I don’t have anything cute to write as an introduction this morning. Let’s just get to the links.
Matthew Futterman and Suzanne Vranica of the Wall Street Journal report that NBC plans to charge $3 million per 30 second spot for Super Bowl XLII.
Neil Best of Newsday has a column today about the opening of the Sports Museum of America which is located at near Ground Zero. Neil also talks with Yankees announcer Suzyn Waldman about Roger Clemens, a year after he announced he was returning to the Yankees. Neil pastes a story from the Sports Business Journal about how the All Star Game at Yankee Stadium is a big deal. And Neil says Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch has secured a fellowship at the University of Michigan (Congrats, Richard!).
The Big Lead has an interview with Buzz Bissinger, another part of the author’s massive apology tour.
Keith Groller of the Allentown Morning Call says Bob Costas is this generation’s Jim McKay.
The Sports Media Watch reports that CBC’s Don Cherry has been hired by ESPN do some analysis work for the NHL Conference Finals. This is a good move. William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail has more on the story.
Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News says if fans want to watch the Stars in the NHL Western Conference Finals, they’re going to have to request their cable provider pick up Versus.
John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News writes that Game 6 of the San Jose-Dallas series rated very high in the Bay Area.
Pete Dougherty from the Albany Times Union says the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup playoffs are getting more TV exposure in upstate New York.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News has some more vitriol and today it’s aimed about the Joe Girardi Show on YES.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the Kentucky Derby ranked #1 with viewers from the weekend sporting events.
Dave Del Grande of the Oakland Tribune says the NBA will now be focus of the sport viewing and he adds that he supports NBC’s decision not to show Eight Belles suffering on the Churchill Downs track.
George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal says the Cleveland Cavaliers are rating well during the NBA playoffs.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says Wachovia Bank’s promotion tied to the champion’s margin of victory from this past weekend’s Wachovia Championship could end up losing money for the bank.
The Boston Herald’s Joe Fitzgerald has a story on former sports anchor Bob Lobel.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News notices that the Dodgers are playing Indiana Jones on May 22, but so are the Blue Jays, the Nationals, basically every MLB team and he notes why Indy is on every team’s schedule. Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball goes further into the MLB promotion with the latest Indiana Jones movie.
Jeffrey Flanagan of the Kansas City Star says FSN broke away from the Royals game on Saturday for 7 minutes almost missing a dramatic comeback.
Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg News says June 1 is when Rick Reilly gets back to work … for ESPN.
Nick Bowton of the Salisbury (NC) Post says thanks to TV, the Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan is more recognizable than ever.
Tim Lemke of the Washington Times looks at the traveling roadshow that is the Fox Sports NASCAR production unit.
Mike Joy of Fox Sports says the network has unveiled a new ticker revealing real-time information during NASCAR races.
Gare Joyce of the Financial Post profiles Keith Pelley, the man who will oversee the CTVglobemedia-Rogers consortium which will broadcast the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
That’s going to do it for now.