Ok, let’s do some linkage for Tuesday. We’re in transition as we are in between big sporting events. We’re finished with the Olympics. That’s being put in the memory banks. The next blips on the radar screen are the college basketball conference tournaments and the NCAA Tournament over the next few weeks, then MLB Opening Day and the Masters next month. We’ll be on top of each so if you’re a new reader, keep your RSS or Twitter feeds updated to find out the latest.
To your links.
The Sports Business Daily/Sports Business Journal’s Winter Olympics site has the final ratings for the Games on NBC.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today says NBC got the ratings it expected for the Vancouver Games.
Mike Dodd of USA Today looks at the resurgence of the Chicago Blackhawks on the ice, in the stands and on TV.
Jay Bobbin of zap2it talks to ESPN’s Erin Andrews about why she’s doing Dancing With the Stars this season.
Writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times reviews the HBO Sports documentary, Magic and Bird: A Courtship of Two Rivals. I’ll have a review of the doc later this week.
James Hibberd of the Hollywood Reporter writes that the Olympics pulled great ratings for NBC, but the question for the network is what’s next?
Georg Szalai of the Hollywood Reporter reports that ESPN has tapped an ABC News executive to oversee the development of new studio shows.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says the Vancouver Olympics became the 2nd most watched Winter Games, just under the Lillehammer Olympiad in 1994.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times tells us that the USA-Canada men’s hockey gold medal game was the third most watched broadcast of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Stuart Elliot from the Times looks at which Olympics ads stood out during the 17 days of competition.
Also from the Times, Ken Belson explores which Olympic athletes can parlay their gold medals towards endorsement success.
Bob Raissman in the New York Daily News says SNY’s Mets analyst Ron Darling whom he feels talks too much, is not a fan of Mark McGwire.
Keith Groller in the Allentown (PA) Morning Call says it was nice to have hockey in the spotlight.
Laura Nachman says the radio voice of the Philadelphia 76ers returned to work on Monday.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says MASN goes into baseball mode next week.
And Jim says the two college basketball tournaments start in earnest this week.
David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the Braves have set their spring training TV schedule.
John Kiesewetter from the Cincinnati Enquirer says Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has to be considered a favorite for Dancing With the Stars.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business has some closing thoughts on the Olympics.
Ed says having the NHL participate in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi may not be as much as a no-brainer as you might think.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Milwaukee finished on the podium of the top rated markets for the Olympics.
T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times recaps an interview of Dodgers manager Joe Torre and former Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax in front of a live studio and TV audience from Saturday.
Joe Flint of the Times says NBC might have drawn viewers for the Olympics, but not the profits.
Tom Hoffarth in the Los Angeles Daily News says ESPN Classic is running classic Jim Rome interviews from the 1990′s.
Tom writes that the Lakers drew some ratings away from USA-Canada in Los Angeles.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star writes that the USA-Canada game set an all-time viewing record in Canada.
The Sports Media Watch says while NBC is euphoric over its Olympic ratings, they’re still the third lowest dating back to 1960.
SMW notes NASCAR’s ratings dropped again this past weekend.
Milton Kent at Fanhouse reviews NBC’s performance at the Winter Olympics.
Staci D. Kramer of paidContent looks at the online video stream numbers for NBCOlympics.com.
Joe Favorito says a way for Winter Olympic sports to keep their brands afloat is to possibly team with Summer Olympic sports and organizations.
The Big Lead looks at one potential media feud brewing between Washington Post writers Michael Wilbon and John Feinstein.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says the NHL’s in-house platforms will be all over NHL Trade Deadline Day tomorrow.
Len Berman has his Top 5 Sports stories of the day.
That will do it for now.