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Erin Andrews tells Oprah Winfrey video was 'nightmare'

Erin Andrews opted for Oprah over me for her first post-peephole-video sitdown. It was taped Thursday and will appear on TV Sept. 11 - eight days after Ms. Andrews returns to the ESPN sidelines later this week.

Erin called the experience a "nightmare." I think Deitsch broke the story on Twitter of Oprah landing the interview.

The Jets have sold out of the season ticket and half season ticket packages they were offering for 2009.

The Yankees announced playoff ticket prices for 2009, and lo and behold, they haven't gone up much if at all from the regular season. Then again . . . how the heck could they have?

Tennis Channel CEO Ken Solomon was on CNBC this morning talking about the channel's ongoing absence from Cablevision.

Cablevision, which owns Newsday, issued this statement on the matter:

"We have a valid agreement that will immediately make the Tennis Channel available to any Cablevision customer who wants it. Thus far, the Tennis Channel is claiming a technicality allows it to delay the launch by a few weeks, and is refusing to do the right thing by authorizing Cablevision to receive its signal. Any further delay by the Tennis Channel is at the expense of New York-area tennis fans. Fortunately, Cablevision customers can already view more than 130 hours of the best live U.S. Open coverage on CBS and ESPN."

NBC's ratings for Sunday night's Bears-Broncos game were the best for a preseason game on any network in five years - 7.3 percent of homes in major markets. Thanks, Jay Cutler.

CBS's ratings for Sunday afternoon's final round of the Barclays were up 106 percent from last year, to 3.7 percent of homes in major markets. Thanks as always, Tiger.

To answer a reader's question: SNY will indeed replay the 1969 Mets ceremonies - at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Up to 12 teams could have games lost to the NFL blackout rule this season, including the Jaguars, who might be 0-for-8 on home sellouts.

Against my better judgment, one last crack at my take on general sports columnists: 

Of course there is a place for well-written and/or well-reported columns by non-specialists.

On the whole, though, I still say these days most readers are more thirsty for expert insights and information than general opining.

I'll leave it alone now. You're welcome.

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