Getting a late start on the Monday links. Part of it was due to the Masters thesis I wrote on the NCAA Tournament earlier today. Let’s do the links for you.
From USA Today’s Michael Hiestand, we have him saying that having the NCAA’s National Director of Officiating on to explain controversial calls only added positives to CBS/Turner’s coverage this past weekend.
Sports Business Journal lists its annual Forty Under 40 sports executives and personalities. The media section will interest you. Or at least it should. The entire section is open to all. I won’t link to everyone, but the names are listed and you can read at your leisure.
Marisa Guthrie at the Hollywood Reporter notes that the NCAA Tournament on CBS/Turner is garnering its best ratings in two decades.
TMZ reported yesterday that Charlie Sheen met with Fox Sports executives about possibly doing some work for them. Yes he did. #winning.
Nellie Andreeva of Deadline confirms the TMZ report with Fox execs.
Lindsay Rubino of Broadcasting & Cable says an NCAA Tournament overrun helped CBS win primetime on Sunday.
Todd Spangler from Multichannel News writes that Verizon Fios TV is picking up ESPN 3D for its 6 subscribers who have a 3-D TV.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel says a Hispanic cable TV network has won the right to show the Puerto Rican Basketball League in the States.
Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek says the NCAA Tournament won’t return to regionalizing its games anytime soon.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine says the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament paid dividends to the four national game strategy.
Jason Fry writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center delves into the Associated Press new policy for writing game leads.
Marcus Vanderberg at SportsNewser says fans can vote for the athlete who will adorn the cover of the Madden NFL ’12 video game.
SportsGrid’s Dan Fogarty has video of Charles Barkley ripping the Big East on TBS last night.
From Sports TV Jobs, Brian Clapp has a video telling aspiring sports TV anchors some tips on how to get a job.
Brian gives you a day in the life of a sports TV producer.
Pam Modarelli Hegner in Sports TV Jobs, advises young sportscasters not to root in the press box.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell reports that the owners of the New York Mets are seeking to get a case against them dismissed over their knowledge or lack thereof, of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.
Newsday’s Neil Best says Charles Barkley has given CBS/Turner’s NCAA Tournament studio a much needed battery charge.
Anthony Rieber of Newsday reports that New York Yankees skipper Joe Girardi won’t be making daily appearances on WFAN as originally announced.
Neil gets the reaction from WFAN’s Mike Francesa who made that original announcement.
Somebody take Phil Mushnick’s temperature because he actually gives praise to CBS/Turner for its coverage of the Butler-Pittsburgh game.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Herald has this year’s NCAA Hockey Tournament TV schedule.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner notes the NCAA Tournament is not only doing well in the ratings, but also online.
Tom Jones at the St. Petersburg Times looks back at a busy weekend in sports television.
David Barron in the Houston Chronicle has the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 tip times for Thursday and Friday.
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bob Wolfley notes some strong words from former URI and Texas coach Tom Penders on various CBS and ESPN college basketball announcers.
At Crain’s Chicago Business, Ed Sherman looks at the Cubs’ search for a new Public Address announcer.
Ed says the local sports radio host who was suspended from his job after a DUI arrest is now undergoing rehab.
Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post talks with CBS/Turner’s Verne Lundquist who got to call rare “home” games at the NCAA Tournament this weekend.
Dusty also speaks with the lovely Lesley Visser who worked with Verne and Bill Raftery in Denver. And one thing mentioned in the story that I didn’t know. Lesley divorced Fox/Turner announcer Dick Stockton last year.
Tom Hoffarth from the Los Angeles Daily News has the SoCal sports calendar for this week.
And Tom rates Charles Barkley’s performance on the NCAA Tournament.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says if soccer doesn’t get good ratings in Canada now, it never will.
Ruju Mudhar from the Toronto Star talks with Rogers Sportsnet head Scott Moore about putting more baseball on the network and the possibility of the company’s purchasing Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment.
Sports Media Watch notes the 17 year ratings high for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.
Steve Lepore at Puck the Media wishes NBC had more time to talk about the classless and big time thug Matt Cooke’s hit during yesterday’s Penguins-Rangers game.
And that’s going to do it.