Blogger is scheduled to go down at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT so before that happens, let me give you some links that I could not get to earlier as I was doing a few things at work (like watch the Big East Tournament online).
Let’s start with Newsday’s Neil Best who writes in his blog that listeners to ESPN Radio’s Stephen A. Smith may no longer be subjected to his diatribes as the former newspaper columnist is negotiating a new contract with the Alleged Worldwide Leader.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says a local TV station will produce a half hour special on Siena’s journey into the college basketball postseason.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has some news about the AVP Tour, the pro beach volleyball tour, and it gives him an excuse to show babes in bikinis (yes, I looked, how could I not?).
Paul Gough of the Hollywood Reporter writes that online revenue is a significant portion of CBS’ profits from the NCAA Tournament. Tim Mullaney of Bloomberg says CBS will also double its advertising revenue from its online showing of the NCAA Tournament as compared to last year. Jon Lafayette of TV Week says ad buyers love March Madness.
Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer isn’t too enthralled about seeing Bob Knight on ESPN. By the way, I saw Knight’s debut on ESPN’s SportsCenter this evening. It wasn’t bad. He was being typical Bob and even showed some signs of humor. Even though we’ve all seen his temper, Knight does have a sense of humor.
The Media Bistro Fishbowl NY blog says ESPN is now using sex to get people to read about the Olympics, having gold medal swimmer and resident hottie Amanda Beard to answer questions.
Shelley Smith of ESPN says the NCAA is investigating the University of Connecticut for a possible recruiting violation for arranging a trip star freshman Maya Moore to visit the network’s headquarters in nearby Bristol last year.
Lee Cendrowicz of the Hollywood Reporter says the Olympics in Communist China will lead to a big global ad surge on TV.
For Jericho fans, it’s another cliffhanger of waiting to see if CBS will renew the show for a 3rd season. Brian Stelter of the New York Times says it’s not looking good right now.
That’s it for now. Maybe when Blogger comes back, I’ll have the review of Real Sports up.