Countdown, two weeks: Best/worst of L.A. Sports Media 2009


The plan is to launch the 17th edition of the Daily News Best and Worst of L.A. Sports Media polls from Friday, Feb. 6 on four consecutive weeks through Friday, Feb. 27, beginning with the local radio sports-talk show hosts (whomever is left), then local TV sports anchors/personalities, colormen/analysts and play-by-play guys.

By that time, the Dodgers should have picked out their new play-by-play person — could it be Jeanne Zelasko? — and the L.A. sports-talk market, now full of syndicated pablum, may shake itself out a bit more.

Whilst you ponder on this — and please, start emailing your suggestions, pros and cons, to me at or post comments here — we reflect, in passing and wonder, how more than 30,000 folks made their votes heard on a USA Today sports poll of favorite football-related national broadcasters.

The results (linked here) included:

== Favorite game announcers: 1. NBC’s John Madden and Al Michaels (39 percent), 2. Fox’s Troy Aikman and Joe Buck (27 percent); 3, CBS’ Phil Simms and Jim Nantz (21 percent); 4. NFL Network’s Cris Collinsworth and Bob Papa (7 percent); 5. ESPN’s Ron Jaworski, Tony Kornheiser and Mike Tirico (6 percent).

== Best analyst: 1. Troy Aikman and John Madden (23 percent); 3. Cris Collinsworth (22 percent).

== Best play-by-play: 1. Al Michaels (42 percent), 2. Joe Buck (25 percent).

== Best pre-game show: 1. Fox (45 percent), 2. ESPN (24 percent).

== Best “insider”: 1. NFL Network’s Adam Schefter (39 percent); 2. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen (31 percent). Somehow, not Fox’s Jay Glazer?

== Best sideline reporter: 1. Fox’s Tony Siragusa (29 percent); 2. Fox’s Pam Oliver (28 percent).

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