The Media Learning Curve: Nov. 19-26

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An abbreviated wrapup of the week’s news in the sports media, an annex to our annual Dubious Dozen of the Sports Media awards (linked here):

== Jon Miller, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this past summer, has told ESPN he’ll have none of the Sunday Night Baseball radio gig, thrown out there as a consolation prize to the network taking him off the weekly TV package after 21 seasons. Miller has told the San Francisco Giants that he’s now available to do all 162 games for the first time since he was hired by the team in 1997.
“I’m going to just do the Giants games; that’s it,” he told the Oakland Tribune. “I’m excited about just being able to focus on one thing. … I appreciated their offer, but ultimately after talking with my wife and my family, the best thing for me and for all of us was to just do the Giants.”
It wouldn’t be a surprise of Fox or the MLB Network tried to hire him on a limited basis for some West Coast games.

== How the rest of your weekend of NFL in L.A. TV schedule lays out:

= Sunday:
= 10 a.m., Channel 11: Green Bay at Atlanta (with Thom Brennaman, and Brian Billick). Fox also has Carolina-Cleveland and Minnesota-Washington in this window. CBS has Jacksonville-N.Y. Giants, Pittsburgh-Buffalo and Tennessee Houston here.
= 1 p.m., Channel 2: Miami at Oakland (with Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker). CBS also has Kansas City-Seattle in this window.
= 1 p.m., Channel 11: Philadelphia at Chicago (with Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa). Fox also has St. Louis-Denver and Tampa Bay-Baltimore here.
= 5:15 p.m., Channel 4: San Diego at Indianapolis (with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Andrea Kremer)
= Monday:
= 5:30 p.m., ESPN: San Francisco at Arizona (with Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski).

== Someone with a lot of time on their hands at CBS has also determined that the coverage of Miami-Oakland will be the network’s 5,000 game (in its 51-year history of doing games for the league). Its first was on Sept. 30, 1956 — Pittsburgh beat Washington, 30-13, with Jim Gibbons and Arch McDonald doing the call for the Redskins’ audience and Joe Tucker and Bob Prince doing it for the Steelers.

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== Someone also at CBS thought it would be appropriate (again) to have a Victoria’s Secret model on the set for the NFL pregame show, promoting the fashion show that the network will carry (Tuesday, 10 p.m.). This year’s ultra-skinny chum: Lily Aldridge. Sorry, but Lesley Visser and Sam Ryan are also on the show reporting from various cold-weather cities, wearing appropriate attire.
By the way: Has anyone really missed Jillian Reynolds on Fox’s NFL pregame show this year?

== The college football games of note this weekend:

= Today:
= Auburn at Alabama (Channel 2, 11:30 a.m., with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson)
= UCLA at Arizona State (Prime, 12:30 p.m., with Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and Rebecca Haarlow)
= Arizona at Oregon (ESPN, 4 p.m., with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe)
= Boise State at Nevada (ESPN, 7:15 p.m., with Joe Tessitore and Rod Gilmore)

== Saturday:
== ESPN’s “College GameDay” (7 a.m.) goes to Stillwater, Oklahoma prior to ABC’s coverage of Oklahoma at Oklahoma State that night.
= Michigan at Ohio State (Channel 7, 9 a.m., with Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Quint Kessenich).
= Michigan State at Penn State (ESPN2, 9 a.m., with Todd Harris and Tim Brown).
= LSU at Arkansas (Channel 2, 12:30 p.m. with Craig Bolerjack and Steve Beuerlein).
= Florida at Florida State (Channel 7, 12:30 p.m, with Bob Wischuse and Brian Griese)
= TCU at New Mexico (Versus, 1 p.m., with Ted Robinson, Kelly Stouffer and Lindsay Soto).
= Oregon State at Stanford (Versus, 4:30 p.m., with Ron Thulin and Glenn Parker)
= Notre Dame at USC (Channel 7, 5 p.m., with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Shelley Smith, which is opposite Oklahoma at Oklahoma State with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Erin Andrews and goes to 67 percent of the country)

== ESPN2 has the year-end championship of men’s tennis, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, live from London on Sunday (7:30 a.m.) with Cliff Drysdale and Patrick McEnroe.

== Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and Emanuel Steward spend the weekend in Las Vegas calling HBO’s boxing tripleheader (Saturday, 6:45 p.m.) of Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Michael Katsidis, Andre Berto vs. Freddy Hernandez and Celestino Callero vs. Jason Litzau.

== The PBA season starts Sunday (10 a.m., ESPN) with the Brunswick Pro Bowling PBA Cheetah Championship, the first of five championships in a row that air on Sundays in that time slot. Rob Stone and Randy Pedersen call it.

== Bob Uecker, who goes into “Studio 42 with Bob Costas,” (today, 5 p.m.), says this about his Hall of Fame broadcasting career: “I love baseball Bob, and I mean, where would I be without baseball anyway? I love doing the games, and I love doing radio. I really love doing radio and there’s nothing wrong with doing television by any means. But I love doing radio where you can’t see what’s going on…”

AND FINALLY:

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== Compared to the 0.7 rating that the Galaxy and Real Salt Lake did for the MLS Cup in 2009, last Sunday’s 2010 version between Colorado and Dallas did just a 0.4 rating (748,000 viewers), which calculates to a 43-percent drop. For a game with two relatively unknown teams, up against a N.Y. Giants-Philadelphia NFL game on NBC, that’s understandable to a degree, but hardly a good reflection on overall league interest.

There are answers: Let the team with the better record host it instead of a town where there’s no interest. Let the Galaxy and New York Red Bull play in a preliminary game, no matter what their records were. Or, play the game with no goalies.

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