Here are the weekly sports media columns from around the country.
Susan Bickelhaupt has Tina Cervasio getting thrown right into the fire when she joined NESN last season. Bill Doyle looks at former Duke and NBA player Mike Gminski doing analysis for CBS in the NCAA tournament. Ernie Clark has WVOM replacing WZON as the home for all University of Maine football and hockey games beginning with the 2007-08 season. John Howell has a look at the announcers for ESPN’s coverage of the women’s NCAA tournament, a field that only includes three female lead voices.
Phil Mushnick works in a Chip Hilton reference while talking about Jim Boeheim’s appearance on WFAN after Syracuse was left out of the NCAA tournament. Pat Reichart has John Kruk in leather for an ESPN commercial promoting fantasy baseball. He also has five questions with ABC/ESPN NBA voice Mike Breen. Neil Best has a look at CBS’ first day of NCAA coverage.
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Michael Hiestand examines the CBS coverage from yesterday. Bob Smizik reports that interest and ratings for the NCAA tournament is declining. Jim Williams has an all-encompassing guide to March Madness. Laura Nachman reports on former MLB catcher John Marzano landing a gig on MLB.com as a full time analyst. Chris Zelkovich notes that Canadian TV networks are showing 32 hours of US college basketball playoffs this weekend and only about 4 of the Canadian championshps, even though the Canadian games draw comparable audiences to the NCAA version.
Barry Jackson says that CBS made a few odd choices in games and assignments for yesterday’s programming. Dave Darling has Billy Packer topping his list of 10 announcers we love to hate. David Barron says there is an explanation for the Rockets lower TV ratings on FSN Houston. Barry Horn notes how reaching new heights on the court for the Mavericks has translated into new heights in the number of eyeballs glued to sets.
Judd Zulgad notes that WCCO, despite not airing the Twins games this season, will still have a very strong Twins presence with former manager Tom Kelly doing a post game show. Bob Wolfley says that Billy Packer is a polarizing figure in his 26th tournament for CBS. Ed Sherman isn’t so impressed with NCAA streaming on the web. Dan Caesar has Packer and Jim Nantz changing their stance on mid-majors. Teddy Greenstein has former coach Tom Brennan taking a Vermont loss hard while serving as an ESPN analyst.
Larry Stewart has a look at a few glitches marring CBS’ online coverage of the NCAA. Tom Hoffarth has more on watching college basketball from your office computer. Stewart’s notebook has Clyde Drexler getting ready for Dancing With The Stars. Jim Carlisle notes that more employers are embracing the NCAA bracket pools in the office. Joe Davidson says that calling four games in a day is a test for even the most seasoned announcer. John Maffei has Ted Leitner, who announces the Padres as well as San Diego State football and basketball for XX Sports Radio, talking about his hectic schedule. Jay Posner has Darren Smith, also of XX, talking about whether hosts on a team’s flagship station should be all positive about the team.