I’ll give you some Thursday linkage while I can. Waiting on an appointment, but while I’m free I’ll do the links for you. Lots of stuff to get to so let’s not keep you waiting.
Jack Carey of USA Today notes that ESPN was a major factor in Brigham Young University declaring independence from the Mountain West Conference.
Cynthia Littleton and Tom Lowry of Variety note that the negotiations between Time Warner Cable and Disney continue today.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News writes that Disney networks will continue to be carried on Time Warner systems even though the current deadline has passed.
John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable says NFL Network has made carriage agreements Cable One and Knology.
Alex Weprin of SportsNewser writes that Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio will be expanding his empire to the Sunday Night Football postgame show.
At CBS Sports.com, Will Brinson informs us that rival NFL owners Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder have filmed a Papa John’s pizza ad.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell notes that Maria Sharapova is playing with a tennis racket that appears not to be the brand that she’s supposed to endorse.
Speaking of rackets, Darren tells us about rising brand Babolat.
Ann Donohue of Billboard says ESPN will use Atlantic Records artists during its college football coverage.
In the Boston Herald, Jessica Heslam writes that Comcast and NESN are squaring off with rival style shows. Let’s just stick to sports, ok?
Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe goes after WBZ-TV for its cozy relationship with the New England Patriots. Stop being bitter, Dan.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says the son of boxing promoter Bob Arum is missing.
In the New York Examiner, Evan Weiner says the media and the public just loves to feed off Tiger Woods’ misery.
Pete Dougherty from the Albany Times Union says Time Warner Cable has released its high school football schedule for the Capital Region.
Pete has the college football TV schedule for this week.
In Press Box, Dave Hughes of DCRTV looks at the firing of MASN analyst Rob Dibble from Washington Nationals games and other Baltimore-Washington sports media news.
I love this next name. J. Freedom duLac of the Washington Post writes about Dibble’s firing.
The Post’s Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog has Dibble’s statement about his firing on Sirius XM this morning.
Dan has Dibble weighing on last night’s Nationals-Marlins basebrawl.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says the Nationals brought Dibble in to be opinionated and that’s what he was.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times talks about the new NFL Network documentary series on the top 100 players of all-time.
George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel writes that despite being retired from the broadcast booth, John Madden still has the power to pitch products.
Jon Solomon from the Birmingham (AL) News says the SEC and ESPN are pleased with their new marriage, but both parties would like more.
Eva Ruth Moravec of the San Antonio Express-News writes that a local sports promoter and public address announcer for various sports teams has been charged with harassing a TV reporter online.
Mel Bracht at the Daily Oklahoman says Oklahoma University usually fares well when football games are put on pay per view.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer says the Bengals, Big Brother and Cris Collinsworth dominate the local airwaves tonight.
John would like to have a local sports morning show instead of syndicated programming so he can listen to Reds talk.
Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew are bullish on the Green Bay Packers.
Phil Rosenthal at the Chicago Tribune says the WaPo’s Mike Wise didn’t use his noodle when he triggered off a Twitter firestorm.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talks about the return of the Cardinals to Midwest radio powerhouse KMOX-AM.
Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune says ESPN’s money and Notre Dame’s prestige will help BYU’s football independence.
Dick Harmon from the Deseret News notes that ESPN presence was too big to ignore for BYU.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News reads the ramblings in USC football voice Pete Arbogast’s blog so you don’t have to.
Cam Inman of the Oakland Tribune has ESPN’s Jon Gruden singing the praises of his former Raiders team.
Chris Zelkovich at the Toronto Star notes that CFL dominated the Canadian TV ratings.
Sports Media Watch says the ratings dropped for the season finale for ABC’s “Shaq vs.”
Joe Favorito says UFC continues to reinvent its brand.
Matt Clapp over at Awful Announcing notices that Screamin’ Gus Johnson’s voice is on a Buffalo Wild Wings ad.
Matt Boutwell at the Central Maine Sports Blog appeals to NESN to stop treating Boston as if it represents all of New England.
Maury Brown at the Biz of Baseball notes that the MLB At Bat mobile app is being offered at half price for the rest of the season.
Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski tells us how much the NHL Center Ice package will cost us this season.
Tony Farinella of 411mania talks with former ESPN’er Sean Salisbury about his new internet radio show.
And we will end the links there for today.