It’s been a busy day for me as I’ve been working on the story on NBC approving plans for a Stanley Cup Final Viewing Party at TD Garden in Boston. Amazing how things fall into place on a story like that. But still working to confirm on the Bruins and Garden end of the story. Once that happens, the story will be complete.
Let’s do links while I can.
Sports Business Daily notes that the NBA Finals finished as the 2nd most watched NBA Finals since 2004, but still finished below last year’s Celtics-Lakers series.
The Sporting News picks up a story from the Sports Business Journal’s Tripp Mickle about Fox’s increased ratings for NASCAR this season.
Sarah Kuta of the Associated Press Sports Editors page notes that economic realities have hit newspaper sports coverage quite hard.
Ken Campbell of the Hockey News gives us this item that hockey charlatan Pierre McGuire is being offered a full-time position at NBC/Versus (scroll down).
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy has the overnight ratings from Monday night’s Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Jason Fry shares his thoughts on the launch of Grantland.
Fox Sports’ Brian Lowry says the Miami Heat’s crash and burn in the NBA Finals is not what the script doctor ordered.
Georg Szalai of the Hollywood Reporter writes that ESPN Classic will become home to ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentaries and all future projects.
Anthony Crupi from Adweek says ABC scored with the NBA Finals.
And Toni Fitzgerald at Media Life also writes about the NBA Finals’ ratings.
Matt Hegerty of the Daily Racing Form says this year’s Belmont Stakes received higher ratings on NBC than last year’s race on ABC.
Cam Martin at SportsNewser notes that ESPN NFL analyst Tedi Bruschi unveiled Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s media rules.
Ben Axelrod of SportsGrid notes that today is the “24th Anniversary” of the Keith Hernandez spitting incident made famous on Seinfeld.
David Goetzl of MediaPost says the NFL Network is tapping the podcast for actual programming.
ESPN.com’s David Ubben talks with Big 12 Commissioner Don Beebe about the new revenue distribution and the TV appearance formula for member schools.
Richard Lawler from Engadget HD looks at the expansion in programming at ESPN 3D.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says tickets for Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final are a hot commodity due to the lack of a secondary ticket market in Vancouver.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times notes that NBA Finals Game 6 brought in the viewers as compared with last year.
Richard says a LeBron James critic writing a book on the Miami Heat star got the happy ending he was hoping for.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union has the Wimbledon TV schedule.
Pete says Fox NASCAR analyst Darrell Waltrip will be inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame later this year.
Evan Weiner in the New Jersey Newsroom says LeBron James’ attack of his critics shows us what’s wrong with sports.
Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says a recent reairing of Super Bowl XIV gave him an appreciation of Pat Summerall as a play-by-play man.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog notes that DC United’s TV ratings are way, way up this season.
Del Milligan of the Lakeland (FL) Ledger says get ready for plenty of TV coverage from the U.S. Open.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says Game 6 of the NBA Finals brought in record ratings locally.
Fox Sports Southwest will air the Dallas Mavericks victory parade this week.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman writes that the local ABC affiliate saw a ratings record for the NBA Finals.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that the local minor league hockey team returns to radio next season.
Mark Snyder at the Detroit Free Press says former Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez heads to the broadcast booth for the upcoming season.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that the NBA Finals did not do as well locally as compared to last year.
Bob says Packers coach Mike McCarthy revealed in a radio interview that he had his players sized for Super Bowl rings the night before the game!
Robert Feder from Time Out Chicago says the Tribune is losing its media critic (and a good resource for Fang’s Bites as well).
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business continues his talk with White Sox analyst Steve Stone.
Mark Faller of the Arizona Republic isn’t a fan of the Longhorn Network ads.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News notes that one website recognizes Pac-12 Commish Larry Scott as a pretty powerful guy.
The Toronto Sports Media Blog notes that CBC Hockey Night in Canada Radio host Jeff Marek is quite in demand now that his contract is up.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog reviews the first two weeks of Canadian sports television.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media notes that an estimated 12 million people watched Stanley Cup Final Game 6 across the US and Canada.
Sports Media Watch says Gold Cup Soccer is gathering a strong audience for Univision’s networks.
TV Technology notes that NBC/Versus tapped a Swiss company for its telestrator graphics on the Stanley Cup Final.
Ryan Ballengee of Pro Golf Talk has the video of a new Golf boy band that debuted on Golf Channel.
Emma Carmichael of Deadspin talks about her time working for the NBC Olympics unit.
Ty Duffy of The Big Lead reviews “Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPN”
And that will end the links.