The Media Learning Curve: There’s (probably) more to Erin Andrews than meets the peephole

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We’re already getting backlash from the take we took on this whole EA-gets-spied-on story and reaction (linked here) in today’s newsprint edition. Didn’t expect anything less.

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Again, nothing excuses someone else from perverted behavior, so we feel very badly for what Andrews must be exposed to right now. She could come back stronger; she could disappear; she could keep acting the same way.

Is she that naive?

Hey, one more story from Leslie Visser on the subject of females trying to do their job versus how they’re perceived, as she was the first women to cover the NFL with the Boston Globe in 1976 when she was a 20-year-old, single person and took a tact that more should think about.

She said via email:

“When the New England Patriots played the Baltimore Colts in pre-season in 1976, there were no provisions for equality, so I waited in the parking lot for quarterback Bert Jones. During the interview, he said, ‘Hey, have you ever been to Baltimore, would you like to come for a weekend?’

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“I went into my surely high-pitched pompous voice: ‘Absolutely not, this is my job!’ He finally looked at me, exasperated, and said, ‘Please, you’re not that great!’ I burst out laughing.”

We got other notes to dig through for the upcoming weekend:

== Stay tuned for the ESPNLosAngeles.com website that’s slated to launch in the first half of 2010. Last year, ESPNChicago.com as used as a test model of what ESPN could do with its resources to produce a city-friendly website aimed at the fans of that town — funnel in the local ESPN Radio affiliate, highlight local stories and columnists. It’s been enough of a success that, in addition to L.A., there will also be an ESPNDallas.com this fall, and an ESPNNewYork.com next year as well.

“Our commitment to expand ESPN’s network of localized sites is a testament to our dedication to serve sports fans and their passions,” said Marc Horine, vice president digital partnerships and sales development, ESPN Digital Media. “We understand that local sports interests ignite strong passions, and Dallas, New York and Los Angeles have some of the most storied franchises and fan bases in history. We’re excited by the early success we’ve had with ESPNChicago.com and the opportunities that lie ahead.”


== LA 36 will work with the MLB Network to carry the title game of the Breakthrough All-Star Baseball Series, played Thursday night in Compton at the Urban Youth Academy. LA 36 will air it Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with several repeats. MLB Net and MLB.com will start airing it next month. Randy Rosenbloom does the play-by-play with Darrell Miller (former Angels catcher and director of the Urban Youth Academy) on color and Geoff Nathanson as the reporter, covering some of the best high-school baseball talent in the inner cities from across the country.

== The 2010 NFL Draft will have a prime-time (East Coast start) weekday start — Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. — with the second and third rounds going Friday, April 23 (6:30 p.m.) and the fourth-through-seventh rounds on Saturday, April 24 at 10 a.m. It’ll be carried both on ESPN and the NFL Network from Radio City Music Hall in New York.
“We continue to look for ways to make the draft more accessible to more fans,” said NFL chief Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Moving the first round to prime time on Thursday night will make the first round of the draft available to fans on what is typically the most-watched night of television.”

== NBC has six hours of coverage from the 2009 FINA World Aquatics Championships from Rome, starting this weekend (Sunday, Channel 4, noon to 2 p.m.) and going through Aug. 1-2. The network will carry the men’s and women’s 4×100 freestyle relays, pitting the U.S. against top rivals from France and Australia (Saturday), plus the men’s 100 buttery on August 1, featuring Michael Phelps; and the women’s 50 freestyle on August 2, with 42-year-old Dara Torres. The Universal Sports site also has hours of coverage. NBC says the planned coverage on its network and Universal Sports — more than 50 hours — triples the amount of broadcast hours for any international aquatics event outside of the Olympic Games. A full TV schedule: UniversalSports.com/tvschedule.

== You ask for it, you get it: ABC has Sunday’s WNBA All-Star game from an Indian bingo parlor in Uncasville, Conn. (12:30 p.m., Channel 7) with Dave Pasch, Nancy Lieberman, Carolyn Peck, Heather Cox and Rebecca Lobo. ABC’s production will also include the exclusive live announcement of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2010.

== ESPN starts its NASCAR live race coverage with the first of the final 17 races of the season, the Brickyard 400 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Sunday, 11 a.m.).
Says Julie Sobieski, ESPN vice president, programming and acquisitions: “It’s fair to say that we certainly recognize that the baton is being passed to us with ratings down. While we certainly see as you do that there’s room for improvement in a lot of areas, we’re doing everything we can from a TV standpoint. There’s definitely been a lot of dialogue about start times, and a lot has been written. With ratings being down, there’s lots of factors that are contributing to that. Can consistent start times make a difference? Certainly that’s possible. We’d be supportive of consistent start times with ESPN and we know that’s also been a priority for NASCAR to try and look at, so if it’s good for the fans, and we think it’s going to benefit ratings, then certainly we’re onboard with that concept. It’s ultimately NASCAR’s call when it comes to the schedule of their races, and certainly the tracks as well. All we can do is have the open dialogue and support ultimately where NASCAR and the tracks feel (the starting time) is best to serve the fans. Nothing is set for next year, so I think that dialogue is ongoing and continuing, and we’ll see where that ends up.”
Dr. Jerry Punch is the lead broadcaster, with analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree.

== The MLB Network has all the Baseball Hall of Fame ceremony stuff (not ESPN) starting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, but before that, try to catch the documentary, “This Old Cub” on Ron Santo, airing at 7 a.m., and an MLB Tonight: Hall of Fame edition at 9:30 a.m. Also Sunday, TBS has St. Louis at Philadelphia (10:30 a.m.) and ESPN has the Chicago White Sox-Detroit (5 p.m.). On Saturday, Fox (Channel 11, 1 p.m.) will dispatch Kenny Albert and Eric Karros to the Twins-Angels game at Anaheim (only going to 16 percent of the country).

== ESPN’s next “E:60″ episode (Tuesday, 4 p.m.) includes a Tom Farrey report on LPGA star and model Anna Rawson, a Vince Young sitdown, a Jeremy Schaap piece on the “sport” of cheese rolling in Gloucester, England, and one more story on Motocross champion James Stewart - known as the Tiger Woods of motocross, as he prepares to make his X Games debut in Los Angeles next week.

AND FINALLY:

== The 40th World Series of Poker — the one and not only — comes back to ESPN starting Tuesday, 5 p.m., with the delayed coverage of that $40,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament. ESPN coverage runs through Nov. 10 (with the two-hour final table), with Norman Chad and Lon McEachern back to describe it.

Compare this to the news that ESPN will also have the western regional finals of the 2009 Incredible Dog Challenge on Saturday at 11 a.m., a one-hour telecast that took place last month in San Diego has events like in events agility, freestyle flying disc, Jack Russell hurdle races, head-to-head 60-weave pole, dog diving and a dog surfing challenge.

We’re quite fond of dogs playing poker, actually. When will that be added to the Dog Challenge?

== AND ONE MORE FINALLY:

Staff writer Kevin Modesti came across this gem in a recent Dan Shaughnessy Boston Globe notes column, when Manny Ramirez had just come back from his 50-game suspension and the Dodgers were playing the Mets before the All-Star break:

“Manny Ramrez returned to New York this week. Manny grew up in the same Washington Heights neighborhood that spawned god-of-all-broadcasters Vin Scully. “I talked to Manny about it once,” said the voice of the Dodgers. “I mentioned that I was from 180th Street and he said he was from 168th Street and that was it. There was no response from either of us. But my school was on 175th Street, so his house was on my route. The neighborhood was 99 percent Jewish in my day. Now it’s probably 100 percent Hispanic.”

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