Time to give you the links today.
I’m still a bit melancholy about the demise of the Score. I think it’s due to the fact that I know a lot of the staff. When you hear about a radio station changing formats, you know that people have lost jobs. However, when the change comes at the expense of people you know, it hits deeper. Having seen friends at two different companies lose their jobs in the market, I just feel for them.
Art Martone of the Providence Journal who was a frequent guest on the Score says the news came unexpectedly to the staff. And John Crowe of the Crowe’s Nest blog gives thanks to everyone who’s contacted him since the news broke.
We’ll update you when we hear more about what happens to the Score staff.
Onto other things, Newsday’s Neil Best has a good feature on WNBC-TV’s Bruce Beck who will go to all means necessary to get local highlights, plus Neil has news on a name change for the lovely Deb Kaufman of MSG/MSG+. In his blog, Neil has more on Deb’s name change and drops a name in regards to last night’s Pete Sampras-Roger Federer exhibition match at Madison Square Garden.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News says ESPN/ABC’s Steve Lavin missed the big picture in Saturday’s Cal-UCLA game.
Lori Riley of the Hartford Courant says Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell stepped in at the last minute to have CPTV to pick up last night’s UConn women’s game in the Big East Tournament that was originally on ESPNU. Chris Elsberry of the Connecticut Post says the Governor did the right thing on behalf of UConn fans.
Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel go through ESPN’s list of Top 25 players in college basketball history.
Chip Alexander of the Charlotte Observer notes that this is the 25th anniversary of the late Jim Valvano’s NC State NCAA championship team.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life magazine says ad spending for the NCAA Tournament is up 5% this year.
The Oakland Tribune’s Dave Del Grande laments the loss of Barry Bonds and Brett Favre from a viewer’s standpoint.
Rick Cleveland from the Clarion (MS) Ledger says Braves fans will be able to watch just about all of the team’s games.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that FSN Ohio will air about half of the Reds games in HD. But Phil Swann of the TV Predictions.com site says Time Warner Cable and Insight cable may not pick up the HD airings.
George M. Thomas from the Akron Beacon Journal agrees mostly with WKNR’s Greg Brinda who criticized the NBA for not canceling Saturday’s Cavs-Pacers game which was played in the midst of a heavy snowstorm.
Laura Nachman says Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia will go interactive for 76ers games.
The Sports Media Watch says it appears that the New Orleans Hornets will be bumped from ABC this weekend.
Jerry Greene of the Orlando Sentinel says FSN’s Sports Science show is worth watching.
Oscar winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. has signed on to head and narrate a new documentary on the Negro Baseball League.
The Toronto Globe and Mail picks up a Canadian Press story about the CBC having to cancel some new shows because the Maple Leafs won’t be making the NHL playoffs.
Do you remember BattleBots? ESPN is going to pick up some episodes for June.
That’s all for now.