Friday Megalinkage, Part II

I’m back with Part 2 of the megalinks. We’ll continue with some additional national links, then pick up where we left off with the Midwest region.

National

Joe Favorito takes a look at how traditional news outlets can remain afloat in these tough times.

The Sports Media Watch wonders if the NBA is truly in trouble. But even with the NBA’s credit woes, their ratings were solid for the Suns-Celtics game. The SMW notes that the NHL’s ratings are still on their way up. SMW says the Northern Trust Open got the PGA Tour’s highest ratings since Tiger Woods left last year due to injury.

Maury Brown at the Biz of Baseball says the Los Angeles Dodgers are offering 11 Spring Training games for free on its website.

David Tankefsky of Broadcasting & Cable writes about HBO’s first foray into live tennis since it lost Wimbledon in 1999.

Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News says Tiger Woods delivered ratings for Golf Channel on Thursday. Mike writes that YES Network saw record ratings for Yankees Spring Training as fans wanted to see Alex Rodriguez.

Midwest

Marc Katz of the Dayton Daily News writes about ESPN’s latest silly gimmick that was ignored by this blogger.

Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has ESPN baseball analysts’ assessment of the Brewers.

In Chicago, Bulls fans are mourning the deaths of Johnny “Red” Kerr and Norm Van Lier. Both men died within hours of each other and both men became broadcasters for the team.

Melissa Issacson and K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune write that Van Lier died at home on Thursday.

Melissa writes that Kerr was a beloved ambassador for the Bulls.

Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business writes about his last interview with Van Lier. Ed also remembers Kerr.

Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin says fans will have a chance to watch two local athletes in action this weekend.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes about a new sports talk radio partnership. Dan has the Cardinals spring training radio and TV schedule.

West

Rocky Mountain News media critic Dusty Saunders writes about the death of his beloved Rocky. Rocky Mountain News sports columnist Bernie Lincicome says sports in Denver will go on, but without the RMN. There’s an entire section devoted to the end of the Rocky Mountain News.

Scott Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News writes that the mtn. has become quite popular with out-of-state Mountain West Conference fans.

Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune pleads with NBC to not go overboard with Tiger Woods mentions this weekend.

John Maffei of the North County Times says thanks to the MLB Network, there will be plenty of Spring Training games to watch.

Jim Carlisle in the Ventura County Star says the Tiger stimulus won’t help NBC this weekend.

The Los Angeles Times’ Diane Pucin writes that NBC won’t let us forget about Tiger.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says Jim Rome kept his streak of guests named Rex alive this week. Tom talks with the voice of the minor league Lancaster JetHawks and also lists his best and worst play-by-play men in L.A. Tom has his weekly media news and notes. Tom asks for reader votes on the best and worst play-by-play men.

Jeff Faraudo of the San Jose Mercury News talks with ESPN’s Jay Bilas about the Cal basketball team.

And that concludes Part II of the megalinks.

About Ken Fang

A former award-winning radio reporter, Ken Fang lives in Rhode Island and blogs at Fang's Bites and Fang's Bites at BSMW. You can also follow him on Twitter and Facebook. In addition to sports media, he is addicted to The Amazing Race and Mad Men.

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