Giving You Thursday Night Links

by Ken Fang on May 27, 2010

I don’t mean to make this two nights in a row for the links, but again, I was busy with office stuff and personal junk during the day. I’ll provide you with plenty of linkage now.

Starting with the great Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated who profiles the diminutive Fox Sports MLB beat reporter Ken Rosenthal.

Michael McCann of SI notes that after seven years, NFL Network continues to battle cable companies for carriage. 

Congrats to my Twitter Trophy Wife, Amanda Rykoff, head of The OCD Chick blog which has joined the Fantasy Sports Ventures blogging network. Happy to see a friend join the network. 

ESPN.com is reporting that the NHL will announce the locations of two planned outdoor games on Friday. 

Matthew Coller of the Biz of Hockey notes that Heinz Field in Pittsburgh will be the host of the NHL Winter Classic on January 1, 2011.

The Associated Press reports that the UEFA Champions League final received minimal ratings for Fox, way lower than expected.

Joe Favorito says despite being located away from large metropolitan areas, the Baseball Hall of Fame continues to attract visitors and grow its brand.

Glen Dickson of Broadcasting & Cable writes that the French Open is being shown in 3-D in European retail outlets.

Speaking of 3-D, Steve Smith says while there’s not much love for 3DTV right now, that will change with consumer education and time.

Mike Farrell of Multichannel News writes that TBS is hinting at increased cable and satellite affiliate fees due obtaining the NCAA Tournament last month.

Mike Reynolds from Multichannel says Gol TV is going to premiere a six part interview series involving past soccer stars during the World Cup next month.

Mike adds that Cablevision in New York has added Univision and TeleFutura in HD just in time for the World Cup.

The man behind Mediaite.com is launching a sports site

In BusinessWeek, John Helyar and Jonathan Keehner note that radio butcher Tom Hicks is getting out of the sports business.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks at the fine line Fox Sports NFL beat reporter Jay Glazer has to keep while training some of the players he covers.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says ESPN will kick off its college football season with three weeks of matchups involving the Big Ten.

Trish LaMonte from the Syracuse Post-Standard wonders if the Big East conference should forge ahead to create its own TV network. 

Laura Nachman says the two Comcast SportsNet affiliates in Philadelphia and Chicago have made wagers based on the Stanley Cup Finals involving the Flyers and Blackhawks. Comcast SportsNet Chicago won a wager over Comcast SportsNet California/Bay Area during the NHL Western Conference Finals.

In the Daily Caller, Jim Williams writes that awarding Super Bowl XLVIII to the new Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey will change the way the Big Game will be handled by the NFL.

Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says it would be best for college football to do away with the BCS after the new contract with ESPN expires.

Tom Jones in the St. Petersburg Times says game officials have lost their minds.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman says a former Oklahoma Sooner football star is making weekly appearances on local sports radio.

Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business says Comcast SportsNet Chicago will air a documentary about a local sports photographer who wanted to do something for the children of Cambodia.

Ed also waxes poetic about the late Blackhawks radio voice Lloyd Pettit.

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel listens as ESPN Radio’s Mike Greenburg suggests Green Bay’s Lambeau Field as a site for a future Super Bowl.

Bob Mayhall from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat says a local TV station will air a documentary on the 1950 USA team that upset England in the World Cup and the Gateway City’s influence on the game.

Scott Dochterman in the Iowa City Gazette is amazed how the Big Ten-SEC battle is now turning into a war of words among reporters.

At Scene Daily, Erik Spanberg has Fox Sports Media Group El Jefe del Mundo David Hill expressing concern about the loss of younger male viewers for NASCAR.

Rick Barrack at Fast Company writes that IndyCar and NASCAR should take advantage of the growing number of female fans watching motorsports.

Sports Media Watch notes that the NHL postseason has had its best viewership in eight years.

Paulsen at the SMW says ratings fell for Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

Sox & Dawgs has the video of Kevin Millar doing shots before the NESN Red Sox pregame show.

Keith Olbermann targets his wrath at MLB umpire Joe West.

And we’re done.

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