We’re back after a two week absence. Nice to be doing the megalinks once again.

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National

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand feels Tiger Woods would be best served talking to David Letterman.

Reid Cherner and Tom Weir of USA Today’s Game On blog say Erin Andrews and her father, investigative reporter Steve Andrews are expected to be at Michael Barrett’s hearing on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Peter Gammons bids adieu to ESPN.

Daniel Lyons of Newsweek explains the real reason behind Comcast’s purchase of NBC Universal.

Sports Illustrated is looking back at the last ten years in sports.

Richard Deitsch looks at the best and worst in sports broadcasting.

Bryan Armen Graham reviews the last ten years in sports movies, TV shows and blogs.

Gene Menez lists the best quotes.

And Pablo S. Torre looks at some of the sports personalities who left a big impression over the last ten years.

The Nielsen Wire blog says sports and reality TV topped the ratings this year.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell gives us a preview of the next giant minor league concession item.

Darren says an Irish bookmaker is actually taking bets on which endorsement Tiger Woods will lose next.

Evan Weiner in Examiner.com examines some of the problems facing the NFL and the BCS.

Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says DirecTV avoided arbitration at the last minute and came to an agreement to carry Comcast SportsNet New England.

Mike writes that Comcast’s Versus lost 9 million subscribers on December 1 when a three month free preview on several providers ended.

Mike adds that YES Network will carry a college-pro basketball doubleheader on December 19 from the Izod Center in Newark.

Amanda Rykoff recaps last week’s Princeton Sports Symposium.

The Sports Media Watch notes that last week’s SEC Championship drew excellent ratings on CBS.

Chris Byrne from the Eye on Sports Media says Army-Navy will get the big game treatment on CBS Saturday.

Milton Kent of Fanhouse talks with Joe Theismann who’s looking forward to being back in the broadcast booth for NBC.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe reviews first week of Comcast SportsNet New England’s SportsNet Central.

Bill Doyle from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette talks with Worcester Sharks radio voice Eric Lindquist.

Kristine Leahy has The Five on WEEI.com.

Also from WEEI.com, Dan Rowinski transcribes an interview conducted with Peter Gammons. The story also has a link to the audio.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says NBC may lose money on Notre Dame football, but it still values the property.

Alan Schwarz of the Times says the NFL TV partners are now toning down the emphasis on big hits and increasing the discussion on concussions.

Ira Boudway in New York Magazine wants to know why Rick Reilly is anchoring SportsCenter.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News says the Baseball winter meetings keeps the sport in the forefront in the middle of football season.

Phil Mushnick in the New York Post says if Fuzzy Zoeller didn’t get a second chance, then why should Tiger Woods? Phil’s logic makes no sense.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says former newspaperman Peter Gammons is changing with the times.

Ken McMillan from the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record has the TV schedule for Indy Car Racing.

Ken says Nets fans watched while the team was in midst of its winless streak.

Ken hopes CBS gets a ratings boost by moving Army-Navy to the last game of the college football season.

John Pittaresi of the Utica (NY) Observer-Dispatch says ESPN Radio will be coming to a local radio station in March.

The Washington Business Journal picks up a story from Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand that ESPN plans to produce daily afternoon shows, “Around the Horn” and “Pardon The Interruption” in HD starting next year.

Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with CBS college football analyst Gary Danielson about calling his first Army-Navy game.

Jim reviews ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary on “The U”, the University of Miami’s football program that airs Saturday night.

South

Jeff Elliot of the Florida Times-Union says the SEC Championship Game was a ratings boom for CBS.

Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has some Friday sports business links.

Jorge Milan of the Palm Beach Post reviews ESPN’s documentary on the University of Miami.

Ray Buck in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki reveals his fun side on a new Fox Sports Southwest documentary.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says a local sports TV reporter asked the right question to Cowboys coach Wade Phillips.

Barry reports that the Texas Rangers have re-signed TV announcer Josh Lewin.

To the Houston Chronicle and David Barron who writes that the media is bashing the Bowl Championship Series.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman talks with ESPN NBA analyst Hubie Brown.

Mel also has his media notebook.

Midwest

Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the NBA is looking into allowing legalized gambling on games. Where is Tim Donaghy?

Bob Wolfley of the Journal Sentinel praises ESPN for majoring in journalism.

From Crain’s Chicago Business, Ed Sherman lists his winners and losers in sports business and media.

Fox Sports Midwest will carry next Tuesday’s Brett Hull retirement ceremony.

West

Jody Genessy of the Deseret (UT) News interviews TNT’s Craig Sager about his loud wardrobe.

Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret News says Fox Sports gave the Mountain West Conference a little more respect in the BCS Selection Show, but not much.

Jay Posner from the San Diego Union-Tribune talks with Chargers voice Josh Lewin who has a “home” game this weekend.

John Maffei of the North County Times writes about the local cable TV production of four high school football championship games.

Jim Carlisle in the Ventura County Star notes that the Lakers are using replacement announcers for their radio broadcasts this month.

Jim writes that Peter Gammons gives MLB Network some added credibility.

Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times says MLB Network made a big splash this week by hiring Peter Gammons.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News looks at some of the biggest trends that hit the sports media over the last ten year.

Tom has some media notes in his blog today.

Canada

Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail looks at the increased ratings for sports radio in Canada.

In the Toronto Star, Chris Zelkovich writes about Buck Martinez becoming the TV play-by-play man for the Blue Jays.

William Houston in Truth & Rumours feels Martinez going to the Blue Jays booth is the right move.

And that will conclude the Friday megalinks. I’ll have links on Saturday and Sunday at the Fang’s Bites at BSMW page so visit there often.

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