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Let’s do the Weekend Viewing Picks.

NBA All-Star Weekend and the Daytona 500 dominate the sports landscape this weekend. TNT has the entire NBA All-Star Weekend and it begins with the Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam tonight at 9. Then NBA All-Star Saturday which includes the Three Point Shootout and the Slam Dunk competitions will air at 8:30 p.m. The following night, the All-Star Game takes place at 8:30 p.m.

The Daytona 500 begins the 2009 NASCAR season and Fox has it starting its coverage at 2 p.m. with the race starting an hour later.

The Bruins are in Nashville Saturday night at 8. The NHL on NBC’s flex game is Philadelphia at the New York Rangers at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

College basketball is steaming towards the conference tournaments and Boston College hosts Duke Sunday night at 5:30. Hopefully NESN won’t have technical difficulties as it did in January when it carried BC’s upset of North Carolina. The ESPN family of networks has a whole slew of games including Ohio State at Wisconsin, Saturday night at 9. The College Basketball Viewing Picks contain the entire national and regional schedule.

HBO has three bouts on Boxing After Dark beginning at 10 p.m.

The PGA Tour continues its West Coast Swing at Pebble Beach with the National Pro-Am on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The LPGA which this week signed a 10 year deal with Golf Channel will have the SBS Open televised on its new home Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

And if you want to keep track of Lance Armstong’s comeback, Versus has coverage of the Tour of California on Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m.

You can check out my entire Weekend Viewing Picks including primetime TV here.

Now to your links.


USA Today’s Michael Hiestand goes inside TNT’s 3-D production of NBA All-Star Saturday Night which will be available in 80 movie theaters nationwide.

Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says despite his admission for using steroids, ESPN will use Alex Rodriguez in its campaign to promote the World Baseball Classic.

The Big Lead is surprised that ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd is singing the blog’s praises, almost two years to the day after he caused it to shut down.

Awful Announcing noticed that ESPN Radio is trying to make peace with blogs.

The Sports Media Watch says Wednesday’s North Carolina-Duke game drew solid ratings for ESPN. SMW notes that the USA vs. Mexico World Cup Qualifier game on Univision actually outrated North Carolina-Duke. And SMW says USA-Mexico also drew well for ESPN2.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell writes that GEICO paid a premium to get its name branded into TNT’s game of H-O-R-S-E during NBA All-Star Weekend. Darren wonders if the sports commissioners are overpaid.

Joe Favorito says no matter what you think of GEICO’s integration into NBA All-Star Weekend, it’s one way for the NBA to expand its sponsors.

Paul J. Gough of the Hollywood Reporter writes that Fox Sports is looking for ways to cut costs.

I have a column at Digital Sports Daily giving you my Top 5 Sportscaster Lists.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe talks with new Comcast SportsNet analyst Lou Merloni.

Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette says Charles Barkley will be missed during TNT’s coverage of All-Star Weekend.

Newsday’s Neil Best talks with TNT’s Marv Albert who calls the NBA All-Star Game this Sunday. Neil recaps Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman’s comments about Joe Torre’s book on WFAN. Neil has some random notes in his blog.

The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman says YES will provide the perfect cover for Alex Rodriguez.

Justin Terranova of the New York Post talks with Fox Sports’ Darryl Waltrip about Sunday’s Daytona 500. Justin has five questions for Marv Albert.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says NASCAR appears to be handling the economic downturn better than other sports.

The Baltimore Sun’s Ray Frager talks about Fox Sports premiering an animated vignette before the Daytona 500. Ray has the sports ratings in Baltimore for last week. And Ray says MASN has released its Orioles TV schedule.


Roger van der Horst of the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer has the two different radio calls of the North Carolina-Duke game. Roger wonders why there aren’t more Hurricanes games in HD.

Doug Nye of The State asks a local TV station to better promote its carriage of the North Carolina-Duke game.

Dave Darling of the Orlando Sentinel profiles Bright House Sports Networks anchor David Baumann who has a Red Sox connection.

Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram talks with the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock about the upcoming draft.

George Watson of the Lubbock (TX) Avalanche-Journal says legendary Texas A&M broadcaster Jack Dale is recovering from brain surgery.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says HBO’s Real Sports will look into the New Year’s Eve shooting of the son of former major league player Bobby Tolan.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman talks with former ESPN analyst Stacey Dales who left in December over a contract dispute. Mel also has some news and notes.


Marc Katz of the Dayton Daily News says ESPN got it right by airing college basketball rivalry games this week.

Michael Zuidema in the Grand Rapids (MI) Press says the tough economy is forcing NASCAR teams to merge.

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel talks about ESPN’s College Gameday visiting the University of Wisconsin campus this weekend.

Ted Cox of the Chicago Daily Herald writes about a new HBO show that will skewer athletes.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says native David Lee is making a stir in the New York media. Dan writes that all of the Cardinals games will be televised this season.


Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News says Dish Network may not ever carry the mtn.

Bob Young of the Arizona Republic likes TNT’s coverage of the NBA.

Jay Posner in the San Diego Union-Tribune says the mtn’s limited distribution is hurting the Mountain West Conference.

John Maffei of the North County Times says there won’t be much rest for the Versus crew covering the Tour of California.

The Ventura County Star’s Jim Carlisle writes that TNT is truly missing Charles Barkley.

Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times says Charles Barkley will return to TNT after this weekend’s All-Star Game. Diane says it’s a bad idea for ESPN to use Alex Rodriguez to promote the World Baseball Classic.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says Dick Enberg’s play on the late Al McGuire will be performed in SoCal in April. In his Best/Worst poll for Sports Show Host, Tom says Petros Papadakis won both polls. Tom now looks at the Best/Worst sports anchors in LA. Tom has his news and notes in his blog. Tom analyzes the popularity of ESPN’s Erin Andrews.

John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News talks with Versus’ Paul Sherwen about the Tour of California. And John says the Oakland A’s got a good deal by moving to Comcast SportsNet California.

That’s going to it for the megalinks today.