Been working on a specification that’s taking way to long to finish, so I’m doing linkage while I can.
We’ll begin with the ESPN Poynter Institute Review blog which takes ESPN.com to task for not vetting a post that was done on Alabama football player Aaron Douglas just a couple of hours after his death.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says the appearance of Oklahoma City in the NBA Western Conference Finals may hurt ESPN’s postseason ratings.
Mike McCarthy of USA Today has ESPN’s Executive Vice President John Skipper denying the network has a “frat-boy” culture.
Tom Lowry of Variety says ESPN is telling advertisers not to give up on an NFL season just yet.
Jon Lafayette in Broadcasting & Cable says ESPN pulled out all the stops during today’s upfronts.
Michael Learmont of Advertising Age says digital properties are hoping to get a piece of the advertising pie if the NFL lockout spreads into the fall.
Also from Ad Age, Nat Ives writes that a lifestyle magazine that was to be devoted to the Miami Heat bombed after one issue.
Georg Szalai at the Hollywood Reporter looks at ESPN2′s fall afternoon lineup.
Lucia Moses of Adweek explains why ESPN The Magazine became a “one night only” play.
Bill Cromwell at Media Life Magazine touches on the record ratings for TNT’s Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
Ryan Berenz of Channel Guide speaks with James Andrew Miller, the co-author of “Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World of ESPN”.
Cam Martin of SportsNewser links to audio of legendary Cincinnati Reds Marty Brennaman taking shots at St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter. Marty has never been shy about expressing his opinions and also took shots at Chicago Cubs fans back in 2008.
Ken Kershbaumer from Sports Video Group writes about ESPN’s efforts to go split screen during NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
Newsday’s Neil Best says MLB’s TV partners were mostly on top of the Jorge Posada story over the weekend during the Red Sox-Yankees series.
Stuart Elliot of the New York Times recaps ESPN’s upfront presentation.
At the Schenectady Gazette, Ken Schott has a look at ESPN’s new policy to go split screen during ad breaks of NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase races.
The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg in the DC Sports Bog has Sports Illustrated’s Peter King explaining how he got caught with his proverbial pants down when he quoted from a radio interview that never took place.
To the Washington Examiner and Jim Williams who writes about TNT’s record NBA ratings.
Dustin Long at the Virginian-Pilot talks about Fox’s decision to go split screen on Sunday during the NASCAR race at Dover.
Mike London at the Salisbury (NC) Post writes about ESPN’s Mike Tirico as he was honored last night by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Doug Demmons of the Birmingham (AL) News writes about ESPN going split screen during the last half of its NASCAR schedule.
Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has NBA television analysts talking about Derrick Rose becoming the youngest MVP ever.
Ed Sherman at Crain’s Chicago Business feels America loves to watch a villain.
Phil Rosenthal in the Chicago Tribune writes that Heat-Bulls, Game 1 was a huge draw both nationally and locally.
Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star says thanks to the Big 12′s deal with Fox, Kansas State is allowing its athletics department to go alone and not be funded by the state.
Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times looks at ESPN’s NFL plans and its aggressive bid for the Olympics.
Jim Morris of the Canadian Press profiles the Green Men of Vancouver who started out as a joke and have become an international hockey sensation.
Sports Media Watch notes that ESPN is moving “Jim Rome is Burning” to ESPN2 in the fall.
SMW also has some various ratings news and notes.
Matt Sarzyniak in Matt’s College Sports Media blog explores what could happen with the upcoming TV negotiations for the Big East.
In Puck The Media, Steve Lepore says the ratings for the opening of both NHL Conference Finals were down from last year, but with good reason.
Joe Favorito looks at how the Jorge Posada story became a story and how the media covered it.
That will do it for today.