Let’s do some links on this rainy Wednesday in the Northeast. By the way, last night I went to a great Japanese restaurant in Providence, Haruki East on Wayland Avenue. Highly recommend it. And on a rainy Tuesday night, there was a wait so that tells you it’s quite popular. Ate there with my parents and my cousin and his girlfriend. The food was definitely worth the wait. Sushi was great and so was the Tempura. Great food in a great city.
Ok, done with the restaurant review. To the links.
Starting with Michael Hiestand of USA Today, he has TNT’s Marv Albert not having the slightest idea as a young announcer that Phil Jackson would end up being a successful NBA coach.
Bruce Jenkins of Sports Illustrated says the world media including Tennis Channel failed to properly describe Roger Federer’s whiff during match point of the Madrid Open on Sunday.
David Tanklefsky of Broadcasting & Cable comes out of ESPN upfront presentation with the impression that the network is totally embracing social media and becoming more interactive with viewers.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says Versus brought in the highest ratings for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs since Nielsen started measuring them in 1994.
Anthony Crupi at Mediaweek notes that TNT has won the cable primetime ratings for the third week in a row thanks to the NBA Playoffs.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine says the NHL is red hot in the TV ratings.
Diego Vasquez of Media Life writes that sports has helped to raise broadcast TV viewing levels to even with last year.
Subbing for CNBC’s Darren Rovell, Chad Walters says teams can save money by eliminating some waste.
Phillip Michaels of Macworld reviews the ESPN SportsCenter XL app for the iPad.
Jon Friedman of Marketwatch.com says reporters covering the LeBron Watch have the toughest beat in the media.
I should not do this because this will probably get shut down, but we have a Neil Best sighting. Newsday’s Neil Best writes that Fox is looking at expanding its MLB offerings into primetime on Saturdays.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says Nationals fans can listen to Stephen Strasburg’s next start tonight.
Tom Jones in the St. Petersburg Times says Peter Gammons had to correct a statement he made on the Dan Patrick Show yesterday.
Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News looks at what the new ESPN/ACC rights deal means for the Big 12.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that a local radio station is picking up high school football games for the fall.
Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press reports that former Fox NFL analyst Ray Bentley is joining a local radio station.
In the Indianapolis Business Journal, Anthony Schoettle says IndyCar is gaining more confidence in Versus.
Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune writes that viewers found Versus in droves for Game 2 of the Blackhawks-Sharks series last night.
Phil says Blackhawks fans have to make due without TV voice Pat Foley calling the NHL Western Conference Finals due to Versus and NBC having exclusivity.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business says Big Ten conference commish Jim Delaney isn’t revealing much about the league’s expansion plans.
Curtis Zupke from the Orange County (CA) Register says NHL TV ratings continue to increase.
Jon Wilmer of the San Jose Mercury News looks at what the ESPN/ACC deal will mean for the Pac 10′s TV negotiations.
Will Reisman in the San Francisco Examiner writes that Versus cut off the end of the third stage of the Tour of California on Tuesday.
Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times says the WNBA’s Storm had several glitches with its inaugural in-house telecast on FSN Northwest.
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy explains why the NHL Conference Finals began on the same days for the first two games.
Sports Media Watch has the weekend overnight ratings.
SMW says Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals did well for TNT, but not as well as last year’s ratings aberration.
And SMW has some ratings news and notes.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media notes that Jeremy Roenick who did a great job for NBC during the Olympics, will join NBC’s studio for its coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Matthew Coller at the Biz of Hockey writes that an exciting NHL postseason is paying dividends for the league besides TV ratings.
SportsbyBrooks looks into the tight-lipped investigation into the death of LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg.
And we’ll end our links there for now. Back later with breaking news and the return of the Sports Media Weekly podcast following a week’s absence.