What’s in today’s weekly media column (linked here): Do the Dodgers have a plan on how (gulp) to replace Vin Scully someday? More on the NHL playoff navigation nightmares for L.A. hockey fans, Al Michaels’ latest honor and how HBO plans to highlight a story on the Lakers’ Pau Gasol.
What’s not in there:
== “Harvard Park,” a documentary celebrating the South Central L.A. baseball field that Darryl Strawberry and Eric Davis honed their Major League Baseball skills, debuts Sunday (on Jackie Robinson Day) on BET at 8 a.m., with a replay on the Centric channel at 8 p.m. Strawberry and Davis are the executive producers. The 88-minute film will also be available for download on iTunes on Monday, as well as accessible through Netflix.
We have a Q-and-A with Strawberry and Davis set to run Sunday.
== Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Ken Rosenthal are on the Fox call for the Angels’ game in New York against the Yankees on Saturday (Channel 11, 10 a.m.). Then it’s Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Terry Francona with Buster Olney doing the Angels-Yankees for ESPN on Sunday at 5 p.m.
== The MLB Network has branched out with a new “MLB Network Strike Zone” channel that comes on tonight after its debut Tuesday. Think of the NFL’s “Red Zone” channel, except it’ll whip around to any Major League Baseball game of interest with commerical-free, live look-ins. Those with DirecTV can find it on Channel 719 (a part of the MLB Extra Innings package). L.A. Time Warner Cable subscribers have it as well (on Channel 391) as does Dish Network owners (Channel 153).
== NBC reporter/analyst Pierre McGuire said before the Kings-Vancouver series began this week that it could turn out to be “nasty” based on “a dirty little secret going into the playoffs (that Kings coach) Darryl Sutter, all the time he spent in Calgary, knows Alain Vigneault coaching methods really well. I don’t think he’s a fan of the Vancouver Canucks. You have a little bit of interplay between the coaching staffs between L.A. and Vancouver. Obviously, L.A., they’ve become a smash-mouth team. They don’t score very easily but they really punish you. Vancouver, that’s really their M.O., how they play.”
== The Sparks have the top pick in the WNBA draft that’ll be held Monday at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., starting at 11 a.m. on ESPN2. The second- and third-rounds are on ESPNU and NBA TV (noon to 1:30 p.m.). Pam Ward anchors the coverage with Rebecca Lobo, Carolyn Peck and Holly Rowe, as well as Shelley Smith at the Sparks’ L.A. offices.
== Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis and Wally Dallenbach Jr., call Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for NBC Sports Network (12:30 p.m.), with reporters Marty Snider, Kevin Lee, Townsend Bell and Robin Miller. The network also has Saturday’s qualifying (3 p.m.) and a half-hour special featuring Graham Rahal on Sunday (noon) as part of its “IndyCar 36” behind-the-scenes series. The race reairs on the NBC Sports Network on Monday at 4 a.m. and 1 p.m. “Long Beach is the longest running and most prestigious street race in the country,” said Jenkins. “Every driver wants to win on the oval at Indianapolis, and on the street course in Long Beach. Organizers and promoters of the event have made the city of Long Beach synonymous with exciting and highly entertaining racing.” ESPN2 has the American Le Mans Series event from Long Beach (Saturday, 4:30 p.m.). ESPN3 also has today’s qualifying at 5 p.m.