Time to give you an update this evening.
First, thanks to Neil Best, I give you the farewell column by Dan Le Batard as he leaves the Miami Herald. In his column, Le Batard mentions that he’s also leaving ESPN, but will return from time to time.
Speaking of Neil, he mentions that Sirius Satellite Radio will have a reunion of sorts as three members of the 1972-73 New York Knicks that won the NBA Championship will be heard on channel 127 tomorrow.
Some ratings news from the Sports Media Watch. First, the Players Championship’s ratings were down on NBC, but not by as much as you would expect with Tiger Woods not in the tournament. And the SMW says the overnights for the NBA on Sunday were pretty good.
Awful Announcing has the NBA Playoff announcing schedule for this week.
Here’s a piece of news for you. Fox Sports is reportedly trying to convince Brett Favre to be part of the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show to replace Barry Switzer.
Tim Lemke of the Washington Times looks at ESPN’s side of the new US Open cable deal.
Chris Casavant of the Connecticut Post laments the end of USA Network’s airing of the US Open.
A couple of posts by Friend of Fang’s Bites, Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media blog. He says former ESPN/ABC football analyst/sideline reporter Lynn Swann looked out of place on CBS’ bowling broadcast this weekend. And Christopher laments the end of the ABC era in figure skating.
Michael David Smith of the AOL Fanhouse blog has found video of some interesting comments former Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly made about ESPN. Of course, Reilly is scheduled to start working for ESPN in June.
Mike Masuda of the Orlando Sentinel writes in his blog that ESPN needs to stop showing the Red Sox. Wait a minute!
Speaking of the Red Sox, the Providence Journal reports that NESN’s Red Sox Report will be re-edited and re-recorded in Spanish so it can appear on Telemundo stations in New England (scroll down to the bottom).
You want more Red Sox news? LC at the 38Cliches blog says Red Sox radio voice Uncle Joe Castiglione will be appearing at the Grand Opening of a new L.L. Bean store in Maine this week.
John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable writes that ESPN has tapped a new VP of ad-sales from NBC Universal.
Linda Moss of Multichannel News reports that DirecTV has moved the Outdoor Channel to its sports tier reducing its subscriber base.
That will do it tonight.