Weekly media column version 04.18.14: Strength in numbers for the Boston Marathon coverage this year

boston-marathon-statistics-thinkstock-480455353-617x416The focus of this week’s sports media column (at this link):
There will be some 3,000 members of the media gathering around Boston for Monday’s 118th Boston Marathon, including the entire Universal Sports Network team returning from a year ago when their coverage of the 2013 was marred by two bombs going off near the finish line, killing three and injuring hundreds more. How USN will cover the marathon moving forward is finding the balance of remembering the past and focusing on the future and its redemptive healing process. More notes on the Lakers’ final TV ratings versus the Clippers, how ESPN/ABC and TNT have plans for the NBA playoffs and what happened to the Tiger-less Masters last weekend as far as a TV draw.

What else could have been included but will be situated just fine here:

== USN’s 2013 Boston Marathon tribute show, which first aired live Tuesday, repeats Friday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. The 2014 race preview show airs at 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, plus at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Gregory Heisler/For Sports Illustrated

Gregory Heisler/For Sports Illustrated

== Sports Illustrated sent out a call for whomever wanted to be part of the April 21 cover to show up at the Boston Marathon finish line at Boyston and Dartmouth at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 12. Some 3,000 appeared with mayor Marty Walsh, first responders and some of last year’s runners.
16COVpromo(1)Said SI Managing Editor Chris Stone in a press reelase: “Boston Strong is a story about people, ordinary people doing extraordinary things, ordinary people doing ordinary things. SI’s creative director, Chris Hercik, believed the best way to tell this story a year later was to bring all those people, or as many as possible, into a single photo at the finish line. If you look at last year’s cover photo, you see all that empty space all the way down Boylston Street filled by smoke and that backdrop of chaos and destruction. This year’s photo fills those spaces with the Bostonians who wrote the Boston Strong story.”

== Add to the Boston Marathon: The next episode of “Backstage: Galaxy” on TWC SportsNet (Saturday at 7 p.m., after the Galaxy-Vancouver game) includes an interview with Galaxy goalie coach Matt Reis, whose father-in-law, John Odom, was seriously injured in last year’s race. Both are interviewed as Odom talks about his progress and plans to return to Boston. This Boston Globe story explains what Odom went through.

== Showtime announced Thursday a documentary called “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” that is in current production and will air this fall on the pay-channel. Director Gotham Chopra says in a release: “As a lifelong Boston Celtics fan, never did I imagine I would collaborate with Laker great Kobe Bryant. Kobe’s quest for greatness transcends rivalries and I’m excited by his and Showtime’s willingness to go down this rabbit hole together.  I’m confident audiences will be intrigued by what comes out the other side.”

== SI.com had the exclusive interview with Duke’s Jabari Parker announcing his intention to go to the NBA?

== Fox Sports 1 has Kenny Albert, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal covering the Angels-Tigers game from Detroit (Saturday, 10 a.m.), followed by Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly, the Diamondbacks’ regular TV team, calling Arizona’s game against the Dodgers from Dodger Stadium at 5 p.m.

== Next edition of HBO’s “Real Sports” (Tuesday, 10 p.m.) includes a piece where Bernard Goldberg goes to Atlanta to hang out with the “NBA on TNT” studio show talent — Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal.

== Reggie Miller said it on the TNT telecast during the Clippers’ win over Denver on Tuesday about how L.A.’s lone NBA playoff representative should fair going forward: “They have all the confidence in the world going into [the playoffs]. They had a very disappointing season last year when they lost in the first round to Memphis…but there is a confidence about this team that is different than last year. Defensively, they are much better. Offensively, the ball moves more crisper. It will be interesting to see what they do this weekend [in the playoffs].”
Added Miller on a conference call Thursday afternoon with reporter, about the Clippers-Warriors series: “I give the Warriors a chance because of the rivalry between the two teams … they hate each other. Any time you hate a team you can throw out who’s hurt and who’s not playing, because it becomes personal. We’re going to see a lot of hard fouls in this series. David Lee and Blake Griffin can’t stand each other and I love it.”

== NBCUniversal said plans to simultaneously broadcast all 10 matches from the Premier League’s May 11 season finale — which means that aside from games on NBC and NBCSN, there will also be on USA Network, CNBC, MSNBC, Bravo, Syfy, Oxygen, Esquire Network and E!, all starting at 7 a.m. PDT.

== More on the prospects of Greg Norman joining Joe Buck for Fox’s golf coverage, once it actually begins.

== How does the MLB’s blackout policy hurt an already eroding fan base?

== Is there a way to circumvent the MLB.tv coverage to get Dodgers games on the computer? Apparently. Cheaters. Why not just stick it out the like the rest of us and the payoff may be more rewarding?

== What kind of backlash did Vin Scully endure for not realizing Max Scherzer’s brother was not with us any longer, even after apologizing for the mistake he made on the air durign the Dodgers-Tigers series recently?

== In case you missed Scully and Jon Miller do the lineup intros to the Dodgers-Giants game from Jackie Robinson Day last Tuesday:

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