What made it into today’s media column posted online and in the newsprint: A version of the Thursday blogpost about how students are inserted into the Pac-12 Network production of Wednesday’s UCLA-USC basketball game from Pauley Pavilion.
What didn’t make it, not so much a question of quality, but more of available space:
==ESPN officials said there would be a “thorough review” of the X Games’ snowmobile competition after a crash killed rider Caleb Moore. His is the first death in the 18 year history of the event.
Said ESPN Senior VP/Programming & Global X Games Scott Guglielmino: “We always have safety at the center of what we do. We work after each event and we review each event, each sport, to make sure we’re not missing anything. Clearly after this specific incident, we’re going to take a hard look at snowmobile specifically. But I think in terms of X Games going forward, we’ll continue to just keep safety at the center and continue to work hard to mitigate as much risk as possible.
“One of the things we’re interested in looking at is in the snowmobile disciplines of freestyle and best trick, where the tricks are getting more and more dynamic and riders are choosing to separate from the machine mid-air. What we’re really interested in is if they don’t re-contact the sled before it comes down on the landing ramp — or if they do and get thrown — the two paths of the rider and the machine. In Caleb’s instance where he was then contacted by the sled on the actual landing ramp, that’s something that we definitely want to avoid.”
== What Jim Nantz says he learned about broadcasting a Super Bowl just by having dinner with Dick Enberg recently in San Diego.
== Why on earth would Joe Posnanski leave Sports On Earth to join NBC Sports?
==Does a 7.1 rating mean anything? It’s what last Sunday’s NFL Pro Bowl did on NBC — which was nearly twice as large an audience for the second-most watched live sports event last weekend, the Lakers-Thunder game on ABC (3.9 national rating). It was also the fourth-most viewed show in prime-time, in all of TV, for the week ending Jan. 27. And the most-viewed show last Sunday on all of TV. But that 7.1 (and 12.2 million viewers) was also the least-viewed Pro Bowl since the event was moved to the week before the Super Bowl.
== Why beIN sports, the channel jointly operated by Qatar-based Al Jazeera and Time Warner Cable, launched in the U.S. last August and on DirecTV’s channel 620 and Dish Network’s channel 408, is pumped up about David Beckham playing for Paris Saint-Germain. The channel has live coverage of France’s Ligue 1 and will televise what will likely be Beckham’s first matchon Friday, Feb. 8 at 11:15 a.m. when PSG will play at home in the Parc des Princes stadium against Bastia.
== Bill Seward and Brian Hightower do the call on the 2013 Rugby Sevens telecast from New Zealand for NBC Sports Net (Saturday, 2 p.m.), which includes an appearance by the USA Eagles and 15 other national teams. Next weekend, NBC and NBC Sports Net will have 11 hours from the USA Sevens Vegas Tournament in Las Vegas.
== “Sports Talk with Jon Stewart” doesn’t exist, but his extended interview Tuesday with Bob Costas does, the part that didn’t air on the show because of time. Costas talks NFL concussion problems, and about Stan Musial:
== Magic Johnson, on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday, talks about hooking back up with Isiah Thomas, and why he agrees with Matt Damon about his talk-show hosting days: