In Charlotte, Erik Spanberg reported the Triple-A Int'l League Charlotte Knights and locally based WBT-AM on Friday reached an agreement "to air 12 regular-season games. ESPN Radio Charlotte 730 last year "agreed to be the Knights’ flagship station." All 144 Knights games are "scheduled to air on ESPN 730, but a few could be pre-empted because of weekday conflicts." The 12 home games airing on WBT are "tied to a partnership dubbed Saturday Knight Baseball" featuring all 10 of the team's Saturday games" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 3/7).
BITTER TASTE? In Chicago, Rick Morrissey writes of FS1's Brian Urlacher, "We all understand that Fox pays Urlacher to stir the pot and a TV analyst with no opinions is not an analyst but a coat tree," but it "seems that Urlacher’s most-pointed opinions have had to do with his former team." Urlacher last week "ripped the Bears for letting returner Devin Hester walk." Urlacher said, "It’s just the loyalty factor. It’s just not there." Morrissey writes, "This is indeed about loyalty and Urlacher’s sense that the Bears showed him none when they made him a one-year, $2 million contract offer" in '13. That memory "seems to bleed into everything he says about his former team" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/11).
SPRAWL & BRAWL: YAHOO SPORTS' Kevin Iole reviews the UFC Fight Pass digital subscription service, writing it is "a decidedly mixed bag" when it comes to "the performance of the service, the quality of the stream, the ease of use and everything else." What "continues to affect my enjoyment is the horrendous -- and I mean horrendous with a capital 'H' -- search functionality, particularly on the iPad." However, Iole wrote, "Overall, I like the Fight Pass experience quite a bit." The access to the library is "huge and is what will keep me a subscriber." The quality of the stream on live fights "is tremendous." Fight Pass has "huge potential" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 3/10). Also see SBD's review of the UFC.tv app (THE DAILY).