Late Monday/Early Tuesday Links

It’s early Tuesday morning on the East Coast as I do these links. I’ve been researching clips for the 2000 Olympic Games so this update is delayed. I promised you links and by golly, I’m going to give them to you.

First, John Crowe at his Crowe’s Nest blog has some industry news including some buyouts at the Providence Journal.

Included in John’s industry news post is a link to Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette who reports that 1250 ESPN Radio has hired the replacement for Mark Madden a position that Andy Gresh, formerly of the Score in Providence, had been considered.

Next, over to Tiki of the Pink Hat Hell blog (and a new Friend of Fang’s Bites, by the way) who goes after Tony Massarotti of the Boston Herald and Steve Silva of and the insipid Boston Dirt Dogs for their anti-Manny Ramirez agendas.

Dan Lamonthe from the Red Sox Monster blog says a new Heidi Watney fan site has launched. You can check out that site here. I think the webmaster is the same person responsible for Hazel Mae’s fan site.

BBC Sport will be using some cool animation to open its Olympics coverage. The animation was done by the team behind Gorillaz, the animated band.

Paul J. Gough and Jonathan Landreth of the Hollywood Reporter team up on a story that outlines NBC’s digital plans for the Olympics.

Matt Hurwitz of the Associated Press says NBC will have plenty of HD gadgets to help bring the Olympics even closer to the home viewer.

Clifford Coonan of Variety reports that the air in Beijing is a cause for concern for the Olympic athletes.

The lovely Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine says the loss of Paul Hamm from the men’s U.S. gymnastics team could be a big blow to NBC. And Toni writes that the ratings for the Tour de France on Versus took a huge hit this year.

Jon Healey of the Los Angeles Times has an in-depth look at NBC’s plans to stream Sunday Night Football this season.

Barry Janoff of Brandweek says Faith Hill will star in an NBC Sports ad campaign based on her singing “I’ve Been Waiting All Day for Sunday Night”.

John Consoli of Mediaweek writes that the NFL Network has signed a multi-platform advertising deal with Courtyard by Marriott.

ESPN says ESPNU will launch in HD just in time for college football season.

From the Log Cabin Democrat newsaper in Arkansas comes this story from David McCollum about the launch of the new Southland Conference TV network, a consortium of TV stations and cable systems in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana that will air football and basketball games from the mid-major conference.

Awful Announcing has a look at ESPN’s new live commercials for its new live morning SportsCenter block starting on August 11.

Christopher Estrada of Most Valuable Network says IndyCar Racing fans could be disappointed in TV coverage next year.

That will be it for now. I’ll be back sometime around midday Tuesday with more links.

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