Your Monday Links

by Ken Fang on May 24, 2010

Let’s do some linkage. It’s a bit late today as I’ve been busy with an employee who won’t shut up, but now that he’s gone, I’ll do some blogging.

We start with some interesting news from John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal. He breaks news that Comcast appears to be the front runner for the rights to the Houston Astros and Rockets, wresting them away from long-time incumbent Fox Sports Houston.

Terry Lefton and Daniel Lefton of the Sports Business Journal report that Barclays seems to be in line to become the official issuer of credit cards for the NFL.

In Sports Business Daily, Bill King writes about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the National Football League that could have major implications.

Michael Hiestand of USA Today writes that it hasn’t been easy for ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy to watch his brother’s Orlando Magic team lose to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says Universal Sports airs a 2 hour documentary on the Vancouver Winter Olympics tonight.

David Tanklefsky of Broadcasting & Cable looks at ESPN’s plans for the upcoming year.

Andrew Laughlin of Digital Spy writes that ESPN has obtained UK broadcast rights for over 40 international soccer games

Shawn Courchesne of the Hartford Courant noticed that not even the famous Danica Patrick can roam freely on the ESPN Bristol grounds without security present.

Phil Mushnick of the New York Post picks on YES and SNY for overhyping things.

Brent Shearer of Long Island Tennis Magazine speaks with multi-network analyst Mary Carillo.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union has MLB Network’s games through Memorial Day.

Tom Jones from the St. Petersburg Times recaps the weekend in sports and the Dick Vitale Gala.

Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that the SEC cannot ignore Big Ten expansion especially in regards to the TV money it could raise.

Barry Horn in the Dallas Morning News says a long-time local sports radio host is about to make his third go-around in the market.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle mourns former Houston Astros pitcher Jose Lima who died suddenly on Sunday.

Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune says the Blackhawks series clincher on Sunday afternoon beat out primetime programming.

Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business is amazed that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the NFL in a case of David vs. Goliath.

Ed says the NHL is none too pleased that the Chicago Blackhawks ended their series with the San Jose Sharks in a sweep.

Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that ESPN is making a heavy promotional push for the World Cup throughout the city.

In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bob Wolfley writes that the Sporting News lists Brewers Cecil Fielder and Ryan Braun in the Greatest Players in Baseball.

Dusty Saunders of the Rocky Mountain News catches up with former Denver Nuggets voice Al “brother of Marv” Albert.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has your Southern California sports calendar for this week.

Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says the fuss over putting NHL playoff games in the afternoon is only that to those in the Eastern half of Canada.

In Truth & Rumours, William Houston talks with World Cup world feed voice Steve Banyard about the upcoming event.

Steve Lepore of Puck The Media notes that the NHL beat all but one Saturday sports offering including the UEFA Champions League final.

Steve also has the TV ratings in Chicago for most of the Blackhawks’ postseason run.

And Steve tells us that NBC’s NHL overnight ratings are up double digits from last season.

In other sports TV ratings news, the Sports Media Watch says Fox’s MLB primetime experiment paid dividends.

SMW says ratings for the UEFA Champions League final turned out to be a disappointment after Fox raised expectations.

SMW notes that Magic-Suns fared poorly on Saturday for ESPN while Lakers-Suns on TNT turned out to be the highest rated sports event of the weekend.

SMW also has some various news and notes including one particular item on ESPN dumping outdoors programming later this year.

Our friends at SportsbyBrooks lists the Top 10 Sports Media Market Movers.

The Big Lead has the video of Lakers coach Phil Jackson mocking Craig Sager’s abortion of a suit on TNT last night (scroll down to the last one).

EPL Talk predicts soccer will make a breakthrough this summer thanks to ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup.

We’ll finish with that.

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