Let’s get to some linkage. Four days in a row. Let’s keep up the momentum.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the NFL is considering suspending the Pro Bowl.
Stuart Kemp of the Hollywood Reporter writes that BBC’s staff to cover the London Olympics will outnumber the British athletic contingent to the Games.
Tim Baysinger at Broadcasting & Cable says NBC Sports Network has renewed NFL Turning Point for three more seasons.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek notes that Tide is now the Official Laundry Detergent of the NFL.
To E.J. Schultz of Advertising Age who writes that UFC sponsor Anheuser-Busch gave a warning over its fighters’ racist and homophobic comments.
Ed Sherman of the Sherman Report talks with ESPN analyst Bill Polian who will spending his first NFL Draft outside of a War Room.
Ed says NBC will be rooting hard for the New York Rangers tonight in its Game 7 against the Ottawa Senators.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk says despite an ugly domestic dispute involving his estranged wife this week, Deion Sanders will appear on NFL Network’s Draft coverage.
Dan Daley at Sports Video Group says audio from the Olympics will be all-digital unlike in past years.
Karen Hogan of SVG goes inside ESPN’s NFL Draft coverage.
This pains me, but I’ll post this. Glenn Davis of SportsGrid has the audio of the Washington Capitals series-winning goal by Joel Ward to defeat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 last night. And there were some idiotic racist tweets following the game. Those Bruins fans do not represent me. Stupid fucks.
Timothy Burke at Deadspin has the YES video of two Texas Rangers fans oblivious to a crying kid while they pose with a ball they caught during last night’s game with the Yankees. Luckily, the kid got another ball, but that couple should know to give the ball to the kid. Man alive.
Ty Duffy at the Big Lead looks at Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee using the “bad journalism” claim to hide behind the problems that led to the downfall of former football coach Jim Tressel.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell notes that Jeremy Lin’s uniform now outsells Kobe Bryant’s.
Speaking of Darren, he was the guest on the 100th edition of Sports Media Weekly and the podcast is a very good listen if I do say so myself.
Hispanic Business looks at the deal between Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and Fox Deportes to put more boxing on the network.
Newsday’s Neil Best talks about ESPN Radio NY moving to the FM dial as early as next week.
Justin Terranova of the New York Post says ESPN confirms what the Post reported earlier this week.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News says ESPN Radio takes over a legendary FM frequency.
Kieran Darcy of ESPN NY writes about the ESPN Radio move.
Jerry Barmash of Fishbowl NY also has a story on the ESPN Radio-to-FM flip.
Jerry looks at the ratings for the New York Rangers on MSG Network.
Richard Sandomir from the New York Times talks with ESPN NFL Draft analyst Bill Polian.
Richard writes that the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are a ratings hit thus far.
Broadway World notes that NBC’s Al Michaels was honored by Fordham University with an award named after his idol, Vin Scully.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union says a local sports anchor is leaving town next month.
Pete has the dates, but not times for the NHL Stanley Cup Western Conference Semifinals.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says NBC Sports Network will air the IIHF World Hockey Championships next month.
Over to Crossing Broad where it has audio of Phillies radio announcer Larry Anderson yelling at the team to appeal a play.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog says the last 24 hours have been great for local sports.
Dan writes that the ratings for Caps-Bruins, Game 7 were high, but not quite a record.
Dan has the newspaper front pages from DC and Boston regarding the Caps-Bruins series.
Dan has video of ESPN’s Neil Everett imitating the Caps radio call of the winning goal against the Bruins.
The Washington Examiner’s Jim Williams says it will be hard to choose either ESPN or NFL Network to watch for NFL Draft coverage.
Steven Campbell in the Tampa Tribune profiles SportsCenter anchor Sara Walsh who grew up in the local area.
Tim Griffin in the San Antonio Express-News says the NBA’s TV ratings couldn’t be any higher despite the lockout that almost wiped out the season.
David Briggs of the Toledo Blade has highlights of a talk that Fox Sports President Ed Goren gave at Bowling Green University.
In Chicagoland Radio and Media, we learn that Comcast SportsNet and WMAQ-TV will merge their sports staffs continuing what has already occurred between CSN Bay Area and KNTV in San Francisco.
At the new Chicago Sports Media Watch, Paul M. Banks talks with Ed Sherman.
The Reno (NV) Gazette Journal says the Perpetually Angry Doug Gottlieb of ESPN will be in town in July for an event.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says the NHL has announced the dates for the Los Angeles-St. Louis series.
Bruce Dowbiggin at the Toronto Globe and Mail wonders how best to approach the media in a hockey-crazy country.
Sports Media Watch looks at the ramifications if the NFL ends the Pro Bowl.
SMW has some ratings news and notes.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media notes solid ratings for the Devils-Panthers series.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing has video of Hawk Harrelson doing what he does best, being a homer on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
TVSpy has video of a young Jim Nantz working in Salt Lake in a hot tub with Utah Jazz point guard John Stockton among others. Hello!
And that’s going to do it for supersized set of links.
Let’s provide a few links here. Don’t think I can do a full set, but I’ll try.
In Sports Business Journal, John Ourand says MLB and Sirius XM have come to terms on streaming audio of live baseball games and will eventually be able to provide both home and away feeds starting next month.
Brian Steinberg of Advertising Age reports NBC is seeking close to $1 million per 30-second spot for its first-ever Thanksgiving Night NFL game.
Mike McCarthy at USA Today notes that the NFL has signed Tide as its official laundry detergent.
Marlen Garcia at USA Today’s Campus Rivalry blog writes that ESPN is interested in hiring former Virginia Tech basketball coach Seth Greenberg as an analyst.
Bryan Armen Graham of Sports Illustrated talks with rapper Nas about ESPN using one of his songs for the NFL Draft and Jeremy Lin.
Ed Sherman says the latest ESPN promo featuring a man named Michael Jordan has gone viral.
Todd Spangler at Multichannel News reports that Microsoft is bringing both ESPN and CBS Interactive as advertisers to its Xbox 360 platform.
Tim Baysinger of Multichannel says Fox Sports Media Group will air fights from Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Most of them will be on Fox Deportes.
Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk says the NFL has reminded teams not to leak their draft picks before Commish Roger Goodell makes the official announcement on ESPN and NFL Network.
Mike Florio of PFT says you won’t see Warren Sapp on NFL Network during the draft.
Florio looks at some potential ESPN-on-ESPN crime between reporter John Barr and analyst Bill Polian.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life writes that the NBA’s TV partners are on pace for another ratings record.
John Plunkett of the London (UK) Guardian looks at a new landmark radio deal with the English Premier League that an upstart British company could sublicense to the States.
MediaRantz says the NFL Network completely ignored the Mickey Loomis-New Orleans Saints eavesdropping story that was first reported by ESPN.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says notorious cheating website AshleyMadison.com will reportedly pay a woman $1 million for schtupping Tim Tebow.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks at the dying art of the newspaper sports cartoon.
Gary Myers of the New York Daily News says the Saints are vehemently denying ESPN’s reports that GM Mickey Loomis eavesdropped on gameday radio transmissions.
Pete Dougherty in the Albany Times Union has ESPN’s Big Ten Football primetime schedule.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog notes a local record rating for Sunday’s Game 6 of the Bruins-Capitals OT game.
Mel Bracht in The Oklahoman writes that Sunday’s Thunder-Lakers game on ABC set a local ratings record.
Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that it appears that Time Warner Cable may not pick up Fox Sports San Diego at all shutting out Padres fans this season.
Steve Donohue of Fierce Cable reports on one TV industry giant telling a Senate committee that ESPN and other cable TV companies should not be allowed to sell their programming directly to viewers.
Joe Lucia at Awful Announcing notes that Captain Blowhard is bitterly whining once again about not getting a Grantland writer credentialed.
Ryan Yoder of AA says ESPN is swinging the axe over a critique questioning its relationship with the Poynter Review Project.
Matt Yoder of AA notes that Jose Canseco has apparently deleted his Twitter account. Good riddance, Steroids Boy.
Sports Media Watch says NASCAR on Fox saw a drop in its overnight ratings for the Kansas Sprint Cup race on Sunday.
SMW says the NBA’s TV partners do well when they carry the Miami Heat.
Beau Denison of Sports Page Magazine asks of boxing fans if they should be angry at HBO and Top Rank promoters for the way they handle the Sweet Science.
San Diego Padres fan blog Gaslamp Ball says if Time Warner Cable won’t pick up Fox Sports San Diego, then why should Friar fans keep the cable provider?
And we’re going to leave it there for today.
This week has been hellish for me and I apologize for not being able to post as much as I would like. I’ve been away from my computer for most of the day and by the time I get home, I’m tired and don’t want to update the blog.
Well, with me already done my errands for today, I’ll give you some linkage that has been seriously lacking this week.
Of course, there’s the Weekend Viewing Picks which you can peruse.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today says Jim Rome is hoping to make a splash as he prepares to launch his new daily show on CBS Sports Network.
Reid Cherner of USA Today’s Game On! blog says perpetually angry ESPN college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb is throwing his hat into the Kansas State coaching ring.
The Associated Press was on hand to witness Root Sports Northwest’s production of the Seattle Mariners-Oakland A’s regular season openers in Japan without actually traveling to the Far East.
Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim has more thoughts on the numerous conflicts of interest in tennis broadcasting.
Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand has Fox Sports’ statement on its carriage dispute with Time Warner Cable over Fox Sports San Diego.
John profiles legendary sports television producer Don Ohlmeyer.
Around the Rings has the press release regarding the European Broadcasting Union obtaining the rights to the World Cups in 2018 and 2022.
ESPN Ombudsman Jason Fry of the Poynter Institute says college basketball analyst Bob Knight should not be allowed to live by his own rules when he’s on TV.
Scott Soshnick and Steven Church of Bloomberg Businessweek says the Los Angeles Dodgers sale was sparked by media rights.
Alex Ben Block of the Hollywood Reporter says former Sony Pictures head Peter Gruber who’s part of the new Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group could bring a new attitude towards marketing the team.
Jon Lafayette of Broadcasting & Cable has Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott calling rights fees for college football are undervalued.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says NESN National is being launched in Indianapolis.
Tim Nudd at Adweek says Chrysler is unveiling four new follow ups to its “Halftime in America” Super Bowl spots during various events this weekend including the NCAA Final Four and Mad Men.
Adweek’s Mike Shields writes ESPN.com is partaking in Facebook’s Open Graph, but with some restrictions.
Jason Del Ray at Advertising Age notes that CBS/Turner brought in its highest sales revenue ever for March Madness Live.
Ronnie Ramos at the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center says March Madness has been enhanced by social media and the digital experience.
The Brothers Yoder at Awful Announcing cast the upcoming Anchorman sequel using ESPN’ers. This is good.
Ben Koo at AA is not a huge fan of the overhead shots employed by CBS/Turner for the NCAA Tournament.
Dan Fogarty at SportsGrid says the Los Angeles Times feels there’s one person who could spoil the new ownership for the Dodgers.
Ahmed Yussuf at EPL Talk gives a first-hand account of following the English Premier League from Australia.
Sports Media Watch says last weekend’s rain-shortened NASCAR on Fox event did not do well in the ratings.
Joe Favorito asks if ‘The Hunger Games” could give archery a boost in time for this summer’s Olympics.
Jason McIntyre at The Big Lead reports that Joe Posnanski is leaving Sports Illustrated.
Ty Duffy at The Big Lead says the potential Fox cable sports network may not knock down ESPN, but could give it a run for its money.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell talks about two rival Hollywood agencies representing Tim Tebow simultaneously.
Bob’s Blitz says WFAN’s Craig Carton browbeat former Tiger Woods swing coach Hank Haney to the point where he hung up.
Brandon Costa of Sports Video Group says CBS returns to New Orleans where it began its Final Four journey 30 years ago.
East and Mid-Atlantic
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe says ESPN MLB analyst Curt Schilling is facing hypocrisy calls after he criticized his former Red Sox team this week.
Chad adds some thoughts on Schilling and on NESN’s Jenny Dell that didn’t make his column.
Bruce Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch writes in SB Nation that a Tiger Woods in contention is good for The Masters® and its TV partners.
Bob Tedeschi of the New York Times reviews this year’s edition of the MLB At-Bat app.
Richard Sandomir from the Times examines the Dodgers sale.
Anthony Riemer of Newsday looks at Jeremy Lin’s lunch with the sacked ESPN.com editor who unwittingly made a racial slur last month.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post feels Fox Sports’ Jimmy Johnson should not be advocating violence. I don’t think he did, Phil, but continue to hate everything, ok?
Justin Terranova of the Post has five questions for former Tennessee and current Sirius XM analyst Bruce Pearl on the Final Four.
The Albany Times Union’s Pete Dougherty has the ESPN MAC football schedule.
Pete has CBS excited about this year’s Final Four.
Jane Kwiatkowski of the Buffalo News says this is a tough time for the local TV sportscast.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call looks at a local PBS documentary on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Laura Nachman says Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia is ready for Phillies baseball.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog says the Fox sitcom “Raising Hope” gave another of many Capitals references.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner talks with MLB Network’s Mitch “Wildi Thing” Williams.
David Barron from the Houston Chronicle writes that the Houston Open should be helped by a lot of interesting storylines.
David says Jim Rome is getting ready for his CBS Sports Network closeup.
David writes that Texans running back Arian Foster is taking his show to the team’s radio flagship station.
In The Oklahoman, Mel Bracht has ESPN’s MLB analysts predicting the upcoming season.
Mel says there will be plenty of baseball available in the Oklahoma City market.
Mel reports a local radio station has flipped to being a full-time ESPN Radio affiliate.
Mel writes that a local radio sports director has been laid off thanks to Clear Channel.
Elton Alexander of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer says New Orleans has provided CBS with plenty of Final Four excitement.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer says a local TV station plans to ride the Kentucky train for as long as possible.
John says a couple of long-time local radio veterans got the ax due to Clear Channel cost cutting.
John writes that a radio documentary on late Cincinnati Reds voice Waite Hoyt airs this weekend.
The Indianapolis Star says Butler coach Brad Stevens will be a guest analyst for CBS on the Final Four.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes the Brewers have extended their radio rights deal with their long-time flagship station.
Bob says a local sportscaster is back to work after a long illness.
Bob tells us that Marquette coach Buzz Williams will also be a guest analyst on CBS this weekend.
Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin writes that CBS loves New Orleans at Final Four time.
Dan Caesar at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says 20 Cardinals games won’t be seen by AT&T U-Verse subscribers this season.
Dan writes that the defending champions Cardinals will be in the national spotlight quite a few times this season.
Jay Posner at the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that Fox Sports San Diego is not optimistic of getting a deal with two cable providers in time for Padres opening day.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star has ESPN’s MLB analysts praising Magic Johnson’s presence with the Dodgers.
Jim was surprised that Kentucky-Louisville wasn’t the nightcap for the Final Four.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says Lakers fans are enjoying having guest analysts on radio broadcasts this season.
Tom talks with Jim Rome about his CBS Sports Network show.
Tom has more on Rome in his blog.
The usually uninformed Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says CBC Sports appears to be rudderless as it heads into a new NHL negotiation.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog has the viewership numbers for Canadian sports television from last week.
And that will conclude the megalinks.
For the last few weeks, we’ve been having issues with the server and some of you have complained to me. Suffice to say that I hope to have this fixed very soon. I will keep you apprised of the situation. In the meantime, thanks for your patience on the matter.
To the links.
We begin with the passing of legendary Atlanta sportswriter Furman Bisher who died Sunday at the age of 93. Even though he had retired from full-time writing in 2009, he continued to write for his old newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as well as his own website. And he was planning to cover The Masters in April.
He covered practically every big sporting event in his 59 years at the AJC and was also instrumental in bringing professional sports to Georgia. Bisher also co-authored Hank Aaron’s autobiography. His career began in 1938 in his native North Carolina and he began with the Journal-Constitution in 1950.
Alexis Stevens of the AJC writes that Bisher passed in his sleep.
Bill King of the AJC says Bisher’s shadow looms large in Atlanta.
Bisher also wrote an occasional column for the Albany (GA) Herald for the last three years and the newspaper also mourns his passing.
He also wrote guest columns for the Newton (GA) Citizen.
The Augusta (GA) Chronicle picks up an Associated Press obituary on Bisher.
Bisher has been inducted into several Halls of Fame including the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame, the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame as well as the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame.
And yes, when news of Bisher’s passing hit, it even trended worldwide on Twitter.
Bisher was a prolific writer even during retirement and was revered by colleagues and athletes. To say he will be missed is an understatement.
To other links now.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today says CBS/Turner’s Clark Kellogg had to miss seeing his son, Nick, playing in the NCAA Tournament in Ohio, and will do so again this weekend.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek writes that regional sports networks are already raking in strong ad sales for the upcoming MLB season.
Stephen Williams from Advertising Age notes that Jeremy Lin has signed an endorsement deal with Volvo which could make him the focus of a campaign in Communist China.
Toni Fitzgerald at Media Life says the NCAA Tournament is off to a strong ratings start.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing has video of CBS/Turner’s Charles Barkley making the obligatory Hardcore Pawn joke. I saw this last night and was in stitches.
The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick is swinging the ax once again.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union says CBS/Turner continue to see ratings increases for the NCAA Tournament.
The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg in the DC Sports Bog notes that the local ESPN Radio affiliate has found a replacement for John Thompson’s show.
Tom Jones at the Tampa Bay Times has his take on the weekend in sports television.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that the city’s two NCAA Tournament team will be on CBS during the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals.
Robert Feder at Time Out Chicago writes about Ed Sherman leaving Crain’s Chicago Business’ sports business and media and launching a new website of his own.
The Denver Post’s Dusty Saunders is enjoying Charles Barkley on the NCAA Tournament.
Jay Posner at the San Diego Union-Tribune says two local sports radio hosts are switching stations.
Tony Jackson at ESPN LA writes about Vin Scully cutting back on broadcasting the Dodgers this season.
Raju Mudhar from the Toronto Star says sports is moving online, but at a snail’s pace.
The Toronto Globe and Mail’s Bruce Dowbiggin says the Blue Jays’ Omar Vizquel is a natural fit for television.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog reviews TSN’s NCAA Tournament coverage.
Jim Weber at Lost Letterman says it’s time to end the Kenny Smith/Charles Barkley experience on the NCAA Tournament.
And I’ll finish it there for now.
I know not many of you will feel it necessary to watch tonight’s FIRST FOUR™ doubleheader of the NCAA Tournament, but I will. Yes, the Tournament doesn’t start in earnest until Thursday, but seeing some postseason college basketball one day after Selection Sunday is always welcome.
Let’s do some links for you.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today talks the fanboys off the ledge, debunking the rumor that Erin Andrews is leaving ESPN.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch has a viewer’s primer for the NCAA Tournament.
Brian Lowry of Variety says longer postseasons help the networks to offset rising fees to sports leagues.
In Baseball Prospectus, the Biz of Baseball’s Maury Brown gives us the real reason why Jeff Moorad pulled his offer to take control of the San Diego Padres and it wasn’t because of the team’s new contract with Fox Sports.
Tim Baysinger of Fox Sports Detroit says the regional sports network’s long-time VP of communications died suddenly over the weekend.
Mike Farrell at Multichannel News writes that sports networks carry the most expensive price tag for cable and satellite providers.
R. Thomas Umstead and Mike Reynolds of Multichannel sit down with YES Network officials to talk about the regional sports network’s 10th anniversary.
Emma Bazilian of Adweek says golf and sports magazines are preparing to cover The Masters®.
Bill Imada at Advertising Age says the frenzy over Linsanity may be fading, but the lessons from that period are still being learned.
Simon Dumenco of AdAge writes that social TV data helped to save a Fox Sports Detroit marketing campaign that seemed doomed from the start.
Diego Vasquez of Media Life speaks with a media researcher about the increased ad inventory for the NCAA Tournament thanks to all the games being made available on TV.
Dan Fogarty of Sports Grid has the video of the national anthem being sung by fans led by the celebrated Timbers Army before last night’s MLS game between the Philadelphia Union and the Portland Timbers. It’s an awesome sight to say the least.
All Access reports that DC sports radio personality Doc Walker is staying with ESPN Radio Washington.
Jack Messmer of the Radio Business Report tells us that a new union contract with NBC gives the rank and file access to NBC Sports Network assignments.
Jerry Barmash of Fishbowl NY writes that a veteran New York sportscaster is retiring after four decades.
Newsday’s Neil Best says ESPN will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark Title IX which brought women’s sports into equal footing with men’s on the collegiate level.
Jonathan Tannenwald of the Philadelphia Inquirer has comments from MLS Commissioner Don Garber and NBC Sports VP Jon Miller about their new partnership.
Tom Jones at the Tampa Bay Times says a local sports radio morning show host called three African American NFL free agents “monkeys”.
A rare Barry Horn sighting for us. In the Dallas Morning News, Barry says the viewership for MLS on NBC Sports Network wasn’t great, but it was up from last year.
Mel Bracht at the Oklahoman notes that Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is fast becoming a TV darling.
John Keating of Fox Sports Detroit remembers the regional sports network’s PR man who passed away last weekend.
Scott D. Pierce at the Salt Lake Tribune reviews the local TV broadcast of Real Salt Lake’s MLS season opener.
Jeff Pearlman talks with former ESPN’er Sean Salisbury
Jeremiah Oshan of SB Nation says MLS’ debut on NBC Sports Network didn’t do well in the ratings, but was better than on its previous home.
And that will wrap it up for today.
Linkage has been scarce around the site this week, but I should be able to get a good set of megalinks in today as we head into NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday. You deserve the links and I thank you for your patience around some server problems this week.
As usual, you can check the Weekend Viewing Picks for all weekend sports and entertainment recommendations.
Let’s get to the linkage.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today profiles ESPN’s bracketologist Joe Lunardi who got a big endorsement from Louisville’s Rick Pitino this week.
Erik Spanberg at Sports Business Journal looks at Major League Soccer hoping for big returns from its new contract with NBC Sports.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch explores NBC’s new approach to airing soccer and reviews ESPN’s new documentary on Magic Johnson.
Karen Hogan at Sports Video Group looks at ESPN’s innovative plans for MLS games this season.
Lindsay Flans of the Hollywood Reporter says A-List celebrities have caught Linsanity fever.
And the Reporter provides a seating chart of where celebrities sit at Madison Square Garden to get a glimpse of Jeremy Lin.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Michael Bradley feels the mid-major conferences sacrifice regular season integrity in exchange for TV exposure with their post-season tournaments.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell is recovering after his alma mater, Northwestern, played its way out of the NCAA Tournament this week.
Joe Favorito says even in this day and age, the little guy can make a splash in sports marketing.
Sports Media Watch has some ratings news and notes.
SMW notes that NBC Sports will replace the departed Wimbledon with the Tour de France this summer.
Ben Koo of Awful Announcing says ESPN Films is suffering from an identity crisis.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says NBC’s innovation in hockey production is now extending to the soccer pitch.
Dave Kohl at the Broadcast Booth isn’t a fan of speculation.
At Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie blog, Dan Devine says Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made a gay joke at Bill Simmons’ expense with him present.
Erik Malinowski of Deadspin says Cuban has apologized for making that remark.
East and Mid-Atlantic
The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn looks at CBS/Turner’s plans for the NCAA Tournament.
Chad notes that a prodigal son is returning to WEEI this weekend.
Boston Sports Media Watch’s Bruce Allen at SB Nation Boston says the Boston Herald will miss Patriots beat reporter Ian Rapoport as he departs for NFL Network.
George Cain at Sports of Boston compares and contrasts the two sports radio stations ratings.
Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette says different generations watch sports differently.
Paul Devlin of the New Canaan (CT) Patch talks with ESPN High Grand Poobah of News Vince Doria.
Newsday’s Neil Best talks with Magic Johnson about ESPN’s documentary on his HIV announcement 20 years ago.
Neil notes the opening of a new Broadway play on the rivalry between Magic and former Boston Celtics star Larry Bird.
Neil says it’s time for our annual search to find truTV for the NCAA Tournament.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post goes after the “gang mentality” in football.
The Post’s Justin Terranova has five questions for NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger.
Jerry Barmash at Fishbowl NY notes that MSG Network is about to unveil a new baseball-centric show.
Chris Boyle at the Merrick (NY) Patch says two alumna of a local high school, now ESPN personalities, made a visit to their old stomping grounds.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union notes that Buffalo Sabres games are back on MSG after a technical glitch prevented fans from seeing their games for two weeks.
Pete talks with Uncle Verne Lundquist of CBS who’s going into his 49th year of broadcasting.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times-Herald Record says a local man has been chosen to take part in this year’s MLB Fan Cave.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call talks with ESPN’s Mike Tirico who says he’ll miss working with Ron Jaworski every Monday Night.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner speaks with tennis Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Chris Evert.
Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer says for the first time, viewers in the ACC footprint can see ESPN’s coverage of the ACC Tournament.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald likes watching the ESPN/ABC NBA studio show.
David Barron at the Houston Chronicle notes that Comcast SportsNet Houston is getting ready for its fall launch.
And David expands on his column on CSN Houston in his blog.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman has a few Sooner State sports media news and notes.
Jeff Moss at Detroit Sports Rag has a field of 64 to decide the Worst Detroit Sports Media Personality.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says CBS and Turner are enjoying their NCAA Tournament partnership.
Ed Sherman at Crain’s Chicago Business has his weekly winners and losers in sports business and media.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reviews the one week experiment of Joe Buck and Tim McKernan co-hosting a radio show that could turn into something bigger down the road.
Dan says don’t expect too many changes for this year’s NCAA Tournament coverage on CBS and Turner Sports.
John Maffei at the North County Times writes that if NCAA Tournament coverage ain’t broke, then CBS and Turner aren’t going to fix it.
John says Fox Sports San Diego is set to launch any day now, provided MLB approves the Padres’ deal to air games on the network.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star says the success of the CBS/Turner NCAA Tournament consortium surprised officials at both companies.
Jim says Peyton Manning’s former coach, Tony Dungy now of NBC, feels San Francisco would be a good fit for him.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News looks at Magic Johnson’s life-changing announcement, 20 years later.
Tom explores how Time Warner Cable will present LA Galaxy games while it’s still in the process of launching its new SoCal regional sports network.
Tom has a few items that didn’t make his weekly media column.
Percy Allen of the Seattle Times notes that ESPN will air next year’s Pac-12 Basketball Championship Game.
Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star says CBC’s Don Cherry and Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke are acting like a couple of spoiled divas in their public spat.
And that’s going to do it for today. Enjoy your sports weekend.
Lots of things to get to today. Couldn’t do the links yesterday. Going to do a big megalink edition for you.
Let’s get cracking, but first, there’s the Weekend Viewing Picks complete with a link to the busy College Basketball Viewing Picks which will be updated throughout the weekend.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand talks with Oscar-winner and ESPN college football analyst Ed Cunningham.
Yesterday, Captain Blowhard, a.k.a Bill Simmons of Grantland interviewed President Obama for his podcast. I haven’t listened to it nor read the transcript as I don’t want to be bothered. Dan Levy of Bleacher Report did and had some problems with it.
Tony Manfred of the Business Insider’s Sports Page lists some writers who were most likely jealous over Simmons’ sitdown with the President.
Sports Business Daily says Captain Blowhard threw a hissy fit this week after Duke refused to issue a credential to one of Grantland’s writers for Saturday’s game against North Carolina.
Tim Baysinger at Broadcasting & Cable writes that NFL Today and Inside the NFL host James Brown will become a special correspondent for CBS News.
Gabriel Beltrone of Adweek writes that Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is pitching Sprint phones.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life says thanks to Super Bowl XLVI, NBC won the February sweeps, marking the third straight year that sports has steered the month.
Ryan Berenz of Channel Guide Magazine writes that NBC Sports Network will be all over a French bicycle race this month.
Maury Brown at the Biz of Baseball says while we know MLB will announce expanded Wild Card Playoff games today, we don’t know which network will air them.
Sam Mamudi of Marketwatch.com writes that the competition among mainstream sports websites is very intense.
Pam Modarelli-Hegner at Sports TV Jobs writes about the types of personalities and egos journalists encounter when interviewing athletes.
Awful Announcing’s Matt Yoder writes in Puck Drunk Love about ESPN’s failure to cover the NHL.
In his regular site, Matt says CNBC’s Darren Rovell assigned his baby daughter several social networking accounts on her first day on earth.
Brady Green at AA has video of the Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia’s very funny impression of ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian that aired on Baseball Tonight.
John Daly at the Daly Planet looks at Showtime’s Inside NASCAR program taking the spring and summer off after one episode this week.
Barry Petchesky over at Deadspin notes that ESPN came up with another potentially racist headline for an Asian-American athlete.
Rachel Margolis at ESPN’s Front Row PR blog talks with college basketball analyst Brooke Weisbrod who has a rather interesting day job that keeps her busy during the work week.
Joe Favorito says President Obama is courting sports fans through the Captain Blowhard podcast.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media reviews the new hockey movie, “Goon.”
Sports Media Watch has some of the ratings from last week’s sports action.
SMW says Jeremy Lin is helping to move the ratings needle for ABC and TNT.
The Tampa Bay Times’ Eric Deggans writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center says a San Diego sports anchor’s criticism of Danica Patrick shows that sexism still exists in sports.
Also in the National Sports Journalism Center, Ronnie Ramos laments how social media has watered down traditional sports journalism.
East and Mid-Atlantic
The Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan talks with ESPN’s college basketball analyst Doris Burke. High praise and I agree. Doris is one of the best.
Chad Finn of the Globe says despite having his original role reduced, Dale Arnold is remaining at WEEI.
Chad has some advice for rookie ESPN MLB analyst Terry Francona.
Boston Sports Media Watch’s Bruce Allen writing in SB Nation Boston says Bill Simmons has had a meteoric rise to stardom.
Bill Doyle at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette says it was the Worcester Sharks’ radio voice who came up with the idea to have popular New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski spike a puck before a game last month.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks back at the 50th anniversary of one of the major milestones in sports that barely was covered by the media at the time.
Newsday’s Neil Best says two ESPN’ers will speak at their high school alma mater next week.
Neil says the Nets are not drawing well on YES.
Neil notes that CBS Sports Network utilizes a husband & wife team for its college hockey games.
The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick mocks the bracketologists handicapping the NCAA Tournament field.
The Post’s Justin Terranova has five questions for NHL on NBC voice Mike Emrick.
Jerry Barmash at Fishbowl NY says MSG Network continues to score with Knicks games.
Jerry reports that former WNBC-TV sports anchor Len Berman is back on TV in NYC.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union notes that NBC Sports Network will air the America’s Cup next year.
Pete says YES is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says NBC Sports Network is adding NHL games to its schedule for the playoff drive.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call writes that a local service provider has snagged the rights to an incoming minor league hockey team.
DCRTV’s Dave Hughes has the latest developments in Baltimore-Washington, DC sports media at Press Box.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle writes that a local sports anchor is recovering from a stroke he suffered last year.
David has a little more on the story in his blog.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman talks with Fox Sports Oklahoma NBA studio analyst Stephen Howard.
Mel has more here with Stephen Howard.
Mel says NBA TV is marking the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points in a game.
The Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Kiesewetter says a movie script has been written about a deaf mute Reds player who changed the way umpires made calls.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wonders if another network will join Fox and TBS in airing the MLB Postseason this year.
Bob says ESPN still leads the way in cable subscriber fees, meaning how much cable and satellite providers are required to pay ESPN per subscriber.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business has his winners and losers in sports business and media.
Ed says a Big Ten Network profile of former Indiana University coach Bob Knight will mostly focus on his achievements and hardly touches on his tumultuous exit.
Paul Christian at the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin notes NBA TV’s documentary on Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says not many Missourians will be able to see local teams in conference tournaments next week.
Dan Caesar of the Salt Lake Tribune writes that BYU is better off an a football independent rather than share money and TV time with other teams when it was part of the Mountain West.
John Maffei at the North County Times says local prep basketball games will be harder to find on local TV this weekend.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star says who knew that product placement would be the big winner during Fox’s airing of the Daytona 500.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times says CBS and MSG Network are considering buy the Dodgers in separate bids in order to get their TV rights.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News looks at how the media covered (barely) Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game 50 years ago today.
Tom has some news and notes this week.
Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star says CBC premieres part two of the movie on Don Cherry’s life this weekend.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail can’t believe how well NHL Trade Deadline coverage does in the ratings.
Bruce says social media has changed sports reporting forever.
And that will do it. Enjoy your weekend.
Let’s provide some links now.
John Ourand and John Lombardo of Sports Business Journal write that local NBA TV ratings are up thus far.
Eric Fisher of SBJ writes that sports arenas have an issue with providing more bandwidth as fans demand wifi access.
Paul White at USA Today says the newly-renamed Miami Marlins are ready for their reality TV closeup.
Mike McCarthy at USA Today says Los Angeles Lakers radio voice John Ireland was busted by Jay Leno’s Show of Hacks for putting on makeup during a game.
Michael O’Connell at the Hollywood Reporter says thanks to the Daytona 500, Fox won Monday night’s ratings over strong network competition.
John Eggerton from Broadcasting & Cable reports on a sports fan lobbying group that’s asking the FCC to end the NFL’s archaic blackout policy.
Toni Fitzgerald from Media Life Magazine says despite lower ratings from last year, the NBA is pleased with the numbers for the All-Star Game.
Mihir Bose of the London (UK) Evening Standard looks at the upcoming bidding for the English Premier League TV rights by talking with an ESPN Europe executive. It’s expected that incumbents Sky Sports and ESPN will have to fend off a heated bid by Al-Jazeera.
Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid says Dan Patrick almost got into a heated exchange with David Letterman last night.
Sports Video Group says ESPNsoccernet has launched a new mobile app.
At Her Campus, Annie Wang talks with a close friend of Jeremy Lin’s on he views Linsanity in Communist China.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says reviews the upcoming ESPN documentary on the 20th anniversary of Magic Johnson’s announcement that he was HIV positive.
Newsday’s Neil Best notes that today ends a long streak for Jeremy Lin.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union says a local radio station will air a handful of Red Sox exhibition games.
Pete says this year’s MAAC Tournament will be online except for the finals.
Ken McMillan at the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says the NBA’s pay per view League Pass package is free for this week.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman notes that Oklahoma City was the 2nd highest rated local market for the NBA All-Star Game.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says rain delay coverage of the Daytona 500 on Sunday scored well in Suds City.
And Bob says Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver is given good odds to win this season’s Dancing with the Stars competition.
Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune says Fox Sports San Diego has tapped a news anchor to become its first-ever Padres studio host.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times talks with ESPN college football analyst Ed Cunningham about winning the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
Bruce Dowbiggin at the Toronto Globe and Mail says Twitter scooped TV in breaking NHL trades yesterday.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog kept track of which Canadian networks RDS, Rogers Sportsnet or TSN broke the trades yesterday.
Ben Koo at Awful Announcing says ESPN ignored the NHL Trade Deadline yesterday.
Ty Duffy at The Big Lead explains why ESPN chose to ignore the deadline.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media declares Rogers Sportsnet the winner in NHL Trade Deadline Day coverage.
In Tennis Space, former player Mark Petchey tells how he became a TV analyst.
Barry Petchesky of Deadspin gets an internal ESPN e-mail about Twitter.
Sports Media Watch looks at the Daytona 500′s ratings.
And that’s going to do it for now.
Let’s do some long overdue linkage for you. It’s been owed big time.
We begin with Mike McCarthy of USA Today who writes that a San Diego sports anchor is in trouble for referring to NASCAR driver Danica Patrick as a “B.”
Michael Hiestand from USA Today says the NBA All-Star Game’s overnight ratings are down from last year.
Michael says Fox did its best to hype Danica Patrick during Sunday’s Daytona 500 rain delay coverage.
John Daly at the Daly Planet is doing yeoman’s work in updating his site on Fox’s plans for the Daytona 500 which is now scheduled to air at 7 p.m. ET.
The Nielsen Wire blog says despite her lack of multiple victories, Danica Patrick remains the most known motorsports driver.
The Associated Press says Fox Sports is looking to extend its current rights deal with NASCAR that will expire in 2014.
Michael Schottey at Bleacher Report has some suggestions on how to improve NFL Scouting Combine coverage.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News writes that Universal Sports has picked up a carriage deal with Dish Network giving the satellite provider “TV Everywhere” rights.
Jeanine Poggi of Advertising Age says CBS/Turner will make a big marketing push for March Madness.
Newsday’s Neil Best talks with new Mets radio voice Josh Lewin.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post finds something to complain about today.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union writes that ESPN has unveiled its primetime ACC football schedule.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog looks at one local anchorman’s thoughts about changing the name of the DC NFL Team.
Skyler Swisher of the Daytona Beach (FL) News-Journal talks with ESPN motorsports pit reporter Jamie Little.
Tom Jones at the Tampa Bay Times looks back at the weekend in sports television.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob Wolfley says the paper’s readers blame ESPN for ruining Ryan Braun’s reputation.
Shane Nyman of the Green Bay Gazette feels ESPN is overgushing over Jeremy Lin.
Dusty Saunders at the Denver Post reviews ESPN’s documentary on Magic Johnson’s announcement that he was HIV Positive.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has your sports calendar for this week.
Andrew Bucholz at Awful Announcing writes about ESPN college football analyst Ed Cunningham winning an Oscar for Best Documentary feature last night.
That will do it for now.
This week is going to be busy for me. I was cleaning out an office for most of the day and it looks like that will be on the agenda for the rest of the month. I’ll do my best to post what I can here. But just know that I may be scarce. I’ll do what I can to post breaking news when I can.
Let’s do some linkage.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today says the NBA on ESPN/ABC crew did not go overboard in covering Sunday’s Dallas-New York Knicks game.
Irving DeJohn and Helen Kennedy of the New York Daily News speak with the ESPN editor who lost his job over the Jeremy Lin headline slur that was seen on the network’s mobile site.
Ole Skaar and Helen Kennedy of the Daily News have Jeremy Lin forgiving and forgetting about the ESPN.com headline.
Ty Duffy from The Big Lead feels ESPNews anchor Max Bretos who was suspended for a month by the Alleged Worldwide Leader in reference to Jeremy Lin, got too harsh a punishment.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times also writes about ESPN’s actions in the wake of the Jeremy Lin headline.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo has Lin appealing to the Taiwanese media to leave his relatives alone.
Patrick Burns at Deadspin has ESPN SportsCenter going way overboard in Jeremy Lin mentions last week. That’s not good at all.
Paul Bond of the Hollywood Reporter has Glen Beck going after ESPN and ABC for the Max Bretos suspension.
Mike Silva at Sports Media Watchdog feels ESPN overreacted.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch interviews Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel and ESPN’s Michelle Beadle
Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand has the full joint statement from MSG Network and Time Warner Cable in regards to their agreement.
In this week’s SBJ issue, John writes that NBC Sports Network’s ratings are off to a slow start.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says MSG Network will take viewers inside the World’s Most Famous Arena’s Phase I renovation.
Tim Nudd of Adweek writes that M&M’s won the YouTube 2012 Super Bowl Ad Blitz.
Rich Thomaselli of Advertising Age writes that sponsors are knocking on Jeremy Lin’s door, hoping he will endorse their products.
Ryan Berenz from Channel Guide magazine talks with CBS/Golf Channel’s David Feherty.
It’s no secret that the New York Post’s Phil Mushnick hates the WWE.
The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman speculates that ESPN jettisoned Ron Jaworski from Monday Night Football in case Peyton Manning becomes available.
Thanks to Sports Radio Interviews for the link.
The Washington Examiner’s Jim Williams talks with TNT’s Shaquille O’Neal and ESPN’s Jon Barry about the Wizards.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times reviews the weekend in sports television.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel speaks with Frank Deford about his new memoir.
Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post notes the rise of Linsanity.
Tom Hoffarth at the Los Angeles Daily News has the sports schedule for this week.
Bruce Dowbiggin at the Toronto Globe and Mail explores the policy of NHL teams that allow reporters to fly on their private planes with the players.
Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star looks at the ugly side of Linsanity.
Sports Media Watch notes the overnight ratings for the NASCAR Budweiser Shooting on Fox were up from last year.
SMW says the first half of NBC’s Hockey Day in America did well.
And that will do it.
ESPN has announced disciplinary action against the person responsible for the Asian slur on the network’s mobile site and ESPNews anchor Max Bretos who used the same phrase earlier in the week.
ESPN won’t name the headline writer, but needless to say that person has been fired. Bretos has been suspended for a month. ESPN says a person who used the same slur on its New York radio affiliate last week is not a company employee and will not be disciplined.
Here’s the official statement from ESPN.
Follow-up Statement and Action
At ESPN we are aware of three offensive and inappropriate comments made on ESPN outlets during our coverage of Jeremy Lin.
Saturday we apologized for two references. We have since learned of a similar reference Friday on ESPN Radio New York.
The incidents were separate and different. We have engaged in a thorough review of all three and have taken the following action:
- The ESPN employee responsible for our Mobile headline has been dismissed.
- The ESPNEWS anchor has been suspended for 30 days.
- The radio commentator is not an ESPN employee.
We again apologize, especially to Mr. Lin. His accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN. Through self-examination, improved editorial practices and controls, and response to constructive criticism, we will be better in the future.
More later if news warrants.
Looks like I’ll be out for most of the day today. Avoided my day being planned for me on Saturday, but not on Sunday.
Multichannel News looks at NBC Sports Group’s Hockey Day in America coverage.
Kent Gibbons of Multichannel writes that Fuse which was dropped by Time Warner Cable ahead of its dispute with MSG Network, has been restored.
Aaron Couch at the Hollywood Reporter says ESPN has had to apologize for an Asian slur on its mobile site.
The Asian American Journalists Association is glad ESPN apologized, but is disappointed the slur was put up in the first place.
Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes couldn’t believe ESPN went there with Jeremy Lin.
Glenn Davis of SportsGrid says Saturday Night Live tackled the Jeremy Lin issue with some inappropriate Asian humor.
Kansas City sportscaster Herbie Teope provides his reaction to the Jeremy Lin slur on ESPN.com.
Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times writes in the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center that Super Bowl XLVI set a new standard in broadcasting.
Joe Favorito says Hockey Weekend in America is gathering momentum.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes that ESPN apologized twice in regard to Jeremy Lin.
Phil Mushnick at the New York Post wants Nicki Manaj nowhere near the NBA.
That’s it for now. Time for me to head out. Day’s planned for me behind my back again.
The last thing I wanted to wake up to this morning was reaction to racist headlines regarding Jeremy Lin, but that’s what we have on this Saturday. I’ve already written a post about it and I’ve given my opinion about the incident already. I’ll give ESPN the benefit of the doubt feeling the headline was unintentional, but let this be a lesson to other news organizations who are trying to be cute with puns or creative.
Mike McCarthy says ESPN has apologized for the headline.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reacts to ESPN’s actions following the posting of the headline.
Ben Koo at Awful Announcing says even if the incident was unintentional, it was still inexcusable to allow the headline to get through.
Media Rantz says this is not the first time that an ESPN platform has used “chink in the armor” in a Jeremy Lin story.
Patty Hsieh at Aery’s Sports’ The Pigskin March site sums up the feeling of what many Asians like myself are thinking today.
Sports Media Watch has some context to the ESPN.com Jeremy Lin headline.
The Angry Asian Man blog has its reaction.
Now to other stories.
Tragic story. The son of Fox Sports’ Chris Myers was killed this week in a car accident and it will keep Myers from his NASCAR duties.
Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel says the Pac-12 Conference is hoping its in-house network will break TV barriers.
Todd Cunningham of The Wrap notes that the NBA’s TV partners can’t go crazy and add New York Knicks games this season.
Awful Announcing’s Matt Yoder looks at yesterday’s Twitter feud between CNBC’s Darren Rovell and the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir.
Speaking of Richard, he and Howard Beck team up for a story in the Times about the resolution of the dispute between MSG Network and Time Warner Cable.
Nina Mandell of the New York Daily News says there was intervention among state and NBA officials to end the MSG/Time Warner Cable dispute.
The New York Post’s Claire Atkinson and Andy Soltis write about what brought MSG and Time Warner Cable back to the table.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union has MSG’s official statement on the resolution.
Pete has Time Warner’s statement as well.
Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that ESPN’s ratings for college basketball are up.
Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press chronicles College GameDay’s visit to the Michigan campus.
John Daly of the Daly Planet has a recap of some NASCAR media issues going into its first real weekend of the season.
John Singler of the Motor Racing Network talks about the first online streaming of NASCAR this season.
That’s going to be it for today.
From the “What Were They Thinking?” Department, someone at ESPN put a “Chink in the Armor” headline at its mobile and tablet site for Jeremy Lin’s first loss. While it was not visible at its desktop site, many people saw it and quickly put screengrabs on Twitter.
The headline was removed, but not after an uproar ensued. I’m sure a statement is being crafted by ESPN on this matter.
And Guyism points out that this isn’t the first time at ESPN a “Chink in the armor” reference was used regarding Jeremy Lin this week.
I’m going to give ESPN the benefit of the doubt that this was unintentional, but as someone who’s been called “chink” growing up, this is very offensive. The network has to be very careful in the future.
UPDATE, 9:08 a.m.: ESPN has issued a statement apologizing for the headline.
Statement on New York Knicks Jeremy Lin Headline
Last night, ESPN.com’s mobile web site posted an offensive headline referencing Jeremy Lin at 2:30 am ET. The headline was removed at 3:05 am ET. We are conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologize for this mistake.
Hopefully, this is the last we have to hear of this.
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: ESPN has also issued this apology in regard to Max Bretos’ using “Chink in the armor” on ESPNews Wednesday. It was read on the air by anchor Jorge Andres at 12:35 p.m. today.
ESPNEWS Apology Regarding Jeremy Lin Question
Wednesday night on ESPNEWS, an anchor used an inappropriate word in asking a question about Jeremy Lin. ESPN apologizes for the incident, and is taking steps to avoid this in the future.
UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: Here’s the video of the apology that aired on SportsCenter this afternoon.
Let’s do your media megalinks since last week you did not get any.
Hard to believe that college baseball, college lacrosse and NASCAR seasons are starting up, but they are and they’re included in the Weekend Viewing Picks along with the regular Golf, NBA, NHL, Skiing, Soccer, Tennis and Entertainment recommendations.
To your links now.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today says Jeremy Lin will make his nationwide broadcast network debut this weekend.
Tim Baysinger from Broadcasting & Cable notes that Floyd Mayweather’s next pay per view fight has been set by HBO for the spring.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News writes that Jeremy Lin continues to drive the MSG Network ratings engine.
Mike Shields of Adweek looks at CBS/Turner Sports’ plans to charge to view the NCAA Tournament online.
Ted Johnson of Variety talks with Ken Solomon of Tennis Channel on his ongoing battle to get a better footing with Comcast.
Michael Bradley at the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center says the Jeremy Lin media coverage is over the top.
Sports Media Watch notes the increased viewership for the NHL on NBC Sports Network.
SMW says Pardon the Interruption’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon have lent their voices to a Disney XD cartoon series.
Andy Hall at ESPN Front Row PR blog celebrates the 5th anniversary of NASCAR’s return to the network.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell speaks with Jeremy Lin’s agent.
Andrew Bucholtz writing his first article for Awful Announcing looks at the reaction to Jeremy Lin in Canada.
Mat Yoder at AA says the ratings for last weekend’s Pebble Beach National Pro-Am show fans are still interested in Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
Joe Favorito explores the steady growth of college lacrosse.
Mark J. Miller of Brandchannel says NASCAR fans don’t like it when drivers juggle sponsor logos throughout the Sprint Cup season.
The Big Lead has ESPN’s Erin Andrews out and about during New York’s Fashion Week.
Chris Chase at Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner notes that ESPN has been coaching Jon Gruden to use his words judiciously.
Harrison Mooney of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy says Jeremy Lin’s drawing power might indirectly benefit the New York Rangers, Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils which have been missing from Time Warner Cable systems in addition to the Knicks.
David B. Wilkerson at MarketWatch wonders if the MSG/Time Warner Cable feud will eventually push sports into a premium tier.
East and Mid-Atlantic
The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn gets some advice for new NESN Red Sox field reporter Jenny Dell from MSG’s Tina Cervasio.
At SB Nation Boston, Bruce Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch pays tribute to Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan who announced he’s retiring after the London Olympics.
Surviving Grady has a podcast with Jen Royle.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks at the new charge for viewing the NCAA Tournament online.
Richard writes about the increased ratings for Knicks games since Jeremy Lin arrived on the scene.
Phil Mushnick at the New York Post is in rare form today even for him.
Brett Cyrgalis of the Post has five questions for CBS college basketball analyst Bill Raftery.
The Post’s David Seifman reports that the New York City Council is pressuring MSG Network and Time Warner Cable to work out a deal.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News writes that ESPN bumped tonight’s Hornets-Knicks game not realizing it would be another opportunity to showcase Jeremy Lin.
Jerry Barmash from Fishbowl NY has reaction from various NYC sports anchors to the death of former Mets catcher Gary Carter.
Mike Silva at the Sports Media Watchdog feels hockey coverage in New York is woefully inadequate.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union writes that a local sports TV reporter received a New York Emmy nomination.
Pete lists his top studio analysts.
DCRTV’s Dave Hughes has the latest in Baltimore-Washington DC sports media news in Press Box.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog has a clip of Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon as cartoon characters.
Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner says talks with sports business writer Evan Weiner about the NFL’s antiquated blackout rules.
Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald has some thoughts on Shaquille O’Neal’s rookie season at TNT and ESPN’s decision to remove Ron Jaworski from Monday Night Football.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says the Astros plan to bring in former players to their radio booth to celebrate the team’s 50th season.
Mel Bracht at the Daily Oklahoman notes the first network appearance of Jeremy Lin is this Sunday.
The Detroit Free Press notes that all of the Tigers games will be on TV this season.
Bob Wolfey of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Dick Enberg told a captive audience at Marquette University about the art of the pause and when to use it in broadcasting.
Ed Sherman at Crain’s Chicago Business has his weekly winners and losers in sports business and media.
To the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin where Paul Christian writes that Fox Sports North will be all over the Minnesota Twins this season.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Cardinals have mostly put the kybosh on late afternoon games at Busch Stadium this season.
Dan says a local sports radio host is recovering after undergoing heart bypass surgery.
Jay Posner at the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that the new Fox Sports San Diego is set to launch next month.
Jay writes the San Diego Padres stand to double their rights fees from Fox as compared to Cox a year ago.
John Maffei at the North County Times says the official announcement between Fox Sports San Diego carrying the Padres is due any time now.
At the Ventura County Star, Jim Carlisle says NBC and the NHL have become very good partners.
Jim feels ESPN should not have jettisoned Ron Jaworski from Monday Night Football.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times notes that ESPN college football analyst Ed Cunningham is up for a Best Documentary Oscar.
Bill Shakin of the Times says Frank McCourt’s legal problems are holding up Fox’s announcement with the Padres.
Tom Hoffarth from the Los Angeles Daily News recaps a lecture from three noted network broadcasters discussing TV coverage of the Olympics.
And that’s going to conclude the megalinks for today.
Ok, going to attempt some linkage here. Quite busy, but I’ll try to sneak some stuff for you.
Eric Fisher of Sports Business Daily looks at the new $3.99 charge for the new March Madness Live app for the NCAA Tournament.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel News/Broadcasting & Cable also writes about the new March Madness Live app.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch talks with ESPN’s Ron Jaworski about being removed from the Monday Night Football booth.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio has the impression that ESPN’s Jon Gruden didn’t agree with the decision to take Jaws out of the MNF booth.
Former New York Times columnist George Vecsey is now on Twitter and he’s a bit apprehensive about it.
Glenn Davis at SportsGrid is confused about yesterday’s Colin Cowherd interview with Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit cover girl Kate Upton.
Timothy Burke at Deadspin has audio of CNBC’s Darren Rovell explaining his Valentine Day’s proposal to Kate Upton.
Maury Brown at the Biz of Baseball says not every local MLB deal is equal and fair.
Adweek has a video with NASCAR CEO Brian France on the upcoming Sprint Cup season.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine says thanks to the Super Bowl, NBC leads the February sweeps by a 2-1 margin over CBS.
Sam Eifling of The Big Lead talks with a Memphis sports radio host who kept grinding and has been rewarded with national recognition.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Ronnie Ramos talks about how to maximize your Facebook and Twitter strategies.
Also at the National Sports Journalism Center, Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times cautions traditional media about falling into prejudicial traps when writing about Jeremy Lin.
Karen Hogan of Sports Video Group explains the logistics for CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says one sporting goods chain is going all in for Jeremy Lin.
Kevin Lincoln at the Business Insider’s Sports Page notes that Time Warner Cable is sending out small refund checks for those missing MSG Network.
WEEI’s Kirk Minihane lists the best and worst Boston TV announcers.
The Boston Herald’s Inside Track found Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez going through the ESPN “Car Wash” yesterday.
To the Worcester Telegram & Gazette where Bill Doyle gets Comcast SportsNet Celtics sideline reporter Greg Dickerson to talk about epilepsy and Tourette syndrome which have plagued him.
Over to the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir who looks into ESPN’s Monday Night Football personnel move.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union has the New York Mets Spring Training TV schedule.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record posts the Yankees Spring Training TV and Radio schedules.
Ed Barkowitz at the Philadelphia Daily News says Jaws being taken off Monday Night Football doesn’t mean the end for him at ESPN.
From the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg says DirecTV has added Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic’s overflow channel in HD, finally.
Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner says a two man booth will benefit Monday Night Football.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times writes that local sports radio talk show host is out of a job today.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says Astros voice Milo Hamilton may be retiring after this season, but the team won’t be losing him altogether.
The Houston Astros website has an entire section devoted to Hamilton’s career including some of his most famous radio calls.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the Brewers will be featured at least six times on Fox’s Saturday baseball package.
Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times says the NHL finally has a TV partner which is fully promoting the league.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has reaction to Bob Ryan’s announced retirement from the Boston Globe.
Barry Wilner at the San Jose Mercury News gets some details of the new Pac-12 Network from league commissioner Larry Scott.
Blogs and reporters are constantly receiving public relations pitches. Here’s one regarding Jeremy Lin and it’s a bit over the top.
Sports Media Watch notes that the 2012 MLB on Fox schedule is reduced from last year due to the 2012 Olympics.
SMW says Golf Channel set a ratings record last Sunday.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog has the sports TV viewership numbers for last week.
Mike Silva of the Sports Media Watchdog has a review of the new CBS Radio Mike Francesa Show app.
Joe Favorito says the Phoenix Suns are using the Samsung Galaxy tablet on the sidelines.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media has the numbers for the NHL on NBC Sports Network from early this week.
Ben Koo at Awful Announcing notes that ESPN is not tiring of the Jeremy Lin overkill.
Lou Clinton at 38 Cliches is rooting for former Red Sox announcer Jerry Trupiano.
And that’s where we’ll end it. Enjoy your Thursday.