With competitor CNN/SI out of business, and FoxSports Net floundering, ESPN continues to grow. Richmond Times-Dispatch Columnist Jerry Lindquist notes that for the fourth straight year ESPN has exercised it’s option to raise the cost per subscriber by 20%. That means of your monthly cable bill, over $2.00 of it goes directly to ESPN. Whether you watch it or not.

Bob Cousy appeared on WEEI this morning, again says that Paul Pierce is a Hall-of-fame level player, and that Antoine has the skills, but needs to develop a second and third gear. He lauded the job Jim O’Brien has done, that he has made adjustments throughout his tenure, rather than insisting on one way to do things. (A veiled shot at a former coach there) He’s very excited to have the Celtics deep in the playoffs again.