The media learning curve: Notes that got lost in the uplink

After today’s column on the 3D experiment we saw on the NFL in Hollywood (linked here), more media notes that weren’t dimensional enough to make it into the print edition:

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==FSN Prime Ticket has picked the Tesoro-Orange Lutheran Pac-5 semifinal high school football to televise (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.) from Santa Ana Stadium with Bill Macdonald (play-by-play), John Jackson (analyst) and Jackie Pickering and Dain Blanton (sidelines). Prime Ticket will also do the Pac-5 title game on Dec. 13 as well as the state championship games from Home Depot Center on Dec. 20.

==Saturday, ESPNU play-by-play guy Lou Canellis, analyst Mike Kelley and reporter Melissa Knowles will collaborate to do two college basketball games in two states on the same day. They first have the Georgia-Illinois contest at the United Center in Chicago at 11 a.m. local time (9 a.m. PDT). They then trek about 90 miles to the Bradley Center in Milwaukee to call the 9:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. PDT) match up of Marquette and No. 22 Wisconsin. It helps, apparently, that Canellis is a Chicago native and resident, while Kelley, a former standout player at Wisconsin, lives in the Milwaukee area.

==Versus reports that 7.6 million viewers watched its Nov. 29 telecast of the Oregon-Oregon State “Civil War” game, with a 1.2 rating that made it the most-ever watched college football game on the network. The game beat the previous mark who saw the Nov. 15 USC-Stanford game.

==ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360.com will combine to present exclusive coverage of the semifinals and championship matches from the 2008 NCAA Women’s College Cup. Today, all three networks will simulcast the Stanford-Notre Dame semifinal game at 1:30 p.m. between Stanford and Notre Dame, with the UCLA-North Carolina semifinal going at 4 p.m. on ESPNU. Sunday at 9 a.m., ESPN2 will re-air the Bruins-Tar Heels match, leading into the final at 11 a.m. Beth Mowins and Cat Whitehall are on the call.

==Jimmie Johnson will officially be crowned as the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion during the series’ annual awards banquet at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria. ESPN Classic will have live coverage today at 6 p.m. ESPN’s Dr. Jerry Punch is the master of ceremonies.

AND FINALLY, THE CLOSING ARGUMENT:

==Headline and fake story of the week from Onion Sports (linked here)

December 4, 2008
Seattle’s Disastrous Sports Year Continues With Addition Of Major League Soccer Team

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SEATTLE — After witnessing its baseball team finish in last place, its NFL team break its streak of five straight playoff appearances, and its NBA team leave for Oklahoma City, Seattle received another blow with the addition of a new Major League Soccer franchise, the Sounders FC.
“I mean, I sat through all 11 of the Huskies’ losses, but this is worse than any of that,” said Seattle resident Dusty Warren, who watched in resignation as the MLS expansion draft aired on a nearby television. “People will be wearing those jerseys and making up stupid chants for weeks before they realize they’ve been had. It’s almost as insulting as when that WNBA team won the title.”
The mood in the city darkened even further when partial Sounders owner Drew Carey pledged to be a visible presence around the team and perform throughout the city year-round.

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