Yes, time to do the the megalinks. One of these days, I’ll be able to have enough time to do this during the workday instead of at night, or not at all. But until I can end the shuffling between two offices on Fridays, this is kind of the schedule. Anyway, let’s start.

The Weekend Viewing Picks provide the sports and entertainment programs of note on TV.

Now let’s do the links.


USA Today’s Michael Hiestand and Mike McCarthy debate whether the New York Jets should shut their yaps.

Ken Wheaton of Advertising Age looks at the dueling front pages in New York and Boston in advance of Sunday’s Jets-Patriots game. 

Andrea Dominack of Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News writes that Showtime and MLB Productions are teaming up for a 24/7-like documentary series on the San Francisco Giants.

Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says Golf Channel has found some more providers to distribute the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in 3-D.

Mike Shields at Mediaweek looks at the new deal between Sporting News and AOL to take over the Fanhouse brand. We’ll have more links on this story throughout the megalinks.

Wayne Friedman of MediaPost writes about the NFL’s TV ratings. 

Diane Mermigas also of MediaPost takes a look at ESPN’s expanded digital offerings.

Katie Hasty of HitFix reports that Christina Aguilera will sing the national anthem during Super Bowl XLV. 

Jane McManus at espnW writes that female reporters still get treated as objects in sports. 

Sports Media Watch notes that the Cotton Bowl got its highest ratings in 12 years thanks to a new primetime timeslot.

SMW says NBA TV is beating MLB Network in the ratings all around. 

Steve Lepore at Puck The Media continues his series comparing NHL Network’s NHL on the Fly to Versus’ NHL Overtime.

Glenn Davis of SportsGrid notes that the debut of Onion SportsDome, the parody of ESPN’s SportsCenter, actually drew a bigger audience than the real SportsCenter on Tuesday night.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell says the country may be on its way back if golf is any indicator.

Joe Favorito takes a look at the possible return of one of the 1970’s biggest sports brands, the New York Cosmos.

Dave Kohl of Major League Programs looks at how Dick Vitale’s extension at ESPN was reported.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe discusses the record ratings for the NFL.

To Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette who writes that Jets coach Rex Ryan has CBS Sports NFL analysts scratching their heads.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times breaks news that CBS Sports has renewed its agreement to air the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, one of its signature sports properties.

Richard has an interesting article on how TV production meetings with NFL coaches can yield either a lot of information, or absolutely nothing at all.

And Richard looks at the new AOL/Sporting News arrangement that could affect many writers at Fanhouse.

Newsday’s Neil Best notes how the New York Jets have become TV darlings for the NFL’s broadcast partners.

Newsday also has the best of Neil’s blog from the week.

Phil Mushnick at the New York Post blasts ESPN for the BCS National Championship Game. Classic Mushie this week.

The Post’s Justin Terrnaova talks with ESPN’s Trent Dilfer about Jets-pats.

Brian Lewis of the Post’s soccer blog says MLS is hoping to get its TV situation with Fox Soccer Channel resolved soon (scroll down).

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News says Rex Ryan could find himself as a pitchman if he continues to win.

To the Albany Times Union where Pete Dougherty has CBS’ NFL analysts wishing Rex Ryan would shut up.

At the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg looks at Washington Wizards/Capitals owners Ted Leonsis’ relationship with the newspaper.

Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says while the players of Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers may hate each other on the field, the owners are a different story.

Jim says Versus will air the Indy Racing League’s Baltimore Grand Prix in September.


Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says while the NFL set record TV ratings this season, it’s a different story in South Florida.

Tom Jones at the St. Petersburg Times says a local sports radio fixture is out of a job.

Shannon Owens of the Orlando Sentinel explores Erin Andrews’ new endorsement deal with Reebok. 

Barry Horn in the Dallas Morning News writes that a candidate has emerged to replace Josh Lewin on Texas Rangers telecasts.

Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says Super Bowl XLV actually has two official logos.

Pete Alfano of the Star-Telegram notes that ESPN plans to construct a studio in Fort Worth to help show off virtual technology during Super Bowl Week. 

Pete says ESPN will be showing off Fort Worth’s Sundance Square during Super Bowl Week.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says Comcast could give fans a sneak peek of what’s to come from its upcoming SportsNet Houston channel as it provides other Comcast regional sports networks to the market.

And David provides the new channels that are coming to the Houston market via an expanded Comcast lineup.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman says the Dallas Cowboys are still tops in the Sooner State.


Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press says the Michigan High School Athletic Association is not only streaming games, but giving students some good experience in producing them.

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

Over to Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who notes that ESPN’s Trent Dilfer has been praising the Green Bay Packers as the season has progressed.


Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune notes that the San Diego State basketball team will be on national and local TV for its next three games.

John Maffei from the North County Times says the NFL’s TV ratings set records across the country.

Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times catches up with former NBC MLB broadcaster Joe Garagiola.

Bill Shaikin of the Times reports that Fox has advanced some of its rights fee to Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt to help him meet operating expenses.

Tom Hoffarth in the Los Angeles Daily News has his look at the best and worst in Los Angeles sports talk show hosts.

Tom has his extensive news and notes.


Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail is fascinated by Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis who wants to bypass traditional mainstream media.

And that will finish our megalinks for this week.