Sports Media Odds and Ends

WEEI in Boston has officially announced that former “I, Max” co-host and Boston Globe columnist Michael Holley will join Dale Arnold as mid-day co-host. The “Dale & Holley” show premieres March 1. A conference call involving Arnold, Holley and WEEI Program Director Jason Wolfe is posted on the Boston Sports Media Watch web site. This is the third partner for Dale after Bob Neumeier left earlier this month.

The NFL Network will be broadcasting live from the NFL Scouting Combines starting this week. In its second year, the NFL Network has gained access to practices and players that ESPN, CBS and Fox have not. Rudy Martzke of USA Today looks at the increase in live broadcasts from the Combines this year as compared to last.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says ESPN is thinking about dumping the NHL if it comes back next season. ESPN had contracted for 60 games on the Deuce this season, but with college basketball and other programming like the World Series of Poker doubling the ratings from last year when it carried the NHL, the self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader in Sports says it may not pick up an option to show the games.

Finally, Bill Simmons of ESPN.com’s Page 2 writes about his time at the NBA All Star Weekend. Get ready for a lot of pop culture references.