Ok, this shuffling between two offices is just killing me. No time to do anything, work or blogging. Let’s do some linkage now.

For the weekend viewing picks, you can go here.

Now the links from all over the country and Canada.


Michael Hiestand of USA Today says more big sports events will be migrating to cable from network TV.

USA Today Travel writer Barbara De Lollis reports that ESPN’s Erin Andrews is suing the hotel chains that gave out information to her stalker that allowed him to videotape her without her knowledge. 

Milton Kent of Fanhouse writes an open letter to ESPN Dictator George Bodenheimer.

Librardo Cardona and Frank Bajak of the Associated Press report that a Colombian TV network will not air ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary, “The Two Escobars” based on a complaint from the family of Andres Escobar, the soccer player who was killed after the 1994 World Cup.

The head of Fox Sports public relations, Lou D’Ermilio writes an appreciation of former Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard.

Glen Dickson at Broadcasting & Cable says Fox Sports has renewed a deal with Sportsvision to digitally enhance its NFL, MLB and NASCAR broadcasts through 2014.

Diego Vasquez at Media Life Magazine discovers that sponsors really get their money’s worth with the U.S. Open in New York.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell says Tiger Woods’ sponsors need him to win and win now.

Joe Favorito says Spain has reaped the benefits of hosting the World Cup (1982) and the Summer Olympics (1992).

Emmett Jones at Sports Business Digest is counting the days until the NBA Lockout.

The Sports Media Watch says Fox Saturday Baseball hit the 2.0 rating mark last Saturday for the first time since May.

SMW feels ESPN granting LeBron James one hour of airtime wasn’t the worst thing the network has done.

And SMW has some ratings news and notes.

SportsbyBrooks wonders why Versus’ Jenn Sterger is taking shots at Danica Patrick.Nothing like a sports catfight.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe says NESN has finally found a vehicle for anchor Jade McCarthy.

The Bristol (CT) Press editorializes that ESPN bringing 125 Magazine jobs to the local area is good for the economy.

The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir writes that the Yankees’ limited partners have nothing but praise for George Steinbrenner.

Mike Hale of the Times reviews MLB Network’s new reality show, “The Club.”

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News depicts the give-and-take relationship between George Steinbrenner and Yankees announcer Suzyn Waldman.

Bill Madden of the Daily News writes that contrary to TV reports, no Yankees player attended the funeral services of former public address announcer Bob Sheppard. 

Frank DiGiacomo of the Daily News reports that YES announcer and ESPN Radio New York host Michael Kay has become engaged to former NBC News anchor Jodi Applegate in what seems to be a very mismatched pair.

Phil Mushnick in the New York Post feels ESPN didn’t provide enough live coverage during its live coverage of the Open Championship.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union how we watch sports continues to evolve even in this day of high definition TV.

Ken McMillan from the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says Time Warner will air the Empire State Games next week.

In the Baltimore-centric Press Box, Dave Hughes of DCRTV notes that Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will launch a Charm City sports news website next week.

Ryan Sharrow of the Baltimore Business Journal also looks at the new Comcast Baltimore website. 


The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson says expect to see the Heat on national TV the maximum amount as allowed by the NBA.

Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun Sentinel says Sun Sports will re-air the Miami Heat’s welcome of LeBron James and Chris Bosh three more times.

Tom Jones in the St. Petersburg Times writes that TBS will honor George Steinbrenner through Seinfeld episodes next week.

Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says Texas Rangers PA announcer Chuck Morgan got to work next to the Yankees’ Bob Sheppard for one game.

David Barron from the Houston Chronicle has a news and notes column today.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman also has some news and notes.


John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that local sports radio host Andy Furman will host a weekend Fox Sports Radio show.

John says the MLB All-Star Game was a hit in the Queen’s City.

Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press is not a fan of the ESPY’s.

Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explains why the World Cup did not fare well in Suds City.

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

Dan Caesar in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cardinals are mulling over two very strong proposals for its radio rights.


Scott D. Pierce in the Deseret (UT) News says the World Cup definitely brought in the viewers.

John Maffei in the North County Times talks about ESPN’s start-to-finish coverage of the Open Championship. John has an error in his column stating that Mark May will do play-by-play of ESPN’s Thursday night college football series. Rece Davis will be calling games, not Mark May.

Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star says SoCal is on the hook for the lowest All-Star Game ratings in history.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times says an Entourage storyline of the NFL offering L.A. a team is far-fetched in reality.

Dawn Chmieleski of the Times writes that the dispute between Time Warner and Disney could have sports fans reeling.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News looks at Fox’s spin on the All-Star Game ratings.

Tom has his look at the week and adds some news and notes as well.

Gary Lycan of the Orange County Register says local radio sportscaster Chuck Madden has passed away.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says 3-D TV is the future of sports television.


Bruce Dowbiggin at the Toronto Globe and Mail says the All-Star Game ratings are symptomatic of MLB’s problems.

Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star notes that a local sports radio station has hired a host to shake things up.

And we’re done with the megalinks.

3 thoughts on “Let’s Get The Friday Megalinks Done

  1. I happened to catch a little bit of Ted Sarandis’ show between innings of the Red Sox game. He had on as a guest Ron Borges of the Boston Herald. A man that Ted says is of great integrity. I guess he either forgot about or ignored that little plagiarism incident from a couple years ago. But that is neither her nor there. The following question was asked by Ted:

    Ted Sirandis – ” Ron a friend of mine want to know is there anything personal between you and Bill Belichick? ”

    Ron Borges – ” No Teddy absolutely not. I don’t know him and he does not know me.”

    Ted Sirandis – ” So as Michael Corleone would say, it’s strictly business” ( I thought that this was a funny analogy because vengeance was a major part of doing business in The Godfather. )

    Ron Borges -” Right, our relationship is strictly Business. But, I don’t like the way he treats people. He is very callous in his dealings with people and I’m not the only person who believes in this. ”

    Okay Ron, who are these other people who think like you? Is it players like Drew Bledsoe your inside scoop guy? Is it other media members who Belichick won’t give the time of day to like yourself while he gives info to hard workers like Mike Reiss who state facts while giving honest opinion without being snide? My guess is that statement you made to Ted was less than true. But what else could we expect.

    Ron also threw this little gem at the end of his statement.

    Ron Borges – ” You know Bill Belichick is a sub .500 coach without Tom Brady. ”

    Of course he is Ron, and Bill Walsh is a bum without Joe Montana and Chuck Noll was clueless without Joe Green. The fact is Ron, these coaches had the wherewithal to draft these players. That is why they won multiple Super Bowls and are or will be in the Hall of Fame.

    So there you have it folks, Ron Borges a man of great integrity. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


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