I owe you a Friday megalinks post from last week and out of laziness, I’m doing them late because I decided to take a break from blogging. But you should get the links so let’s get to them now.

The Weekend Viewing Picks has everything you need from college football, NFL, MLB, NASCAR, NHL, PGA as well as primetime and late night viewing.

To the links.


With the International Olympics Committee vote on Friday to grant the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro, Sports Business Daily’s Tripp Mickle goes over what went into the vote and what it means for the US TV bid and the US Olympic Committee.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell looks into what went wrong with Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics.

Universal Sports’ Alan Abrahamson says the United States Olympic Committee was the big loser in Friday’s vote.

Nellie Andreeva of the Hollywood Reporter says the Games in Rio might just raise the fee for the US media rights in 2016.

Alex Weprin of Broadcasting & Cable writes that the Olympics going to Rio presents a mixed bag to the US TV networks.

Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says the two expected bidders for the 2016 US TV Olympic rights, ESPN and NBC both saw a silver lining in having Rio host the Games.

Mike writes that despite not having DirecTV on board, Versus saw its best ratings ever for the NHL season opener on Thursday.

Deadspin says an arrest has been made in the Erin Andrews video stalking case.

Jamin Brophy-Warren from the Wall Street Journal looks into ESPN’s comprehensive documentary project.

Here’s a clip from the first documentary, “Kings Ransom” about Wayne Gretzky’s trade from Edmonton to Los Angeles.

John Jurgensen of the Journal writes about how the new movie about LeBron James came into fruition.

The Sports Media Watch says MLB on Fox is on pace for yet another record low.

On the other hand, ABC continues to see good ratings for college football.

SMW notes yet another ratings drop for NASCAR on ABC.

Finally SMW says Fang’s Bites fave Charissa Thompson is on the disabled list for the time being.

Chris Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media sees some humor in a Niagra University press release regarding its basketball game with Auburn later this year.

Chris also has the second in a series of guest columns from former NBC and Raycom Sports analyst Dave Rowe.

Joe Favorito likes the return of the alliance between Monster.com and the NFL.

The Big Lead notes that ESPN is beginning to do business with independent baseball blogs.

Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says a special edition of NHL Live airs Saturday on Sirius XM radio, NHL Network and NHL.com.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette talks with Boston Bruins radio voice Dave Goucher.

Amanda Bruno of Batter-up with Bruno is happy to see the return of the Sox & Dawgs blog which shut down two weeks ago. I am glad to see it come back as well. It’s been missed.

Newsday’s Neil Best goes over ESPN’s 30 for 30 sports documentary project with narcissist Bill Simmons.

In a blog post on another matter, Neil notes that WFAN’s Mike Francesa took a shot at Simmons for taking shots at HBO’s sports documentaries in Neil’s above linked column.

And Neil found that Simmons responded through his Twitter account.

Finally, check out the summary of the Francesa-Simmons feud here.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News writes that Yankees fans aren’t enamored having SNY’s Ron Darling analyze Yankees games during TBS’ coverage of the League Division Series.

Ok, Phil Mushnick of the New York Post, we get it. You hate ESPN and it’s constant promotion of its staff. I’m thinking without ESPN, Phil would have nothing to write about.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union catches up with ESPN Radio’s Marc Kestecher, a veteran of New York’s Capital Region.

Pete also has a video of him asking five questions of Marc.

Pete wonders if the US TV networks will shell out the cash for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Pete also has the composite NHL TV schedule for the Capital Region.

Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette says Time Warner Cable is expanding its HD offerings.

Ken McMillan of the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says college hockey fans have plenty of games to watch between ESPNU and CBS College Sports.

Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News lists ten things that prevent him from enjoying sports on TV.

Laura Nachman writes that former Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams will be co-hosting a new show on Sirius XM Radio.

Dave Hughes of DCRTV.com has the latest Baltimore and DC sports media news in Press Box.

Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says it’s time for DirecTV and Versus to end their dispute.


Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald likes the earlier scheduled start times for the World Series.

Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes that 10 South Florida teams and events are banding together to create a “Super Pass.”

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News talks with Stars broadcasting team Ralph Strangis and Daryl Reaugh.

Barry says ESPN is lucky to have the Packers-Vikings on Monday Night Football.

Barry is also happy for former Dallas TV sports anchor Curt Menafee.

Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says former manager Bobby Valentine returns to ESPN with one foot already out the door.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle writes about changes in the local sports radio wars.

David also looks at the fallout of the failed Chicago Olympic bid.

Mel Bracht from the Daily Oklahoman talks with ESPN/ABC’s Brent Musburger about Saturday’s Oklahoma-Miami game.


George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal says Fox Sports Ohio plans to showcase the Cleveland Cavs heavily this season.

Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press writes that Big Ten Network is ready to air the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry.

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the Monday Night Football crew will weigh in on the Brett Favre-leaving-Green Bay saga yet again.

Dave Newbart of the Chicago Sun-Times has more on the arrest of the man accused in the Erin Andrews video stalking case.

Noted Olympics writer Philip Hersh of the Chicago Tribune says Friday’s vote for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics boils down to the dispute between the IOC and the USOC.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says both the Cardinals and Blues won’t be seen on over the air TV for the majority of October.


Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) Morning News likes NFL Network’s RedZone.

The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Jay Posner had a feeling former Charger Rodney Harrison would do well on TV.

John Maffei of the North County Times says Cris Collinsworth is an ample replacement for John Madden on Sunday Night Football.

Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star feels Brett Favre’s first game vs. Green Bay on Monday Night will be must see TV.

Jim has quotes from the TBS MLB announcing crew about the Dodgers’ chances.

Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times writes that ESPN is honored to have Brett Favre playing in this Monday Night.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily has some sports media news and notes.

Tom says the Dodgers plan to have Vin Scully call as much as their postseason games as possible.

Tom writes the new LeBron James movie is more than just a movie for the filmmaker.

Tom has more on the movie in his blog.

Tom looks at the first efforts in ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary project.

And Tom reviews the week in blogging.


Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail writes about some changes for a local sports talk show.

And that’s it. Enjoy your weekend.


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