Finally getting to some linkage. Had some work to do first and of course, that takes precedence. Lots of stuff to get to.
First from John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily, he reports that Monday Night Football reporter Michele Tafoya is leaving ESPN and most likely heading to NBC in an unspecified capacity.
Mike McCarthy of USA Today reports that ESPN.com has announced the name and roster for Captain Blowhard’s new sports and pop culture website. Kill me mow.
Lesley Goldberg of the Hollywood Reporter says Fox has tapped a new man to lead Fuel TV.
At Multichannel News, Mike Reynolds says the NBA Playoffs on TNT are scoring in the ratings and with affluent viewers as well.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel notes that Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia scored record ratings for Game 7 of the Buffalo-Flyers series.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek writes that TNT’s highest ratings in the playoffs are for teams from the two biggest markets.
Toni Fitzgerald at Media Life tells us that both the NBA and NHL are seeing red hot ratings for their postseasons.
Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal wonders what if ESPN covered the Royal Wedding.
Sheldon Spencer at ESPN Front Row talks with members of ESPN’s NFL blogging network on their approach to covering this year’s NFL Draft.
Greg Wyshynski at Yahoo’s Puck Daddy goes over what ESPN was offering the NHL before NBC/Versus came and topped it.
We have the transcript of CNBC’s Darren Rovell interviewing embattled Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt about Major League Baseball taking operation of the team.
Andy Fixmer and Beth Jinks of Bloomberg recap McCourt’s appearance on Bloomberg Television.
At the Biz of Baseball, the great Maury Brown has McCourt blasting MLB for meddling after Fox agreed to give him a $30 million advance as part of a 20 year media rights deal.
Back to Bloomberg, Laurel Brubaker Calkins writes that Golf Channel officials are denying any knowledge of a Ponzi scheme run by an indicted financier who paid money to the network for sponsorships.
Cam Martin of Sports Newser writes that a new play on the late Detroit Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell, authored by Mitch Albom, will premiere tonight in the Motor City.
Cork Gaines of the Business Insider’s Sports Page reviews two nights of ESPN SportsCenter and breaks down how it covers sports news.
Emerson College Journalism Professor Mark Luccese writing in Boston.com discusses the surplus of sports coverage in Beantown.
98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston had an interview with NESN’s Jack Edwards in which he discusses the Canadiens, diving and a few other things.
Kirk Minihane of WEEI.com is not a fan of Jack Edwards.
Richard Sandomir from the New York Times says Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum now has a new name.
Newsday’s Neil Best says New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter isn’t too happy over a new book written about him.
Jerry Bossert of the New York Daily News looks at the new voice of the Triple Crown on NBC.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union has the TV schedule for the 2nd round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Pete also has the NBA Playoff schedule through this weekend.
Bob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Post-Tribune says the Pittsburgh Penguins have signed a new deal with Root Sports keeping the team on the network for at least 18 more season.
John Feinstein takes out his computer keyboard and proceeds to hit DC NFL Team owner Daniel Snyder over his head with it.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says the NBA’s ratings winning streak continues into the postsesaon.
Jim says NFL Draft coverage has turned into a marathon.
Ed Sherman at Crain’s Chicago Business says Comcast SportsNet ended its NBA and NHL postseason coverage with a bang.
Derrick Gold from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman refuted statements made by Houston Astros radio announcer Milo Hamilton.
Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal says extended NBA and NFL lockouts would have adverse effects on the local economy and advertising market.
Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times talks with NFL Network’s Rich Eisen about this week’s Draft coverage.
Fight Hype says ESPN.com boxing reporter Dan Rafael could be moving to HBO in a much different capacity.
Joe Favorito says US sports teams need to get on the ball with social media in a way that their European counterparts have totally embraced.
Dave Kohl at Major League Programs has a look at various local sports radio ratings.
And we’ll end it there for today.