Ok, I haven’t done Friday megalinks in a while and you’re owed them so let’s get to them without further delay.
Of course, you can find the Weekend Viewing Picks right here.
First, several media writers are amused by the war of words between CBS and ESPN over the most viewed broadband event ever. ESPN claimed 1.1 million people went online to watch the USA-Algeria World Cup match on Wednesday. CBS jumped in by saying, “Not so fast!” It sent out a press release saying the Duke-Butler game had more online views. And early Friday evening, ESPN sent out its reply sticking with its claim and saying CBS’ measurement of online views is rather limited. Stay tuned.
Mike Shields from Mediaweek has a story on the CBS/ESPN sparring.
Southern New England media mogul Keith Thibault asks if CBS and ESPN can actually get along.
The Nielsen Wire blog says the goal that put the United States in the Round of 16 of the World Cup generated plenty of online buzz and messages.
Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Daily says the NFL is looking outside sports to fill its top communications and public relations post.
USA Today’s Michael McCarthy has SNY’s Keith Hernandez opining on how to speed up baseball games.
Mike writes that the French World Cup team is taking a beating for lying down.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell tracks down what happened to the most famous sports bra in history.
Darren wonders exactly how much will not picking Butler’s Gordon Hayward in the NBA Draft will cost the Indiana Pacers.
John Eggerton from Broadcasting & Cable says DirecTV and DISH Network have both asked to pick up Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia which has been kept off satellite since its inception.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News writes that USA-Algeria has become the most watched soccer telecast in ESPN’s history.
The Sports Media Watch also looks into CBS’ rebuttal into ESPN’s claims about USA-Algeria’s online viewing.
SMW also has some ratings news and notes.
SMW tells us that the final round of this year’s U.S. Open was up from last year, but down from 2007 and 2008.
Joe Favorito looks at one minor league baseball team having some fun with the LeBron James free agent sweepstakes.
The Big Lead explores the possibility of Stephen A. “A is for Alacrity” Smith of gaining his own Showtime late night talk show.
Also from the Big Lead, it was not impressed with ESPN’s NBA Draft coverage.
Maury Brown at the Biz of Baseball writes that ESPN has tabbed Stephen Strasburg’s next start for Monday Night Baseball.
Yahoo’s Big League Stew blog has some baseball documentary suggestions for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.
From earlier this week, John Strege of Golf Digest reviewed the U.S. Open and Chris Berman’s performance, calling him “a human vuvuzela.” (Scroll down)
East and Mid-Atlantic
Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette writes about a local Wiffle ball game filled with local politicians and celebrities that will be carried on local radio and will raise money for cancer research.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes about the CBS/ESPN battle over online views.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post decides after over a decade, he’s going to go after ESPN2’s Bottom Line. Took you long enough, Phil.
Pete Dougherty in the Albany Times Union says Fox has made some changes to its Fox Saturday Baseball schedule.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette writes that USA-Algeria scored for ESPN.
Kevin Oklobzija from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle takes us behind the scenes with Golf Channel as it’s in town for the LPGA Championship.
Writing in the Baltimore-centic Press Box, Dave Hughes of DCRTV.com looks at John Riggins’ return to MASN.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner looks at the official radio station of Wimbledon, one that runs for only two weeks every year and one I enjoy listening to very much.
David Farenthold of the Washington Post says MASN will air a year-long public service campaign on cleaning up Chesapeake Bay.
Barry Jackson from the Miami Herald writes that veteran announcer Dick Stockton will call Dolphins exhibition games on TV this season.
David Barron in the Houston Chronicle says two local colleges get more TV exposure for football season.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says ESPN’s Outside the Lines will explore drug charges against a Green Bay Packers defensive end.
Phil Rosenthal from the Chicago Tribune has a link to the opening of the new MLB Network reality series on the White Sox.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business has his winners and losers in sports business and media.
Paul Christian in the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin talks about the ratings for USA-Algeria.
David Briggs from the Columbia Daily Tribune writes that the University of Missouri is pondering its own sports TV network.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the future of a long-time sports radio personality could be in doubt.
The Kansas City Star says ESPN will be in town on Saturday for live shots of fans watching the USA-Ghana World Cup match.
Scott D. Pierce from the Deseret (UT) News likes the British announcers on ESPN’s World Cup coverage.
To John Maffei of the North County Times who says Mark Neely who’s calling the San Diego Padres for a short stretch while Dick Enberg is at Wimbledon sounds like he hasn’t missed a beat.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star says we’re watching the World Cup especially with the US involved.
Jim talks with TNT’s Kenny “The Jet” Smith.
Chris Zelkovich from the Toronto Star says ESPN has changed the way we changed sports.
Chris adds a Toronto sports radio station underwent a lot of changes this week.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail also writes about the station’s personnel upheaval.
Dave Fuller from the Toronto Sun talks with the station’s program director about the personnel changes.
And we’ll end it there. I’ll be back with links on the Fang’s Bites at BSMW page on Saturday.