The Wednesday Links

Let’s do the links for the middle of the week.

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says the NFL TV partners are salivating over if and when Brett Favre retires. I don’t want to see him after he retires. Sick of him.

Milton Kent of Fanhouse writes that Darelle Revis’ holdout from New York Jets camp provides some journalism questions for HBO’s Hard Knocks this season.

Milton looks at ESPN selling BASS, LLC to a former Time, Inc. executive and former fishing show host.

In the part two of a four part series, Clay Travis of Fanhouse talks with SEC Commissioner Mike Slive about the conference’s huge TV contract. Part one is here.

One more from Fanhouse. John Waters writes that Mike Mayock has finally made it to Notre Dame.

Jon Lafayette in Broadcasting & Cable says the NBA’s Christmas Day games have been announced.

Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News says HBO is holding a rally in New York’s Time Square to kick off the new season of Hard Knocks.

Ben Leach of the London (UK) Telegraph reports that the BBC will have a woman host its Formula 1 broadcast for the first time in its 60 year history. Thanks to Daryn Kagan for the link.

Pete Thamel of the New York Times notes that the fate of the Big East is in the hands of other parties.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says the NFL is exploring about installing a computer chip in its game balls to help determine close plays.

Over to the Schenectady Gazette and Ken Schott who talks about the unveiling of the NBA’s Opening Week, Christmas and MLK Day schedules.

Brent Johnson of the Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger reports that an ESPN computer technician is missing after visiting his mother last week.

Jonathan Takiff from the Philadelphia Daily News mentions that there’s plenty of 3-D TV to watch for the 21 people who own a set.

Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says TV network was the hot talk of yesterday’s Big East media day.

Corky Blake of the Lehigh Valley (PA) Express Times says it’s time for Little League Baseball to end its relationship with ESPN. Wow, that came out of left field.

Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County (MD) Times says the Baltimore Ravens are scrambling to piece together a TV network to match the reach of MASN.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution catches up with NFL Network’s Deion Sanders as he participated in a local youth football program.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News has a preview of tonight’s NFL Network special on former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith.

Kyle Whitfield of the Morning News notes that a local high school football matchup is slated for ESPNU.

Barry Shlatchter of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is covering today’s auction of the Texas Rangers which includes Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban as a potential suitor.

David Barron in the Houston Chronicle says with Fox dropping out of the bidding for the Rangers, their actions still have an effect on the Astros.

John Rohde in the Daily Oklahoman notes that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Fox Sports Southwest have agreed to put all 82 regular season games on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business says AT&T U-Verse and Dish Network subscribers are shut out from watching MLB Network and “The Club”.

Mike DeArmond of the Kansas City Star says two Missouri University football games are slated for pay per view.

Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times says Time Warner Cable subscribers are the losers in the dispute with Disney/ABC/ESPN.

The Sports Media Watch has some ratings news and notes.

Steve Lepore at Puck The Media has a look at Versus/NBC’s partnership with the NHL and where it could go beyond the 2010-11 season.

AJ Daulerio of Deadspin notes that Versus’ Jenn Sterger is alleging that Brett Favre sexted her. I have no reason to believe this either way. Just putting out this link.

Joe Favorito says it’s important to give back to the community.

Dave Kohl in Major League Programs looks at the Time Warner Cable/Disney dispute and the MSG simulcast of WFAN’s Boomer and Carton show.

We’re done here.