Our Thursday Linkage

Let’s do some links here. I had a late night monitoring the Texas Rangers auction and reading the live blog that CBS 11 in Dallas conducted throughout the entire process. The great Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball also provided coverage on his site and on Twitter. In addition, Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal tweeted the latest developments throughout the day and night. But the CBS11 crew did a great job providing the live blog and it’s still going strong today. Tremendous coverage of what was truly a one-of-a-kind story.

Now to the links.

Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News wishes NBA TV would have announced the entire regular season schedule earlier this week instead of just a partial release.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell notes that fans spent more than a million dollars to see Alex Rodriguez not hit his 600th homer until yesterday.

Darren wonders if the pricetag to purchase the Texas Rangers is too high.

Here’s Erin Andrews debut on Good Morning America today.

Our Thursday Linkage

Michael Whitmer of the Boston Globe says the future of the PGA Tour’s Deutsche Bank Championship depends on the amount and length of new TV deals.

Desmond Connor of the Hartford Courant reports that SNY will now be the exclusive home of University of Connecticut sports.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times recaps a busy night in the Texas Rangers ownership auction.

Michael O’Keefe in the New York Daily News picks up the Deadspin post on Brett Favre allegedly sexting Versus’ Jenn Sterger when she was a gameday host for the New York Jets.

Sulaman Abdur-Rahman of the Trentonian (NJ) News reports that an ESPN computer technician, reported missing last week, has been found safe and sound in Idaho.

Jen Wielgus of PhillyBurbs calls Jen Sterger a role model for women for refusing Favre’s advances. I wonder what Susan Shan would think of that.

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog notes that Pardon the Interruption hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon gave grades to DC NFL team coach Mike Shanahan on his handling of the Albert Haynesworth affair.

Todd Shanesy of the Spartansburg (SC) Herald Journal takes ESPN to task for overblowing the Brett Favre retirement story.

Barry Shlachter and Pete Alfano from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram report on the Texas Rangers ownership auction.

Michael Lindenberger of the Dallas Morning News has ESPN’s explanation as to why it chose to place its Super Bowl headquarters in Fort Worth instead of Dallas proper.

Kelly Bostian of the Tulsa (OK) World says the sale of BASS LLC. by ESPN is getting praise.

John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer mentions that Fox Sports Ohio is picking up one Reds game after losing one to the Fox Sports mothership.

John writes that Fox Sports Ohio is airing a slate of local high school football games this season.

A Cleveland TV sports anchor has been indicted on rape and kidnapping charges.

Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel speculates on whether the Big East Conference will create its own television network.

Jeff Fellenzer in the Los Angeles Times talks with San Diego Padres TV voice Dick Enberg about his return to baseball this year.

Tom Hoffarth in the Los Angeles Daily News looks at the Wikipedia bios of various play-by-play men.

Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail writes a new sports radio talk show host isn’t afraid to go outside the box, if necessary.

Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star notes that Tennis Canada is relaunching its website.

AJ Daulerio of Deadspin recaps the reaction to his Brett Favre sexting Jenn Sterger story.

Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon says Deadspin betrayed Sterger by publishing the story without her consent.

Lou Clinton at 38 Cliches reviews the performance of Lou Merloni in his one-time replacement stint for the Red Sox Radio Network.

Sports Media Watch says Sun Sports received record ratings for the New York Yankees-Tampa Bay Rays weekend series.

My esteemed blogging colleague, Steve Lepore of Puck The Media has the NHL’s press release detailing the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic in Calgary.

The MLS Talk blog notes that the ratings for Major League Soccer on ESPN2 have fallen below the WNBA.

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