• Idle Note: ABC has no plans to air any NBA games on Saturday nights next season, according to an ESPN spokesperson. FOX aired two Major League Baseball telecasts on Saturday nights this year, and CBS plans to air Duke/North Carolina on a Saturday night in 2011. (ESPN)
  • Big Name: Golfer Colin Montgomerie has joined ESPN as an analyst for the upcoming British Open. Montgomerie is the latest addition to the network’s British Open line-up, which includes Rocco Mediate and Tom Watson, among others. (ESPN)
  • Ratings Game: The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest drew 1.677 million viewers on ESPN July 4, up 25% from last year (1.340 mil). To put that in perspective, the telecast drew more viewers than the first five nationally televised Stephen Strasburg games on ESPN, TBS and MLB Network. (pifeedback.com)