Thursday Linkage

Let’s do some linkage for you. Getting off to a slow start today.

David Bauder of the Associated Press writes that the NFL Draft is a hugely popular television event.

Sean Leahy of USA Today’s The Huddle blog says the NFL plans to keep the Draft at three days.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio says ESPN resident moron Matt Millen gave some puzzling answers today on SportsCenter regarding a question posed to wide receiver Dez Bryant by Miami GM Jeff Ireland.

Florio is continuing to chase the Jon Gruden not being on ESPN at the 3rd day of the NFL Draft story.

Alex Dobuzinskis of Reuters has CBS Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves not being very enthused about 3-D TV.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell looks at Lance Armstrong’s latest endorsement.

Jackie Majerus of the Bristol (CT) Press writes that ESPN was honored by the State of Connecticut.

Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union writes that a former RPI women’s basketball coach has received a promotion at ESPN.

Ken McMillan of the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says the 2nd round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs get going right off the bat.

Laura Nachman writes that with Flyers voice Jim Jackson busy with the NHL Playoffs, his Phillies pre and postgame role will be filled temporarily while he’s calling games.

Jim Williams in the Washington Examiner looks at the new ownership of the Washington Wizards.

Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times feels there are too many college bowl games. I’ll agree with that.

Andrea Adelson of the Orlando Sentinel says ESPN has announced some college bowl schedules for December.

James Pennington of the Kentucky Kernel feels the new ESPN/SEC rights deal has not delivered what it has promised.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News wonders where the Mavs fans are in the stands and watching TV.

David Barron at the Houston Chronicle writes that Sporting News Radio will be moving its operations to Houston.

Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business says Blackhawk fans get to watch local coverage of the Vancouver-‘Hawks series for five games out of a potential seven.

Bob Mayhall of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat says Fox’s Tim McCarver is still talking about the 20 inning marathon game earlier this month between the New York Mets and the Cardinals.

Kevin Haskin of the Topeka Capital-Journal talks with ESPN’s Dick Vitale about the new CBS/Turner contract to air the NCAA Tournament which essentially ends any chance for him to call a Final Four.

Sports Media Watch notes that the Cavaliers and Lakers are drawing ratings for the TNT during the NBA Playoffs.

SMW says the Lakers/Thunder series is garnering good ratings for ESPN as well.

Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says Game 6 of Blackhawks-Preds outdrew White Sox-Mariners when they were opposite each other last Saturday.

Steve says Universal Sports will air the IIHF World Hockey Championships next month.

In Major League Programs, Dave Kohl looks at one Baltimore sports radio station advertising for a talk show host.

That’s going to do it.

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