First off, I wanted to apologize for not being able to provide Sunday links. I worked until 2 a.m. Monday and was not able to get the links done. But I’m here now and I’ll provide links for today.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says blowouts in the NCAA Tournament hurt CBS’ ratings.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says CBS is happy not to have Davidson in the Final Four. And Darren is in Day Sixteen of his Minor League Baseball Logo Contest.
Newsday’s Neil Best says CBS analyst Clark Kellogg went four for four in his Final Four picks. And he says the YES Network has produced an extra long opening for today’s Yankees game.
Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun writes in his Medium Well blog that there’s too much manlove for Tyler Hansbrough.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post feels CBS depends too much on graphics during the NCAA Tournament.
Chris Pursell of TV Week says ratings for the NCAA Tournament are down.
Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press talks with native Screamin’ Gus Johnson of CBS about his rock star status as an NCAA Tournament play-by-play man.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch laments the loss of the Atlanta Braves on TBS.
Mike Tankersley of the Montgomery (AL) Advertiser says Charter Communications and Knology cable will both carry 45 Braves games televised by Peachtree TV. Chuck Williams of the Columbus (GA) Ledger-Enquirer says Braves fans enter a whole new world with three outlets broadcasting the games instead of just TBS.
John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News says FSN Bay Area will be no more as of noon local time today.
Mets fans in Hartford will finally be able to watch SNY as the Courant tells us.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says Major League Baseball is trying to expand its presence in Communist China.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has some pictures from Saturday’s Red Sox-Dodgers charity exhibition game at the LA Coliseum.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch feels Jose Canseco is reaching with his latest steroids book.
Laura Nachman has the Opening Day schedule for the Phillies on Comcast SportsNet and KYW-TV.
Seth Stevenson of Slate.com wonders if ESPN’s new ad campaign for Fantasy Baseball spoofing soap operas is a good thing.
Karl Greenberg of Mediapost’s Marketing Daily says MLB will unveil new Public Service Announcements today.
Dusty Saunders of the Rocky Mountain News says Fox and ESPN are virtually ignoring the Colorado Rockies in the first weeks of the MLB regular season.
Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball says Comcast will offer the MLB Extra Innings package in HD, just in time for Opening day.
Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media blog calls out Brent Musberger for saying he hadn’t called a baseball game since 1995. And I challenge this as well.
The Sports Media Watch has the weekend ratings predictions. And the SMW mentions that ESPN’s John Anderson becomes the next SportsCenter personality to have a show on ABC.
The Toronto Star’s Chris Zelkovich likes having an on-ice analyst on NHL games.
Mary Thurwachter of the Palm Beach (FL) Post profiles former NBC announcer Sam Nover who’s in a second career as an insurance adviser and marketing director.
Lastly, I ask that you go over and support a friend of mine who has created a fan site for actress and hottie Reiko Aylesworth who played Michelle Dessler-Almeida on 24. Just go over there and hit it a couple of times. I appreciate it.
That’s it for now. Thanks for your patience.