Not sure how much I’ll be able to get done today so I’ll do as many links as I can. I expect to get interrupted in the middle so don’t be surprised if there are just a few links here.
Brian Lowry at Fox Sports says you’re now in control of what you watch at the NCAA Tournament.
Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated says you had better get used to the NCAA Tournament’s FIRST FOUR® from now on.
Paul Bond of the Hollywood Reporter looks at the effects of an NFL lockout on TV both in terms of ratings and ad revenue.
Brian Steinberg of Advertising Age tries to see where the ad dollars would go if the NFL lockout went long.
Diane Mermigas of MediaPost writes that the NFL lockout could mean a boom in alternative programming.
To All Things Digital where Peter Kafka has ESPN scoffing at reports of cord cutting.
At Women’s Wear Daily, we find that ESPN The Magazine will be doing an all-encompassing “Style” issue. There was the “Body” issue. Now there’s the “Style” issue. (scroll down)
Glenn Davis of SportsGrid has ESPN’s Jay Bilas harping on the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee’s makeup.
Glenn has video of David Letterman busting on CBS/Turner’s Charles Barkley.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says Versus scored with the Mountain West Championship Game on Saturday.
Diego Vasquez from Media Life discovers why the NCAA Tournament is red hot this year.
Marcus Vanderberg of SportsNewser says beloved Indiana Pacers radio analyst Bob “Slick” Leonard is recovering from a heart attack.
Greg Bishop of the New York Times talks with CBS’ Gus Johnson about his popularity especially during March Madness.
The Times put together some of Gus’ best calls from both the NCAA Tournament and from his time with MSG Network.
Richard Sandomir of the Times looks at the Brave New World with CBS and Turner airing the NCAA Tournament.
Newsday’s Neil Best says fans who are used to submitting their NCAA Tournament brackets for online contests can still do so at least for this year.
Neil adds that CBS/Turner would rather have you submit your brackets starting on Tuesday instead of Thursday.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union has the College Basketball Invitational Tournament TV schedule.
Pete says truTV won’t be in HD in time for the NCAA Tournament in the Capital Region.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record looks at Marist College’s schedule in the NCAA Women’s Tournament on the ESPN family of networks.
Conor Orr of the Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger says CBS College Sports is tapping Rutgers coach Mike Rice as a guest analyst.
Evan Weiner from the New Jersey Newsroom asks where’s the fan outrage with the NFL lockout?
Mke Vorkunov of NJ Newsroom goes behind the scenes with ESPN at the Big East Tournament.
Paul Farhi of the Washington Post says sports teams and leagues are now in the business of making their own news.
Dan Steinberg of the WaPo’s DC Sports Bog explains why the local NFL team forced the Post to take its name off the paper’s blogs.
And Dan writes that Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will be using DC NFL team QB Donovan McNabb as an NCAA Tournament analyst this week.
Chuck Carlton from the Dallas Morning News says Fox and the Big 12 are close to a lucrative cable rights contract.
Jake Trotter of the Daily Oklahoman writes that the new Big 12 deal would triple the value of its current contract with Fox Sports.
Kyle Nagel of the Dayton Daily News discusses truTV’s role in the NCAA Tournament.
Chris Easterling of the Massillon (OH) Independent says the local airwaves are filled with sports radio talk shows.
Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press says ESPN is filming the Michigan high school basketball team that is coping with the death of one of its players.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says truTV will be in HD on one local cable system.
Bob says another major cable provider might add truTV in HD as well.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business says it’s no coincidence that the NCAA sent Purdue and Notre Dame to Chicago to help Tournament ticket sales.
David Hanners of the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes that NBA referee Bill Spooner is suing an Associated Press reporter for tweeting about alleged makeup calls during a game involving the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times says the NFL’s TV partners, particular the over the air networks, might have big programming holes to fill in case of a lockout.
Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News says a big Big 12 rights deal might bode well for Pac 12 football.
Paulsen of Sports Media Watch notes that the ratings for the NBA on ABC went down due to not showcasing one of the league’s Big 3 on Sunday.
SMW says the NHL on NBC was also down from a year ago.
And SMW says the NCAA Tournament Selection Show sunk to an all-time low.
Ben Koo at Awful Announcing has the video of when the Perpetually Angry Doug Gottlieb’s phone went off live on SportsCenter.
Emmett Jones from Sports Business Digest says MLB Network has picked up a major cable provider.
And that will do it for now. Got the entire set of links in. I’m happy.