Some Wednesday Links

by Ken Fang on May 26, 2010

Got busy doing work today so I’ll provide some linkage while I’m flipping between Red Sox-Rays, Yankees-Twins and Dodgers-Cubs. Let’s get this done.

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand writes that ESPN is putting more of a foreign feel into its World Cup coverage which I’m sure you know begins on June 11.

In his latest 75,000 word Masters thesis, ESPN Ombudsman Don Ohlmeyer talks about the dangers of using anonymous sources.

Lynn Hoppes of says Erin Andrews is now ready to return to the Mothership as a sideline reporter. I really don’t see that happening.

Tom Van Riper from writes that the NHL is entering the Stanley Cup Finals on a big roll.

Michael Malone of Broadcasting & Cable writes that ABC affiliates met with network executives in Los Angeles to discuss a myriad of subjects including the migration of big sports events to ESPN. We’ll continue to monitor this story.

David Tanklefsky of B&C reports that Fox Sports has reorganized its management team bringing in the youngest network president of a sports division.

Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says the Sportsman Channel is gaining preferred treatment on Comcast systems in Atlanta.

Toni Fitzgerald in Media Life Magazine notes that the late spring season on cable TV belongs to sports.

Ryan Berenz of Channel Guide Magazine tells you that ABC will once again be the home of the Indy 500 this year.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell takes a look at the Business of Tiger Woods, six months after he became fodder for TMZ.

Darren also explores how one social media company is looking to have athletes use Facebook and Twitter to sell their products.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times talks with ESPN Radio NBA analyst and treasure Dr. Jack Ramsey who’s still going strong at age 85.

Neil Best sighting! Neil Best sighting! The Victoria (TX) Advocate picks up Newsday’s Neil Best column on how the NFL Network made the Super Bowl XLVIII announcement into a big TV event.

Pete Dougherty in the Albany Times Union has the NBA Finals schedule.

Ken McMillan of the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record writes that ESPN Radio in New York will carry about a third of the World Cup games.

Tim Lemke tells us not to expect a rash of cold weather Super Bowls after New Jersey’s new Meadowlands Stadium was awarded the one in 2014 on Tuesday.

Jim Williams in the Washington Examiner says Steven Strasburg’s latest minor league start garnered good ratings for MASN.

Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post lists his top ten DC sportscasters of all-time.

Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times says Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy fired several shots at ESPN/Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon.

Mike Bianchi in the Orlando Sentinel also weighs in on the Van Gundy-Wilbon war.

Shannon Owens of the Sentinel has Wilbon’s reaction to Van Gundy’s comments.

Gregory A. Hall of the Louisville Post-Courier writes that ESPN wants to air the last races of the Breeders Cup at Churchill Downs in the early evening.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says the Astros and Rockets have renewed their interest in creating their own regional network.

John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that local sports talk show host Andy Furman made his national debut today.

Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business says the Cubs will move from WGN Radio to accommodate the Blackhawks during the Stanley Cup Finals.

Ed asks “Why not Chicago?” if the NFL is going to explore cold weather cities for the Super Bowl.

And Ed has part 2 of his interview with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune also has some words from Bettman.

And Phil also has a story on the Cubs graciously stepping aside from WGN Radio when the Blackhawks are playing in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says that former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue who is now consulting for the Big East Network, is stating that the conference is exploring the creation its own TV network.

Bob Wolfley from the Journal Sentinel has reaction from author David Maraniss whose book on late Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi was the basis for a Broadway play that opens on Halloween.

Meg James of the Los Angeles Times speaks with Turner Broadcasting President David Levy who says the newly acquired NCAA Tournament and Conan O’Brien puts TBS on a par with the broadcast networks.

Melanie Turner from the Sacramento Business Journal says a local firm won a Sports Emmy for an NFL Network spot.

Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee says Bill Walton returns to broadcasting next season signing a limited contract with the Kings. Thanks to the Sports Media Watch for the link.

Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says CBC is rooting for an extended NHL Stanley Cup Finals.

Sports Media Watch has the weekend overnight ratings.

SMW notes that the ratings for the NASCAR All-Star Race fell from the year before.

SMW says the NBA Conference Finals remain on a down note from last year.

The Big Lead notes that another female writer is going after Erin Andrews for going on Dancing With the Stars.

And we’ll end it there. I’ll be back tomorrow with more links.

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