseball Hall of Fame Ford C. Frick Award.

Anthony Schoette in the Indianapolis Business Journal looks at the impact of expanding the NCAA Tournament and what it means for TV.

Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register says Insight Bowl officials are working to get the game seen in Iowa as Iowa State fans scramble to find the game as it’s being carried on NFL Network.

Steve Yingling of the Tahoe (NV) Daily Tribune says the area will have dueling golf tournaments come next July.

Tom Hoffarth from the Los Angeles Daily News reviews the week in blogging.

Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun looks at Sports Illustrated giving Canadian Dan Shulman some props.

Some ratings news from the Sports Media Watch.

We have final ratings for the NFL and CBS saw a slight uptick in its regional coverage last Sunday.

Fox drew good numbers for its doubleheader.

And we have the overall final numbers for NFL Week 13.

NFL Network had good ratings for Steelers-Browns on Thursday.

Over to college football, SMW says the ACC Championship Game did horribly.

And SMW notes the Big East regular season finale between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati did well for ABC.

Steve Lepore at Puck The Media finally gets an answer from NBC regarding Mike Milbury and the NHL Winter Classic.

Steve also has the NHL Network schedule for next week.

And that’s going to do it for your links today.

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