Here we go with the Friday megalinks. Of course, there’s the Weekend Viewing Picks which contain the sports viewing for the weekend. Let’s do the links.


USA Today’s Michael Hiestand and Mike McCarthy debate on whether to move up the start of the World Series considering National League Champions Philadelphia Phillies have to wait for a week to play.

ESPN Ombudsman Don Ohlmeyer talks about too much talking, too many errors and scheduling dilemmas at the Alleged Worldwide Leader.

In today’s Sports Business Daily, John Ourand writes about the dispute between Dish Network and two FSN regional sports networks regarding NHL games.

Terry Lefton of the SBD speaks with an NFL official about the league’s international efforts.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell looks at how Michael Vick is doing in the NFL to date.

The Big Lead explores the latest developments in the Steve Phillips affair.

Robert Littal in Black Sports Online tries to determine a winner in the Deadspin vs. ESPN fight.

Ed Berliner is critical of the media for reporting the Steve Phillips affair.

Jason Whitlock in has a whimsical look at Steve Phillips and other affairs that have brought down men in sports.

Dan Levy of On The DL speaks with Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio about his acting out against ESPN on Wednesday.

Speaking of Deadspin, the site has a good story from Dashiell Bennett exposing a group trying to out an anti-cable TV lobbying group as one being backed by… cable TV.

SportsbyBrooks has an interesting take on why Deadspin felt the need to take on ESPN.

The Sports Media Watch says NASCAR continues its ratings downfall.

SMW says the NLCS ended on a high note for TBS.

And SMW notes that Fox got good ratings for Game 5 of the ALCS.

Steve Lepore of Puck The Media says NHL Network will begin airing a new pregame show starting Monday.

Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says Tennis Channel has a new host for its original “Destination Tennis” show.

HHR Media has round 5 of blog recaps of Blogs with Balls 2.0 in Las Vegas.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe also talks with Deadspin’s Daulerio about pushing the envelope in the wake of the Steve Phillips affair.

Kristine Leahy of has The Five.

Bill Doyle from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette has quotes from Reggie Miller and other members of TNT’s NBA crew about the Celtics and the NBA.

The fearless leader of Boston Sports Media Watch, Bruce Allen, notes that Tom Curran is leaving and heading to Comcast SportsNet New England’s revamped site.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times has some suggestions for TBS and Fox for their MLB postseason broadcasts.

Newsday’s Neil Best feels adding instant replay reviews to MLB is not a good idea.

Neil writes that Fox has brought a low key approach to this year’s American League Championship Series.

Neil also has a couple of peeves from last night’s ALCS Game 5.

Neil weighs in on the Deadspin vs. ESPN fight.

Neil notes that the NFL made its TV debut some 70 years ago.

Neil writes that WNBC-TV is trading places with Mike Francesa’s Sunday night show and the late local news.

I put in a lot of links to Neil today as we’re in the final days of Newsday being free as it goes to a subscription model next week.

Phil Mushnick of the New York Post blames the on-air locker room mentality at ESPN for the Steve Phillips affair. That’s a big stretch, Phil.

Liz Sadler and Dan Mangan of the Post find Steve Phillips’ mistress and are quite mean to her.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News says Tim McCarver was on his game last night. I beg to differ, but Raissman seems to have inexplicable manlove for McCarver.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says last night’s win by the Angels in ALCS Game 5 had to please Fox Sports executives.

Pete hears from TNT’s Doug Collins, Reggie Miller and Chris Webber about the upcoming NBA season.

In the Baltimore-centric Press Box, Dave Hughes from DCRTV writes that only one Charm City sports radio station is picking up listeners while the other three are lagging far behind.

Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner talks with TBS’ Cal Ripken about the upcoming World Series and the Nationals’ manager search.

Jim also recaps the appearance by the General Manager of the inappropriately DC NFL team on his weekly radio show.


Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press talks with Fox Sports Detroit’s Greg Kelser about the Pistons.

Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wants baseball to expand instant replay reviews.

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

Ed writes that the Chicago Tribune will be revamping its print sports section.

In Chicago Now, Sarah Spain has a good and extensive interview with MLB Walking, Talking Conflict of Interest Bud Selig.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says a local sports radio host might be jumping ship.

Dan writes that the market newcomer in the sports radio wars is expanding on its lead on its more established competitors.


Barry Horn from the Dallas Morning News finds it hard to see Texas A&M on TV this season.

Barry lists the Dallas-Fort Worth sports winners of the Lone Star Emmy Awards.

Barry says some Cowboys fans prefer the teaming of Thom Brennaman and Troy Aikman as opposed to Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

David Barron from the Houston Chronicle says Texas A&M is a hard sell to TV.

In the Daily Oklahoman, Mel Bracht lists his top 10 college football games of the week.

Mel talks with Oklahoma City Thunder voice Matt Pinto who enters his second season of calling games with the team.

Mel also has his weekly notebook.


Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News gives love to ESPN’s College Gameday for going to Utah this week.

Jay Posner from the San Diego Union-Tribune just wants baseball to get its calls right.

John Maffei from the North County Times says it wasn’t easy for Fox to move up the start times of World Series games.

Jim Carlisle in the Ventura County Star talks with a couple of NBA analysts about the Lakers.

Jim is not shocked that other markets are beating Los Angeles as far as MLB Postseason ratings are concerned.

Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times says Joe Buck had an up and down night calling Game 5 of the ALCS.

Diane writes that Turner Sports’ focus now shifts to the NBA.

In the Los Angeles Daily News, Tom Hoffarth has Fox’s Joe Buck wanting to give TBS’ Chip Caray a hug.

Tom has his media news and notes.


Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says TBS’ MLB crew made the Fox crew sound great in comparison.

William Houston in his Truth & Rumours blog writes that the Maple Leafs coaching job along with the media scrunity can make grown men cry.

That’s it for today.