I owe you linkage. I’m in a bad stretch so linkage is scarce. I try to give you breaking news when I can.
Let’s start with Michael Hiestand of USA Today who reports that MLB on Fox will go eight straight weeks in primetime during the upcoming 2012 season.
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King says it’s time for him to step down as a voter for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Matt Pepin of Boston.com announces that legendary writer Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe plans to retire after the London Summer Olympics. Ryan will be missed, but I have a feeling we’ll still be seeing him around.
At Sports Business Journal, John Ourand looks at how sports talk radio is thriving while other formats in the medium are failing.
John talks with a DC-based sports radio show on how it focuses on doing its program the old fashioned way.
SBJ lists some of the markets where sports radio wars are hot and heavy.
And SBJ has a look at sports talk radio by the numbers.
Dave Kindred at the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center has hope for the future of sports journalism.
Joe Lucia of Awful Announcing has the MSG Network and TSN calls of the Jeremy Lin three pointer to beat Toronto to guide the New York Knicks to their 6th straight win.
Kelly Dwyer at Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie blog says Jason Whitlock is backtracking after his racist Jeremy Lin tweet from last Friday.
Edmund Lee of Capital New York goes inside the “hard-working” descriptions for Jeremy Lin.
Advertising Age notes that NBC is utilizing Google and ComScore to measure how people watch this year’s London Olympics.
Todd Spangler of Multichannel News looks at a new internet streaming TV service that will challenge copyright laws, but has the support of rich investors and one particular media mogul.
Tim Nudd of Adweek talks about Ford creating a fake Sports Illustrated swimsuit model for an ad in this year’s issue.
Tim looks at Samsung’s Super Bowl ad which poked fun Apple groupies.
Timothy Burke at Deadspin has the awkward video of CNBC’s Darren Rovell asking SI Swimsuit Issue Cover Girl Kate Upton to be his Valentine.
Darren says SI had to put Kate Upton on the cover or suffer the consequences.
Jason Brough at Pro Hockey Talk has New York Rangers fans angry over the MSG/Time Warner Cable dispute.
Tom Lorenzo at SportsGrid says Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton will grant his first post-relapse interview to … Glenn Beck TV?
Larry Mahoney of the Bangor (ME) Daily News says Maine native Ricky Craven will be a NASCAR analyst for ESPN this season.
NESN has a behind-the-scenes video with its Boston Bruins rinkside reporter Naoko Funayama on her gameday preparation.
NESN also has Friends of Fang’s Bites Jen Royle and ABC6′s Courtney Fallon talking about their dream dates as they attended a charity event in Boston last weekend. Former NESN Red Sox reporter Heidi Watney was also there.
Over to Richard Sandomir of the New York Times who says NBC is hoping the London Olympics will outpace the ad sales for the Vancouver Winter Games which ended up at a loss for the network.
Jerry Barmash at Fishbowl NY says WFAN has made it official that Josh Lewin replaces Wayne Hagin on Mets broadcasts this year.
Bob’s Blitz looks at the overhyped CBS Radio mobile app for WFAN’s Mike Francesa who once proclaimed it to be a “Twitta Killa.”
Pete Dougherty from the Albany Times Union writes that despite not having Time Warner Cable subscribers watching, MSG Network’s ratings for Knicks games featuring Jeremy Lin are red hot.
Ken McMillan at the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record states that MSG will simulcast Knicks games in Spanish.
Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer says the Phillies are hoping to cash in when their TV rights go up for bid after this season.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog has samples of Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis’ takes on the print media.
Jose Lambiet of the Miami Herald notes that local sports radio talk host Sid Rosenberg owes a lot of money to an illegal offshore gambling site.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says Hall of Fame Astros announcer Milo Hamilton is expected to announce his retirement on Wednesday.
David speculates on who could replace Hamilton in 2013.
Steve Campbell of the Chronicle writes that Hamilton’s retirement is just one of the many changes expected for the ‘Stros.
Mel Bracht at the Daily Oklahoman looks at the local ratings.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says local viewers watched golf over the weekend.
Tom Hoffarth at the Los Angeles Daily News notes one of the finalists for this year’s MLB Fan Cave inhabitants.
John Daly at The Daly Planet feels NBC SportsTalk should bring NASCAR into the mix.
John also looks at ESPN’s NASCAR announcing lineup.
Sports Media Watch gives us last week’s sports television ratings.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says the NHL on NBC Sports Network drew decently last Sunday.
Steve looks inside the numbers of Sunday’s NHL on NBC Sports Network game.
Dave Kohl of the Broadcast Booth looks at Sid Rosenberg’s alleged gambling debts.
And we’ll end it there for now.