Weekly media column version 01.24.13: A cool-down period for the media covering Kings-Ducks on NBC Sports Net

kissesWhat made it into this week’s media column, posted on the website:

The media convergence onto Dodger Stadium for Saturday’s Kings-Ducks outdoor game may seem like a fish-out-of-frozen-water experience, but there seems to be more excitement than anxiety related to how it will be covered.

What also could have been included in the notes, but are here instead:

== A Time Warner Cable Sports spokesperson confirmed today staff layoffs took place within its division devoted to local high school coverage on the SoCal 101 channel, but the number of employees involved was not disclosed.
“While the decision to make changes to our local sports operations was a difficult one, it was strictly about better utilizing our resources,” spokesperson Amy Millstone said. “SoCal 101 will continue to honor its existing sports programming commitments and continue to provide in-depth coverage of the CIF. During a transition period, we may have to slightly adjust our programming schedule.”

== The late Dr. Jerry Buss, whose 81st birthday would have been Monday, will be remembered with a series of programs on the Laker-centric TWC SportsNet, starting with a replay of his memorial service on Monday at 4 p.m., prior to coverage of the D-League D-Fenders game against Texas from Ontario live at 7 p.m. An episode of “Laker Legends: Remember Dr. Buss” airs Wednesday at 8 p.m., a one-hour round-table discussion with Bill Macdonald hosting has Mitch Kupchak, James Worthy and Byron Scott. Thursday, a one-hour documentary called “Dr. Buss: Laker Life” starts at 8 p.m., which includes interviews with his children.

== FoxSportsWest.com’s PrepZone Extra will carry the South Bay BMW West Coach Bowl presented by B2G Sports on Sunday at 1 p.m. from Redondo High, featuring high-profile high school football recruits. Among those participating is Gardena Serra High DB/WR Adoree Jackson (who is considering USC and UCLA), and Lamar, Tex., standout cornerback John Plattenburg, who recently switched his commitment from UCLA to USC. Greg Wolf will do play-by-play, with Petros Papadakis as the analyst and Rashaun Haylock on the sidelines.

== The Trojan Club of San Pedro Penninsula is hosting an event with professor Dan Durbin, the Director of the Annenberg Institute for Sports, Media and Society, on the topic of “USC, Sports and The Making of L.A.,” taking place Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Cheesecake Factory in Redondo Beach from 3-to-5 p.m. Cost is $39. RSVP by Feb. 3 to Laurie Love at LaurieLove@socall.rr.com or call 310.326.1185.

== Norman Chad’s take on watching the NHL, not just on TV, but more the principle of the thing.

== Author signings related to two John Wooden-related books: Former UCLA baseball coach Gary Adams, whose book “Conversations with Coach Wooden” came out last May, will sign from Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during the UCLA alumni baseball game at Jackie Robinson Stadium. And on Tuesday, Seth Davis will be autographing his book, “Wooden: A Coach’s Life” at 7 p.m. at Pages: A Bookstore in Manhattan Beach.

== Without forcing anyone to listen to Davis’ full 35-plus minutes of Pat O’Brien conducting an interview with himself for CampusInsiders.com posted last Friday, just allow yourself to get through the first 1:30 when the subject came up about O’Brien’s most recent job ending at Fox Sports Radio.
Remember, before he was taken off the air immediately on Dec. 18, O’Brien worked with co-host Steve Hartman and had some dealings with Petros Papadakis and Matt “Money” Smith:
Davis: “The radio show now at Fox is done, what’s Pat O’Brien’s portfolio for 2014?”
O’Brien: “Well, I’ll have a podcast, ‘The Pat O’Brien Show’ … with me, you never know, I’ll see you in all the familiar places. The Fox thing is done.”
And he could have ended it there.
But O’Brien, always classy, went on:
“You know, it was fun to do for awhile, but there were so many … here I am, this recovering alcoholic, being thrown into a place where there’s an untreated compulsive gambler, a broken down football player, a guy who thinks he’s Edward R. Murrow … the most dysfunctional place in the world (laughing).”
Davis: “You were the only sane guy in the room.”
O’Brien: “No … and I loved it for that, but it was fun. I’m done with that and I’ll move onto the next thing.”
But not before a parting shot.

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