Weekly media column version 05.24.13

empathy-3What made it into this week’s media column offering:

Nope, Don Mattingly wasn’t fired Thursday. And a slimmed down version of the Kevin Kennedy piece we put on the blog late Thursday afternoon. And Kennedy does slim down well in an ink-and-paper suit.

What didn’t seem fit:

== Gus Johnson and Warren Barton are live from London for Fox’s coverage of the UEFA Champions League matchup between Bayer Munich and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium (Saturday, Channel 11, 11 a.m.). Rob Stone hosts an on-site pregame, halftime and post-game show with Eric Wynalda and Brian McBride, plus Brian Friedel.

== Andy Roddick officially joined the new Fox Sports 1 channel, which launces Aug. 17, as co-host of “Fox Sports Live” flagship show. The retired former No. 1 ranked men’s tennis star has been hosting a show on Fox Sports Radio with his friend Bobby Bones since 2011.

== NBC’s live first-round coverage of the French Open starts Sunday (9 a.m., Channel 4) with Ted Robinson, John McEnroe and Mary Carillo.

== NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” ended up as the No. 1 prime time show for Nielsen’s 2012-13 TV season for the second year in a row, with 21.5 million viewers, ahead of CBS’ “NCIS” (21.3 million).

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