What’s included in this week’s media column (linked here): A tightened-up version of the blog item we posted Thursday, comparing the current Time Warner Cable SportsNet/Deportes launch to when Fox Sports West broke out with FSW2 in 1997 (linked here). Check out the commercials FSW ran in trying to explain to viewers why the extra channel was needed. Simple, yes?
What’s not included:
== We admit to not being all that compelled to find out why ESPN changed up its NBA pregame show, even with keeping Magic Johnson on board. SI.com felt otherwise and you can read here why someone like Bill Simmons is included in the group (linked here) and Stan Van Gundy isn’t.
== TWC SportsNet has its first Galaxy-Lakers live doubleheader on Sunday, with the MLS team’s game at San Jose airing at 4 p.m., followed by the Lakers’ exhibition at home against Sacramento at 6:30 p.m. TWC Deportes doesn’t have the Galaxy game live since Galavision has the Spanish-language rights to it. As this is the next-to-last Galaxy regular-season game, their finale against Seattle on Oct. 28 is set for ESPN. They also have a CCL game in Mexico on Oct. 25 that’ll be carried on Fox Soccer Channel.
== Kevin Calabro, Adam Archuleta and Yogi Roth have the USC-Colorado game from the Coliseum (3 p.m., Pac-12 Network). UCLA, if you haven’t figured it out, has a bye week. Elsewhere in the conference, Craig Bolerjack, Joel Klatt and Petros Papadakis have Stanford at Cal (noon, Channel 11), Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen and Shannon Spake call Utah at Oregon State (7:30 p.m., ESPN2) andTed Robinson, Glenn Parker and Ryan Nece have Washington-Arizona (7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network).
== Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox have Florida State at Miami (5 p.m., Channel 7); Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe have Alabama at Tennessee (4 p.m., ESPN); Tom Hammond and Mike Mayock are on BYU-Notre Dame (12:30 p.m., Channel 4); Dave Pasch, Brian Griese and Jenn Brown have LSU at Texas A&M (9 a.m., ESPN), Gus Johnson and Charles Davis have Kansas State at West Virginia (4 p.m., Channel 11).
== The network NFL (non “Sunday Ticket”) lineup: CBS has Baltimore-Houston (10 a.m., Channel 2, with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf) and N.Y. Jets-New England (1:25 p.m., Channel 2 with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms). Fox has Washington-N.Y. Giants (10 a.m., Channel 11 with Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver, as Joe Buck is stuck on the NLCS and in no territorial condition to do another double-header with NLCS Game 6 scheduled for Sunday in San Francisco at 4:30 p.m.).
== Next episode of HBO’s “Real Sports” (Tuesday, 10 p.m.): A Frank Deford piece on the NFL Films legacy in the wake of the Steve Sabol’s passing on Sept. 18 (it revisits a 2007 piece that Deford did on the company’s impact), and a Bryant Gumbel probing of Michael Strahan, the “NFL on Fox” L.A.-based studio analyst who continually takes jabbing from his colleagues for replacing Regis Philbin as the new co-host of ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Michael.”
==Time Inc., has named Paul Fichtenbaum the editor of the company’s Sports Group — essentially, Sports Illustrated (plus Golf and SIKids) — succeeding Terry McDonell, promoted to a senior advisor at Time Inc., concentrating on digital initiatives. Chris Stone has also been promoted to Sports Illustrated’s managing editor. Fichtenbaum, editorial director for the sports group prior to the promotion, has been at SI since 1989.
== What’s so insane about the idea of the Long Snap Channel? (linked here). Or Gary Bettman’s surprise that the NHL lockout has generated so much publicity (linked here). Or something about Stephen A. Smith needing some kid time (linked here).