I’ve finished some unpacking, sent some reports and invoices out. Now I can do some links before I leave and enjoy the rest of the day.
Breaking news from the Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand and Eric Fisher… They report that the Yankees will become the first team to stream its games into its home market thanks to a deal with Cablevision, MLB and MLB Advanced Media. Other teams will be watching to see how successful this test will be. Expect many fans to sign up. And thanks to the SBJ for opening this page for public consumption today. Much appreciated. It pays to be on Twitter at 4:15 p.m. If you follow John on Twitter, you were tipped off to this big story.
For some reason, Neil Best was up early on a Saturday and caught the Jonas Brothers doing something on the late West Coast SportsCenter. You’re a better man than me to get up early, Neil.
On this Belmont Stakes day, Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks at the interesting strategy of The Daily Racing Form which still survives as a newspaper and an online publication.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette feels there’s no way the NBA and NHL Finals should be on head-to-head against each other.
Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News enjoyed Jeff Van Gundy’s commentary in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Jack Ireland of the Delaware News-Journal talks with ESPN’s Jeannine Edwards about her covering the Belmont Stakes today.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner writes that Calvin Borel will be the story of this year’s Belmont Stakes.
Jim wonders if Pittsburgh is the new Hockeytown.
And Jim says while NBC is poised to broadcast tennis history on Sunday, the French Open truly belonged to the Tennis Channel and ESPN2 for the last two weeks.
The Sports Media Journal’s Ray Frager doesn’t think it’s a bad thing for the media to be involved in college football polls.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News chronicles Texas Rangers radio voice Eric Nadel’s quick diagnosis of floaters in his eye. In his blog, Barry is attempting to blackmail Rangers president Nolan Ryan for a Texas-sized suite at the Ballpark at Arlington.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel News says the NBA Playoffs were ratings magic for the league’s cable partners.
Greg Wyshynski of the Puck Daddy blog on Yahoo! Sports wonders if the NHL can do better than its no-rights deal with NBC.
That will do it for now. I’ll see you Sunday morning.