What’s included in this week’s version of the media column (linked here): What CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN and the NFL Network want you to love about them for the upcoming season.
What’s not included:
== Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Shelley Smith are on-call for the USC-Syracuse game Saturday from New Jersey (12:30 p.m., Channel 7).
Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Julie Alexandria have UCLA hosting Nebraska at the Rose Bowl (4:30 p.m., Channel 11).
ESPN’s No. 1 crew of Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox are doing Florida at Texas A&M (12:30 p.m., ESPN), with the “GameDay” show originating from College Station, Tex.
ABC yields to NASCAR in the traditional prime-time spot (the Federated Auto Parts 400 from Richmond, Va., at 4:30 p.m.) and instead carries Penn State-Virginia (9 a.m., with Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham and George Smith) followed by the split-regional with either USC-Syracuse or Air Force-Michigan (with Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell and Maria Taylor), which goes to ESPN2 in the L.A. market.
== Sunday NFL TV crews: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa have Washington-New Orleans (10 a.m., Channel 11), Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver are on San Francisco-Green Bay (1:25 p.m., Channel 11), and Jim Nantz and Phil Simms have New England-Tennessee (10 a.m., Channel 2).
== A reminder: The new NFL TV rules have pushed the afternoon game of a network doubleheader back to 1:25 p.m. The decision goes back to some uproar that happened in Week 2 last season, when KCBS-Channel 2 cut off the final moments of the Oakland-Buffalo game – and we missed the Bills’ game-winning touchdown in their 38-35 victory in the final 27 seconds — because the channel says it was “obligated” to show the start of the San Diego game in New England.
The push-back probably won’t solve the problem entirely, especially if games go into overtime. But in an NFL-less market like L.A., it shouldn’t matter which game we are “obligated” to see in the afternoon. The obligation has to be to finish up the first game and join the second in progress.
== Jacksonville Jaguars and former UCLA star running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who recently ended a long holdout, will begin the third season of his “Runnin’ with MJD” weekly fantasy football talk show today from 4-6 p.m. on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, channel 87 on XM and channel 210 on Sirius Premier.
Likewise, John Madden is back for a ninth season as a commentator on SiriusXM NFL Radio, hosting “Madden Football” every Wednesday (11 a.m.-to-noon) with Adam Schein and Rich Gannon. He will also be with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo for a weekly NFL show Fridays at 2 p.m. on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio, channel 86.
== Cal’s AD did eventually drop her DirecTV for Comast so she could get the Bears’ opening football game (linked here). And she did a video to prove it (linked here).
== Grantland.com launched its YouTube channel, as Bill Simmons explains in his mission statement:
== Bob Timmermann’s essay on why the “perfect” TV system, whether it’s dish or cable, doesn’t exist for an L.A. sports fan at the moment (linked here).
== Is ESPN “College GameDay” better off or worse with Samantha Steele replacing Erin Andrews (can’t believe we even care). A USA Today poll decided by some 1,600-plus voters thought Steele “rocked” (linked here).
== After the Vin Scully call of tonight’s Dodgers-Giants game (Prime, 7:05 p.m.), it’s the team of Matt Vasgersian, Tim McCarver and Ken Rosenthal on Saturday (Channel 11, 1:05 p.m.) and Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Terry Francona on Sunday (ESPN, 5:05 p.m.).
And for those who missed out on landing a Scully bobblehead from last week’s offering at Dodger Stadium, you must know there are versions of it for sale on eBay.com north of the $50 “buy it now” price range. But few realize that the Dodgers also produced some 3,000 “special edition” Scully bobbleheads that come with a special switch and allows you to hear him call Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series home run. Those bobbleheads were offered as a promotional item as part of a $640 ticket package deal. Some have sold this week on eBay.com for about $300. Another available on Lomita-based BobblesGalore.com has one for just $699.95. One autographed copy of a Scully bobblehead (not the special edition) was going for $850. Supply and demand has its limits.