Time to do the links on this Thursday.
Newsday’s Neil Best has breaking news for us. Former ESPN MLB analyst Harold Reynolds has been hired as a part-time studio analyst at SNY. Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says H.R. will continue to be an analyst at MLB.com. Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball blog also writes about the hiring of Reynolds by SNY.
Maury has the new “This is SportsCenter” ad featuring the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce.
The Baltimore Sun’s Ray Frager writes about Scott Van Pelt getting an increased role at ESPN Radio.
Ryan White of The Oregonian says the NHL appears to be finding an audience.
William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail writes that CBC is happy to have the Montreal-Philadelphia series in its traditional Saturday night timeslot.
Chris Zelkovich from the Toronto Star profiles the head of CBC Sports, Scott Moore.
Paul McDougall of Information Week says traffic to NHL.com has increased during the playoffs.
Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle says Game 7 of the Calgary-San Jose series scored in the ratings for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Don McKee of the Philadephia Inquirer writes that Game 7 of the Philadelphia Flyers-Washington Capitals series was the most watched program in the city on Monday night (scroll down).
While hockey TV ratings are up in various US cities, the first round NHL playoff series were down all over Canada for both CBC and TSN.
NBC Sports talks about the two NHL playoff games it will cover this weekend including Colorado-Detroit.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that three local TV stations will broadcast the funeral services of a local soldier who was killed in Iraq pre-empting all sports on Sunday afternoon.
Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel writes in his Open Mike blog that local TV sports anchors are jumping on the Magic playoff bandwagon.
Laura Nachman has a story about Phillies announcer Chris Wheeler giving back to his alma mater (scroll down).
Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune writes that former Cubs manager Lee Elia is selling a contrite message, 25 years after his infamous tirade. And here’s the original Tribune story from April 30, 1983.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News writes in his blog about ESPN’s Kenny Mayne writing a new book.
The Awful Announcing blog has the video of Mike Fratello wondering if TBS’ Bill Engvall is funny.
The 38Cliches blog finds someone who doesn’t like Dale Arnold filling in on the Red Sox radio broadcasts.
That is all for now.