Ok, we have time during the time where I can do the Friday media links. Nice to be able to them earlier than late at night.

Before we get to the links, there’s the Weekend Viewing Picks and you can see what’s on tap in sports and primetime right here.

National

Starting with USA Today, Michael Hiestand notes that NFL Network’s Steve Mariucci was in the middle of the Brett Favre story.

Georg Szalai of the Hollywood Reporter says Madison Square Garden’s TV networks helped to drive the company to a strong financial 2nd quarter.

SportsbyBrooks reports that Keith Olbermann will not be on Football Night in America this season by request of NBC News.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell offers this year’s College Football all-name team.

Darren says a minor league baseball team plans to recreate the moment when the St. Louis Browns sent 3’7″ Eddie Gaedel to bat in an actual Major League game.

Steve Lepore of Puck the Media has part two of his series on the future of NHL TV and he looks at the possibility of bringing ESPN back into the fold.

Part 3 of Steve’s series explores whether Fox and/or CBS/Turner would be a good fit for the NHL.

If you missed Part 1 on NBC/Versus, check it out here.

Joe Favorito compares and contrasts ESPN and Deadspin on the stories the two entities had to deal with.

The Big Lead says the Chicago Sun-Times is not backing down from a story in which it said a Kentucky basketball recruit was offered money.

The Orbitcast satellite radio blog says Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will host a show on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio starting this weekend.

East and Mid-Atlantic

In the Boston Globe, Chad Finn talks with Bob Neumeier who has been spending his summer filling in on WEEI, 98.5 The Sports Hub and Comcast SportNet.

Desmond Conner of the Hartford Courant writes about the new media rights deal between the University of Connecticut and SNY for football and basketball games.

Jackie Majerus in the Bristol (CT) Press talks with ESPN’s head of security

Neil Ostrout of the Greenwich (CT) Time says the deal between SNY and UConn will last three years.

Mark Nailor of the Ridgefield (CT) Press profiles the lead producer of “This Week in Baseball.”

Sox & Dawgs has the video of Red Sox teammates Marco Scutaro and Victor Martinez conspiring to touch Adrian Beltre’s head after he hit a grand slam home run against Cleveland last night. 

Justin Terranova at the New York Post says NFL Films and HBO have high ratings expectations for this season Hard Knocks.

Also from the Post, here’s Phil Mushnick’s annual anti-Little League World Series on ESPN column.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News gets on Hard Knocks for not spotlighting Darrelle Revis’ holdout from Jets’ camp. Does he want them to focus on it for the entire program?

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union talks with ESPN’s Adam Schefter who’s been traveling by bus to half of the NFL’s training camps.

Evan Weiner of the New Jersey Newsroom says don’t expect to hear criticisms of BP from International Olympic Committee Chairman Jacques Rogge as the company is a huge sponsor.

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog talks with the departing CEO for the Dan Snyder-owned sports radio stations.

Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with ESPN/ABC college football analyst Todd Blackledge about … ACC football???

Jim says former DC NFL team great Russ Grimm’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be covered extensively by local TV and radio this weekend.

South

To the Miami Herald where Barry Jackson looks for the unique standouts in South Florida sports radio and TV.

Barry Shlachter of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg had to dig deep to finally win ownership of the Texas Rangers.

The Star-Telegram’s Ray Buck talks with Fox Sports/NFL Network analyst Daryl Johnston about his ex-Cowboys teammate Emmitt Smith who’s going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says having Nolan Ryan as an owner of the Rangers means good news for Fox Sports Southwest.

Midwest

John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer says a local TV station will air a one hour special to hype the new Pete Rose movie.

Jeff Rabjohns of the Indianapolis Star writes that Lucas Oil Stadium being the site of the new Big Ten Football Championship in 2011 will be a big economic shot for the city.

The South Bend Tribune notes that former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown is joining ESPN 3D.

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

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Cardinals radio rights saga has plenty of intrigue.

West

The Denver Post reports that former Broncos quarterback Brian Griese will join the team’s radio broadcasts this season.

Jay Posner from the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that the local ESPN Radio affiliate is changing formats at the end of this month. Jay mentions that today’s sports media column will be his last as he’s taken over as editor of the Union-Tribune’s sports section.

John Maffei at the North County Times notes that after several years, the mtn. is still not carried on Time Warner Cable systems.

Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star says the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game means the NFL is back.

In the Los Angeles Daily News, Tom Hoffarth talks about the dangers of reporting through Twitter.

Tom expresses more of his Twitter concerns along with posting his extensive news and notes in his blog.

Canada

Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says reports of the firing of a legendary Vancouver Canucks analyst are untrue.

That will conclude the megalinks for today.

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