Ken from Fang’s Bites with another edition of the Friday megalinks. Let’s start with the Weekend Viewing Picks.
The NCAA Tournament heads into its first weekend of action with the 2nd round. WBZ and WPRI have a quadruple header Saturday starting at 1 p.m. and a tripleheader Sunday starting at noon. I have the tip times for you in case you need to check what time your team is playing.
Believe it or not, there’s other sports going on this weekend.
The Celtics are on the road again Saturday and they’ll visit the Memphis Grizzlies. Comcast SportsNet has the game at 8 p.m. Other NBA games this weekend include the Los Angeles Lakers visiting Chicago, Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on WGN America. ABC has Miami at Detroit, Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Bruins have a rare Saturday off and will be home on Sunday hosting New Jersey on NESN at 3. 7NBC and NBC 10 have Philadelphia traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins, Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
There’s also the NCAA Women’s Tournament that will be shown mostly on ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday and Sunday.
ESPN Classic has the WBC Heavyweight title fight between Juan Carlos Gomez and Vitali Klitschko Saturday night at 6.
The World Baseball Classic heads to the semifinals at Dodgers Stadium this weekend. On Saturday at 9 p.m., South Korea faces Venezuela and on Sunday, defending champion Japan takes on the US, Sunday at 8. Both games are on ESPN2.
For tennis fans, the BNP Paribas Open finishes at Indian Wells, CA this weekend. Fox Sports Net has the action on its local affiliates with the men’s semis Saturday at 4 p.m. with the men’s and women’s championships on Sunday at 3 p.m.
And the NASCAR Sprint Cup series is in Bristol, TN for the Food City 500. Fox25 and Fox 64 have the race Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
The Weekend Viewing Picks has the entire schedule including primetime programming.
Now to the links.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand looks at the season premiere of FSN’s Sports Science this Sunday night.
James Hibberd of the Hollywood Reporter writes that the NCAA Tournament is scoring for CBS in the ratings.
David Tanklefsky of Broadcasting & Cable says online traffic for CBS’ March Madness on Demand soared on the first day of the NCAA Tournament.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News talks about MLB Network’s new hires.
Mike adds that there’s a free preview of the MLS Direct Kick pay per view package this weekend.
The Sports Media Watch says CBS saw a ratings uptick for the NCAA Tournament in primetime on Thursday. And the SMW notes that the tournament also did well in its afternoon windows. On the other hand, SMW says the NBA did horribly last Sunday on ABC. And the PGA on NBC saw a double digit ratings increase last Sunday.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says expect to see a bit of scrutiny for Sony Ericsson for its tennis tournament next week. And Darren writes that there could be a flurry of activity of team owners seeking ways to sell or contract their franchises.
Joe Favorito looks at smaller college basketball tournanments trying to drive traffic and create media buzz.
Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball writes that ESPN is seeing higher ratings for the World Baseball Classic from three years ago.
Doug Nye of The State writes his farewell column as he retires after 40 years in journalism.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says South Florida will get its 6th sports radio station in April.
Dave Darling of the Orlando Sentinel says March Madness is the closest thing to perfection in the sports world.
Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram likes having Clark Kellogg on CBS’ “A” announcing team on the NCAA Tournament.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning Star says it’s not a surprise that Texas-Duke will in primetime on Saturday. Barry says it’s not a surprise that former President Bill Clinton’s NCAA Tournament picks differ from President Barack Obama’s.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says the local CBS affiliate has laid off several workers including a long time sports producer. And David has an inside look at the TV production behind bringing a local rodeo to DirecTV.
Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman writes that online viewing of the NCAA Tournament is gaining in popularity. And Mel says the NCAA Wrestling Championships go HD on the ESPN family of networks this weekend.
Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World notes Clark Kellogg’s first play-by-play partner.
Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News reports that all of the MLS’ Real Salt Lake games will be seen on local TV.
Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that after a major lineup change last week, a sports radio station has become boring.
John Maffei of the North County Times says Clark Kellogg is a welcome change over Billy Packer.
Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times writes that the first round of the NCAA Tournament is a long day for the men calling the games.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News wonders why Fox Sports West’s Norm Nixon was allowed back on the air just less than 24 hours after his arrest on DUI charges. Tom’s weekly column looks at how you can watch the NCAA Tournament on your iPhone. Tom has his weekly news and notes. Tom remembers Los Angeles’ Wrigley Field. Yes, there was a Los Angeles Wrigley Field. Tom previews the season finale of HBO’s “Eastbound & Down.” Tom has a look at his week in blogging.
John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News says the ribbing of President Obama by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski got misconstrued by political blogs.
East and Mid-Atlantic
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe writes that NESN is rebranding and revamping its Red Sox pregame show.
Newsday’s Neil Best talks about the demand for March Madness on Demand. Neil looks at the other ways fans can watch the NCAA Tournament besides going online. Neil looks into the decisions that go into a potential CBS switch of games in a particular market. And Neil has one more explanation about why CBS switched from Duke-Binghamton to another game for the New York market. Neil has news about an SNY host switching jobs at the regional sports network.
The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman says the coaches are the stars of the NCAA Tournament.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post wants to know the rest of the story behind the NCAA Tournament.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union looks at Clark Kellogg replacing Billy Packer on the NCAA Tournament. Pete wishes that CBS would not cut away from the main game for look-in’s at other games. And Pete says CBS did not have a good first half of the Siena-Ohio State game.
Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun looks at CBS’ production of the Cal-Maryland game on Thursday. Ray has some suggestions on which CBS NCAA Tournament announcers you should hire for various events in your life.
Jim Williams of the DC Examiner looks at former President Bill Clinton’s NCAA picks during an appearance on Sirius XM on Friday.
Marc Katz of the Dayton Daily News talks with the Voice of the Tennessee Volunteers who has local ties.
Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press chronicled his day watching the NCAA Tournament.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Clark Kellogg did a good job in place of Billy Packer on Thursday.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business says a local sports radio station spoof of the NCAA Tournament has turned out to be a big hit.
Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin gives you all you need to know about the NCAA Tournament.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes about a local sports radio move involving one of his colleagues.
And that will conclude the megalinks for tonight.