Being surprised earlier today by a sudden trip to a jobsite threw me off today so I’m late getting to the linkage, but it’ll be here. Let’s go.
First, Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute pens the first column as the ESPN Ombudsman. She and two other Poynter Institute faculty will write monthly columns, sometimes more, as the Ombudsman.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today looks at Louisville coach Rick Pitino getting his second guest analyst gig in two weeks, this time for ESPN.
Mike McCarthy of USA Today writes about Tiger Woods’ new pricey iPhone app.
Eammon Brennan of ESPN.com says more people are watching the NCAA Tournament than ever.
Julie Jargon from the Wall Street Journal says ESPN Insider content will be available at Starbucks in-store digital wireless network throughout the country.
Tim Baysinger from Broadcasting & Cable says New York’s WWOR is set with a new 21 game Yankees schedule.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News looks at the Sport Emmy Award nominations.
Kurt Badenhausen from Forbes writes about MLB’s most valuable franchises with the teams you’d expect at 1-2.
Also from Forbes, Michael Humphrey says the NFL could learn a thing or two from March Madness on Demand.
Marcus Vanderberg of SportsNewser says CBS/Turner is bringing in guest analysts for all three of its platforms for the NCAA Tournament.
Glenn Davis at SportsGrid talks about Buzz Bissinger going off on Jimmer Fredette.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life writes that Sunday night was a big night for the NCAA Tournament on cable.
Tim Nudd from Adweek examines ESPN’s new MLB Opening Day promo.
Alex Colon from PC Magazine notes that ESPN Radio will now be available on Slacker Radio mobile apps.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says a number of MLB ballparks will be serving Food Network-sponsored concessions.
Darren looks at the top MLB team jersey sales.
And Darren points out that a coach who gets hot during the NCAA Tournament can make it very difficult for a smaller school to keep him.
Dan Lewandowski of Speed.com looks at Versus’ broadcast team for IndyCar races this season.
Boston Sports Media Watch’s Bruce Allen has some suggestions for sports writers who don’t quite know how to use Twitter correctly.
Kimberly Primicerio of the Meriden (CT) Record-Journal talks about ESPN’s commitment to expand its World Headquarters in the Constitution State.
Newsday’s Bobby Cassidy points out that the courageous Nick Charles who’s been fighting cancer, will call the first fight on HBO’s Boxing After Dark card on Saturday.
Newsday’s Neil Best has the WWOR-TV Yankees schedule for this season.
At Fishbowl NY, Jerry Barmash talks with a WFAN part-timer who’s hosting an internet sports talk show.
Jerry talks with a WCBS-TV anchor who’s hosting an NCAA Tournament wrap-up show that’s been airing on CBS-owned stations.
Pete Dougherty from the Albany Times Union says Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia will appear on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Pete has MLB Network’s live game schedule for April.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times notes that ESPN’s Jon Gruden got his second Sports Emmy nomination in as many years.
Eric Deggans from the Times wonders if the NFL lockout could get into the way of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ chances to be in HBO’s Hard Knocks this summer.
Charles Hollis from the Birmingham (AL) News likes having Charles Barkley on the NCAA Tournament.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman says ESPN2 HD viewers missed out on much of Sunday’s NCAA Women’s Tournament game involving the Sooners.
Mel says the NCAA Tournament is dominating the sports TV ratings.
John Kiesewetter at the Cincinnati Enquirer says fans will get to see a different side of the Reds on Sunday both in person and on TV.
John has more on the live Reds event.
John notes that two announcers with Cincinnati ties are up for Sports Emmys.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business says a lineup change at the local ESPN Radio affiliate is only temporary.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says ESPN’s MLB analysts pin some high hopes on the Brewers.
Bob says CBS/Turner continues to bring in current college coaches to its March Madness coverage.
Eric Morken from the Alexandria (MN) Echo Press says Twins fans won’t be able to watch games on over the air TV anymore.
Bruce Dowbiggin from the Toronto Globe and Mail examines the MLS ratings in Canada.
The Lost Letterman blog grades the TNT additions to the CBS/Turner NCAA Tournament staff.
Sports Media Watch says the NHL on NBC really got beat up on Sunday.
SMW says thanks to the NCAA Tournament, truTV had its most watched week.
I’ll end it there for now. I hope to do some night linkage later.