The media learning curve arcs forward: More Fox World Series discussion, plus bull riding (unrelated)


John McCoy/Daily News Staff Photographer

You can go to today’s media column (linked here), then come back and catch up on more notes and things that were left out in the wake of Petros Papadakis’ whirlwind, wigged-out workweek … that’s what we’d subscribe to.


— More photos are coming, by the way. The one above ran with today’s story: That’s (believe it or not) Michael Strahan (dressed as Terry Bradshaw, which is sure to make its way to the “NFL on Fox” studio show this Sunday), Chris Rose (as Bret Michaels), Eddie George (as King Tut), Papadakis (take a guess) and — the wildcard — Eric Byrnes, the Arizona D’backs outfielder, as The Joker. Not pictured, for some reason: John Salley (who tried to pull off Chef from “South Park” but really looked like a skinny ex-NBA player with a white chefs outfit on) and Charissa Thompson (as … we’re not sure… she had a green fairy outfit on … you’ll have to watch tonight’s episode of the “Best Damn Sports Show Period,” at 12:30 a.m. early Saturday, to figure it all out).

==In concert with our opinion (linked here) on why Fox should consider going back to day-time World Series, Fox Sports executive producer Ed Goren, appearing Wednesday night on “Mad Dog Unleashed” on SIRIUS XM Radio with host Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, had this discussion:
Russo: “If baseball was willing to give you a reduction in their fees … and you pay them $257 million per year … but in return they demanded to start the games when they wanted to start the games, would you be for that?”
Goren: “We would certainly have that discussion and if it was laid out properly that would certainly be a possibility. In fact, think about this. We play a day game then we have our normal primetime programming. We get a double dip of revenue.”
Russo: “Because you get the baseball revenue and the prime-time revenue.”
Goren: “Thank you very much.”
Russo: “You get ratings on that prime-time, Eddie? You get revenue for that?”
Goren: “The Fox prime-time? Number one.”
Russo: “Is that true? Is that accurate?”
Goren: “Come on, Christopher. We’ve won the season back to back years in the key demo. Once again we’re going to do it again this year and because of baseball in prime-time we won last week in the demo and, with a little bit of luck, we’ll win this week.”

==The Kings-Ducks game has been moved to KLAC-AM (570) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Maybe they want to free up that KTLK-AM (1150) station for political banter on Election Night, eh?

== Trojans All-Access (linked here) has online broadcasts of 11 USC men’s games, which started with last Sunday’s Cardinal and Gold scrimmage. The service means that 29 of the 30 regular-season games will be either over-the-air TV, cable TV or online. Current subscribers to Trojans All-Access get the games as part of their package. Non-subscribers can sign up for a monthly renewable package for $9.95.

== UCLA All-Access (linked here) has live online video streaming of all its women’s basketball games and two of its men’s games. Again, those who subscribe will get it as part of their package. But to buy individually, it’s $9.95 per game to non-subscribers, or both can be purchased for $14.95. The two games — Monday’s exhibition against Cal Baptist and Friday, Nov. 7 against Biola.

== Tennis Channel and ESPN2 will cover the 2008 Sony Ericsson Championships – the season-ending women’s tennis event with the top eight singles players, starting Tuesday. More than 30 hours live are planned from the event in Doha, Qatar. Go find it on the map. Now. Venus Williams may be the only name in the group that broadcasters don’t have a tough time pronouncing. Barry Mackay, Corina Morariu, Lindsay Davenport and Tracy Austin will call it for Tennis Channel; Cliff Drysdale and Pam Shriver will cover it for ESPN2.

== Max Bretos and Christopher Sullivan call the Fox Soccer Channel’s coveage of the MLS playoffs, which launch Saturday when Chivas USA hosts Real Salt Lake at the Home Depot Center in Carson (2:30 p.m.). FSN also has their game in Utah on Nov. 8 (7 p.m.) as well as either the Eastern or Western Conference championship on Nov. 15.

== NBC’s flex schedule with its NFL games starts with its last seven games — so by Tuesday, it has to decide whether the Nov. 16 Dallas-Washington matchup still works for them or cherry-pick something off the Fox/CBS lineup. Tony Romo is due back for the Cowboys then, so it may be moot.
The rest of the NBC schedule, that could be changed:
Nov. 23: Indianapolis at San Diego
Nov. 30: Chicago at Minnesota
Dec. 7: New England at Seattle
Dec. 14: New York Giants at Dallas
Dec. 21: San Diego at Tampa Bay
Dec. 28: Up in the air/no teams slotted yet

== Versus has the world’s top 45 pro bull riders in Las Vegas for the PBR World Finals over two weekends. Coverage starts tonight at 6 p.m. and continues Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Versus reports a 14-percent increase in total viewership and a 93-percent increase in viewership for Men 18-49 for its live PBR weekend telecasts from July 28 through October 26, as compared to the same time period in 2007.



== Did we do a good enough job ignoring this Danyelle Sargent story that took a life of its own — regretably — from Fox outtake to backhaul swipe to Internet plug to everyone else piling on about how stupid this girl is as a sideline reporter? Our opinion of her hasn’t really changed since she dropped the F-bomb on live TV during an ESPNEWS show two years ago. Wonder why she’s not at ESPN any more? She’s often on the FSN BCS Standings Show on Sunday afternoons. Otherwise, she probably won’t be doing much more sideline stuff for Fox on its regional NFL games.
The story here really is about how the thing even became a story in today’s world of media quick-to-the-punch-or-be-punched attitude. So if you’re interested in that kind of sorid detail, again, read about it elsewhere (like on, linked here).

Or, perhaps it will show up in the annual post-Thanksgiving “Dubious Dozen of 2008,” our list of media boners, bloopers and bleeders that’s bound to entertain the kids and grandparents alike.

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