What made it into this week’s media column, posted Thursday night:
Everyone’s talking about the weather expected for Denver and Seattle this Sunday. If it’s 50 degrees and clear, will that draw fewer viewers? CBS and Fox aren’t so much concerned — wait until the Super Bowl rolls around in early February for the real hand-wringing.
With that, we’re also covering these talks that will open up for a network to nab part of the NFL’s Thursday night game package, a new feature on CollegeInsider.com posting the documentary “Basketball Guru: The Pete Newell Story,” and a condensed version of the Baseball Reliquary’s decision to include Bob Costas on its 2014 ballot, but not Vin Scully.
What wasn’t included but could have easily been incorporated:
== “Pretty much everyone who gets in trouble ends up calling me,” former CBS Sports studio host, former “Access Hollywood” host and former Fox Sports Radio host Pat O’Brien fesses up to Seth Davis in the next installment of the “Seth Davis Show,” which will be posted on Friday at 10:30 a.m. on CampusInsiders.com.
== The Southern California Sports Broadcasters are offering a limited number of tickets for public sale to their 23rd annual award lunch, set for Monday, Jan. 27 at Lakeside Country Club in Toluca Lake. The tickets at $75 each can be obtained through Russell Ono at 805-987-8366. KNBC-Channel 4 sportscaster Fred Roggin is the newest Hall of Fame inductee. Also honored will be former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, Dr. Frank Jobe, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, UCLA baseball coach John Savage (also named this week the 2013 coach of the year by the L.A. Sports Council) and Mater Dei basketball coach Gary McKnight, as well as winners in various radio and TV sportscasting categories.
== Newest reality show to consider: “Mom’s Got Game,” debuting Saturday at 10 p.m. on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel. The show is centered on Pam McGee, the former USC and WNBA Sparks basketball star, and her relationship with 25-year-old son JaVale, the center for the Denver Nuggets.
== For those who miss tonight’s 6 p.m. debut of ESPN’s “The Price of Gold” 1 1/2-half-long documentary Thursday — a look back 20 years later at the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan drama — the network has a replay Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Kerrigan isn’t interviewed in this doc and has given anything exclusive about that to NBC, where she will be working during the upcoming Winter Olympics coverage in Sochi as a network analyst as well as appearing on “Today,” “Access Hollywood” and “E!” segments.
== ESPN will allow college basketball analyst Jay Bilas to join Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Lisa Salters for the network’s coverage of the Clippers’ game at New York (Friday, 4 p.m.). After which, Van Gundy joins Bilas, Sean McDonough and Jeannine Edwards for ESPN’s coverage of North Carolina-Virginia on Monday at 4 p.m.
== On Sunday’s 40th anniversary of Notre Dame ending UCLA’s 88-game basketball winning streak, ESPN2 will air a one-hour special at 5 p.m. looking back on it called “88 And 1.” Dick Enberg, who called that game for NBC, and former UCLA center Bill Walton will be interviewed for the documentary. Former Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps, a longtime ESPN analyst, will be inducted into the university’s “Ring of Honor” during a ceremony at halftime of the ESPU coverage of the Virginia Tech-Notre Dame game at 3 p.m. Sunday.
== Tim Brando, whose simulcast of his radio show on CBS Sports Network was recently dropped, has worked out an arrangement to leave the company after an 18-year run going back to when he did college basketball games at the NCAA Tournament. Brando, who found himself working games with Bill Raftery, Billy Packer, Dick Vitale or Al McGuire over his career, also hosted CBS’ college football studio show the last 16 years. He is rumored to be next headed to the new SEC Network that ESPN will be helping to launch this fall. “I may color my hair and put on makeup, but … I’m in my prime, and I have to get the most of what’s left of my career,” the 57-year-old told the Shreveport Times.
== Next episode of HBO’s “Real Sports” (Tuesday, 10 p.m.) tackles marijuana use in the NFL — coincidentally, as Seattle and Denver host the NFC and AFC title games in states that have legalized the drug prohibited by all NFL teams. Andrea Kremer is the reporter on the scene.
== Credit the ShermanReport.com with giving recently released L.A. Times reporter Diane Pucin a space to vent — about an employer who she put her life on the line for.
== Ed Sherman, who also gave some nice real estate to Internet Baseball Writers Association of America founder Howard Cole to explain how the group could be part of future votes, is joined by Christina Kahrl, Joe Posnanski and Rob Neyer in an enlightening debate about the Baseball Writers Association of America’s responsibility regarding voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame, thanks to the New York Times venue.
== A Golf Digest update on the health of CBS golf reporter Peter Kostis, who will return to the network for the first time during the PGA Tour stop at Torrey Pines next week after battling colon cancer.
== Save the date: NBC plans to air a two-hour prime time special on Feb. 3 — the day after the Super Bowl — to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Heidi Klum will host.
== Dodger brass not worried about distribution of the new cable channel, the L.A. Times quotes Stan Kasten. Or, pretty much the same things Kasten told us when we asked about distribution concerns five months ago.