Ken from Fang’s Bites here once again with your Friday megalinks.
A couple of late stories for the links. First, NESN’s Jerry Remy flew home Friday. Adam Kilgore of the Boston Globe that Jerry contracted the same symptoms that kept him out of the booth earlier this spring. As you know from watching the Sox the last two nights, Buck Martinez of TBS and MASN has been filling in for Remy in Tampa. I certainly wish Jerry well.
Also, Bob Neumeier, formerly of WBZ-TV and WEEI has been hospitalized in Lexington, KY after collapsing during NBC’s production of the Kentucky Oaks on Bravo today. He will miss the Kentucky Derby broadcast.
Now to the the Weekend Viewing Picks.
It’s playoff time and Game 7 of the Celtics-Bulls series will take place at the Garden tomorrow night. Comcast SportsNet begins its coverage at 7 with the tap coming at 8. Mike Gorman, Tommy Heinsohn and Greg Dickerson will be at the game and no matter what happens, it will be CSN’s last broadcast of the season with ESPN and TNT taking over in the second round if the C’s advance.
The Bruins after winning tonight over Carolina hope to continue their momentum on Sunday against the Hurricanes. It’s a Versus-exclusive broadcast so expect no-name announcers, poor production values and a crappy broadcast. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. NESN will have pre and postgame coverage.
The Red Sox hope to gain a split in Tampa-St. Petersburg having lost the first two games to the Rays. NESN has Saturday’s game at 7 and Sunday’s game at 1:30.
The Kentucky Derby is being run tomorrow. 7NBC and NBC 10 hae the actual race at 6:20 p.m. with coverage beginning at 4. ESPN has several races from the undercard starting at noon. If you want to get a head start on Kentucky Derby coverage, Bravo has the Kentucky Oaks at 5 p.m. today.
There’s also plenty of baseball on the national airwaves. Fox 25 and Fox 64 have Mets-Phillies at 3:30. You can check out who’s calling the game here. MLB Network will have Oakland at Seattle, Saturday night at 9. WGN picks up the White Sox at Texas, Saturday night at 8, then on Sunday, it will carry the Cubs hosting Florida at 2:20 p.m. The ESPN Sunday night game will be White Sox-Texas at 8 p.m.
NASCAR races under the lights Saturday at Richmond. Fox has it at 7 p.m.
The PGA Tour with a top heavy field including Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson has the Quail Hollow Championship. CBS and Golf Channel share coverage throughout the weekend starting at 1 p.m.
The full Weekend Viewing Picks can be seen here.
Now to the links.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand talks with Tom Durkin who will call his 9th Kentucky Derby for NBC.
Chris Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media has some tips for watching this Saturday’s Derby.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell asked his readers to rename Jenny Craig’s entry for the Derby. Darren talks horses. Darren likes a new online ad featuring Novak Djokovic for a tennis racket. Darren wonders if looks helped in the NFL Draft. Darren also talks with the lovely Danica Patrick.
Joe Favorito says companies that donate equipment for certain causes is one of the best methods of branding.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says CBS College Sports will be Tweeting at the same time it’s airing certain events.
Over at Puck The Media, James writes of his horror stories trying to find Versus during his travels across the USA.
The Associated Press says ESPN and ABC will be using a new Rob Thomas song for its NBA package.
The Sports Media Watch feels that cable does not deserve to show Game 7 of the Celtics-Bulls series.
Maury Brown from The Biz of Baseball says Fox Sports Wisconsin has extended its rights deal to show Milwaukee Brewers games past the current 2012 deal.
Ben Grossman of Broadcasting & Cable says boxing needs good numbers for the Manny Pacquaio-Ricky Hatton PPV fight this Saturday.
Thomas Umstead of Multichannel News writes that NFL Network and Comcast are continuing to talk past a deadline that would removed the channel from the cable provider’s lineup.
East and Mid-Atlantic
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe talks with NESN’s Jack Edwards.
Dan Lamonthe of the acclaimed Red Sox Monster blog will make an appearance on WEEI and Comcast SportsNet come Saturday morning.
Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times looks at Selena Roberts’ new book on Alex Rodriguez.
Stu Hackel from the Times says NHL officials are hiding under their desks, not commenting over Versus’ refusal to air the end of the Devils-Hurricanes Game 7 after its coverage of the Rangers-Capitals game.
Bob Raissman from the New York Daily News says Mets manager Jerry Manuel is a media manipulator.
Newsday’s Neil Best writes about former New York Giant Brad Benson who has become a star for selling cars on WFAN. Neil has comments from former A-Rod teammate Jeff Brantley. Neil says Fox’s Michael Strahan is becoming more of a TV personality rather than being labeled as an ex-football player. Neil writes that SNY has debuted its closed captioning during tonight’s Mets-Phillies game.
From the New York Post, Phil Mushnick goes after the Yankees for spinning the empty seats at their new stadium.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says David Wells has the potential to be a good MLB analyst.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette gives his Stanley Cup Conference Semifinal predictions.
The Philadelphia Inquirer says an ad taped by the late Harry Kalas before his death has been re-edited and will be shown on TV this weekend only. Peter Mucha of the Inquirer says Bruce Springsteen used Harry’s voice in a concert at the old Spectrum this week.
A Pittsburgh sports radio host was told to stay home over fears he has the Swine Flu.
This week, the Baltimore Sun fired 61 staffers including Ray Frager who was a regular link on the Friday megalinks. Ray bids farewell to his readers. In his blog, Ray mentioned he’ll still be writing about the sports media in another venue and we hope to continue linking to him here.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says there’s plenty of good baseball on TV this weekend. And Jim says ESPN will have pre-Kentucky Derby coverage starting at noon on Saturday. Jim writes that NBC loves broadcasting the Kentucky Derby.
Tim Lemke of the Washington Post says the NHL is happy over its TV ratings and visits to its website for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Bob Molinaro of the Virginian-Pilot feels the hype for the Kentucky Derby is too much.
Joseph Person of The State says the University of South Carolina is looking for a new basketball and baseball play-by-play man.
Barry Jackson in the Miami Herald writes that Dolphin Stadium is about to get a new name and I can already hear the jokes.
Andrew Adler of the Louisville Courier-Journal says NBC is now marketing the Kentucky Derby to women.
Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton is in a new “This is SportsCenter” promo.
Barry Horn from the Dallas Morning News writes that Mavs fans will have to put up with TNT and ESPN if they want to watch their team in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Barry looks forward to watching Game 7 of the Celtics-Bull series on Saturday.
Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle says a former Rockets TV analyst has passed away.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman says former Oklahoma City Thunder coach P.J. Carlesimo has praise for his replacement. Mel has his weekly sports media notebook.
George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal says Fox Sports Ohio has a reason to love the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Marc Katz of the Dayton Daily News waxes poetic about Gillette’s sponsorship of various sports.
Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press is worried about ESPN’s Chicago-centric website.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that the Brewers have extended their TV deal with Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Ed Sherman from Crain’s Chicago Business talks with WGN-TV’s sports production chief Bob Vorwald. Ed says White Sox TV analyst Steve Stone would like to continue to work on sports radio station WSCR. Ed also talks with Steve.
Paul Christian in the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin writes that a local cheerleading team having various disabilities will be featured on the Big Ten Network this weekend.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the newest sports radio station in the market is last among the three in the ratings. Dan has the local sports radio numbers from the last ratings period.
John Maffei of the North County Times says local blackouts of the Anaheim Ducks are only hurting the NHL, not helping it.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News writes about his experience calling a minor league baseball game for the first time this week. Tom has more thoughts on how he did in his blog. Tom talks with Jim Rome as he was about to watch the horse he owns race at Hollywood Park. Tom reviews the week in blogging.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times writes that two of the University of Washington’s first three football games have been picked up by national TV.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star says there’s potential for another black eye for hockey with a possible NBC switch away from the Pittsburgh-Washington game on Saturday. Chris writes that TSN will actually air the CFL Draft for the first time on Saturday.
And we’re done. Enjoy your weekend.