The hot rumor in the press box last night at Fenway Park was that Greater Media Boston/WBOS and the Red Sox have come to a deal to broadcast the Red Sox games starting next spring. This morning, Scott Van Voorhis and Jesse Noyes in the Herald report that a deal is close between the two sides.

Obviously if this comes about it would make for a long, painful season on WEEI this summer. The repercussions beyond that would be huge. But, WEEI would then be able to have the chance to prove that their ratings success is truly due to the prodigious talent of the personalities at the station, and not because they are the home to Red Sox baseball on the radio.

Of course, it’s not done yet, and I would expect WEEI/Entercom to make at least one last huge offer to try and keep the rights.

The Red Sox dropped a 5-1 decision last night to nemesis (Every team in the AL East has one) Scott Kazmir and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Get the links at the Red Sox Daily Links page.

David Scott went inside the Red Sox press box and clubhouse earlier this week for one of the games with Tampa Bay and reports on what he saw.

Just a reminder, if you had planned on sending me an article to run while I’m away in May, I’m going to need those by the middle of next week. I need time to go over them and schedule them in the queue to post.

Dan Shaughnessy looks at Larry Bird lending his name to a wine label.

Steve Bulpett has a season-ending report card for the Celtics. Shira Springer says that developing the young players is the top priority for the Celtics this offseason. Shalise Manza Young goes over her opinions of the team at the start of the season and compares them to the team that ended the season. Mike Fine looks at the positive vibes for the future of the Celtics. Bill Doyle says that just about everything the Celtics did this season was geared towards preparing for the future. Next year they won’t be able to do that. Fine’s notebook looks at possible roster changes in the offseason.

Eric McHugh looks at Bill Belichick’s assesment of the offseason thus far. Mark Farinella previews the quarterbacks available in the draft. Glen Farley looks at the Patriots in team-building mode. McHugh’s notebook tries to read between the lines of Belichick’s press conference on the draft.

Check back later for media links and notes…