Big West has a deal with FSW, Fox Sports SD … a big deal?

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The Big West Conference is a member of NCAA Division I and includes California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; California State University, Fullerton; California State University, Northridge; Long Beach State University; University of California, Davis; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Riverside; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Hawai’i, Manoa; and the University of the Pacific.

Boise State University and San Diego State University become members effective July 1, 2013. Pacific will no longer be a conference member effective July 1, 2013.

With that settled, the conference announced a deal that makes FSWest, Prime Ticket and Fox Sports San Diego the “exclusive regional TV partner” starting with the 2012-13 season. The focus will be on men’s and women’s basketball, as well as soccer and track.

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Rome to CBS Sports Radio announced

From the CBS press release:

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CBS Sports Radio today announced the newest member of its line-up for when the nation’s largest 24/7 major-market radio network launches next year. Jim Rome will serve as host of The Jim Rome Show, broadcast live weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon (PDT) beginning on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

Also at the start of the new year, Rome will provide his unique take on the day’s sports headlines via the CBS Sports Minute, sixty-second commentaries that can be heard hourly on CBS Sports Radio affiliate stations. Rome recently signed a multi-year agreement with CBS contributing across a variety of platforms. In addition to his weekday ROME show on CBS Sports Network, he provides commentary for CBS Sports and CBSSports.com. Further, Rome will also be hosting a talk series for Showtime, which will air later this Fall on the premium network.

“I am excited for the continued opportunity to extend my personal contributions to the various platforms that this incredible company has to offer,” said Rome. “I am proud to be a part of the CBS family and look forward to the successful launch of CBS Sports Radio.”

For more than 15 years, Rome has hosted a nationally syndicated radio program, The Jim Rome Show, a.k.a. The Jungle, reaching millions of listeners nationwide. His show on ESPN, Rome Is Burning, signed off in January 2012 after airing for six years.

So he’s leaving Premiere Radio and his spot at KLAC-AM (570) in the same time period. CBS Radio has not announced an L.A. affiliate for its network, but the prime candidates are KFWB-AM (980), JACK-FM (97.1; aka KCBS-FM) or KTWV-FM (94.7 The Wave).

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Time Warner Cable SportsNet GM (and ex-DirecTV exec) Mark Shuken: ‘We intend to have agreements with all providers’ … but will it be by the Oct. 1 launch?

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It’s less than a week away from the launch of both Time Warner Cable SportsNet channels, with the Lakers as the top-dog tennents and the Galaxy and Sparks tagging along for the full-content ride.

But when Oct. 1 arrives, and the switch is flipped at 7 p.m., who’ll be watching?

Customers of Time Warner Cable can get it. That’s a nice chunk of viewers. But to date, that’s it.

TWC SportsNet senior VP and general manager Mark Shuken said today — ironically, as he was getting the cable hooked up to the two flat-screen monitors in his office — that when people ask him about where they can find the channels on systems such as DirecTV, Dish, Comcast, Charter, U-verse or FiOS, his response remains:

“We’re negotiating with all the cable and satellite providers with whom we intend to share the services with. Those are ongoing, they’re current, and they’re productive. This timeline and the choreography is consistent with the rest of the industry. With the Oct. 1 launch, this week is really an active one in that category. We intend to have agreements with every one of them.”

That could mean that announcements don’t come until Monday’s delivery date. It could also mean that others don’t come aboard until the first Lakers’ exhibition game on Oct. 7. The last holdouts could push it all the way to the first Lakers’ regular-season game on Oct. 30.

Again, without the channels, both in English and Spanish, there’s no Laker coverage unless they’re on TNT or ESPN/ABC.

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Obama chimes in: Get regular bad NFL officials back, ‘terrible’ scabs go home

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(AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Lukas Keapproth )
Packers fan Tamie Vertz wastes her morning motioning at cars on Lombardi Avenue in Green Bay, Wisc., as she protests a controversial call in the Packers 14-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Monday night in Seattle.

By Ben Feller
Associated Press White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON — The embarrassing NFL referee saga and the disputed call that gave the Seattle Seahawks a victory over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night has reached the campaign for the White House, with President Barack Obama deeming it “terrible” and declaring it was time to get regular officiating crews back on the job.

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“I’ve been saying for months we’ve got to get our refs back,” Obama said as he returned to the White House from an appearance before the United Nations. In a tweet that went out under over his initials, Obama said: “NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs’ lockout is settled soon.”

In a rare moment of agreement with Obama, GOP running mate Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin native, also said it was time to bring back the “real refs.” But he used the episode on the football field to argue a partisan case for kicking the president out of office.

“It reminds me of President Obama and the economy,” Ryan said in Cincinnati. “If you can’t get it right, it’s time to get out. I half think that these refs work part-time for the Obama administration in the budget office. … They’re trying to pick the winners and losers, and they don’t even do that very well.”

Seattle won 14-12 over Green Bay after referees ruled a catch for the Seahawks amid a pile of bodies in the end zone on the game’s last play. The NFL conceded that a Seattle penalty in the course of the play went uncalled and cost the Packers the victory, but the league upheld the catch itself and the Seahawks’ victory.

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