What made it into this week’s media column: Items you’ve seen on the blog earlier this week, concerning a tipping point in the DirecTV strategy involved with Time Warner Cable SportsNet/Deportes distribution, plus more on the All Sports L.A. Film Festival this weekend and other notes.
What could have made it in, but somehow didn’t:
== Aside from the new “Jim Rome on Showtime” series coming up, Rome does a Q-and-A with … wait for it … The Daily Racing Form.
== Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker and Ryan Nece have the USC-Arizona State game for the Pac-12 Network (Saturday, noon). ESPN2’s broadcast of UCLA’s game at Washington State (7:30 p.m.) has Adam Amin, Tom Luginbill and Shelley Smith all drawing the short straw.
The rest of the Pac-12 coverage on Saturday: Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen and Samantha Steele get off the hook with Oregon at Cal (7:30 p.m., ESPN); Craig Bolerjack, Joel Klatt and Petros Papadakis have Oregon State at Stanford (noon, Channel 11); Justin Kutcher, Eric Crouch and Darius Walker do Colorado at Arizona (11:30 a.m., FX), while Kevin Calabro, Adam Archuleta and Yogi Roth have Utah at Washington (7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network).
== Kirk Herbstreit may have his most challenging travel plans yet on a college football Saturday. He’s scheduled to start the day on the deck of the USS San Diego, based in San Diego Harbor, as part of a special ESPN “GameDay” show to salute U.S. veterans (7-9 a.m.). Then he’s on the private jet (might want to consider just launching off the aircraft carrier) leaving San Diego Airport between 9:30-10 a.m. hoping to arrive in Boston by 6 p.m. EST for the Notre Dame-Boston College contest (5 p.m., Channel 7) with Brent Musburger and Heather Cox. That’s about a five-hour flight in an eight-hour window from end of one show to start of the other. Safe travels.
== Other college games of note: Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson have Texasx A&M-Alabama (12:30 p.m., Channel 2); Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe have Mississippi State at LSU (4 p.m., ESPN); Mark Jones, Brock Huard and Allison Williams have Georgia at Auburn (4 p.m., ESPN2); Gus Johnson and Charles Davis have Kansas State at TCU (4 p.m., Channel 11); Sean McDonough, Chris Speilman and Quint Kessenich have Penn State-Nebraska (12:30 p.m., Channel 7), and Dave Lamont and Kelly Stouffer have West Virginia-Oklahoma State (12:30 p.m., ESPN).
== The NFL docket: Fox has N.Y. Giants-Cincinnati (10 a.m., Channel 11, with Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin) and Dallas-Philadelphia (1:25 p.m., Channel 11, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver). CBS takes San Diego at Tampa Bay (10 a.m., Channel 2, Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots), leading into Houston at Chicago (5:20 p.m., Channel 4, with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya).
== The college basketball broadcast lineups for the first weekend: Steve Physioc, Marques Johnson, Laura McKeeman and Kevin Frazier are part of the coverage for UCLA’s opener tonight from the new Pauley Pavilion against Indiana State (8:30 p.m., Prime, with Chris Roberts and Don McLean on AM-570); Paul Sunderland and Chris Spatola call USC’s opener from the Galen Center tonight against Coppin State (6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network, with Chris Fisher and Brandon Granville on AM-710); Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Andy Katz are at the Armed Forces Classic taking Michigan State vs. Connecticut from an airplane hanger on the Ramstein Air Base in Germany (today, ESPN, 2:30 p.m.); Dave O’Brien and Dick Vitale are doing the Maryland-Kentucky game from Brooklyn (5:30 p.m., ESPN); and Dick Enberg and Steve Kerr (as well as Erin Andrews needing to be seen as well with all hands on deck) are staying with the San Diego State-Syracuse game aboard the USS Midway even as it’s pushed back from today to Sunday because of weather concerns (1 p.m. Prime).
One more look at an entry that will be in this weekend’s All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival, called the “Loud Sports Network”: