What made it into this week’s sports media column:
The deadline is here for the Dodgers and Prime Ticket to come to an agreement … are they pushing it back as talks get close to a resolution? Or does that just make Time Warner Cable all the more antsy?
What didn’t make it in but could have:
== Fox beefs up its college football A-team of Gus Johnson and Charles Davis, plus sideline reporter Julie Alexandria, by adding Petros Papadakis in covering both the UCLA-Stanford Pac-12 Championship from Palo Alto, Calif. (tonight, 5 p.m., Channel 11) and then jetting out right afterward to call the Wisconsin-Nebraska Big Ten Championship from Indianapolis (Saturday, 5 p.m., Channel 11). “I expect the overnight flight from the Pac-12 game in the Bay Area to the Big Ten game in Indianapolis to be half-slumber party and half-cram session for the next game,” said Papadakis. “I won’t sleep a wink — I will have my iPad out either way studying the Big Ten game notes or playing Angry Birds.”
== Why Notre Dame continues to matter in the college football TV world – the Irish’s 22-13 win over USC last Saturday was ABC’s most-viewed regular-season game since 2006, and the most-viewed Saturday night game ever. The 9.4 rating generated from it translated to 10.7 million homes. Los Angeles had an 11.1 rating (tied with Cincinnati at 19th among all metered markets). Birmingham, Ala., had the highest rated city mark of 24.8, with Columbus, Ohio second at 20.4.
NBC’s regular-season coverage of Notre Dame home games was also the highest rated in the last seven years, with an average of 4.4 million viewers and 2.8 rating for seven games, up 69 percent over last year.
== CBS Radio still has not made any commitment to an L.A.-based affiliate as the Jan. 2 launch comes closer, but announcements about the lineup continue to trickle in. The latest – Tiki Barber, Brandon Tierney and Dana Jacobson will anchor a live 3-to-6 a.m. (PDT) program that’ll be received much better in East Coast morning drive. That show will be followed by John Feinstein (6-9 a.m PDT), Jim Rome (9 a.m.-to-noon) and Doug Gottlieb (noon-to-3 p.m.). Scott Ferrall is also slated to go from 7-to-11 p.m. weeknights, and Damon Amendolara is on from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Among the markets that have an affiliate: Philadelphia’s WIP-AM, Atlanta’s WFOM-AM, Detroit’s WXYT-AM, Baltimore’s WJZ-AM, Salt Lake City’s KFNZ-AM and KJQS-AM and Orlando’s WSJZ-FM.
== Where to find Doc Emrick and Pierre McGuire during an NHL lockout? Calling college hockey. NBC Sports Net has them on tonight’s No. 1 Boston College vs. No. 9 Boston University game (4:30 p.m.) followed by Dave Strader and Brian Engblom calling No. 5 Denver hosting Wisconsin (7 p.m.). The network’s college hockey coverage goes through near the end of March.
== Check out NBC Sports Network’s documentary “Still Standing: The Earl Campbell Story” (Tuesday, 8 p.m.), about the University of Texas and Houston Oilers star running back who survived five spinal surgeries after his retirement, plus two knee replacements and beat an addiction to pain medications and alcohol. Ross Greenburg produced the piece.
== The local NFL TV slate: Fox has one game — and we’ve been informed that we’re part of the 14 percent who’ll get San Francisco-St. Louis with Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa (instead of the 33 percent getting Minnesota-Green Bay with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman) at 10 a.m., Channel 11. CBS has the doubleheader — New England at Miami at 10 a.m. Channel 2 with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf, then the mantatory San Diego, hosting Cincinnati at 1:25 p.m. with Marv Albert and Rich Gannon, rather than the call of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on Pittsburgh-Baltimore. The NBC offering: Philadelphia at Dallas, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth (5:20 p.m., Channel 4).