The Media Learning Curve: Stuff you won’t find on the 11 o’clock news


The follow-up to today’s Part II of the 17th annual Best and Worst of L.A. Sports Media/the TV anchors (linked here) and a feature on KTLA’s Damon Andrews come these media notes that are worth something to someone:

== Verne Lundquist and Clark Kellogg call CBS’ coverage of the UCLA-Arizona basketball game from Tucson on Saturday (10 a.m., Channel 2).

== “Real Sports” with Bryant Gumbel (Tuesday, 10 p.m.) comes back with a profile on skier Bode Miller by Jon Frankel, a sit-down with former U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding by Bernard Goldberg some 15 years after her famous “incident,” and a story on the Dec. 31, 2008 death of Robbie Tolan, the son of former big leager Bobby Tolan, who watched his son shot by police in Bellaire, Tex., after he was wrongly suspected of stealing his own car. Gumbel does that last story himself.

== CBS has its usual crew up at Pebble Beach for the PGA’s pro-am, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., (Channel 2). Gary McCord will have interviews at the 17th tee with amateurs such as Bill Murray, Huey Lewis, Ray Romano, Kevin James, George Lopez, Greg Kinnear, Andy Garcia and Peyton Manning during Saturday’s coverage. CBS heads down to the L.A. PGA Tour stop next week at Riviera.

== Fox trots out Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds for its 51st running of the Daytona 500 (Sunday, 11 a.m., Channel 11). Chris Myers, Jeff Hammond and Waltrip have the prerace coverage which includes a Fox-created cartoon, “The Advertures of Digger & Friends,” to promote its character that … we’re not even sure where that’s going. Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits.

== Saturday’s AMA Supercross from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego will get an hours worth of airtime Sunday on CBS (Channel 2, 9 to 10 a.m.)

== Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Lennox Lewis handle HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” card on Saturday (10 p.m.) with Alfredo Angulo-Richardo Mayorga, Sergio Martinez-Kermit Cintron and Nate Campbell-Ali Funeka from Sunrise, Fla.

== Stuff to TiVo:
– The new HBO show, “Eastbound and Down,” on a roided out former minor leaguer with Will Ferrell, debuts Sunday at 10:30 p.m. (check this link)
– The SI Swimsuit show airs tonight, 8:30 p.m., TNT.
– The NFL Network has a 21-hour retrospective of Brett Favre’s career with five of his greatest games, starting Saturday at 6 a.m.

== From the Onion Sports:AND THE CLOSING ARGUMENT:

== Golf Channel announced this week a 10-year partnership to be the exclusive cable channel for the LPGA starting in 2010. In this time of strange economic times, the network says it has established the LPGA as “as the only stand-alone women’s professional sports association in the United States to receive a rights fee agreement for domestic broadcast coverage.” Almost every LPGA Tour event in the U.S. will have Golf Channel coverage, including the entire cable package. It will also carry one major event, international feeds of overseas events and early-round coverage of tournaments that are committed to other over-the-air networks. This year’s Golf Channel already has 12 LPGA events, including the LPGA Championship in June.

It’s a nice step forward for both the network and the league. By the way, whatever happened to an all-women’s sports channel?

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