Let’s do some Monday stuff before work overwhelms me today.
And I won’t gloat over my Browns defeating the Patriots yesterday. Hearing some of the post-mortem on 98.5 The Sports Hub yesterday gave me an idea where sports radio was heading this week. Andy Gresh picked on Maine, Scott Zolak called Browns coach Eric Mangini “a dink”, Gary Tanguay wondered what direction the team was heading. It was ugly. But overall, a good day for me, but a bad day for a lot of you. Anyway, let’s get to the links.
Starting with John Ourand at Sports Business Journal, he writes that ESPN and the NFL have reopened their contract to renegotiate mobile rights for Monday Night Football and hash out a few other issues.
Fred Dreier from SBJ says the National Hockey League is launching an interactive Facebook app.
The Nielsen Wire blog says High Definition TV’s now encompass the majority of sets in the U.S., but true HD viewing still lags behind Standard Definition programs.
A couple of stories from Mediaweek. Anthony Crupi speculates on whether the bidding for the 2014/16 Olympics could be the last for NBC Sports Emperor Dick Ebersol.
Anthony writes that ESPN is very interested in regaining the cable rights for the NHL.
Ryan Lambert of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy tells us what “very interested” means.
Mike McCarthy at USA Today writes that the Sunday NFL pregame shows were all over the Donovan McNabb reaction, or non-reaction, to his benching last week during the Detroit-DC NFL team contest.
R. Thomas Umstead at Multichannel News says MTV2 has secured the rights to a high school football documentary series following eight quarterbacks as they try to secure a spot in a season-ending All-Star game.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel writes that Versus is entering the 3-D world by offering this Saturday’s Oregon-Cal game in the third dimension.
Marc Graser at Variety notes that Fox Sports Net has signed a deal\ with Atlantic Records to promote its artists on local regional networks’ MLB, NBA, NHL games and other programming.
Kara Swisher at All Things Digital notes that blogging network SB Nation has secured some more venture capital. A lot more.
Dashiell Bennett at the Business Insider Sports Page notes that Patriots pretty boy QB Tom Brady has become a shareholder in Under Armour.
Phil Mushnick at the New York Post goes over Isiah Thomas’ interview with ESPN Radio New York’s Michael Kay.
David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun notes that nothing lures young male viewers to TV like primetime NFL games.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner speaks with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap to preview a powerful story that will air on E:60 tomorrow.
Tom Jones at the St. Petersburg Times looks at the weekend in sports television.
Dave Walker of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reviews ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary on former Oklahoma running back bust Marcus Dupree.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News has some Football Night in America quotage on the Cowboys coaching situation.
David Barron at the Houston Chronicle writes that when Comcast SportsNet Houston begins in 2012, it will look like the original home of the Astros and Rockets, Home Sports Entertainment.
David notes that NBC’s Tony Dungy defended Texans wide receiver Arian Foster’s catch that was ruled a non-catch.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer looks at ESPN’s promotion for Monday Night Football which doesn’t just start with game production.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Sentinel notices that ESPN’s Trent Dilfer has become a Green Bay Packers convert.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business wonders if White Sox fans will make the upgrade to HD Radio which about 13 people across the country have.
Dusty Saunders at the Denver Post appreciates Tony Dungy’s non-confrontational style on Football Night in America.
Dick Facer of the Deseret (UT) Morning News says Utah left a lasting impression on ESPN’s College Gameday.
Matt Minkus of the Tuscon (AZ) Citizen has a clip from his podcast with ESPN’s Mark Schlereth.
Tom Hoffarth has this week’s sports calendar for LA and Southern California.
Mark Tokito from The Oregonian says the Portland Trail Blazers are still trying to find a solution to allow fans to see 55 games which are carried by Comcast SportsNet Northwest, but not available to DirecTV and other local cable providers. This dispute is into its 4th season.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says a CBC hockey blog caused some sparks among the Edmonton Oilers.
Joe Favorito looks at a medical facility that helps retired athletes become pain-free and heal some of the mental scars from competition.
Emmett Jones at Sports Business Digest tells us that ESPN has found a new sponsor for the game formerly known as the Papajohns.com Bowl.
And we’re done for now.