What’s been delicately included in today’s weekly media column offering (linked here): A look at why NBC would offer more than 3,500 hours of live Olympics events on its website, how the new USC/ESPN Radio deal doesn’t affect the local broadcast team (but that paring could still change), and other things worth filling the space.
What’s astutely been excluded, and for some reason now feels it has to be included in this blog post:
== FoxSports.net has launched its own Olympic site — foxsports.com/olympics – that will include contributions by former sprinter Maurice Greene, swimmer Amy Van Dyken, gymnast Dominique Dawes and basketball player Christian Laettner. A new site at USA Today — Olympics.usatoday.com – with its own countdown clock ticking away.
== Turner Sports and the NCAA will have more than 400 hours of spring championships on NCAA.com, starting April 27 with the Division III men’s volleyball championship. It includes a men’s national volleyball semifinal match (from USC) on May 3, the womens’ water polo finals from San Diego (May 13), and all four rounds of the men’s golf championships from Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades from May 31 to June 3.
== Because he harbors visions of a career someday as a game-show host, and he missed his window of opportunity with ABC’s “Wipeout,” year-around NFL Network anchor / host Rich Eisen has been tabbed to be the front man on TNT’s first reality show called “The Great Escape.” From the producers of “Amazing Race,” the series pits amateur escape artists against each other. It starts in late June. Unless it disappears before then.
== Yes, the Travis Rodgers show that Angels flagship station KLAA-AM (830) often offers weekdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. is the same gent who used to produce Jim Rome’s syndicated show but decided to leave in June, 2009 after 15 years. Rodgers works for the Yahoo! Sports Network based in Houston at 1560 The Game.
== Showtime will run a 30-minute preview (Saturday, 6 p.m.) on the next season of “The Franchise” A Season with the Miami Marlins,” which will start on July 11. Otherwise known as the Ozzie Guillen show.