Jim Rome Is Missing … and should be burning about it

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Jim Rome was on vacation last week from both his syndicated radio show and his “Jim Rome Is Burning” afternoon half-hour TV show on ESPN.

But this week, the TV show is curiously absent, even with him back on the radio (KLAC-AM 570 9 a.m. to noon).

Next week, the TV show isn’t scheduled either, replaced by “SportCenter” episodes.

A network spokesman says Rome’s current “hiatus” is related to coverage of the U.S. Open. But that’s already over on ESPN2.

Why would that matter?

Because starting Sept. 12, ESPN2 will have a new lineup (linked here) – ripping “JRIB” from the 1:30 p.m. ESPN slot, and replacing it with “news and information studio programming” in that time period.

Say what you will about the definition of “news and information studio programming,” but the ESPN lineup will move “Around The Horn” to 1 p.m. and “Pardon The Interruption” to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, going head-to-head with “JRIB.” The rest of the week, it’ll be back to 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. slots.

Two new shows – “Numbers Never Lie” at 12:30 p.m. and “Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable” at 1 p.m. – will lead into “JRIB,” with “SportsNation” following it.

Highly questionable, indeed. Allegedly.

Except when you think of Rome’s roots, his original talk show, “Talk2,” was on the ESPN2 channel when it was known so hipply as “The Deuce.”

Meanwhile, Rome is still celebrating his own version an ESPN misdirection from last week at Del Mar (linked here).

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