Let’s do our links for today.
Starting with a very strange story out of ESPN.com. David Scott of Boston Sports Media Watch breaks the news that the website somehow listed the late Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle in its transactions page and inexplicably left it there for two days.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand has CBS’ spin on the lower ratings for the NCAA Tournament.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union has a story on two local TV stations showing highlights of the NCAA Tournament without the permission of CBS Sports.
Michael David Smith of the AOL Fanhouse blog says CBS’ Billy Packer is the least popular man among blog readers.
The Kerrville (TX) Daily Times talks with native Carter Blackburn who made his NCAA Tournament debut on CBS last week.
Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle says FSN Bay Area changes its name to Comcast on Monday. John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News also has a story on Comcast officially taking over FSN Bay Area. And in his blog, Ryan says Comcast may show the A’s-Red Sox game on April 2. Jonathan Okanes of the Monterey County Herald says Comcast is planning plenty of local programming around its sports teams.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell is narrowing down his Minor League Baseball Logo Contest to the Elite Eight in Day 13 of the voting.
Jessica Heslam of the Boston Herald says DirecTV and Comcast are apologizing for outages that left Red Sox and A’s fans in the dark yesterday morning.
Newsday’s Neil Best talks with longtime Yankees’ public address announcer Bob Sheppard who will miss the home opener. And Neil has some more from Bob in his blog.
Kevin Modesti of the Long Beach Press-Telegram accuses ESPN of East Coast bias when it comes to its baseball coverage.
Linda Moss of Multichannel News reports that Comcast subscribers in northern New Jersey will be able to watch Mets games in HD this season.
The Orbitcast satellite radio blog says XM Satellite Radio is bringing back its “Play Ball!” channel on March 29.
Paul Gough of the Hollywood Reporter says the NFL and NBC will move the season opener up one hour to 7 p.m. ET on September 4 so as not to conflict with John McCain’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.
Marty James of the Napa Valley (CA) Register says the NFL Draft will look different this year on ESPN and the NFL Network.
Tom Jones from the St. Petersburg Times writes in his Two Cents blog that former NBA player Derrick Coleman got injured during the taping of the Spike TV show, Pros vs. Joes.
Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer profiles the Voice of the Cavs, Joe Tait, who calls his 3,000th game tonight.
William Houston of the Toronto Globe & Mail looks into other NHL announcers who pulled off similar doubleheaders that CBC’s Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson did on Saturday.
Laura Nachman says a midday talk show host for sports radio WIP in Philadelphia is out.
Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune talks about his first experience as a fill-in talk show host on sports radio WMVP on Tuesday.
Martin Henderson of the Los Angeles Times writes in the Varsity Times Insider blog talks about ESPN buying a girls’ and women’s basketball website.
David Gurian-Peck in the Daily Pennsylvannian, the school newspaper for the University of Pennsylvannia, talks with UPenn alumnus Andrea Kremer of NBC Sports and HBO’s Real Sports.
That’s it for now.