Too many things going on today both at work and in sports media. Trying to figure out a balance. I’ll do my best. We have some linkage for you.
From Wayne Friedman of MediaPost, he hears from an ESPN executive who’s optimistic the network will have enough programming to survive a potential NFL lockout.
USA Today’s Mike McCarthy writes about TNT’s Charles Barkley holding court during yesterday’s joint CBS/Turner NCAA Tournament media day.
Mike says there will be collateral damage to businesses that benefit from the NFL if a lockout occurs.
Brian Lowry of Fox Sports says March Madness can also mean March Mediocre.
Jon Weisman of Variety says a new era in broadcasting the NCAA Tournament is about to begin.
John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable looks at the Library of Congress obtaining a portion of the vast Miley Collection of sports broadcasting archives.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel News writes that the premiere for Mike Tyson’s reality show on Animal Planet did not do well.
Dave Kindred at the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center has 25 do’s and don’ts for aspiring and current sports journalists.
Carolyn Braff of Sports Video Group says the new CBS/Turner consortium for the NCAA Tournament is going to take some time getting used to.
Jason Dachman of SVG says the new CBS/Turner Sports production will be a combined effort.
Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid explains what ESPN’s Jalen Rose meant when he said Duke recruited “Black Uncle Tom’s.”
CNBC’s Darren Rovell has the winner of his Best New Ballpark Food vote.
At Fishbowl New York, Jerry Barmash says video provider CineSport has signed a new contract with the New York Post.
Newsday’s Neil Best catches up with CBS’ Screamin’ Gus Johnson.
Neil has TNT’s Charles Barkley promising to be as candid on the NCAA Tournament as he is during NBA coverage.
And Neil has more with Charles in his blog.
Newsday’s Bob Glauber is saddened to see that former New York Giant and NBC NFL analyst Tiki Barber unretire and return to the football field.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union wonders if truTV which is part of the CBS/Turner Sports consortium will be seen in HD in time for the NCAA Tournament.
Pete is looking forward to the high comedy from the Turner crew during the NCAA Tournament that is usually seen on Inside the NBA.
Pete notes that BYU’s Jimmer Fredette is being praised highly by the CBS/Turner announcers.
Ken McMillan at the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says three games in the early MLB on TBS schedule will be blacked out in the local area.
From the New Jersey Newsroom, Evan Weiner discusses how the NFL’s TV partners have a vested interestin a potential lockout.
Also from the New Jersey Newsroom, Mike Vorkunov talks with ESPN’s Jay Bilas about his other job.
John Gonzalez of the Philadelphia Inquirer says Charles Barkley is warming up for college basketball.
Evan Grant from the Dallas Morning News writes that this Sunday’s Texas Rangers-San Francisco Giants exhibition game has been moved from Fox Sports Southwest’s main channel.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says truTV won’t be seen in HD on local cable systems.
John Kiesewetter from the Cincinnati Enquirer says Friday’s A-10 quarterfinal featuring Xavier will be seen locally.
John notes that Friday’s SEC Tournament game with Kentucky will also be seen live in the local area.
Rick Bozich from the Louisville Courier-Journal feels ESPN’s Bob Knight was being a hypocrite in not criticizing Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel over his covering up NCAA violations.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says truTV is not in HD locally.
Bob says the Brewers get their turn on MLB Network this Sunday night.
Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Sun-Times says a local sports talk show host who was arrested on DUI charges over the weekend apologized on the air on Tuesday.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business says the host feels lucky to still have his job.
Ed says the Bulls are setting ratings records on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Dave Brauer of MinnPost says WCCO Radio has lost one of its legacy sports properties.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune has CBS’ Jim Nantz not counting out BYU despite it suspending one of its star players.
Shad Powers of The Desert Sun (CA) is covering the players at this week’s BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament through Twitter.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News writes that ESPN’s resident “bracketologist” is not being kind to USC.
Dawn C. Chmielewski of the Los Angeles Times has an ESPN exec being bullish even if an NFL lockout takes place.
From the Corvallis (OR) Statesman Journal, we learn that two Oregon University fans who stole the Lee Corso mascot head when ESPN’s College GameDay visited the area last year have pleaded guilty in court.
Geoffrey C. Arnold from The Oregonian writes that the MLS’ Portland Timbers will have all of their games televised.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail wonders if TV would attempt to televise a civil trial involving two hockey players.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media notes that NBC has announced its first NHL playoff telecast dates.
Sports Media Watch has some various ratings news and notes.
Deadspin says TMZ Sports looks like it’s dead.
We’re going to end it there.
Some more links to pass to you tonight.
TV Week gives us the final national ratings for sports last week.
Paulsen notes that right after the news about Greg Oden being lost for the season, ESPN quickly dropped the Portland Trail Blazers opener from its schedule. And he adds that the ratings for the WNBA Finals on ESPN2 are quickly approaching the levels of the Stanley Cup Finals and David Beckham appearances.
Neil Best in Newsday reports in his blog that YES is cablecasting in HD again.
Ted Hearn of Multichannel News reports that in a filing to the FCC, NFL Network has accused Comcast of favoring channels it owns and giving the NFL unfavorable channel positions, and thus, unfavorable economic conditions.
ESPN tells us what features they’re going to show on Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown.
The Orbitcast blog reports that UFC Fighter Matt Arroyo will be on Bubba the Love Sponge’s show on Sirius next week.
In his Farther Off the Wall blog, the LA Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth has his take on 10 year old Jason Krause who made his debut on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown show. Most of the sports media critics I’ve read have killed the kid. Hoffarth seems to like him.
Danielle Sessa of Bloomberg News Service writes that MLB.com has signed a deal with CineSport that allows MLB highlights to be shown on other media websites. If you head over the CineSport site, you’ll notice that it just started to show MLB highlights. It also has deals with NASCAR and the NHL.
The World Series of Video Games has shut down. Believe it or not, WSVG had a deal to air four shows on CBS, MTV and CSTV. It had aired only one show on CBS earlier this summer and then, suddenly ceased operation this week. Ben Fritz of Variety tries to make sense of it all.
Ok, that’s it. I’m already seeing the Friday sports media stories being posted on the web. I’ll wait until Friday morning to give you those links.
Before I forget, I noticed this earlier today and have received a few e-mails asking me if I know anything. I don’t. The 38Cliches blog, the one that tracks Red Sox announcer Glenn Geffner is down. It’s been down all day today and I hope LC hasn’t been pressured to remove it. If anyone knows LC, please let him know I’m asking about him. He’s been a supporter of Fang’s Bites since I re-started this blog in May and I’ve linked to him regularly since. I hope he’s ok. 38Cliches has been a regular stop for me since he began his blog in February. LC, if you’re reading this, please let me know all is well.