Media column version 01.02.15 — We’re tracking your #CFBPlayoff New Year’s Six experience

Beer-Six-Pack-Muscle-ShirtWhat will make it as our first sports media column of 2015:

How has this ESPN-created “New Year’s Six” pack played out on your TV room so far?

In this screenshot, the WatchESPN application is demonstrated on an iPhone during Thursday's Rose Bowl.  Fans looking to watch the Rose Bowl on their tablets or computers got an error message during the first half instead of the WatchESPN stream. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)

In this screenshot, the WatchESPN application is demonstrated on an iPhone during Thursday’s Rose Bowl. Fans looking to watch the Rose Bowl on their tablets or computers got an error message during the first half instead of the WatchESPN stream. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)

Re-branding the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day as the two semifinal games leading into the national title game is part of a package deal that includes dishing the Peach, Fiesta and Orange bowls on New Year’s Eve, and inserting the Cotton Bowl onto Jan. 1 as well.
Get it: The New Year’s Six? (Even if there’s eight, with the Outback and Citrus thrown into the Jan. 1 programming as if to give cotton-mouthed viewers an option in the pre-Rose time window).
Did you know: Next season, the two semifinal games will be played on Thursday, Dec. 31, with the Rose Bowl (not in the rotation) taking place on Jan. 1, 2016 with hopes that the CFP committee gives them a Pac-12/Big Ten match-up of deserving teams.

What will be noted here, for the record:

== As much as we enjoyed the ESPN “BCS Megacast” coverage from the Florida State-Auburn Rose Bowl title game a year ago — especially the coaches’ film room — we look forward to an announcement soon that the network will bring back the best of what it learned for the Jan. 12 College Football Playoff national title game. That will hopefully not include the celebrity suite, where actors/actresses/personalities who just wanted to be seen came in to distract from the action on the field.

== As per the rambling conversation on the Will Leitch Experience Podcast Episode 456 on SportsOnEarth.com, outgoing Deadspin.com editor Tommy Craggs promises that the site, as part of an “evolutionary shift” for the Gawker Media company, will be trying to “not pandering to the Facebook algorithm” and move more into long-form stories of interest that have more meaning. “We’ll take that traffic hit and invest the time elsewhere,” said Craggs, who moves into a gig as the new exec editor of Gawker Media. To see it happen will be maybe to believe that’s the case.

== Throw this into the Dodgers-SportsNet L.A. equation: Time Warner Cable is tacking on a new $2.75-per-month fee for sports programming in 2015, which still isn’t as high as DirecTV’s $3-per-month fee for the same hit it has been trying to pass on for rising local sports channel rights. The Charlotte Observer story points out that TWC says its cost to carry sports networks has gone up by 91 percent since 2008, figures that DirecTV exec probably won’t dispute on its end either.

== Joe Tessitore, Brock Huard and Shannon Spake have the UCLA-Kansas State matchup in the Alamo Bowl (Friday, 3:45 p.m., ESPN). This will be the last Bruins football game called by long-time radio play-by-play man Chris Roberts, who announced his retirement after this season. Roberts, with Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook, will yield to Dave Marcus calling the UCLA-Colorado Pac-12 basketball opener on Friday (7 p.m., moved from KLAC-AM 570 to KEIB-AM 1150) with Tracy Murray, but Roberts will do the UCLA-Utah basketball game from Salt Lake City on Sunday. Fox Sports 1 coverage of UCLA-Colorado will be with Aaron Goldsmith and Corey Williams.

== The NFL playoff wild-card round broadcast teams:
= Arizona at Carolina, Saturday at 1:30 p.m., ESPN, with Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden. This marks the first opportunity ESPN has had to do an NFL post-season game.
= Baltimore at Pittsburgh, Saturday at 5:15 p.m., Channel 4, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth
= Cincinnati at Indianapolis, Sunday at 10 a.m., Channel 2 with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
= Detroit at Dallas, Sunday at 1:30 p.m., Channel 11, with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman

== The MMQB.com NFL media awards, by SI.com’s Richard Deitsch, have grouped the ESPN trio of Adam Schefter, Don Van Natta and Kevin Van Valkenburg as the media person of the year, with CNN’s Rachel Nichols and TMZ Sports honorably mentioned.

== Because they apparently have better programming to sub in, CBS Sports Net will cease production of Jim Rome’s weekday “ROME” show come April, it was revealed last week by the Sports Business Daily. “While I am sad to say goodbye to a show that I am really proud of, I look forward to our fourth season of ‘Jim Rome on Showtime, ‘The Jim Rome Show’ on CBS Sports Radio, continued contributions for ‘The NFL Today’ and the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the numerous opportunities this partnership continues to provide,” Rome said in a statement.

== The NFL Network’s latest edition of “A Football Life” will relive a college football experience — the 2006 USC-Texas Rose Bowl national championship game (Friday, 6 p.m.) Those who’ve submitted their opinions about the contest include Matt Leinart, Vince Young, Keith Jackson, Snoop Dogg and Matthew McConaughey. In the era BCS championship games (1999 to 2014), that 41-38 Longhorns win was the highest rated at 21.7, and it was the last game Jackson called for ABC.

== Snoop and his son, highly recruited receiver Cordell Broadus out of Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, have agreed to participate in a five-part ESPN documentary series about Broadus’ recruitment called “Snoop & Son: A Dad’s Dream,” starting Jan. 14. Expect to see a lot of recruitment going on between the commercials as Broadus has offers from USC and UCLA as well as Notre Dame, Nebraska and Florida State.

== Broadus will be participating in the Under Armour All-American high school game from St. Petersburg, Fla. (Friday, 1 p.m., ESPN2), which includes St. John Bosco quarterback and UCLA-bound QB Josh Rosen, Long Beach Poly CB Iman Marshall and Serra ILB John Houston, Jr..
Crespi DB Marvell Tell is expected to tell all about his college intentions live during Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl high school all-star game at the Alamodome in San Antonio (10 a.m., Channel 4). Others participants include Serra DL Rasheem Green and DB Stanley Norman, Hart WR Trent Irwin and QB Brady White, Los Alamitos P Blake Johnson, Newbury Park OL Zach Okun and Long Beach Poly DL Joseph Wicker.
The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl from StubHub Center in Carson (Sunday, 6 p.m., Fox Sports 1) includes Chaminade OT Bar Bilo, Notre Dame WR C.J. Sanders and Upland G Don Greene.

== TNT reports that the Lakers and Clippers contributions to their Christmas Day prime-time doubleheader produced an average of 3.5 million viewers, which makes it the most-watched cable TV prime-time doubleheader on Christmas in the history of such things.

== The AwfulAnnouncing.com top 14 moments of 2014, including Vin Scully’s call of Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter.

“Together with JIM, we decided to shift focus and produce new projects across CBS SPORTS NETWORK in place of the daily TV show ‘ROME.'” CBS SPORTS Pres. DAVID BERSON said. “JIM remains a valuable member of the CBS SPORTS family, continuing his daily show on CBS SPORTS RADIO, his program on SHOWTIME and his contributions to CBS SPORTS properties including ‘The NFL Today’ and NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.”

“While I am sad to say goodbye to a show that I am really proud of, I look forward to our fourth season of ‘JIM ROME on SHOWTIME,’ ‘The JIM ROME Show’ on CBS SPORTS RADIO, continued contributions for ‘The NFL Today’ and the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the numerous opportunities this partnership continues to provide,” ROME said.

– See more at: http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/136790/jim-rome-tv-show-to-end-in-april#sthash.QMUhhHL0.dpuf

JIM ROME’s daily TV show on CBS SPORTS NETWORK, “ROME,” will cease production in APRIL due to what’s described as a “mutual” decision, SPORTSBUSINESSDAILY.COM reports. ROME will stay with CBS and focus on other radio and TV projects.

“Together with JIM, we decided to shift focus and produce new projects across CBS SPORTS NETWORK in place of the daily TV show ‘ROME.'” CBS SPORTS Pres. DAVID BERSON said. “JIM remains a valuable member of the CBS SPORTS family, continuing his daily show on CBS SPORTS RADIO, his program on SHOWTIME and his contributions to CBS SPORTS properties including ‘The NFL Today’ and NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.”

“While I am sad to say goodbye to a show that I am really proud of, I look forward to our fourth season of ‘JIM ROME on SHOWTIME,’ ‘The JIM ROME Show’ on CBS SPORTS RADIO, continued contributions for ‘The NFL Today’ and the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the numerous opportunities this partnership continues to provide,” ROME said.

– See more at: http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/136790/jim-rome-tv-show-to-end-in-april#sthash.QMUhhHL0.dpuf

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  • Andy Kenyon

    Your facts are dead wrong re Dick Enberg . I clearly remember his radio play by play for Ram games in 1968 (KMPC 710) , perhaps earlier. In fact , I had an album “Football – How to play the game” ( with Dick Enberg and George Allen ) playing outtakes of various games inc Tom Demsey’s 55 yard FG against the Rams . That was far earlier than 1973.