Time for some linkage on this Saturday.
Etan Vlessing of the Hollywood Reporter notes that NBC had its best opening round NHL playoff ratings in 7 years.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says ESPN’s NFL Draft ratings were down from last year while NFL Network saw a slight increase.
Mike notes that Root Sports has signed the Pittsburgh Penguins to a very long-term deal.
Mike talks about NASCAR hiring a new Vice President of Broadcasting to help the sport in the next media rights negotiation.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel says WrestleMania 27 had one million buys for its pay per view earlier this month.
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe talks about MLB Network’s exploring of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series that tormented Red Sox fans until 2004.
In the New England Hockey Journal, Stan Fischler praises the NHL for its new deal with NBC/Versus.
David Jones from the Patriot-News can’t stand listening to homer announcers.
Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner talks about tonight’s NASCAR race.
Ed Miller of the Virginian-Pilot says former New York Giant and NBC Sports analyst Tiki Barber will receive a state honor tonight.
Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch has ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit talking Ohio State and its Jim Tressel troubles.
Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is being quite bombastic again.
Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times says now is a strange time for embattled Dodgers owner Frank McCourt to be courting the media.
Sports Media Watch has local ratings news for the Nashville Predators and Chicago Bulls.
SMW notes that the 1st round of the NBA Playoffs became the highest rated for TNT.
SMW says the first round of the NBA Playoffs also scored for ESPN.
Cork Gaines of the Business Insider’s Sports Page notes that ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. edges out charlatan Todd McShay in predicting their mock drafts.
And that’s going to do it for today’s linkage.