I wasn’t planning on giving more links today, but there are enough stories for me to give you an update.
Two things from Darren Rovell’s Sports Business blog at CNBC.com. First, Darren looks into who bought the David Ortiz Red Sox jersey that had been buried in the new Yankee Stadium foundation. Next, Darren is amused by EA Sports’ decision to put recently retired Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre on the cover of Madden ’09.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times writes in his Two Cents blog that having Favre on the cover ensures that the Madden Injury Jinx won’t continue this year.
Linda Moss of Multichanel News writes that Nielsen will measure the ratings for ESPN Deportes starting next week.
William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail writes that during tonight’s Coach’s Corner segment on CBC, Don Cherry denounced the violence in Montreal on Monday following the Canadiens’ win over the Boston Bruins.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says ratings for Versus in the first round of the NHL playoffs are up 33% from last season.
Two things from the Sports Media Watch today. First, Paul Sen says the Washington Capitals’ first round playoff series with the Philadelphia Flyers paid off in good ratings for Versus. Next, ratings for the NBA playoffs are scoring for ESPN and TNT.
John Consoli of Mediaweek says through nine NBA playoff games, TNT’s ratings are up from last season.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News notes that the latest Time magazine cover looks a lot like the new NBA playoff ads. Tim Lemke of the Washington Times says Time outright stole the NBA ads for its split cover of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Bruce Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch talks about the passing of legendary Boston sports anchor Don Gillis who called play-by-play for every team in the city. Michael Malone of Broadcasting & Cable reports that Gillis was the first sports anchor on Boston TV. The Boston Globe has an obituary.
Jon Lafayette of TV Week says CBS Sports Executive Producer Tony Petitti was formally introduced as President and CEO of the MLB Network on Thursday.
Paul J. Gough of the Hollywood Reporter says the NFL is still committed to the NFL Network despite limited distribution.
CBS Sports continues its coverage of the PGA Tour this weekend with the Byron Nelson Championship.
ESPN has the rundown for the latest edition of E:60 which will air next Tuesday.
NBC Sports will air the U.S. Olympic Women’s Marathon trials (run last weekend in Boston) on MSNBC this Sunday.
Be here sometime around midday Friday for the megalinks. Good night.