It’s Out of the Question: What are USC’s environment-friendly speed dating policies?

southern-caliLet’s start here: Arkansas State? And Idaho?
USC is in the process of educating its football fans on how to achieve a “zero waste” status at the Coliseum this season. Starting with Saturday’s 2015 opener, it’s all about reclaim, repurpose and recycle.
But a compost heap for visiting players may also come in play. The Trojans’ carbon footprints are going to be all over them.
You feel you’ve been bushwhacked into paying $60 for a game ticket, and USC’s Office of Sustainability is only concerned with leaving the crumbling landmark in better shape than when you arrived.
Meanwhile, USC’s athletic department is behind sustaining a schedule that is about “going green” in other ways.
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Weekly media notes version 09.04.15: Jessica Mendoza has the ESPN ‘Sunday night’ chair rest of the season

What’s likely coming up for Sunday:

300x250-cheercal-2015orderChecking our calendars, the National Football League, founded 95 years ago, begins its regular season a few days past Labor Day.
That never gets old.
For TV people. And others who consume it through all kinds of media platforms.
Eventually, we’ll come up with something relevant on that topic.
To that: We did see the New England Patriots made some news this week in the media. The 2015 cheerleading calendar has been reduced from $19.95 to $9.95, and if you buy now, they’ll throw in the 2014 calendar. Since that all ended up pretty nice for the franchise.
The Patriots really are the sexy pick to win again, are we right?

What’s worth posting now:

UPDATED:

== ESPN announced today that Jessica Mendoza will be on the “Sunday Night Baseball” package for the rest of the season, including this weekend’s game at St. Louis when the Cardinals face Pittsburgh.
And why not?

You’ve likely read our own endorsements for Mendoza to continue this run as an MLB booth analyst on ESPN broadcasts, and the national momentum continues.
There is this well circulated piece by the New York Times last week and this Q-and-A with SI.com.
As we followed up as well after her Sunday night appearance, we remind all she’s also going to do ESPN is Monday’s Orioles-Yankees game on Labor Day in New York at 10 a.m.
062215-MLB-Dodgers-Kris-Bryant-pi-ssm.vadapt.620.high.0As far as another thing that stuck out from watching last Sunday’s game, here was Mendoza discussing the swing of Cubs rookie Kris Bryant, after he hit the home run that stood up in the 2-0 victory over the Dodgers: “He gets a lot of grief for all the strikeouts he has. A lot of it has to do with his swing because he has a beautiful path that he’s willing to take. You see where he gets his hands in the zone, a middle-in pitch, watch how he gets to barrel on it and see that finish, that long, pretty finish. He’s got the bat speed, the swing. He’s truly going to get better.” Somehow, when she says his swing is “pretty,” it means more. i85HbLO

== Of course, the opening for Mendoza comes after ESPN said Thursday night that Curt Schilling was designated for assignment. Meaning, let go.
ESPN’s statement: “At all times during the course of their engagement with us, our commentators are directly linked to ESPN and are the face of our brand. We are a sports media company. Curt’s actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company. As a result, he will not appear on ESPN through the remainder of the regular season and our Wild Card playoff game.”
Given, much of this may also be directly linked to an interesting insane constructive combative back-and-forth in progress (unless it has stopped) between Schilling and Dan Levy, writing for AwfulAnnouncing.com. Levy previously wrote about the Mendoza appearance last Sunday and how it affects Schilling, which led to their email exchange: “If enough of us were offended by what Schilling said to warrant a suspension, and his replacement did a good enough job that she is being widely lauded in the role, why would ESPN go back?” Now, it appears, that question has been answered.

== More to listen to about this:

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SportsNet LA data on Dodgers-Giants … it was obviously ginormous (relatively)

Clayton Kershaw throws before Wednesday's game at Dodger Stadium against San Francisco.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Clayton Kershaw throws before Wednesday’s game at Dodger Stadium against San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A day after the Dodgers set a SportsNet LA viewership record, they topped it again Wednesday night.
The network said the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory over San Francisco that featured a Clayton Kershaw complete-game, 15-strike out performance had 144,000 total viewers, with a 1.85 household rating.
Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory where the Dodgers’ Zack Greinke outdueled the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner had been the most-watched to date — 140,700-plus viewers and a 1.70 rating.
The Monday-Wednesday Dodgers-Giants series averaged a 1.64 rating, the greatest ever on SportsNet LA. That was up 26 percent over the Dodgers-Oakland series at Dodger Stadium from July 28-29. The previous best-rated game before the Dodgers-Giants series was a Dodgers-Cubs game on June 23 at Wrigley Field (1.57).
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Pac-12 Net to AT&T’s DirecTV … where’s the simple handoff prior to USC’s opener?

Remember these unbearable ads?

Remember these unbearable ads?

Time to drag them out again?

Time to drag them out again?

The Pac-12 made a distribution announcement this morning. Just not the one you might be getting antsy about.
Two days before USC kicks off its 2015 college football season in a game shown exclusively by the conference-owned network, nothing new has happened with a distribution deal for DirecTV customers. Or with Verizon FIOS, or Charter, for that matter.
nsc1ft-b88471663z.120150730202135000gh4b63iu.10When Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott last made a public statement about the negotiations with DirecTV, coming just after the FCC approved the AT&T take-over bid of the satellite dish service, there was more measured optimism that something could be done by the time the conference college football season started.
AT&T is, after all,  a corporate partner of the Pac-12, and those on board with AT&T Uverse already get the service.
What does it take for new ownership to get a long extension cord and start the process? A slightly-used flux capacitor?
Don’t think the Pac-12 didn’t use some strategy in having USC scheduled to be on the network not just for its opener against Arkansas State (shoved back to a horrible 8 p.m. kickoff), but also Week 2 vs. Idaho (at a more tolerable 5 p.m. kickoff).
More will likely be scheduled before the season ends. Same goes for UCLA.
Oh, about that news today?

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What’s fair game with David Feherty’s future? NBC, maybe as soon as this weekend

There is no question about coming to David Feherty’s defense, on things he says, things he does, things that others think he’s doing.
fehertysI shared a banana split with him once at Bob’s Big Boy near the old “Tonight Show” location. I ran into him at an airport once in San Francisco during a massive flight delay and shared french fries with him.
We are intimate in that way.
But what appears to be happening now with his apparent abrupt departure from CBS’ PGA Tour coverage is that another network — NBC — has come calling.
He’s been wooed again.
Neither side wants to discuss a report this came down late Monday in the Sports Business Daily about why contract talks for a renewal seem to have broke off so fast. They’ve said his appearance last week at The Barclays in New Jersey was it for the network.
No farewells.
CBS says simply “No comment.” Feherty hasn’t responded to texts or cell phone calls on this end.
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