Play It Forward: Oct. 6-12 on your sports calendar — The Kings, a banner, another ceremony … deal with it Sharks

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:

The way it was in January, 2013 -- the first Kings title banner. No. 2 goes up Wednesday.

The way it was in January, 2013 — the first Kings title banner. No. 2 goes up Wednesday.

NHL 2014-15 SEASON OPENERS:
KINGS vs. SAN JOSE
Details/TV: Staples Center, Wednesday at 7 p.m., NBC Sports Net:

DUCKS at PITTSBURGH
Details/TV: Thursday at 4 p.m., Prime:

An excerpt from the SBNation.com home for the San Jose Sharks, also known as www.FearTheFin.com: “As if watching the Los Angeles Kings win their second Stanley Cup in three seasons after trailing San Jose 3-0 in the first round (last season) wasn’t bad enough, the NHL’s schedule maker has decided to empty several shakers worth of salt into the Sharks’ still-open wound. The Sharks will be forced to bear witness to the Kings raising their Cup banner to the Staples Center rafters prior to Los Angeles’ home opener … and commemorate the Cup win that the Sharks should have never allowed to happen. … At least we can look forward to the Sharks (suffering) a gritty, hard-fought 5-1 loss.” If we remember all the way back to the regular-season opener a couple years back – Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, to be precise, following that ridiculous labor dispute that pushed the ceremony back a few months – the visiting the Chicago Blackhawks weren’t so accommodating when forced to watch the Kings raise their first championship banner, size up their Tiffany rings and then skate around again with the Stanley Cup amidst a fired up Staples Center crowd. Chicago scored three goals on Jonathan Quick in the first period and cruised to a 5-2 victory — then went on to win the 2013 Stanley Cup, eliminating the Kings in the Western Conference final. The Kings’ Summer of Cup II Tour was more subdued, as will be 30-minute ceremony planned in the building for this celebration that won’t include the players out on the ice for more than 12 minutes, followed by a three-minute warmup skate before the puck drops, according to Kings officials. “(The ceremony) just went on a little bit too long, I think, last time,” Kings defenseman Matt Greene told LAKingsInsider.com’s Jon Rosen recently. “We really weren’t too ready to come out and play, and Chicago came out and just beat the doors off us. I think we want to make sure we’re ready to go out more on point than we were … This is huge starting off in the division and against a team that we’re going to be fighting to make the playoffs against.” The next night, those Anaheim Ducks of Anaheim, who also couldn’t put the Kings away in the recent playoffs, must begin the season on a bruising four-game road trip that finds them in Pittsburgh, with a new coach and higher expectations. Both the Ducks and Penguins are listed as 12-1 odds to win the Cup by OddsShark.com. That is, if you can trust any Shark-related information at this point.

Also this week:
Kings at Arizona, Saturday at 6 p.m., FSW
Ducks at Detroit, Saturday at 4 p.m., Prime
Kings vs. Winnipeg, Staples Center, Sunday at 7 p.m., FSW

Other NHL games on opening night:
Montreal at Toronto, 4 p.m.; Philadelphia at Boston, 4:30 p.m., NBCSN; Vancouver at Calgary, 7 p.m.

THE REST OF THE WEEK:

Associated Press photo

Associated Press photo

Oh, right. The Dodgers are in St. Louis, not so much on the cusp of elimination, sending Hyun-Jin Ryu out for Monday’s Game 3 (6 p.m., FS1), with a Game 4 on Tuesday (2 p.m. or 5:30 p.m., FS1) and, if necessary, a Game 5 at Dodger Stadium on Thursday (5:30 or 6 p.m., FS1). Then comes the start of the NLCS on Saturday. In college football, UCLA plays host to Oregon (Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Channel 11) while USC goes to face undefeated Arizona (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2), and then the Lakers and Clippers start exhibition games. It’s posted here.

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Media column version 10.03.14: More biz strategy behind forcing Dodgers fans to find FS1, MLB Net after the SportsNet LA fiasco

1955-Nov-Radio-TV-News-REMOTESWhat is in this week’s media column linked here:

091114-mlb-2014postseason-pi-mpAfter a season on the brink where Dodgers fans were asked to endure the non-distribution of the team’s SportsNet L.A. channel, the post-season doesn’t bring a whole lot more comfort — can anyone name, off the top of their head, where Fox Sports 1 and the MLB Network is on their cable or satellite menu? If not, you’re apt to miss both Games 1 and 2 of the Dodgers-Cardinals NL Division Series.
You can’t be serious. You’ve just broken my vintage remote control.
We’ll explore why it is what it is — don’t expect any pretty answers — and other notes related to the Dodgers’ new deal with KLAC-AM (570) and the possibility of the NFL blackout rule going away.

What you’ll have to read here instead of elsewhere:

== More aftermath of the Dodgers-SportsNet L.A. six-game regular-season-ending preview on KDOC last week: The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Flint has a litany of media consultants talking about the future of Time Warner Cable’s gamble, while KPCC’s Ben Bergman assesses the winners (DirecTV, the Angels, Fox Sports and KLAC) and losers (TWC, the Dodgers, the fans) from a business perspective. Continue reading “Media column version 10.03.14: More biz strategy behind forcing Dodgers fans to find FS1, MLB Net after the SportsNet LA fiasco” »

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Where art thou, MLB Net? Battle-fatigued Dodgers viewers are already asking

453There’s enough angst in a Dodgers fans’ world just trying to re-remember where Fox Sports 1 was put on their TV machine so they can see Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cardinals on Friday. But come Saturday, the search could get more dicey as Game 2 will appear exclusively on the MLB Network.

64f8f5403f9ab129ff7f7a2157440c1aMaybe you have yet to crack this code. The channel is there, somewhere, on your remote. You may just not know it, or, perhaps, may have to upgrade your monthly cable bill to get it.

As part of this year’s baseball post-season arrangement, the league-owned channel decided to keep two division series games to itself. That’s also what it did in 2012 and ’13. Now, all of the sudden, it matters more, because they’ve tagged the Dodgers, the largest TV market among all post-season teams involved.

The MLB Network has a website — www.FindMLBNetwork.com — to make things more clear about where to find the channel. For a more detailed approach:

= AT&T U-verse: MLB Network is available in the “U300” package or higher — Channel 634 (standard def) and 1634 (high def). Contact: (800) 288-2020 or www.att.com/uverse

= Bright House (in L.A., Bakersfield, Tehachapi, Santa Barbara): Channel 111 (standard) or 1111 (high def). Contact: (800) 734-4615 or www.brighthouse.com.

= Charter (in L.A., Palm Springs, Bakersfield, Santa Barbara): On Basic (“Select”) package or higher, channels vary by market. Contact: (888) 438-2427 or www.charter.com

= Comcast (in L.A. and Santa Barbara): On “Digital Preferred” package or higher, chanels vary by market. Contact: (800) 934-6489 or www.comcast.com

= Cox (in L.A., Palos Verdes, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Las Vegas): On Digital Basic package or higher, channels vary by market. Contact: (877) 206-4210 or www.cox.com.

= DirecTV:  On “Choice” package or higher, Channel 213 (standard and high def). Contact: (888) 777-2454 or www.directv.com

= DISH Network: On  “AT 200” package or higher, Channel 152 (standard and high def). Contact: (800) 823-4929 or www.dish.com

= Time Warner Cable (In L.A., Palm Springs, San Diego, Santa Barbara): On Digital Basic package or higher. Channel varies by market. Contact: (800) 431-8878 or www.timewarnercable.com

=  Verizon FiOS (in L.A. and Palm Springs): On Extreme HD or higher, Channel 86 (standard) and 586 (high def). Contact: (888) 591-6075 or  www.verizonfios.com

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