The official proclamation of Rome-to-CBS lands

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Jim Rome’s multi-year deal with CBS to launch a new half-hour show on the network’s cable channel, CBS Sports Network, called “Rome” that’ll air weekdays at 3 p.m. (PDT) starting April 3 as well as hosting a new sports and entertainment series on Showtime this fall was finally announced this morning.

CBS said Rome will also contribute to network coverage of the NFL, NCAA basketball and U.S. Open tennis, as well as be featured on CBSSports.com.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jim Rome to the CBS family,” said Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports in a press release. “Jim is a high profile, marquee talent who elevates our overall sports coverage and is a perfect fit within the growing platforms of CBS Sports and Shwtome sports.”

Rome replied that he was “ecstatic” and “fired up” for the launch of ‘Rome.’ “CBS Sports is the pinnacle, and I’m ready to get after it.”

Mark Shapiro, Rome’s former producer on ESPN2’s “Talk 2” long ago who rose to be executive producer of ESPN, is now the chief executive officer of dick clark productions, which will be doing the Showtime side of Rome’s activity. Shapiro is the executive producer of both Rome shows for CBS Sports Network and Showtime.

“I look forward to working with the production team and have been searching for an opportunity to work again with Mark Shapiro,” said Rome.

The TV side won’t change the fact that Rome will continue to host his nationally-syndicated radio program from 9 a.m. to noon (PDT) based on Orange County. It has 244 affiliates.

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Dodgers, Fox seem to agree to settle TV hitch

The Associated Press

The Dodgers and Fox have settled their lawsuit, removing an impediment to the sale of the bankrupt team.

In a motion filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, the Dodgers said they were abandoning their attempt to sell future media rights and will adhere to their contract with Fox’s Prime Ticket subsidiary, which has an exclusive negotiating window from Oct. 15 through Nov. 30 this year.

The team said in a statement “this agreement is a significant step towards a successful sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers.”

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2012 Shrine of the Eternals ballot: Nomo, Bilko are voter-ready, if your dues are paid up

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Former Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo, who came over from Japan and opened the doors for future player imports, and famed Pacific Coast League slugger Steve Bilko are among the first-timers to appear on the ballot for the Pasadena-based Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals.

Fifty names listed as eligible candidates for the organization’s 14th class induction on July 15, 2012, with Nomo and Bilko among the 10 appearing for the first time. Other noteworthy returning names on the ballot include former Dodgers outfielder Glenn Burke (fifth year on), former UCLA softball pitcher Lisa Fernandez (12th year), Dr. Frank Jobe (10th year), former Dodgers Cy Young Award winning relief pitcher Mike Marshall (seventh year), former Dodgers outfielder Manny Mota (fifth year) and former Angels outfielder Curtis Pride (second year).

Members in good standing with the Baseball Reliquary are eligible to vote. For more information: www.baseballreliquary.org The top three voters by percentage will be inducted.

The 10 first-timers, in alphabetical order, with bios provided by Reliquary executive director Terry Cannon:

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A Vin Scully bobblehead …. what’s it going to look like?

UPDATED TUESDAY 10:30 a.m.:

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After of years of sidesteping requests to have his likeness cemented in bobblehead fame, Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully has agreed to be one of 10 bobblehead giveaway promotions that Dodgers will stage for the 2012 season, the team announced today.

The Scully bobblehead will come out on Thursday, Aug. 30, when the Dodgers face Arizona. Expect it to be listed as a sellout minutes after the single-game tickets go on sale. And if we’re allowed to suggest: Make it in a way that it has one of Vin’s call (the Gibson home run?) at the press of a button.

The Dodgers are using the series to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium.

“Since I won’t be here for the 100th anniversary, I agreed to do the 50th,” Scully said. “Otherwise, I would be open to questions as to why I didn’t do it. It’s far easier this way.”

The rest of the Dodgers’ bobblehead list:

==Don Drysdale and Maury Wills: Saturday, April 28 vs. Washington
==Orel Hershiser: Tuesday, May 15 vs. Arizona
==The record-setting infield of Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey: Tuesday, May 29 vs. Milwaukee
== Mike Scioscia: Tuesday, June 12 vs. the Angels
==Eric Karros: Thursday, June 28 vs. the N.Y. Mets
==Tommy Lasorda and Walter Alston: Saturday, July 14 vs. San Diego
==Kirk Gibson: Tuesday, July 31 vs. Arizona
==Sandy Koufax: Tuesday, Aug. 7 vs. Colorado
==Fernando Valenzuela: Tuesday, Aug. 21 vs. San Francisco

Why so many promo nights against the D’backs, the defending NL West champs? One reason, is because they assume Gibson, the team’s manager, will be there in July to accept it.

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