Providing The Tuesday Linkage

by Ken Fang on April 20, 2010

Let’s do the Tuesday linkage. Tonight is going to be busy with the NFL regular season release so expect plenty of posts with your schedule. It’s going to be rather crazy from 7 – 9 tonight so be ready to see schedules galore here. And I’ll also provide you with various insight on the whole thing.

Time for linkage though and let’s go to it.

Starting with Sports Business Daily and a look at the bidding for the next NHL US TV contract, plus some ratings news.

Michael Hiestand of USA Today analyzes some of the ratings from this weekend’s sports action.

Dan Levy of On The DL and Andy Hutchins square off in the Sporting News’ Sporting Blog over the competing NFL Draft broadcasts this week.

Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News writes that the NFL Network will be all over the regular season release tonight.

Alex Weprin of Broadcasting & Cable reports that CBS Sports is planning a live online show that will run during the NFL Draft. 

Diego Vasquez from Media Life Magazine says The Masters high ratings were not lost on NBC and it’s a reason why the U.S. Open will be aired in primetime this year.

David Goetzl of Mediapost says NBC has discovered a harmonic convergence of TV and handheld devices during its Olympics coverage this year. 

Joe Favorito says it’s only natural for the NFL to move its Draft to primetime to make it a big event.

Ronald Blum of the Associated Press says ESPN is hoping that the World Cup will kick off a soccer boom in the US. 

CNBC’s Darren Rovell explains why sports franchises still worry about marijuana use by their players.

Owen Gibson of the London (UK) Guardian says the executive who helped ESPN UK get the rights for the English Premier League and establish a foothold in the British TV market is now leaving the company.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News is intrigued by Kenny Albert’s will power during the 20 inning Mets-Cardinals marathon on Saturday.

The Albany Times-Union’s Pete Dougherty goes over some of the winners of the New York Emmys on Sunday.

Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News says Sabres fans were angry they couldn’t see last night’s game against the Bruins in HD due to NHL blackout rules.

Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call raves about HBO’s upcoming documentary on the 1973-75 Philadelphia Flyers.

Keith has some additional thoughts on sports TV in his blog.

Jonathan Tamari of the Philadelphia Inquirer says E:60 delves into two area shootings that involved former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison. 

Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says the Canadiens-Capitals series is setting ratings records in Canada.

Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times notes that former Tampa Lightning coach Rick Tocchet is now working the studio in Philadelphia.

Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel says there’s a limited edition Dwayne Wade set of DJ headphones made just in time for the NBA Playoffs.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman notes that former Sooner QB Sam Bradford has been making the rounds on various national media outlets in anticipation of the NFL Draft.

John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer looks forward to listening to Marty Brennaman and his son, Thom call tonight’s Dodgers-Reds game on radio.

Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business says the Bears had to move their NFL Draft party to when
they actually had a pick since they don’t go until the 3rd round.

And Ed says the Bears are awaiting word on their schedule, just like everyone else.

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at some of the money paid to some of the Bucks who aren’t playing in the playoffs.

Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Minnesota Vikings have changed their flagship TV station for the exhibition season.  

Michael Barnes of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat says the NFL Draft has become a big deal for ESPN. 

Tom Hoffarth from the Los Angeles Daily News says the unveiling of the statue of late Lakers voice Chick Hearn will be aired and streamed live today.

The angry William Houston asks if CBC chose the wrong playoff series to air.

William says Sports Illustrated is investigating whether the NHL covered up an investigation into steroids use among the Washington Capitals.

Sports Media Watch says the NBA Playoffs are off to a good start on TNT.

Steve Lepore at Puck The Media notes that Versus is getting better ratings with the Caps-Canadiens series over its marquee Ottawa-Pittsburgh matchup.

Steve says Versus and TSN are off to blistering starts for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

A.J. Perez at Fanhouse speaks to Versus President Jamie Davis about the NHL, MMA and other topics.

SportsbyBrooks asks if its worth it for Erin Andrews to be in Dancing With The Stars while in the midst of dealing with serious death threats.

Lauren Hatch of Business Insider looks at Chris Berman’s decision to stay with ESPN.

Lynn Hoppes of ESPN.com talks with the executive producer of ESPN Films about the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival which starts tomorrow.

Jesse Chula at EPL Talk compares ESPN’s and Fox Soccer Channel’s presentation of the English Premier League.

Dave Kohl at the Major League Programs blog says it’s best for MLB to stop the number 42 business on Jackie Robinson Day. 

That’s going to do us for today.

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