Some more links for you this afternoon.
It’s been five days since NBC’s fateful decision to dump the thrilling Ottawa-Buffalo game going into overtime to Versus which hardly anyone gets in favor of the Preakness Stakes. Newspaper writers and bloggers have all attacked both NBC and the NHL for allowing this to happen. Al Strachan who has made appearances on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada has written a column on Fox Sports.com and he takes NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to task for ruining the league going back to 1994. I have to agree. While the NBA has fallen to new TV rating lows, the NHL has sunken even further. Strachan says the league had quite a bit of momentum after the New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994, but it’s now struggling to get viewers.
Maybe this is a bit of justice, but the final ratings for the Preakness Stakes were down 9% from last year.
Jim Williams of the Baltimore/DC Examiner writes about IRL’s Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca Cola 600, both of which are run this Sunday.
Our friend, LC in the 38 Cliches blog says Red Sox radio announcer Glenn Geffner may not do 100 games as he was quoted before the season. I certainly hope so. In fact, I hope the Red Sox brass take Geffner off the radio for the rest of 2007.
Canadians will be watching the French Open on TSN for the next four years.
That’s it for now.