Ok, time for some links on this Wednesday. Let’s provide some for you while I can.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today notes that former CBS college basketball analyst Billy Packer is not enthused about the new TV arrangement for the NCAA Tournament.
I’ve written a story for Dan Levy’s Press Coverage site on what the Los Angeles Lakers’ new regional sports networks will mean for viewers.
Brian Lowry of Fox Sports is not a fan of excess sports coverage like the NBA All-Star Weekend.
Milton Kent at Fanhouse recaps the strange, but very interesting appearances by embattled actor Charlie Sheen on the Dan Patrick Show.
Mark Cina of the Hollywood Reporter also recaps Sheen’s call to DP on Wednesday.
Etan Vlessing of the Reporter notes that ESPN’s new Sunday Night Baseball voice Dan Shulman will return to Canada to provide some baseball commentary for his original network, TSN.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel News reports that Cartoon Network is tapping stars from the sports world to take part in its inaugural awards show.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel takes a look at the new Time Warner Cable/Lakers regional sports networks.
Marcus Vanderberg at SportsNewser recaps Jay Mariotti’s first public appearance since his arrest on domestic assault charges and the subsequent loss of his jobs from ESPN and Fanhouse.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell takes a closer look at St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and his contract demands.
Darren says Sports Illustrated did a great job marketing this year’s Swimsuit Issue.
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe has the comments from outgoing WEEI midday host Dale Arnold who is the odd man out in a lineup shuffle.
Chad also writes about the WEEI lineup changes that smack of desperation.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union writes that ESPN has apparently dropped out of the bidding for the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner wonders if NBC will pick up the Belmont to reunite the race with the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
Press Box says WBAL-AM will pick up a slew of Baltimore Orioles spring training games.
David Barron from the Houston Chronicle takes a look at two of the bigger sports media stories from the week.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer has Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Cheryl Burke admitting she had a fling with Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. I know, it’s not a sports media story, but it fascinates me and I like Cheryl Burke, ok?
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel discovers that the Brewers are not on the MLB on Fox schedule.
Paul Sullivan at the Chicago Tribune says the Cubs have found a replacement for the late Ron Santo on their radio broadcasts.
Steve Rosenbloom of the Tribune wants to know if Cubs fans are ready to hear a traditional radio broadcast from now on.
Toni Ginnetti of the Chicago Sun-Times talks with new Cubs radio analyst Keith Moreland.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business writes that the Blackhawks have extended their deal with WGN-TV.
Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times says the new Time Warner Cable deal with the Lakers may end up hurting the team in the long run.
Bruce Dowbiggin from the Toronto Globe and Mail says one local sports radio station might be left behind in a battle of media titans.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog speculates what the 2012 Olympics will look like on the Canadian Olympic Broadcast Consortium.
Dashiell Bennett from the Business Insider sports page notes that ESPN.com’s Bill Simmons has hired Deadspin contributer Katie Baker (and a Friend of Fang’s Bites) for some unknown project at the Alleged Worldwide Leader.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing notes that many people were none too happy over ESPN’s experimentation during the Mississippi State-Kentucky game.
Deadspin has obtained a copy of the Colin Cowherd sitcom script. It’s not pretty, let me tell you.
Brad Cohen at SportsGrid tells us how the extremely overrated Oprah Winfrey got the Michael Vick interview.
Dave Kohl of Major League Programs talks about the new Time Warner Cable/Lakers deal.
I’ll leave it there for now.
Just in from Fox Sports, former Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock will be joining the network’s website and writing columns. Whitlock who went all ballistic on the Star when he left a couple of weeks ago, will write, appear in podcasts and conduct live chats for the site. We have the official announcement.
FOXSPORTS.COM SIGNS JASON WHITLOCK TO EXCLUSIVE, MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSIONProvocative Sports Columnist Given Bigger Voice AcrossAll FOXSports.com Platforms
– Already known for his big voice in the world of sports, NEW YORK Jason Whitlock’s is getting bigger.FOXSports.com is expanding the lightning rod national sports columnist’s presence on the web site and its related platforms, the result of an exclusive, new, multi-year contract extension announced today by FOX Sports Interactive Media’s Senior Vice President & Editor-In-Chief Rick Jaffe.Whitlock, whose columns regularly spark impassioned debate and discussion, now shares his unique point-of-view via every platform FOXSports.com has to offer. His singular national perspective is now available to fans through FOXSports.com columns, digital programming, podcasts, chats and mobile apps where he continues to address sports’ most controversial topics, often taking a position most columnists lack the courage to take.“We’re very happy to not only continue our relationship with Jason, but greatly expand it,’’ Jaffe said. “He has proven over the years to be one of this country’s most influential writers and biggest voices. He’s very passionate about what he does and it comes through loud and clear in his work. He’s very talented and we look forward to working with Jason on all of our digital platforms.’’“My relationship with FOXSports.com has been very successful so far and this is only the start,” said Whitlock. “I’m very pleased that my editors have shown the wisdom to let me be me, and very soon there will be a lot more of me to love on the web site.”Previously, Whitlock was a weekly contributor, but he now writes two columns per week. He also contributes either a podcast or chat weekly, and plans are in the works for him to be featured in a program produced for FOXSports.com’s mid-day Lunch With Benefits programming block.Whitlock has been a sportswriter for 20 years, most recently at the Kansas City Star. He joined the KC Star in 1994 as a general-interest sports columnist after writing for the Bloomington Herald-Times, Charlotte Observer and the Ann Arbor News. He’s also written for Playboy Magazine, Vibe Magazine and The Sporting News.Whitlock had a six-year association with ESPN.com and ESPN television from 2000 to 2006. He wrote a weekly column for ESPN.com and on the TV side guest-hosted Pardon the Interruption, Jim Rome is Burning, The Sports Reporters and appeared on Outside the Lines.
In addition, Whitlock has worked as a radio talk-show host at
’s WHB and KCSP, broadcasting his own shows, Kansas City Jason Whitlock’s Neighborhood and The Doghouse. Whitlock has also guest-hosted Jim Rome’s nationally syndicated radio show The Jungle.In 2008, Whitlock won a National Journalism Award for commentary from The Scripps Howard Foundation, and he is the only sportswriter to ever be so honored. He’s also won numerous other awards and has appeared on programs as varied as Oprah Winfrey, The O’Reilly Factor, Anderson Cooper 360 and Countdown with Keith Olbermann.A 1990 graduate of and former football starter at Ball State University, Whitlock splits his time between Kansas Cityand . Los Angeles
We’ll have more stuff as we continue today.