Because work was busy in both the home and regular office, I could not do links today. Plus, I worked until 4 a.m. today and got a late start out of the house so I felt behind the 8 ball until I got home.
Let’s do some links now and also catch up on some press releases later.
Newsday’s Neil Best who’s on a light blogging schedule this week says ESPN threw the West Coast a bone with its new 10 p.m. PT SportsCenter.
Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times looks at ESPN’s West Coast debut on Monday.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says CBS’ Clark Kellogg raised some good points during the Final Four, but needed to complete his thoughts.
Jack Bell of the Times is impressed with Fox Soccer Channel.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says many DVR’s and TiVo’s missed recording “One Shining Moment” because of the NCAA Championship overrun. Darren says Debbie Phelps’ new book might not be a best seller. Darren gives us a preview of his new CNBC documentary, “As Seen on TV”. And Darren gets on EAS for an inaccurate ad.
Shannon Shelton of the Detroit Free Press has Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany criticizing TV partners CBS and ESPN for anti-Big Ten bias. That’s a new one. Maybe the Commish wants to put all of the conference’s game on the Big Ten Network.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News tells us the name of the poem that former UCLA coach John Wooden was reading in the “G” spot that aired Monday night during the NCAA Championship.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says the North Carolina blowout of Michigan State in the NCAA Championship cost CBS some viewers Monday night. Pete also has the schdule of Masters coverage on cable and network TV.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says the Metroplex did not greet the NCAA Men’s Championship with open arms. Barry writes the overnight rating for Monday’s Championship Game was the third lowest in history.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman feels ESPN unfairly picked on Courtney Paris right after Oklahoma’s loss in the NCAA Women’s Final Four on Sunday.
The Sports Media Watch says NBC saw “The Tiger Effect” on Sunday even though Tiger Woods was not in the Houston Open. Paulsen has some ratings news and notes from the weekend. SMW has the weekend overnight ratings. And SMW says the NCAA Championship Game hit a record low for the fourth time in this decade.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News writes that Yankee officials need to do something about the net that obstructs the camera high above plate beore the new Stadium opener next week.
Ken McMillan in the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record writes that the Yankee Stadium debut last weekend drove the ratings for YES.
In the Washington Times, Tim Lemke profiles new Washington Nationals TV analyst Rob Dibble. Tim likes the new MLB.TV Adobe Flash player for the most part.
Jim Williams in the Washington Examiner says baseball continues to be called by some great announcers across the country.
Roger van der Horst of the Raleigh News & Observer tells us that Time Warner continues to shut out most of their North Carolina customers from MASN.
How about some more cable TV-regional sports network disputes? Tom Jones in the St. Petersburg Times says Verizon Fios and Knology customers can’t see Tampa Bay Rays games on Sun Sports because both companies don’t want to pay Sun’s price.
Here’s another dispute. Patti Arnold from the Grand Junction (CO) Daily Sentinel says 24 Colorado Rockies games won’t be seen locally because the cable company won’t pay for them.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that a former Brewer will join Fox Sports Wisconsin’s pre and postgame show.
Drew Olson of OnMilwaukee.com speaks with new Brewers radio announcer Cory Provus.
The Right Field Bleachers blog talks with new Fox Sports Wisconsin Brewers field reporter Telly Hughes who replaces Fang’s Bites fav Trenni Kusnierek.
Susan Slusser from the San Francisco Chronicle tries to decipher the Comcast SportsNet California conflicts between the Oakland A’s and Sacramento Kings.
Paul Smalera of The Big Money from Slate.com says MLB Network is a success because it learned from the NFL Network’s mistakes.
The 38Cliches blog describes listening to broadcasting hack Glenn Geffner and also thought MLB Network didn’t come through on Opening Day.
Robin Berger of TV Technology looks at the technological advances in televising baseball this season.
Maury Brown at the Biz of Baseball has an update on MLB’s silly and archaic blackout policy.
Del Milligan of The Ledger in Lakeland, FL tells us to sit back and enjoy The Masters this week.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business says Sergio Garcia might be doomed in The Masters.
Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News wonders what exactly Brian Engblom was talking about Monday night on Versus.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star says CBC is pining its hopes on Vancouver to boost its NHL playoff ratings with the Maple Leafs apparently out of the postseason.
Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen replies to an Op-Ed piece by NFL Network El Jefe del Mundo Steve Bornstein in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
W. Scott Bailey of the San Antonio Business Journal writes that ESPN will move the Alamo Bowl from its traditional late December slot to January 2, 2010.
Ryan White from the Oregonian writes about the bidding for the Portland Trail Blazers’ over the air TV rights.
Percy Allen of the Seattle Times writes about the first day of the Emerald City’s sports radio war.
That’s going to do it for the Tuesday links.