Weekly media column version 06.29.12


What’s included in this week’s media column (linked here): The previously blogged column about how NBC says if and when there’s a race to determine the final spot in the women’s 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials, it’ll be there. Live? Probably. Where? Who knows.

What’s not included:

== Sports Business Daily reports that ESPN’s NBA Draft coverage (yawn) did a 2.3 overnight rating, down 8 percent from last year. Hardly a surprise. Could have been worse.

== And Chris Berman was “surprised” by being asked to do NFL play-by-play. OK, let’s see what false modesty tastes like today (linked here).


== ESPN poker analyst Norman Chad on his poker prowess last Sunday in Vegas (linked here). (He can laugh all the way to the bank, coming away with some money and a sixth-place finish in a World Series of Poker Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low event last week at the Rio in Las Vegas – it was a $2,500 buy-in that started with nearly 400 competitors. Chad tweeted out: “Breaking News: The Mayans might know what they’re talking about — I JUST CASHED.” The payout was followed by Chad, in his weekly syndicated column (linked here) asking for pokerati civil behavior moving forward: “Poker is at a crossroads — the game is under siege, both from outside forces and from within. As a poker community, we either can step up and be more productive citizens or step back and lurk in the shadows of mainstream America. … Let’s understand that it’s just a game — granted, a wonderful, complex, multi-skillset game — and stop treating it like nuclear science; nobody just split the atom here, somebody just was smart enough to figure out that Seat 8 three-bet with 7-6 off-suit.”
That has to work better for ESPN’s coverage as well.

== Erin Andrews’ contract at ESPN expires Saturday. How much do you care if she busts loose? (linked here and linked here).


Apparently, the 34-year-old non-menber of our recent 40 women who raised the bar over the last 40 years of Title IX has already busted loose (linked here). And she did get an Aaron Sorkin shoutout in the first eposide of HBO’s “Newsroom” as a recent date for leading character Will McAlvoy (linked here).

== Joe Buck teams with Eric Karros and Ken Rosenthal to call the Dodgers-Mets game from Dodger Stadium on Saturday (4:15 p.m., Channel 11, going to 40 percent of the country.

== The Arizona D’backs have sent play-by-play man Daron Sutton away… for what? (linked here). Wearing the wrong shirts (linked here and linked here)? Sutton is on Fox’s regional coverage of the Diamondbacks’ game at Minnesota on Saturday, along with Brewers analyst Bill Schroeder, but it now appears that the Dodgers’ otherwise available Eric Collins will replace Sutton (linked here).

== Dick Enberg continues to feel some hubba-hubba backlash (linked here).

== TBS has the first look at the 2012 All-Star Game rosters on Sunday at 10 a.m. in a studio show hosted by Matt Winer and including Dennis Eckersley, Cal Ripken and David Wells.

== If you’re going to be critical of something Vin Scully does, make sure to repeat it over and over again (linked here).

== ESPN has a videographer working the X Games again named Kameraman (linked here)

== How the America’s Cup can make itself more TV friendly (linked here). NBC has live coverage of the America’s Cup World Series (Sunday, 11:30 a.m.) featuring the match racing final and fleet racing final. It marks the first U.S. network broadcast of America’s Cup racing in 20 years.

== NBC Sports announced a 10-year media rights extension with the Amaury Sport Organisation to keep covering the Tour de France through 2023. NBC Sports Network stays as the exclusive U.S. TV home, along with airings on NBC.

== The Kansas City Star says Len Dawson, the former Chiefs QB and longtime TV personality, will have a rare double: He’s going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame again, as a broadcaster, 25 years after his induction as a player. Dawson is the 2012 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, one given not long ago to Berman.


== Find yourself drudging over to Grantland.com every day for seven-hour readings just don’t fit anymore into your semi-busy schedule? Wish there was a way to get the “best of” that’ll work into one extra-relaxing trip to the latrine? Missed the first two issues already of the Grantland Quarterly? We’re guilty. We’ve ordered issue three on McSweenys.net, although we’re told it’s also in Barnes & Noble and in other major independent bookstores. Long-form sports and culture writing, on a website, strains our backs, eyes, inner-workings and we’re just used to paying for quality writing, so it works in our best interested to read, belatedly, about the New York Giants’ Super Bowl win, the “rise” of Jeremy Lin with the New York Knicks and an update on the passing of Whitney Houston. Timely? No, but timeless writing, we’re told, holds up well in any stapled publication. You can also buy Issue 1 (reduced from $25 to $19.95) and a bundle of Issues 2 and 3 (which run $25 each, but combined are $40 – so do it at the very least for its eBay.com investment value in 2013, and before the U.S. Postal Service takes up this business model as a viable option for survival). So, was that paragraph long enough to get that piece of information across?

== Up for some more summer baseball reading? Larry LaRue, the Seattle News Tribune’s Mariners beat reporter since 1988, following an eight-year stint covering the Angels for the Long Beach Beach Press Telegram, has an ebook out called “Major League Encounters” (linked here at Barnes & Noble). He reads a chapter below:

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