Let’s get to your links.
First off, David Scott of Boston Sports Media Watch reports that another writer from the Boston Globe is leaving practically decimating the paper’s sports department. David says NBA beat reporter Peter May is the next to accept the Globe’s buyout. And David wants you to know that he’ll be live blogging the press conference introducing Derek Kellogg as the new UMass basketball coach.
Next, Michael Hiestand of USA Today says both ESPN and the NFL Network will air four hour pregame shows leading into the NFL Draft on Saturday, and Michael writes that NBC has renewed its option to pick up the NHL for next season.
Newsday’s Neil Best writes about NBC Sports taking on the NHL for another season (scroll down). And Neil has a bit more about NBC reupping NHL in his blog. Neil also lists the schedule for the Rangers-Penguins. As a matter of fact, I have the entire NHL Conference Semifinals schedules right here.
Business First of Buffalo picks ups John Ourand’s story from the Sports Business Journal about NBC’s renewal with the NHL.
Paul J. Gough of the Hollywood Reporter has details of the NBC deal with the NHL.
Matthew Futterman from the Wall Street Journal says NBC will pick up Games Four, Five and Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals under the new deal. It currently televises the finals starting with Game 3.
Maury Brown of the Biz of Hockey has a quick blurb about the NBC renewal.
The Toronto Star picks up an Associated Press story about NBC Sports and the NHL.
The Toronto Globe and Mail’s William Houston also writes about NBC Sports and the NHL renewing their relationship. And Houston says CBC caught a break with getting the Philadelphia-Montreal series in its traditional Saturday night slot for two consecutive weeks plus it will get the other Eastern Conference semifinal series of the Rangers-Penguins.
The final word on the NBC Sports’ extension with the NHL will come from NBC Sports itself.
Subscribers to Sirius Satellite Radio will be able to listen to every pick of the NFL Draft through Sirius NFL Radio.
We’re approaching the 25th anniversary of one of the best rants in sports history. Former Cubs manager Lee Elia was a bit fed up after a losing streak and he went after the fans who showed up for day baseball at Wrigley Field which at the time did not have lights and he went into a tirade. Listen here. Great stuff.
Bob Wofley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that ESPN’s Ron Jaworski now has a higher opinion of Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says the New Orleans Hornets is the feel-good business story of the NBA season.
The Inside Track girls of the Boston Herald have an article on Heidi Watney, NESN’s newest hire for Red Sox games. Dan Lamonthe of the Mass Republican writes in his Red Sox Monster blog wonders if Heidi will take Red Sox Nation by storm.
Lisa Nicita of the Arizona Republic writes about the winner of FSN Arizona’s KidCaster promotion.
Gregory Broome of the Ocala (FL) Star-Banner says a local golf course will be featured on a Golf Channel reality show.
That’s it for now.