Some Tuesday Night Linkage

Some Tuesday Night Linkage

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Some Tuesday Night Linkage


Got busy plus shuffling between two offices prevented me from doing linkage. I’ll do it now as I try to find a cool place in my house to blog. The humidity is killing me tonight.

Anyway, let’s get to the links.

Jason Fry at the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center writes that the New York Yankees are missing out on reaching a truly local audience.

Michael Hiestand of USA Today notes that NBC’s audience for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday was quite good.

In his first column as sports media critic, Variety’s Brian Lowry discusses how today’s NBA TV announcers don’t come close to matching the late Chick Hearn of the Los Angeles Lakers. 

CNBC’s Darren Rovell gets on the NBA for having just eight champions over the last 30 years while other leagues have spread the wealth around. 

Darren speaks with Sacramento Kings co-owner Joe Maloof about his ventures.

Darren says there won’t be an NBA free agent summit as had been promoted last week.

Todd Spangler from Multichannel News writes that FLO TV will provide all 64 of ESPN’s World Cup to AT&T Mobile TV subscribers.

Mike Reynolds of Multichannel says AT&T U-Verse subscribers will be able to get Univision’s World Cup coverage on demand and a multiview application.

Glen Dickson from Broadcasting & Cable reports that ESPN will be offering live multiplatform coverage of the World Cup. 

Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine says Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final led NBC to a younger demographics win on Monday.

Diego Vasquez of Media Life Magazine writes that a sponsor could have its message seen for as many as five days during the MLB All-Star Game festivities.

Channel Guide Magazine has an online World Cup Viewing Guide.

Sarah Mahoney from the Mediapost Raw blog says ESPN is the most powerful brand in New England outranking several traditional regional brands like Dunkin’ Donuts, Samuel Adams and Ben & Jerry’s. 

The Boston Business Journal picks up a story from John Lombardo of sister publication, Sports Business Journal, that ad sales for the NBA Finals are outpacing last year’s. 

Jack Bell of the New York Times says there are a bunch of World Cup iPhone/iPod Touch apps available at the iTunes store.

Richard Sandomir of the Times says The Big Lead has been purchased by Fantasy Sports Ventures for a figure in the “low seven figures.” A piece of disclosure: Fang’s Bites is part of the Fantasy Sports Ventures network. If The Big Lead is worth in the “low seven figures,” Fang’s Bites certainly must be worth somewhere in the “low single figures.” Seriously, congratulations to Jason McIntyre who has been running The Big Lead since 2006. Jason’s become a friend and I’m glad to see a fellow blogger hit it big.

In a mild upset, Phil Mushnick of the New York Post actually praises YES for using restraint after Cleveland Indians pitcher David Huff was hit in the head by a line drive by Alex Rodriguez.

Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette and suffering Philadelphia Flyers fan notes that the NHL Stanley Cup Final is doing well for NBC.

Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call writes that this is an exciting time to be a Philly sports fan.

Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun Sentinel says the Florida Marlins are selling unused tickets from Roy Halladay’s perfect game on Saturday for face value.

Randy Riggs from the Austin (TX) American-Statesman tells us that two early season Texas Longhorn games will be picked up by ABC. 

In Crain’s Chicago Business, Ed Sherman writes that the Blackhawks’ ratings are drifting close to rarefied Bears territory.

Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Sun Times says NBC affiliate WMAQ could not be happier with the Blackhawks’ ratings.

Austin Meek of the Topeka (KS) Capital-Journal says the annual Kansas-Kansas State football game will be moved to a Thursday night to accommodate Fox Sports Net.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has your June sports calendar.

Tom wonders how Larry King managed to get the first national interview with potential free agent LeBron James.

And Tom says Dodgers voice Vin Scully is immortalized in a new song.

William Houston of Truth & Rumours says his former newspaper, the Toronto Globe and Mail will be outsourcing its copy editing to an Australian-owned entity and he also looks at the Stanley Cup Final ratings in both the US and Canada.

The Sports Media Watch says the overnight ratings for the Indianapolis 500 fell to a record low for the second year in a row.

SMW says the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 also hit its lowest overnight rating in a decade.

SMW notes that the NBA Western Conference Finals finished out on a down note.

SMW says the same thing happened with the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

SMW has some various news and notes.

And SMW has various stuff on some sports media personalities.

Steve Lepore at Puck The Media has a comparison of Stanley Cup Final postgame coverage betweeen Versus and NHL Network.

Steve looks inside NBC’s tremendous overnight rating for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Steve also has the media awards for this year’s inductions to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy has the video of Don Cherry being the Phantom of the Opera before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Maury Brown at the Biz of Baseball says the Washington Nationals are ratcheting up the marketing effort for Steven Strasburg when he finally makes his major league debut later this month.

EPL Talk has ESPN/ABC’s promo for the England vs. USA World Cup matchup.

That’s going to do it.

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