Weekly media column notes 12.06.13

imagejpeg_0Oh dear.
It’s vacation week. In Montana, of all places.
Still, we have some notes to throw onto the fire (and this would be the perfect spot for Ed Orgeron to land, with temps below O):

== Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket will announce today an extension of their deal to carry CIF-Southern Section high school events, something the network has done since 1997.
The new deal starts with the 2014 football season — which will be the network’s 250th telecast of a football team. The contract allows for coverage of 10 sports, including boys and girls basketball, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. FSW/Prime will remain the home of the CIF-SS football game of the week as well.
“The high school platform has been a fixture at Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket for over 17 years and we are thrilled to be extending our partnership with the CIF Southern Section,” said Steve Simpson, the Senior VP and GM of FSW and Prime. “As we continue to evolve our coverage of prep sports, we are excited to deliver on our continued commitment to offer live CIF Southern Section action, showcase the next generation of athletic talents and share the unique storylines that span Southern California.”
CIF Southern Section commissioner Rob Wigod said he was “grateful to our partners at Fox Sports West for the long and fruitful relationship we have had over the years. We truly look forward to continuing to work together in the time ahead, which will enable us to deliver our outstanding product to our stakeholders and all those who love high school athletics as we do. I want to thank Steve Simpson and his entire team for their dedication and commitment to our organization and what we stand for.”

== Nomar Garciaparra’s apparent deal with the Dodgers to join their new TV network team in some capacity continues to defy logic, based on how he was not the most media-friendly person as a player but has embraced the role with ESPN the last several seasons, and now will take it a step further in a move that allows him to stay based at home in Manhattan Beach. Gotta believe the Dodgers had this all lined up prior to telling another local homeowner, Steve Lyons,  that his contract would not be renewed.

== Ron Burgundy didn’t make it on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Thursday — news broke? — but he was on Dan Patrick’s radio show, with Ed Sherman providing clips.

== Why the Auburn football broadcasting job may be the happiest place on Earth these days, writes Richard Sandomir in the N.Y. Times.

== Kevin Harlan and Greg Anthony have the call for CBS’ coverage of UCLA basketball at Missouri (Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Channel 2, leading into the SEC championship football game, which also includes Missouri).

== Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman and Monica Gonzalez have coverage of ESPN’s MLS Cup 2013 on Saturday at 1 p.m. — Real Salt Lake at Sporting Kansas City. Studio work goes to Max Bretos, Alexi Lalas, Kasey Keller and Alejandro Moreno.

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