I’ll give you a few links this evening as I back up my computer.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch has his Media Power Rankings for March.
Christopher Byrne of Eye on Sports Media is advising fans to ease up on CBS Sports’ Billy Packer for his declaring that the Kansas-North Carolina NCAA Men’s Tournament National Semifinal was over early in the 1st half.
Newsday’s Neil Best says the NCAA Men’s Tournament ended up being the 2nd lowest rated ever.
James Hibbard of the Hollywood Reporter says the NCAA Men’s Tournament Final was on par with the ratings from last year. Andrew Krukowski of TV Week says CBS got a ratings bounce from college basketball on Monday night.
John Eggerton from Broadcasting & Cable says the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship steered CBS to a ratings win on Monday night. Paige Albiniak of Broadcasting & Cable writes that the NCAA Tournament wreaked havoc on syndicated programming on CBS affiliated stations.
CBS Sports says don’t look at the ratings, look at the overall viewership for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship which was up.
The Baltimore Sun’s Ray Frager wonders if Dick Vitale is worthy of being in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Laura Nachman’s Philadelphia TV and radio blog reports that former Phillies pitcher Tyler Green joins the CW57 postgame show.
Robert Marich of B&C reports that the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats have signed with FSN South to broadcast its games immediately.
Linda Haugsted of Multichannel News writes that the owner of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers says the NFL Network is being blocked by Comcast and Time Warner because they don’t own a stake in the channel. Roddie Burris of The State says Panthers owner Mark Richardson will go in front of the South Carolina legislature to lobby on behalf of the NFL Network.
Sports Illustrated’s Paul Zimmerman isn’t happy that the NFL Network is getting favored treatment by the league at the expense of NFL Films.
Kimberly Nordyke of Hollywood Reporter writes that one of Discovery Network’s new shows will feature Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones.
The Albany Times-Union’s Pete Dougherty is in Augusta, GA to cover The Masters.
Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post is happy Chris Berman won’t be at Augusta for ESPN.
Eric McErlain writing for Sporting News wonders if the NHL really needs NBC.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star says one thing is constant in the NHL Playoffs, the CBC’s Bob Cole.
Terry Frei of the Denver Posts says the Colorado Avalanche will be without its TV play-by-play announcer for the playoffs due to a brain aneurysm.
NBC Sports says it will open coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs this weekend.
David Goldman of CNN Money says the continued protests of the Olympic torch could hurt its sponsors in the long run.
Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes in his Wisconsin Badgers blog that the Big Ten Network plans to air a spring football show on April 19.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady (NY) Gazette writes in his blog that a local radio station gets a locally-produced daily show.
ESPN says its E:60 newsmagazine will return on Tax Deadline Day.
That’s it for tonight.