Our Saturday Links

Time to give you some links on this NFL Draft Weekend. Already some news being made as Adam Schecter of the NFL Network reports that the Atlanta Falcons will look to take Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan with the overall third pick. We’ll see if this pans out. If you have your laptop and you have access to Wi-Fi today, you can head over to NFL.com which will webcast the NFL Network’s coverage of the Draft.

Let’s give you some links today.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News wonders what channel viewers will choose for the NFL Draft, ESPN or the NFL Network.

Jerry Garcia of the San Antonio Express-News looks into Bob Costas’ live HBO show on Tuesday which will delve into the sports media.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dan Caesar says a quicker NFL Draft will lead to a better telecast.

Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette talks to Albany River Rats play-by-play man Owen Newkirk who called the longest game in American Hockey League history this week.

Neil Best of Newsday does some namedropping from the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. And Neil wonders how “We Are Marshall” won the vote for favorite football movie at the festival.

The Sports Media Watch has its usual weekend ratings predictions. And SMW has the ratings from the last five NFL Drafts on ESPN. Finally, the blog points out an error on ESPN.com.

Jim Williams of the DC/Baltimore Examiner talks with Fox Sports Radio’s draft guru, Chris Landry about what the Redskins and Ravens might do this weekend.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell looks into who might be the biggest loser financially in this year’s NFL Draft.

The next few links are from Multichannel News:

Todd Spangler writes that NFL Network has picked up carriage on a satellite service. Mike Reynolds reports on the NFL Network’s upfront presentation on Thursday.

Multichannel says SNY will provide extensive coverage of the NFL Draft from the New York Jets’ perspective.

Scott Greczkowski of Multichannel News says he enjoyed DirecTV’s interactive features for a New York Yankees game.

Jim Salisbury of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes about John Marzano’s funeral services which took place on Friday. Tom Singer of MLB.com says Marzano was remembered for his friendship and his humor. And you can see Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s coverage of the funeral here.

Multichannel reports that the WWE will release Wrestlemania 24 on Blue-Ray DVD.

Chris Pursell of TV Week writes in his Pressbox blog that ratings for the NBA and NHL Playoffs are strong early in the postseason.

Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal writes that USA Network will drop coverage of the US Tennis Open after this year leaving it for ESPN or other networks. And Richard Vach of the Tennis-X site wonders if this means ESPN will scoop up the tournament giving it a Grand Slam of coverage.

Maria Trombly and Karen Chu of the Hollywood Reporter write an enterprise story on companies hoping to get some business from serving the big media conglomerates coming to Communist China to cover the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Victoria Ho of CNET Networks writes that NBC’s digital media unit plans to showcase Microsoft’s Silverlight technology to webcast more than 2,200 hours of coverage of the Olympics from Communist China.

William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail enjoys listening to sports tirades.

Larry Bohannan of the Desert (CA) Sun writes that FSN will air a new celebrity team golf tournament in June.

Jim Moore of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer writes about two sportscasting hotties who have made an impact in the Emerald City.

I found more links than normal on a Saturday, but that’s a good thing. I may be back later with an update.

Ken Fang

About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013. He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television. Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.