Due to the clean up to from the Great Flood of 2010, I wasn’t able to give you linkage on Tuesday and Wednesday, plus I had to postpone the recording of this week’s edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast. Things are slowly getting back to normal, but I’m going to be applying for disaster relief as will many Rhode Islanders. I’ll let you know how that goes, but driving to work today was quite the experience as Route 95 was shut down. Hopefully by this time next week, we can get back to operating at 100%.
Let’s do some links for you.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reports that Augusta National will allow ESPN to air Tiger Woods’ first shot at The Masters next week, but not much after that unless he falls into the live coverage window at 4 p.m. ET.
Richard says 3-D will add a new dimension to The Masters.
Glen Dickson of Broadcasting & Cable says a select few got to see a preview of next week’s 3-D production of The Masters.
Alex Weprin of B&C writes that there will be more live streaming from The Masters.
Also from B&C, David Tanklefsky says ESPN will be unveiling plans for its 3-D network later this month.
Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek tells us that TNT will be using the star power to promote the 2010 NBA playoffs.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell asks how much will Indianapolis lose by having home team Butler play in the Final Four.
Darren looks at the new Nike contract signed by LeBron James.
Ken McMillan of the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says 11 NFL exhibition games will be aired nationally this summer.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner writes that long-time Wizards/Bullets analyst Phil Chenier will be honored before Friday’s game with the Bulls.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer says the Bengals get some national attention during NFL exhibition season.
John writes that a local radio station is picking up Notre Dame football games this season.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business says a long term deal is in the works between WGN Radio and the Blackhawks.
Ed adds that WGN-TV will be airing back-to-back specials on the White Sox and Cubs this Sunday.
Jim O’Donnell of the Chicago Sun-Times talks with former CBS college basketball analyst Billy Packer about the expansion of the NCAA Tournament.
To the Los Angeles Daily News and Tom Hoffarth who reports that the Dodgers and flagship station KABC are about to announce a one year contract extension.
Tom says the Anaheim Angels’ flagship radio station has signed a deal to simulcast some 60 games on another area station to improve the team’s coverage.
In the Toronto Globe and Mail, David Shoalts says NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is optimistic that he can garner big money in the next TV contract. Thanks to Steve Lepore at Puck The Media for the link.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star is amazed that curling continues to do well in the Canadian TV ratings.
In Truth & Rumours, William Houston says CBC’s biopic on Don Cherry rated well in Canada.
From the Sports Media Watch, we have some various news and notes.
I will say that SMW almost got me with his April Fool’s story this year. Almost. This year’s story was really good.
Speaking of April Fool’s, Joe Favorito remembers some of the best fake media stories on April 1.
Maury Brown at the Biz of Baseball launches this year’s Autism Awareness Campaign across his Business of Sports Network as International Autism Awareness Month begins today. Please do what you can to donate to Autism Speaks to help in the treatment and prevention of autism. Maury not only has a son with autism, but I also have a friend who’s daughter has it. I’m happy to say that my niece is healthy, but it can happen to anyone so do what you can to give. Doesn’t have to be a lot. Every bit helps.
That does it for the links today.