Time to give you some links this evening.
Neil Best of Newsday reports that Stephen A. Smith will end his ESPN Radio show next Thursday. Neil says that Earl “The Pearl” Monroe will join Mike Breen and Walt “Clyde” Frazier on Knicks game broadcasts. And one blog post from earlier this week, Neil says Fox 5 in New York has named a new weekend sports anchor.
Over to Los Angeles and Tom Hoffarth of the Daily News. He writes in his Farther Off the Wall blog that former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda will be involved in “The Bachelor”?????
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says the new K-Swiss ad made him stop and stare. It made me do the same. I’m still staring at it. The With Leather blog thinks its Alona Bondarenko. Darren says the woman in the ad also resembles Anna Kournikova, but then determined it was Bondarenko. Although if you go to the K-Swiss website, both Anna and Alona are represented.
The Sports Media Watch says NASCAR outrated two of the NCAA Elite Eight games last weekend. And the SMW says some big name writers are being bought out from their respective newspapers and the one of the big names ends with Kornheiser.
Tim Lemke of the Washington Times writes in his blog that Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic received its highest hockey ratings ever this week. Brian Eckert of the Washington (DC) Business Journal says the Capitals-Lightning game on Thursday received the highest ratings on local cable in 11 years.
NBC Sports talks about the Chicago-Detroit matchup for its final NHL Game of the Week this season.
Mel Bracht of the Oklahoman has a quick Q and A with CBS’ Billy Packer about the Final Four. CBS Sports says college basketball analyst Billy Packer will be recognized for his work by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Beth Schepens of the Wall Street Journal talks with ESPN’s Dick Vitale about his fashion.
Deadspin says a man posed as a lower tier ESPN college basketball analyst to pick up teenaged girls. Creepy.
Greg Johnson says CBS is doing all it can to share the NCAA Tournament online.
ESPN has a Women’s Final Four fact sheet.
Jon Cooper writing for MLB.com has a story about TBS’ debut of its national package of games this Sunday.
Derek Clarkston of the Kodiak Daily Mirror in Alaska writes that Mariners fans in the Last Frontier State will not see the entire package of 150 games from FSN Northwest.
The Business Journal of Arizona reports that 86 Diamondbacks games will be shown in High Definition.
Tony Paige writing in his blog for Multichannel News says he’ll try to avoid watching NBC Universal’s coverage of the Olympics in Communist China.
A couple of things from the Orbitcast blog on satellite radio. XM will carry spring college football games starting Saturday. And XM will have complete coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs starting Wednesday.
That’s it. I’ll be back on Saturday with more links.