The linkage is back again. And after this, I hope to do the grade for the latest 24 episode. I’m still dreading watching it knowing what happens at the end, but I’ve been doing the grades throughout the season and there’s no reason to stop now. That will come up later today.
First your linkage and here’s what we have.
Starting with USA Today’s Michael Hiestand who says TNT and ESPN will pull out the technological stops for the NBA Playoffs.
Sean Leahy of USA Today says the NFL regular season schedule will be released next week, just before the NFL Draft.
Michael J. Miller from PC Magazine tells us how 3-D will change sports broadcasting.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell talks about one of Ben Roethlisberger’s sponsors dropping him following his legal troubles.
Darren says that logo toast might be the next big thing for sports fans.
Darren finds that the New Orleans Saints are the top selling NFL merchandise team.
And Darren looks at how quickly a picture of Masters champion Phil Mickelson at Krispy Kreme donuts spread across the internet.
Alex Weprin of Broadcasting & Cable writes about a new satirical sports series from The Onion premiering on cable next year.
David Bauder of the Associated Press says sports have steered CBS to higher ratings this year.
David S. Cohen of Variety says the World Cup is another step in the evolution of 3-D TV.
David Goetzl of Mediapost says ESPN and TNT are taking different approaches to streaming live NBA playoff games.
Roger Catlin of the Hartford Courant says ESPN is pulling out some musical heavy hitters for its coverage of the World Cup.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks at the ratings for The Masters on CBS.
Pete Dougherty from the Albany Times Union says Tiger Woods failed to provide on his promise to change on on-course behavior.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette is not a fan of John Sterling’s home run calls.
Bob Cohn of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says the NHL and its broadcast partners are still trying to gauge the post-Olympics bump, if any.
In a related note, the Pittsburgh Penguins have set a ratings record on FSN Pittsburgh.
Tim Lemke talks with Anaheim Angels TV voice Victor Rojas about Yakcy, his new social network. And Victor will be a guest on the Sports Media Weekly Podcast today.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner feels DC sports radio stations should step up their talk on the Capitals now that the NHL Playoffs are about to begin.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News has video of a local sports anchor being critical of his own station running video of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at a bar and recorded without his knowledge. The video originally appeared on Deadspin.
Mel Bracht of the Oklahoman has comments from TNT’s Charles Barkley on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has Charles Barkley and his TNT colleague Doug Collins talking about the Bucks’ chances in the NBA Playoffs.
Guillermo Rivera of Chicago Now says the MLS’ Chicago Fire have announced a rights deal with Comcast SportsNet.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail writes that because Washington and Pittsburgh are playing Canadian teams in the first round of the NHL Playoffs, NBC is ignoring both teams.
The Sports Media Watch has the final ratings for The Masters on CBS.
SMW notes that the NHL on Versus’ ratings declined for the first time since the channel took over the cable contract. A lot of that might have had to do with DirecTV not carrying Versus for most of the season.
SMW also has the weekend overnight ratings.
Christopher Byrne at Eye on Sports Media is critical of Jim Nantz for being critical of Tiger Woods’ language at The Masters.
Lenny Schulman of Bloodhorse has the ratings for the final Kentucky Derby prep races.
Joe Favorito feels college baseball is losing out on plenty of branding opportunities.
That will do it for us today.