Weekly media column version 04.19.13 — It’s a keeper

What made it into today’s weekly sports media column:

Circling back to the review we did of “Keepers of the Game: When The Baseball Beat Was the Best Job at the Paper” by Dennis D’Agostino, we’ve got more from the author on why he thought it was important to get this out now. Smokes and chokes makes a return to the new format at well, with news about Bob Miller’s upcoming book signings, the Long Beach Grand Prix TV coverage, and ESPN’s next attempt to clarify its media sources.

What didn’t make it:

== You will not get a fix-it ticket for driving a truck around in Long Beach with this design attached to the outside.
== Ed Sherman’s piece on the career of Wendell Smith from the National Sports Journalism Center blog from Indiana University.
== The new ESPN policy for story attribution, according to well-placed sources at ESPN.
== Is the media to blame for … hockey brain injuries as a result of fighting?
== MLB Network has re-arranged it schedule to cover the Red Sox’s first game in Boston since the marathon explosions, airing it Friday at 4 p.m. with Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz and Tom Verducci.
== The Angels’ game Saturday against Detroit goes to 51 percent of the country, with Justin Kutcher, Eric Karros and Ken Rosenthal.
== For those who were convinced that The Associated Press and ESPN refused to call last week’s NASCAR event in Texas the “NRA 400” … it’s just standard policy, ma’am.
== Universal Sports Network, which had the Boston Marathon live, will do the same with Sunday’s London Marathon. With the eight-hour time difference, coverage starts at 1 a.m. PDT.
== In addition to a 10-year extension signed Thursday that takes the Notre Dame football contract through 2025, NBC has decided to swap out Tom Hammond for Dan Hicks on play-by-play work, joining the team of Mike Mayock and Alex Flanagan. Hammond, best equipped to do horse racing coverage, had been in place with Notre Dame football since 1992. Hicks, whose wife, ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Hannah Storm is a Notre Dame alum, will be on the Irish’s spring game on NBC Sports Network at 10 a.m. Saturday. NBC has this fall’s Notre Dame-USC telecast rights for the Oct. 19 annual meeting.
== And finally, for those who missed Vin Scully discuss his meeting with Branch Rickey during the Dodgers-Padres broadcast on Monday:

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