A recap of the Pac-12/DirecTV column we first posted Thursday on the blog, plus some smokes/chokes items.
What didn’t quite make the cut:
== NBA TV will announce the 2013-14 NBA regular season schedule during a one-hour show Tuesday at 3 p.m., hosted by Matt Winer with Steve Smith and Isiah Thomas chiming in with their opinions..BA.com will also post the entire schedule at that time.
== The NFL Network has typical overcoverage planned for Saturday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony (4 p.m., with plenty of lead-in material), but ESPN has an investment in a quality presentation of the event as well. Included in the seven inductees: former Minnesota Vikings receiver Cris Carter and former head coach Bill Parcells, who happen to be network NFL talking heads. There are many behind-the-scenes material the ESPN production house will throw out there to chronicle Carter’s weeks of preparation for this day. Oh, right, the Class of 2013 also includes Larry Allen, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Dave Robinson and Warren Sapp – the latter of whom still works at the NFL Network.
ESPN2 has the ceremony at 4 p.m. with Trey Wingo, Tom Jackson and Sal Paolantonio in Canton, Ohio. Chris Berman will emcee the event. NFL Network’s coverage has Rich Eisen with Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk, Steve Mariucci, Brian Billick and Stacey Dales.
== HBO’s “Hard Knocks” with the Cincinnati Bengals launches Tuesday (10 p.m., with many replays) and has a five-episode run that airs every Tuesday through Sept. 3.
== Chris Myers and Eric Karros call the Dodgers-Cubs game from Wrigley Field (Saturday, 1 p.m., Channel 11), going to 27 percent of the country. More will see Fox’s two other regional games — Texas at Oakland, with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver (39 percent) and Atlanta at Philadelphia (33 percent).
== Link it: In 5,300 words (or more), here’s a look on SportsOnEarth.com’s Patrick Hruby on what constitutes the Cable Sports Bubble (with plenty of Dodgers and Lakers TV references). “It’s the unseen economic engine that increasingly powers the sports and television industries alike. Judging by all the money involved, it seems unlikely to pop anytime soon… but that, of course, is what makes it a bubble.” Also interesting link to WhatYouPayForSports.com to help you figure things out on your cable bill.
== Link it: The NY Times has more on why former ESPN chief Steve Bornstein plans to leave as leader of the NFL Network when his deal expires in 2014, when he’ll be 61. NFL Media COO Brian Rolapp will take over.
== Link it: Among the concerns that ESPN ombudsman Robert Lipsyte has in his latest post is why the network posted its important documentary, “Let Them Wear Towels,” opposite the MLB All-Star game on Fox. “That confused me. Was it a mixed message, purposeful, accidental or, you know, dude, it is what it is?” he wrote. Sound familiar? Check this link as well.
== Link it: Do the Chicago Cubs have the same kind of leverage as the Dodgers did as they try to figure out their TV future earnings? Ed Sherman tries to sort it on on ShermanReport.com.
== ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU end up with 69 college football games played on weekdays this fall, with Tuesday and Wednesdays going heavier than usual, and not just the usual small conference seeking added exposure. ESPN will keep its Thursday package (10 games) that includes a Pac-12 heavyweight battle of Oregon at Stanford on Nov. 7 as well as UCLA ridiculously playing on a Friday night at the Rose Bowl against Washington on Nov. 15.
== The buzz has been slow but steady since the late June release of the book, “The Unforgettable Buzz: The History of Electric Football and Tudor Games” by Earl Shores and Roddy Garcia.
== in addition to Fox’s coverage of the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup, SiriusXM has live coverage (Channel 94, and SiriusXM.com) with both Dodger Stadium games Saturday called by John Shrader and Cobi Jones.