Well, I purposely didn’t do links on Thursday and on Friday, an unexpected joy fell into my lap as my Twitter Trophy Wife, Amanda Rykoff, a.k.a The OCD Chick, came up from New York for a conference, so we hung out Friday night. And while there, I caught up with baseball superwriter, Jonah Kieri and a regular contributor to the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Jason Fry.
All were attending the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference today at the Boston Convention Center. If you want to follow what’s going from the conference on Twitter, just search for the hastag, “ssac” and you can read the Tweets. Some heavy hitters are speaking. I didn’t know about this, but hopefully, I can attend next year.
Anyway, I’ll give you some of the linkage from today. First, Friend of Fang’s Bites Victor Rojas explains why he’s leaving MLB Network after one year to take the Anaheim Angels play-by-play position.
Ed Baig of USA Today looks at some improvements in this year’s CBS March Madness on Demand iPhone app.
Martin Peers of the Wall Street Journal looks into the Cablevision/ABC dispute and notes that sports is behind the whole fray.
Dave Kindred, writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, says giving your story the proper hook is a great way to lure readers.
The Hollywood Reporter picks up an Associated Press story which talks about a dispute in Hong Kong that could leave viewers in the dark for the World Cup.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News writes that the ESPN360 broadband service will show Winter X Games Europe in the US.
Mike says MSG Network will air a 10 part series on the best baseball players in New York.
Mike Shields of Mediaweek tells us that Yahoo! drew more visitors to its site over the Olympics than ESPN and NBC, but NBCOlympics can claim a victory of sorts.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell looks at CTV’s I Believe Olympic theme song making some money for the network. I watched a lot of CTV’s coverage and I along with millions of Canadians heard it constantly throughout the games.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks at the New Jersey Nets using Newark as a stopover until its Brooklyn home is ready in two years.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says it’s time for DirecTV and Versus to settle their differences.
Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News says don’t expect a post-Olympics ratings bump for the NHL.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner writes that DirecTV and Fox are seeking to find the fans’ thoughts on best NASCAR driver.
Jim writes that this is a big day for lacrosse fans.
Jim also has a couple of clips previewing tonight’s HBO Magic & Bird documentary.
Maryland alum Tim Lemke condemns the unruly behavior at the University of Maryland campus after the Terps’ win over Duke earlier this week.
The Orlando Sentinel’s Andrea Adelson wonders if 3D will actually change the way we watch sports television.
Andrea says watching an event in 3D is rather impressive.
Andrea also explains what you’ll need to watch sports in 3D.
And Andrea looks at some of the most important dates in the development of sports television.
The Dallas Morning News’ Barry Horn speaks with ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer says the Olympics actually hurt the local NBC affiliate in the local ratings and gave the CBS affiliate the win in February.
Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times says the local ESPN Radio affiliate is making a lineup change.
From The Press-Enterprise (CA), we learn that someone who is under criminal investigation on corruption made an appearance during John Daly’s Golf Channel reality show.
SportsbyBrooks learns that ESPN’s local New York site made a big hire.
The Big Lead notes that MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann lashed out at the Blowhard known as Bill Simmons.
The Sports Media Watch notes that ESPN was late again in reporting another on another Ben Roethlisberger sexual assault story.
SMW has some various ratings news and notes.
To the Major League Programs blog which looks at a new rights deal between the Miami Dolphins and a Southwest Florida radio station.
Those are your links for now. Coming up this afternoon, a review of the Magic & Bird documentary.