Weekly media column version 07.26.13

What made it in to this week’s print/online version:

600899_336783056424363_46119503_nWhat can Fox Sports 1 hope to accomplish with a Fox Sports Live three-hour news show each night once the channel launches in three weeks? Perhaps bring back memories of “Best Damn Sports Show Period.”


What didn’t make it in but could have:

== Greg Armsinger and Peter Gammons have to carry us through the rather vapid Baseball Hall of Fame ceremony inductions live on Sunday (10:30 a.m., MLB Network), where not a living member will be honored in the absence of … well, you know the story. Of more local interest may be the taped show preceeding it (at 9:30 a.m.), which reviews the Saturday ceremony at the Hall. That includes a tribute to Dr. Frank Jobe (with Tommy John on hand as part of the honors). A “30-for-30” short on what led Jobe to create the elbow surgery to help John repair his career with the Dodgers in 1974 has been up this week on Grantland.com, from writer and director Richie Keen and executive producer Mike Tollin.

== Thom Brennaman and Eric Byrnes are unfortunately on the Angels-A’s telecast from Oakland as the Fox regional game that goes to Southern California on Saturday (noon, Channel 11). That covers 21 percent of the country. Another 21 percent get N.Y. Mets at Washington, while 57 percent get St. Louis at Atlanta with Joe Buck, Eric Karros (in for Tim McCarver) and Ken Rosenthal in what can interpreted as a test run for the coming seasons after McCarver retires following 2013.

== ESPN has scooped up the Dodgers’ game Aug. 11 vs. Tampa Bay for a 5 p.m. Sunday Night Baseball telecast. Even better, ESPN also says the Dodgers game in St. Louis on Monday, Aug. 5 will be a national telecast (with Dave O’Brien, Aaron Boone, Rick Sutcliffe and Tim Kurkjian), co-existing with the local team coverage (Eric Collins and Steve Lyons have the call for Channel 9 that night).

== Norman Chad gives ESPN some ammo to combat the attack put on by NBC, CBS and Fox for cable viewers.

== ESPN has crossed us up and found it fit to air live these CrossFit games from the Stub Hub Center in Carson (ESPN2, Sunday, 4 p.m.) Coverage starts Friday on ESPN3. More info: games.crossfit.com

== Gus Johnson and Eric Wynalda call the U.S.-Mexico/Panama CONCACAF Gold Cup final on Sunday from Chicago’s Soldier Field (12:30 p.m., Channel 11).  Rob Stone hosts all pregame, halftime and postgame coverage with Cobi Jones,  Warren Barton and Heather MItts.

== We’ve seen the ads, checked out the equipment and looked at our schedule — but still don’t plan on paying $19.95 (non-refundable) to see DirecTV’s first attempt at staging a live Bare Knuckles Boxing card (Saturday, 6 p.m.). You may beg to differ.

== The latest trend in journalism, writes Ed Sherman for Indiana’s National Sports Journalism Center as well as Raju Mudhar, the tech reporter for the Toronto Star: A personally branded micro-website. Just ask Peter King and Bill Simmons. But then, maybe it depends on what you want to name it as well (see USA Today on TheMMQB.com versus MMQB.com).

== Ryan Ruocco, Rebecco Lobo and Holly Rowe have to cover the WNBA All-Star Game from Connecticut on Saturday (12:30 p.m., Channel 7). Among the many “in-game” features the network boasts: Studio show anchor Randy Scott will have live access to players in the locker rooms during halftime. Not postgame? A Ref Cam will also be used live (and hopefully judiciously) for that official perspective from an official at eye level.

== Not that CBS is going all out to cover the PGA’s RBC Canadian Open this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, noon, Channel 2), but the complete broadcasting crew consists of Jim Nantz and Ian Baker-Finch in the 18th tower, Gary McCord at No. 17 and Matt Gogel at No. 16, as well as on-course interviews after play goes through.

== We’ve already become accustomed to setting the DVR each Sunday morning to capture ESPN’s latest Bob Ley-anchored “Outside the Lines” at the 6 a.m. show (it repeats at 8 a.m. on ESPN2), careful not to add the extra half hour so that none of “Sports Reporters” gets caught like a purposeless porpoise in our fish netting. But Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch made it a point to point out this week that ESPN is soon moving the OTL to ESPN2 all together, and airing it an hour earlier – 5 a.m. PDT. It will be replaced with a Colin Cowherd football-based chat show. “So, no, Outside The Lines is not being canceled, and yes, I’ll expect to get (more) emails from ESPN PR telling me that OTL content will still be all over the brand,” wrote Deitsch. “Sell that soap all you want, but the show was just significantly devalued by management. Just a shame.” Agreed.

== Finally, just a snippet of why we enjoyed Justin Alderson’s calls on FSW’s high school football package last season:

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