Ok, after a two week layoff, we bring back the megalinks.

Of course, we give you the Weekend Viewing Picks first.

The Red Sox hope to get closer to the Wild Card and try to shake off Friday’s disastrous 12-2 loss to the White Sox. Saturday’s game is on Fox 25 and Fox 64 at 4. Sunday’s game is on NESN at 2.

ESPN2’s games on Sunday pits San Diego at the Dodgers. The full slate of games including announcing assignments can be seen at the MLB This Weekend section.

With the NFL exhibition season over, college football takes precedence as games start in earnest on Saturday. Boston College takes on Northeastern at 2 p.m. Saturday and if you have a computer, you can see live streaming through ESPN360. Of course, there’s the horrible call by John Meterperel on WRKO.

ESPN’s College Gameday with the regular crew of Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso who will be on set after recovering from a stroke earlier this year will be in Atlanta for the Kickoff Game between Alabama and Virginia Tech. Other games of interest are BYU vs. Oklahoma at Cowboys Stadium on ESPN and LSU at Washington also on ESPN. Your full college football viewing picks are right here.

NASCAR is in Atlanta and in primetime on Sunday for the Pep Boys 500 on ESPN.

The PGA Tour has a rare Friday-Monday tournament with the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston on Golf Channel on Saturday, then NBC for the third and final round coverage on Sunday and Labor Day Monday.

Of course, the US Open heads to its first weekend of play. CBS starts three days of coverage on Saturday at 11 a.m. Tennis Channel has primetime coverage Saturday and Sunday.

The full weekend picks can be seen here.

Now to your links.

National

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand writes about ESPN’s flex scheduling for college football.

John Eggerton from Broadcasting & Cable says NFL Commish Roger Goodell went to visit the FCC this week to talk about carriage and other issues.

John writes in Multichannel News about several news organizations wanting to meet with Big Ten Conference officials over restrictions in coverage.

Mike Reynolds in Multichannel News writes that Versus is launching attack ads on DirecTV in eight newspapers across the country.

Mike writes that CBS College Sports is getting an upgrade from Comcast to reach more subscribers.

The Sports Media Watch says ESPN got solid numbers for the premiere of college football on Thursday.

SMW says ESPN2 is seeing good ratings for its first year of coverage for the US Open.

Joe Favorito writes that the Basketball Hall of Fame is trying to market itself as a destination in the same way the Baseball Hall of Fame does.

The ESPN Water Cooler blog says you can watch the very first SportsCenter produced 30 years ago on ESPN Classic on Labor Day.

The Big Lead says there’s an impending radio war brewing in DC.

Midwest

We start today in the Midwest as former Detroit Tigers Hall of Fame announcer Ernie Harwell announced that he has inoperable cancer. A true giant in the broadcasting industry, Ernie talked with Bill McGraw of the Detroit Free Press.

James Jahnke of the Free Press says Ernie has received overwhelming support from across the country since the news of his cancer broke.

Christie Innes from the Free Press has bloggers’ reaction to the news of Harwell’s cancer.

Tom Gage of the Detroit News has Ernie strongly saying that this is not goodbye, that he’s still here.

The News has a statement from the Tigers which employed Ernie for most of his broadcasting career.

Michael Zuidema from the Grand Rapids Press says SportsCenter has become an iconic figure in pop culture.

Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel takes an informal poll of NFL TV analysts to find out who they like in the NFC North.

Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business has his weekly winners and losers in sports business and media.

Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune writes that NBC’s NFL crew likes the Packers.

Paul Christian of the Rochester Post-Bulletin says there will not be a lack of college football telecasts this weekend.

West

Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star says the Fox Sports Net will distribute University of Arizona football and basketball games nationally.

Bruce tries to make sense of the University of Arizona’s new TV deal.

Jay Posner from the San Diego Union-Tribune writes about several sports radio moves.

John Maffei of the North County Times says fans of the San Diego State Aztecs will have plenty of opportunities to see their team this season.

My new best friend, Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times says there are plenty of chances to watch college football this weekend.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has your NFL Week 1 TV schedule for SoCal.

Tom has a look at Tennis Channel’s coverage of the US Open, from its studios in Los Angeles.

Tom gives us his usual extensive news and notes.

Tom looks back at the week in blogging.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe talks with The Sports Hub’s Damon Amendolara.

Bill Doyle from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette has Holy Cross radio voice Bob Fouracre singing the praises of the team’s quarterback.

Amanda Bruno from the Batter-up with Bruno blog wonders why NESN’s Heidi Watney interviewed the guy from the extremely annoying Bob’s Discount Furniture ads during Thursday’s Red Sox-Rays game.

The Sox & Dawgs blog previews Saturday’s UConn season opener against Ohio with three Huskies beat writers.

Jackie Majerus of the Bristol (CT) Press talks with ESPN’s longest tenured anchors.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks at ESPN2’s pairing of the brothers McEnroe in the US Open booth.

And Richard chronicles the final hit of Lou Gehrig’s career.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News says Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is trying to rehabilitate his image.

Wow. Phil Mushnick of the New York Post gets on ESPN and MLB for moving the September 27 Yankees-Red Sox game for Yom Kippur. Will wonders never cease?

Also in the Post, Justin Terranova talks with NBC’s Cris Collinsworth about the upcoming NFL season.

Justin has five questions for CBS Sports college football analyst Gary Danielson.

The Post’s Rebecca Rosenberg reports on Erin Andrew’s return to ESPN on Thursday.

Pete Dougherty from the Albany Times Union says 30 years into its existence, ESPN is still looking forward.

Last week at the ESPN Media Workshop, Pete shadowed a young production assistant as he assembled a highlight package.

Peter Mucha of the Philadelphia Inquirer says Jody McDonald announced Friday that he was leaving WPEN.

Laura Nachman speculates as to why Jody Mac did not return to the Philadelphia ESPN Radio affiliate.

Dave Hughes of DCRTV.com has some Baltimore and DC sports media news in his weekly Press Box column.

Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post says Erin Andrews is certainly not a victim.

Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner has your US Open weekend viewing guide.

Jim says there will be more college football games available for viewing and listening than ever.

South

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes about ESPN’s Lee Corso returning to College Gameday after suffering a stroke this year.

Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times says former Colts coach Tony Dungy is adjusting to TV.

Tom says former Bucs coach Jon Gruden has become a hit on TV in a short amount of time.

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel says it was good to see Erin Andrews on the sidelines on Thursday.

Jon Solomon of the Birmingham (AL) News writes that SEC fans had better get acquainted with ESPNU.

Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has Fox Sports’ Troy Aikman facetiously talking about a comeback.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says contrary to popular opinion, Texas Rangers voice Josh Lewin is not the chattiest baseball announcer.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle is glad to see football back on TV.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman talks with ESPN/ABC college football analyst Todd Blackledge.

Mel has some news and notes.

Mel writes there is plenty of high school football on the local airwaves.

Canada

Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail talks about former LPGA player Dawn Coe-Jones making her maiden broadcasting voyage at the Canadian Open for CBC.

TSN/TSN2 has announced its NBA schedule.

CBC has announced a 10 game Toronto Raptors schedule.

And Canada’s Olympic Broadcasting Consortium for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver has unveiled its pre-Olympics broadcasting schedule.

That’s going to do it.

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