The Friday Night Megalinks

Usually Friday is a day to look forward, but it became a nightmare for me this morning after I got into an accident on the way to work. It certainly effects your entire day and I’m feeling some discomfort in my left side where my car was hit, but it’s not enough to prevent me from blogging. I’ll do the megalinks now.

You can find the Sports and Primetime TV viewing for the weekend right here.

Now to our links.

National

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says Chad Ochocinco continues his reality TV tour this summer.

Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch talks with the reporters assigned to cover LeBron James 24/7.

Milton Kent of Fanhouse says Fox Sports’ Chris Myers has issued an apology for comments he made about Hurricane Katrina victims while guest hosting on the Dan Patrick Show earlier this week. 

Media Matters has the exchange of letters between the Mayor of New Orleans and Myers. 

Subbing for CNBC’s Darren Rovell, Maury Brown from the Biz of Sports Network writes that the NFL will have a huge war chest thanks to TV rights fees if the league decides to lock the players out in 2011.

The Associated Press reports that ESPN will use Cisco technology to conduct video conference interviews during the World Cup. 

Ben Grossman of Broadcasting & Cable says CBS and ESPN were among those honored Thursday by Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily.

Michael K. Ozanian of Forbes.com says sports programming is giving media stocks a big boost. 

Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says Univision hashed out a deal this week to carry Mexican National Soccer team games, beating out previous rights holder Telemundo.

Diego Vasquez of Media Life Magazine writes that advertisers can reach male college students through the College World Series which is gaining popularity which each passing year.

Ryan Berenz of Channel Guide Magazine looks at Fox Sports carrying its first ever soccer match in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

David Goeztl of Mediapost says Turner Sports isn’t saying much about having the NCAA Tournament on its networks, but is expecting the property to be a money maker. 

The Sports Media Watch speaks with two Turner Sports executives about developing new technologies for the network’s sports properties. SMW continues that conversation here.

SMW says the NHL Conference Finals are getting off to a slow start in the ratings, but the postseason numbers are still way up overall.

SMW says the NBA Conference Finals are also down.

The SMW notes that the Preakness Stakes experienced its lowest ratings in ten years.

And SMW says NASCAR on Fox hit an extreme low note on Sunday.

Steve Lepore at Puck The Media has the NHL Conference Final ratings through Tuesday.

Ken Campbell of The Hockey News feels the NHL is treating CBC like dirt while kowtowing to NBC which doesn’t pay the league a rights fee.

Gail Sideman writing in Sports Networker talks about sports and politics mixing as in the fray over the new Arizona immigration law.

Deadspin looks at one of the oddest and saddest lawsuits against ESPN. 

Robert Littal of Black Sports Online couldn’t be happier to have Screamin’ Gus Johnson as the new play-by-play voice of the Madden ’11 NFL video game.

Dave Kohl of Major League Programs notes that Chicago sports anchor Mike Adamle identified and then mis-identified the same person in the same sportscast.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Pawtucket Red Sox radio voice Dan Hoard writes in his MLBlog that a Red Sox prospect has been leaving tickets for ESPN’s Erin Andrews in hopes of meeting her (scroll down).

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe talks with former Red Sox infielder and current WEEI and Comcast SportsNet commentator Lou Merloni.

Bob Raissman from the New York Daily News says having LeBron James sign with the New Jersey Nets would become a big get not only for the team, but for the YES Network.

Phil Mushnick of the New York Post tries to equate Red Sox DH David Ortiz with Florida Marlins malcontent Hanley Ramirez. That’s a big stretch, Phil.

John Koblin and Irina Aleksander of the New York Observer chronicle how a recent journalism graduate got a major sitdown interview with New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokorov.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union speaks with area native Ari Wolfe who has been quite busy traveling the country doing gigs for various networks.

Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner has Fox Sports President David Hill predicting a high viewership for the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

And Jim speaks with Food Network’s Paula Deen who loves her baseball.

South

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says the LeBron James saga is getting to the ridiculous stage.

Ilana Limon of the Orlando Sentinel says Conference USA is hoping to see some flexibility between its TV partners, ESPN and CBS College Sports in the next rights deal.

Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun Sentinel says the Florida Panthers plan to reduce seating at its arena next season.

Eric Smith of the Memphis Daily News recaps a local appearance made by ESPN/CBS college basketball analyst Jay Bilas. 

David Barron in the Houston Chronicle says ESPN’s 30 for 30 series will look back at the period when Southern Methodist University became the first and only school to receive the NCAA’s death penalty.

David adds that Univision nabbed a big property for its soccer programming.

In the Daily Oklahoman, Mel Bracht says the local ABC affiliate is defending its decision to pre-empt the start of last Sunday’s NBA Eastern Conference Final game in favor of storm coverage.

Mel recaps Dan Patrick’s interview of disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy.

Midwest

Michael Zuidema in the Grand Rapids (MI) Press talks with former Fox Sports NFL analyst Ray Bentley about his return to local sports radio.

Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is enjoying ESPN’s and TNT’s “A” announcing teams on the NBA Conference Finals.

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

Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that the White Sox may be looking for an FM outlet to carry its games after this season and beyond. 

To the Rochester Post-Bulletin where Paul Christian writes that Saturday is becoming a prime viewing night for sports.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes that there are plenty of changes coming to all three of the city’s sports radio stations.

Dan also notes that former St. Louis Rams QB Kurt Warner is making his first foray into the broadcast booth.

Blair Kerkhoff at the Kansas City Star explores the Big Ten Network and what Missouri could gain from the channel if it joined the Big Ten Conference.

West

Scott D. Pierce in the Deseret (UT) News says Salt Lake City and Utah for that matter is not an attractive TV market for Pac 10 or Big 12 expansion.

Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune is mildly surprised to see the NBA Playoffs being the Padres in the local ratings.

John Maffei of the North County Times says soccer is proving to be a ratings winner in the US.

Jim Carlisle in the Ventura County Star feels Versus is giving short shrift to the Tour of California.

Jim says ESPN’s Chris Berman doesn’t deserve a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says the Dodgers are running a contest for a fan to call an inning of a game on the internet.

Tom profiles TNT’s Reggie Miller in his weekly media column.

Tom has more with Reggie and adds his extensive media notes in his blog.

Canada

James Mirtle of the Toronto Globe and Mail feels Don Cherry goes too far in his criticism of European players.

Bruce Dowbiggin in the Globe and Mail rates Canada’s NHL panel discussions on the three major rightsholders.

CBC says Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean will be writing his autobiography.

TSN announces that it and TSN2 will carry plenty of coverage of the French Open.

Etan Vlessing of the Hollywood Reporter writes that TSN and Rogers Sportsnet will split coverage of the English Premier League for three seasons.

And that will conclude the megalinks. Thanks for your patience.

About Ken Fang

A former award-winning radio reporter, Ken Fang lives in Rhode Island and blogs at Fang's Bites and Fang's Bites at BSMW. You can also follow him on Twitter and Facebook. In addition to sports media, he is addicted to The Amazing Race and Mad Men.

  • Wayne Shatraw

    Allen, why is Phil's article about Ortiz different than Hanley's loafing? The only difference is that Hanley ripped his manager. Your hero only showed up his manager by leaving the ballpark early and by taking pot shots at him after being pinch hit. But that's right, Shaughnessy, Buckley, etc. are all evil people who want to destroy our heroes so it's probably not true. As Felger would say, Ortiz dogged it down the line and was thrown out needlessly at second base. Fact not opinion. But everyone should waive their pom poms and yell "Go Team" because we don't kiss the rumps of these million dollar athletes who couldn't give two flying yo-yo's about anyone but themselves. If you hate the big bad media , here's a thought–don't read or listen to them! Simple concept. Funny how it took Glenn Ordway's near-tragic family issues to utter a good word about him for example. What will it take for anything good out of your mouth for Borges, Shaughnessy, Callahan?

    • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/bruceallen bruceallen

      Clearly you either haven't read here very often, or just choose to ignore when I do praise all the guys you mention. The trio of Shaughnessy, Borges and Callahan are all very talented writers who, when they want to, can produce great material. But far too often they resort to just making noise rather than writing up to the level of their talent.

    • Drew

      sounds like your waving pom-poms for the media, Wayne……are you saying the media is beyond reproach and should never be criticized??…..In case you haven't noticed the name of this site is " Boston Sports MEDIA WATCH"…….I'll use your own words……If you hate this site so much, then don't come here……