Let’s do some Sunday links. The big news today is that WABC-TV in New York has pulled its signal from Cablevision systems meaning 3.5 million people are without ABC programming including the Academy Awards tonight. It also means for as long as ABC is off Cablevision, viewers won’t be able to see various NBA games and next week’s SEC Tournament games. We’ll see how long this goes.
Owen Canfield in the Hartford Courant says UConn fans are angry they can’t see the women’s basketball team as their first two Big East Tournament games are on ESPNU.
Dave Anderson of the New York Times says NBC and others are waiting for word on whether the NHL will be involved in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Jack Bell of the Times analyzes ESPN’s announcer lineup for the World Cup.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News is already declaring the NHL’s TV ratings dead. Nice, Bob.
Phil Mushnick in the New York Post gets on the Mets for finally coming clean about obstructed view seats.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union praises the announcers in the MAAC Tournament for not holding back on bad officiating calls yesterday.
Former Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bill Lyon reviews a new book on the late Phillies announcer Harry Kalas.
Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says the NHL has to find a way to capitalize on the success of the Olympics.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with former Los Angeles Times writer Steve Springer who was in the HBO Sports documentary, “Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals”.
Artie Gigantino of the San Francisco Chronicle says the NHL is missing out on a chance to capitalize on the great ratings hockey received during the Olympics.
Deadspin notices that CBS’ March Madness on Demand online feature is a blatant ad for its Facebook fan page.
The Sports Media Watch has its Weekend Ratings Predictions.
Joe Favorito notes how sports can truly bring us together.
That’s going to do it for now.