The Media Learning Curve: Days to go before we sleep with the fishes (wrapped in newspaper, of course)

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Months, years … at least a few more days.

In reality, we have no clue how long the newspaper sports section will last. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss, which we tried to explain earlier this week (linked here) and expanded upon in today’s media column (linked here).

Please respond, here or at the story entry point online, about your connection to the daily newspaper sports section. How do you read it? Why do you read it? What do you want from it that’s different from other media sources?

For those who still want the news, in byte-sized pieces:

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== In light of the fact KTLA-Channel 5 is doing this weekend’s final AVP tour stop from Las Vegas, play-by-play and MC man Chris “Geeter” McGee says that the future of a consistent beach volleyball broadcast luring in the casual fan will hopefully shake out by the start of next season.

“I think they’re doing a great job with AVP.com, so at least a lot of people know where to go to watch, but those are the diehards,” said McGee. “To reach the other fans, the local coverage is key. That’s why KTLA works in this situation, and they’ve put the resources behind it. When we’re in Cincinnati, for example, we’re all over the local news and that’s why so many people get out there. Chicago is always amazing as well.”

Before the 2009 season, AVP sources thought there was a deal in place with ESPN to carry many of the events this season. After commissioner Leonard Armato left, the AVP bought time on Versus (a channel still AWOL from DirecTV’s lineup) but only for tour-stop replays. NBC did three live events this summer. The rest are hit and miss with the local customers.

KTLA did the Manhattan Beach Open as a local, live telecast for Southern California two months ago and with former old Prime Ticket boss Don Corsini calling the shots at the local channel, this could be a sign of more local sports coming back to the station that once was famous for its UCLA basketball late-night replays, boxing, Angels, Dodgers and Clippers coverage.

== Time Warner Cable has its own “High School Sports Rewind” half-hour show, hosted by Randy Kerdoon, that attempts to cover all in-season sports throughout Southern California and beyond. It will air every Tuesday at 7 and 10 p.m. on Channel 101 of Time Warner Cable systems, as well as stay on Video on Demand.

== One of the features planned for CBS’ NFL pregame show (Sunday, 9 a.m.) is former Jets QB Boomer Esiason chatting it up with new Jets QB Mark Sanchez. ESPN’s NFL pregame also has a piece on Sanchez, if you can find it amongst the noise.

== New recording artist Tim McCarver (you didn’t hear? it’s linked here), who may not have worked a baseball game with Joe Buck since last year’s World Series, is with Josh Lewin on the Cubs-Cardinals game Saturday, going to nearly 60 percent of the country. Chris Rose and Eric Karros do the Giants-Dodgers game from Dodger Stadium at 1 p.m. (21 percent of the country, Channel 11). Detroit-Minnesota goes to the other 20 percent.

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== ESPN’s lineup for its second annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon — back-to-back-to back-to-back-to-back (etc.) live games — has 12 games over a 24-hour period starting late Monday, Nov. 16 at 9 p.m. with UCLA hosting Cal State Fullerton. Every two hours, another game.
They hit five time zones in 14 states and two women’s games.
Here’s how it goes after the Bruins open it up on ESPN:

11 p.m.: San Diego State at St. Mary’s, ESPN
1 a.m. (11 p.m. local time): Northern Colorado at Hawaii, ESPN
3 a.m. (6 a.m. local time) Monmouth at St. Peter’s, ESPN
5 a.m. (8 a.m. local time) Drexel at Niagara, ESPN
9 a.m. (noon local time) Northeastern at Siena, ESPN
11 a.m. (2 p.m. local time) Arkansas Little-Rock at Tulsa, ESPN
1 p.m. (4 p.m. local time) Temple at Georgetown, ESPN
2:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. local time) Binghamton at Pittsburgh, ESPN2
3 p.m. (6 p.m. local time) NIT from Durham, N.C. (featuring Duke), ESPN
4 p.m. (7 p.m. local time) Women’s game: Tennessee vs. Texas Tech, ESPNU
4:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. local time) Arkansas vs. Louisville (from St. Louis), ESPN2
5 p.m. (8 p.m. local time) Gonzaga at Michigan State, ESPN
6 p.m. (8 p.m. local time) Duquesne at Iowa. ESPNU
6:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. local time) Women’s game: Connecticut vs. Texas (from San Antonio), ESPN2
7 p.m. (9 p.m. local time): Memphis vs. Kansas (from St. Louis), ESPN
8:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. local time) NIT from Tempe, Ariz. (featuring Arizona State), ESPN2

== Fox College Sports Pacific has a half-hour show called “Pepperdine Pipeline,” focused on Waves’ sports, debuting tonight at 7:30 p.m. It is produced and co-hosted by Kira Elste.

== AND FINALLY:

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== Al Michaels said it on the NBC telecast of the Tennessee-Pittsburgh NFL opener last week, after none of us could figure out what some of the players were saying — including the pronunciation of their name and what university they attended:

“Maybe we can get subtitles next time.”

Same could — SHOULD — apply to the CBS “NFL Today” crew when Shannon Sharpe is asked – or maybe forced – to do halftime highlights. As well as with Manny Ramirez in his radio spots on a secondary-ticket service called VIP Tickets. Or is it “BIP”? Oh, yea …

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