Ken from Fang’s Bites with the megalinks again.
Well, with this being Memorial Day weekend, we have plenty of stuff going on. The start of interleague play this weekend and the NBA and NHL Playoffs are in their Conference Finals plus the French Open begins on Sunday and motorsports fans have plenty to watch with the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. Let’s go over everything.
Weekend Viewing Picks
The Red Sox hope to rebound from Friday’s loss to the Mets and hope to even the series on Saturday on NESN at 7. On Sunday, they’ll play at 1:30. We’ll see if NESN decides to discipline Dennis Eckersley for cursing not once, but twice tonight.
In other Interleague play this weekend, Fox has two games, Phillies-Yankees and the Battle of Lone Star State, Texas at Houston, both of 4 p.m. I have the regional splits right here. WGN will have the White Sox hosting Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Saturday, then the Cubs at San Diego at 4 p.m. Sunday. And ESPN’s Sunday night game pits Milwaukee at Minnesota.
The NCAA men’s Division I Lacrosse Championships take place in Foxboro. ESPN2 has the semifinals on Saturday at noon and 2. The Final will be played on Memorial Day on ESPN at 1 p.m.
The second tennis Grand Slam tournament begins on Sunday as the French Open starts at Roland Garros. Tennis Channel is the main cable rightsholder and will have live action every morning at 5. ESPN2 will join in most days at noon with some live coverage and mostly taped matches. NBC will have weekend coverage, but before the Peacock network gets involved, Tennis Channel and ESPN2 will carry the majority of the action.
The Eastern and Western Conference Finals in both the NBA and NHL will be showcased this weekend.
In the NHL, Game 3 of the Pittsburgh-Carolina series will be seen on Versus, Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. 7NBC and NBC 10 have Game 4 of the Detroit-Chicago series, Sunday at 3.
Over to the NBA where WCVB and ABC 6 have Game 3 of Lakers-Nuggets Saturday night at 8. Then on Sunday, TNT has Game 3 of Cavs-Magic at 8:30 p.m.
It’s a big motorsports Sunday as the Grand Prix of Monaco is run on the Formula 1 circuit on Speed at 7:30 a.m. The Indianapolis 500 runs on ABC at 1 p.m. Then at 5 p.m., Fox has the Coca-Cola 600 live from Charlotte.
There’s also college lacrosse, college softball and we’re fast approaching the College World Series.
I have the Weekend Viewing Picks complete with primetime programming as well.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today has some suggestions on who should fill the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football analyst spot.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell feels IndyCar driver Tomas Scheckter’s MonaVie endorsement is a rather risky one.
Joe Favorito says not every athlete should feel he or she should have to be on Twitter.
The Sports Media Journal’s Ray Frager has some thoughts on ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd.
The Sports Media Watch says TNT saw some monster ratings for Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. SMW says the NHL is also seeing solid ratings for its Conference Finals.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News writes that Lance Armstrong fans can keep up with their favorite cyclist in the Giro d’Italia on TV or online through Universal Sports.
Mike reports that ESPN has reached a cable syndication deal with Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast for SEC sports.
David Goetzl of Mediapost writes that ESPN will take over YouTube’s home page to promote the NBA Finals.
Jay Busbee of Yahoo! Sports goes behind the scenes of a TNT NASCAR promotional shoot.
Paula Duffy of Examiner.com writes that Cavs fans without cable or satellite won’t be able to watch their team in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
Awful Announcing has NFL Network’s Rich Eisen commenting on the Dan Patrick Show that he was expecting Jon Gruden to be on his channel instead of making the surprise move to Monday Night Football.
East and Mid-Atlantic
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe writes about Gruden moving into the Monday Night Football booth.
Johnny Diaz of the Globe says the Bruins and Celtics playoffs runs affected the May sweeps in Boston.
Red Sox fans heard NESN’s Dennis Eckersley curse twice during tonight’s game against the Mets.
Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette profiles new minor league Tornadoes voice Pete Sachs.
Newsday’s Neil Best says Alex Rodriguez is finally learning how to deal with the media. Neil says the new Citi Field looked pretty on “Ugly Betty”.
Bobby Cassidy, Jr. of Newsday talks with ESPN/ABC Indy 500 pit reporter Brienne Pedigo.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News writes about more incidents involving the Yankee Stadium Gestapo.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post praises MLB Walking, Talking Conflict of Interest Bud Selig for scheduling World Series games a half hour earlier.
Justin Terranova of the Post talks with ESPN/ABC motorsports analyst Scott Goodyear about the Indy 500. Justin has five questions for ESPN MLB analyst Steve Phillips.
Dave Hughes of DCRTV.com has some Baltimore and DC-related media notes in the Baltimore-centric Press Box website.
A couple of articles from Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner. Jim writes that gearheads have a big day on Sunday. Jim talks about Sirius XM radio having a big sports smorgasbord for the Holiday Weekend. Jim also talks with a Delaware gaming official about the state’s new law which allows sports gambling.
Kyle Tucker of The Virginian-Pilot writes that Virginia Tech and Alabama will kick off the college football season on ABC in primetime.
Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says two members of the Texas Rangers will be featured on a Fox Sports Southwest original program.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News looks at the debate over the greatest Cowboys player of all time. Barry says the NBA Playoffs are ruling the cable roost.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says Astros voice Milo Hamilton caught a lineup card error before most everyone else did.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman writes about a documentary on the late Wayman Tisdale. Mel has his usual media notebook.
Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press writes that Red Wings fans would rather have TV voice Ken Daniels call their games in the Western Conference Finals.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says ESPN’s John Kruk is taking notice of the Brewers.
Ed Sherman from Crain’s Chicago Business says Chicago’s WSCR is holding open auditions to find a new reporter.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wonders if a popular local sports radio show will be leaving its current home.
Scott D. Pierce from the Deseret (UT) says Versus bidding on the NFL is a distinct possibility.
Bob Young in the Arizona Republic feels NBC’s Sunday Night Football outshines ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Jay Posner talks with ESPN/ABC’s Bill Walton who is missing the entire NBA Playoffs after undergoing back surgery.
John Maffei of the North County Times says San Diego sports radio legend Lee Hamilton will be calling NFL games on national radio.
Jim Carlisle from the Ventura County Star says this was a busy week for the NFL’s TV partners. Jim looks at ABC’s long history with the Indianapolis 500.
Mike Penner of the Los Angeles Times writes that ESPN/ABC’s Jeff Van Gundy still holds steadfast to a Cavs-Lakers NBA Final.
Jon Weisman of the Times wonders why Dodgers fans are angry over Jeanne Zelasko’s internet webcasts.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News profiles ESPN/ABC’s Doris Burke of Providence who’s doubling as NBA analyst and sideline reporter. Tom has more with Doris in his blog. Tom has a slimmed down version of his media notes. Tom reviews his week in blogging.
Tamara Chuang of the Orange County Register says Tennis Channel will be offered free on selected cable and satellite providers in time for the French Open.
John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News looks at Jeanne Zelasko calling selected Dodgers home games on the internet.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says prospective Phoenix Coyotes owner Jim Balsillie is using new media in his attempts to buy the team.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star blogs that the Maple Leafs will have a major say whether Balsillie intrudes on their TV territory.
CBC Sports says the NHL has announced the start dates for the Stanley Cup Finals.
Rick Owen of the Northern Times says a local town is a finalist to host CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada next year.
TSN will have plenty of coverage of the French Open starting on Sunday.
That will do it. Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend.