Time for some linkage on this Wednesday. Can’t believe it’s mid-week already.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship TV ratings may have been down from last year, but there are plenty of silver linings that go with it.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban doesn’t seem to be a fan of bloggers.
Keith Olbermann feels creeped out listening to the late New York Yankees PA announcer Bob Sheppard introducing shortstop Derek Jeter.
Philliana Ng from the Hollywood Reporter says this year’s NCAA Tournament was the most watched since 2005.
Todd Spangler of Multichannel News writes that MLB Advanced Media has signed a deal with an ad provider to insert commercials on its MLB.TV platform.
Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek says the NCAA Championship Game may have been tough to watch, but it still drew a decent-sized audience for CBS.
Toni Fitzgerald from Media Life also talks about the ratings for the NCAA Championship.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell knows it’s tough to pick a side in the NFL labor dispute.
Newsday’s Neil Best is happy to be done talking about NCAA Tournament ratings.
Neil notes that attendance at Yankee Stadium is down for the first five games this season.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union speculates as to why the ratings for the NCAA Championship fell this year. Well, Duke wasn’t in it this season, the game wasn’t pretty, but getting an audience of 20.1 million people is quite impressive and CBS won the night. Can’t kill CBS for the game, it did what it could to keep people watching.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record writes that a long-time local radio station will begin airing a live morning show like it did in the old days.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog says MASN is seeing a huge ratings spike for the Nationals.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner talks with former MASN analyst Rob Dibble.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer wonders what happened to last night’s Fox Sports Ohio telecast of the Astros-Reds game.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at the results of a Sports Illustrated fan poll on the NFL lockout.
Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune notes that American golfers aren’t flocking to Twitter as fast as their European counterparts.
David Brauer of the Minnesota Post reports that the Timberwolves are changing radio stations.
And Brauer says just hours after that news, the Wild announced that they were changing radio flagships.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News reports that the Lakers won’t be bringing Joel Myers back to its TV broadcasts next season.
Broderick Turner of the LA Times says most likely, Lakers radio voice Spero Dedes will replace Myers on the TV side.
Ed Fletcher from the Sacramento Bee says the local radio flagship of the Kings is preparing for the day when the team leaves the market which could be coming very soon.
The Toronto Globe and Mail’s Bruce Dowbiggin says The Masters® appears to be finally hitting the 21st Century in stride.
Sports Media Watch says baseball is getting off to a fast ratings start in several local markets.
SMW notes that the NCAA Championship Game on Monday ranks among the lowest-rated ever.
SMW also has some various ratings news and notes.
SMW says golf’s ratings trends are up this year.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says he’ll be returning to blogging very soon.
Joe Favorito says the MLB Fan Cave is the next Great Social Media and Branding Experiment.
Dave Kohl from the Major League Programs blog has his weekly post.
Wendy Parker who did a great job covering the Women’s Final Four in Indianapolis wonders if women’s college basketball will ever be treated as a sport instead of a novelty.
And I’ll end this set of links here, but if you notice, the South region is not covered here. I’ll see if I can do another set of links later this afternoon.