At least I hope I’m back to a regular schedule. Saturday and Sunday were a lost weekend. I couldn’t finish your Friday megalinks after I started them. And due to having a weekend that was scheduled behind my back, I could not do any linkage. Silly family commitments on both Saturday and Sunday and by the time I could actually turn on my computer, it was Sunday night. My apologies for those of you looking for updated news, luckily, nothing broke. Let’s see if I can do better this week.
Starting with Michael Hiestand of USA Today, he tells us that Fox Sports will have three consecutive primetime windows for its MLB on Fox series this season.
Mike McCarthy of USA Today has your first look at this week’s Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Jason Fry looks at Dan Shanoff’s detective work that helped to debunk the Brett Favre-to-”Dancing with the Stars” rumor.
To Pro Football Talk where Mike Florio says cities might want to explore legal options at publicly-funded stadiums if an NFL lockout comes to fruition.
And Mike says once a lockout starts, the NFL’s legal tentacles can no longer touch players.
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King talks about the Pro Football Hall of Fame voting process and shoots back at Jason Whitlock who fired a shot at King last week.
Sam Mamudi of Marketwatch says newly-appointed CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus plans to upgrade CBS College Sports.
To Mediaweek where Anthony Crupi discusses the strong TV ratings and ad market for the NBA.
Noah Davis in SportsNewser says NASCAR on Fox received a ratings win on Saturday, but still has a long way to go to get back to its record levels.
Glenn Davis at SportsGrid has the video of Sky Sports’ Ewen Murphy chastising Tiger Woods for spitting on the green while lining up a putt at the Dubai Desert Classic over the weekend. Woods was fined by the PGA European Tour.
Also at SportsGrid, Dan Fogarty says Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is going on Oprah to apologize to the Women of America.
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe talks with ESPN’s Sean McDonough who will be back calling baseball full-time this season after being unceremoniously and incorrectly dumped by NESN after the 2004 season.
The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman says the bidding for the Yankees’ radio rights could become an interesting battle.
Phil Mushnick is grasping for something to write about in today’s New York Post.
Jeremy W. Peters at the New York Times says Sports Illustrated has begun selling digital subscriptions on Android tablets.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union writes that NHL Center Ice is going to be free this week.
Dan Steinberg from the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog says with the Wizards’ first road win this season, DC media members can now relax.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says both the Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles are changing their radio flagships this season.
Jim talks with Mary Carillo who will be hosting the Westminster Dog Show on USA Network tonight and tomorrow.
Tom Jones from the St. Petersburg Times can’t decide between NBC’s NHL broadcast and ESPN on ABC’s NBA telecast as the best of the weekend.
Eric Deggans of the Times wishes Happy Birthday to YouTube.
Adam Thompson of the Sheboygan (WI) Press says a local radio station has changed its affiliation from ESPN to Fox Sports.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Big 12 hoops fans are not being served as in the past in the local market.
Dusty Saunders in the Denver Post says the newly expanded coverage of the NCAA Tournament should benefit fans this year.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada chose to focus on heartwarming stories rather than get involved in controversy.
The Toronto Sports Media Blog notes that one local sports radio station is positioning itself as a crosstown format war is about to start.
Sports Media Watch notes that the NHL on Versus is doing well after the All-Star Break.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media feels Mike Milbury and Pierre McGuire actually made good points during their debate on fighting yesterday.
Joe Favorito notes that a New York sporting goods chain has helped itself in positioning and branding by releasing viral videos.
That’s going to do it for now.