The Media Learning Curve: Covering 10 freakin’ years, you’d think we’d have more to say

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All that fits in about 1200 words, you got today’s media column (linked here).

All that didn’t, lands here:

== Before we get going, a letter added to today’s posting from this morning:

Very nice column today, but I would suggest the rampant growth and importance of Fantasy Sports merited its own section. Many would suggest that the fan growth of the NFL during the last decade has been largely catalyzed by Fantasy…and I would suggest that without it Baseball would become even less relevant than it has become as a televised sport. Fantasy Sports is now a multi-million dollar industry which boasts deep engagement with millions of fans. And it is fun too.
Regards,
Mark Howorth

Our take: Fantasy sports did drive a lot of the sports media to places it didn’t necessarily want to go. Newspapers ran “fantasy” columns to give suggestions/tips/draft help. Online, it had plenty of its own sites. Even TV put graphics on the screen to give up to the second statistical data on players. Again, without Fantasy Football, DirecTV’s “NFL Sunday Ticket” loses hundreds of subscribers.
Good call….

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== Hot Rod Hundley, the former Lakers guard who retired last spring after 35 seasons as the voice of the New Orleans and Utah Jazz, replaces Stu Lantz on the Lakers’ TV broadcast starting tonight and including the upcoming five-game road trip. Lantz is taking time off to spend with his wife, Linda, as she undergoes surgery in San Diego. The 75-year-old Hundley was the second of Chick Hearn’s colormen – the first was Al Michaels, for 10 games. Hundley lasted four seasons (1965-69) before he left and was replaced by Lynn Shackleford. Also, Lakers radio analyst Mychal Thompson expects to miss the next two broadcasts while attending the funeral of his mother in the Bahamas, leaving injured Lakers forward Luke Walton to sit in for him with Spero Dedes on tonight’s game against Minnesota and Saturday night in Utah.

== Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson call Saturday’s Army-Navy game from Philadelphia (Channel 2, 11:30 a.m.). Last year CBS Sports extended its agreement to do the annual Army-Navy football game through the 2018 season, pushing it back to the second Saturday in December to end college football’s regular-season.

== ESPN will finally include 1991 winner Desmond Howard with “College GameDay” colleagues Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit for the live Heisman Trophy presentation (ESPN, 5 p.m.) in New York. ESPN follows it up with its latest “30 in 30″ presentation called “The U,” a two-hour documentary about the University of Miami football program in the 1980s directed by alum Billy Corben .

== The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame (linked here) will next induct broadcasters Dick Enberg and Keith Jackson, along with network TV execs Barry Frank and Chuck Howard, technical innovators Garrett Brown, Steve Laxton and John Porter, plus former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman.

== A second season of the FX comedy “The League” has been ordered — 13 episodes that will start airing next summer, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The show somehow averages 1 million viewers an episode.

== AND FINALLY:

== From The Onion Sports (linked here):

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Sports Illustrated Sportsman Of The Year Award Important, Sports Illustrated Reports

NEW YORK–The Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award is a crowning life achievement for the player whom it honors, and the award’s announcement is a landmark event highly anticipated by aficionados across the world of competitive athletics, Sports Illustrated magazine announced Monday.
“The SI Sportsman of the Year award is a chance for one singular performer to transcend the limitations of his sport, his league, and yes, sports itself, and be placed in the pantheon of cultural luminaries by that finest of institutions: Sports Illustrated magazine,” an editorial in Monday’s Sportsman of the Year issue of Sports Illustrated read in part.
“Simply put, you are not a sports enthusiast if you do not agree.”
Derek Jeter, the 2009 honoree, said he had not yet read the article, although he was looking forward to the annual swimsuit issue.

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