The Media Learning Curve: Beyond the ‘It’ lists

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The 17th annual best and worst of the L.A. sports media has come to a February conclusion with the play-by-play list of Top 10 and Bottom 5 entries (linked here). The shortest month with the largest amount of reader viewing and response each year, and this is no different.

Thanks for the votes on the blog each week (the latest is coming up soon).

The play-by-play list has evolved into something a little different this year. Try picking between Vin Scully and Bob Miller each 12 months. Then throw in Jaime Jarrin.

There’s three big fish in a very big pond. They smother the competition. So we tried to adjust to be realistic.

Beyond this, here are more media notes that has come through the inbox with some relevance:

== Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy are on the ABC call (Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Channel 7) for the Lakers’ game in Phoenix. Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and Heather Cox do Detroit-Boston at 10 a.m. as the leadin. Dan Shulman and Doris Burke do Cleveland-Atlanta on ESPN at 5 p.m. Sunday.

== Coverage on ESPN and ESPN2 of the World Baseball Classic actually begins at 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 5 with Japan facing China in Tokyo (ESPN2, with Jon Sciambi and analyst Orestes Destrade). ESPN and ESPN2 combine for 23 games leading into the semifinals (March 21-22) and the final (March 23) at Dodger Stadium.

== The MLB Network’s daily coverage of spring training games includes the Dodgers-White Sox game on Sunday (2 p.m.) from the new Glendale, Arizona field that they share.

== Dodgers’ Hall of Fame Spanish-language broadcaster Jamie Jarrin will be honored with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles’ Community Advocate’s Award on Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Proceeds will help send more than 1,000 at-risk youth (ages 7-13) to camp this summer. More information: www.svdpla.org, or contact Sandra Gillard at 323-276-6083 or sgillard@svdpla.org.

== The seven-part series where Hank Haney tries to fix Charles Barkley’s golf swing starts Monday, 6 p.m. on Golf Channel.

== Before NBC’s coverage of the WGC Match Play Championship on Sunday, check out the Golf Digest Equipment Special with Brian Crowell and Dottie Pepper (Channel 4, 10 a.m. Sunday). Golf Digest’s Senior Equipment Editors Mike Johnson and Mike Stachura also join in to try to demystify equipment for the average golfer by visiting manufacturers at TaylorMade, Adams Golf, Callaway, Cobra, Cleveland, Titleist, Ping, Nike and Bridgestone. It’ll also reveal some of the sport’s quirkier new products.

== Mary Carillo, Billie Jean King and John McEnroe will call live the BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup event on Monday from New York’s Madison Square Garden (HBO, 4:30 to 8 p.m.)

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