Without anything definitive for a Sunday media subject (so there’s nothing to promote yet), we’ll launch notes that pertain to things taking place in the immediate future:
== What’s you call on Fox’s U.S. Open golf coverage last weekend? On a scale of 1-to-10, we’d give it a solid …. FORE!
The pictures should have conveyed most of what was going on, with the conversation to a minimum — unless it was explaining what the pictures couldn’t.
There was no Dustin Johnson post-round interview (found it only on ESPN “SportsCenter,” perhaps Fox has to work on its relationships with player’s reps who do most of that kind of arrangements) and no post-game Jordan Spieth press conference on any of the Fox channels (had to go to ESPN or Golf Channel for that).
And where was Greg Norman to put Johnson’s collapse into context?
We’ve seen the immediate discontent, the well-thought criticism, the fixable critiques. SI’s Richard Deitsch even had a media panel give an assessment the next day to see how things shook out.
We’d concur with most of that, except we found ourselves higher up on Brad Faxon and Corey Pavin commentary than most.
Norman … he’s got some coaching to listen to.
Viewership was a combined 3.5 million average for the four days of the event, up from 2.5 million on NBC last year, but the fourth-smallest audience since 1995 figures, even though it had four nights of prime-time viewing in the East — and ended past 10:30 p.m. there with the final group, which had 11.2 million viewers.
They’ll have a major chance to do some more work on it when they get back into the cart for the Senior U.S. Open in Sacramento starting today with 23 more live hours. Coverage today and Friday starts at noon on FS1, with Channel 11 taking Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. Joe Buck and Norman are back in the tower with Faxon, Steve Flesch, Juli Inkster and Scott McCarron on the course — Pavin is playing in the event. Even more unfortunate, Charles Davis (today-Friday) and Holly Sonders (Saturday-Sunday) are asked to continue doing post-round interviews.
== For anyone still watching women’s sports — you know who you aren’t — JP Dellacamera, Tony DiCicco and Cat Whitehill, who have done the previous four U.S. games in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, will have Friday’s contest against China in Ottawa at 4:30 p.m. on Channel 11. Dellacamera also called the U.S.-China match from the 1999 World Cup final at the Rose Bowl as some 18 million watched it.
Justin Kutcher and Aly Wagner call the Germany-France game from Montreal on Friday at 1 p.m. on Channel 11, with the winner facing the U.S.-China winner in the semifinals next week.
For the FS1 games on Saturday, Jenn Hildreth and Kyndra de St. Aubin do Australia-Japan at 1 p.m., and John Strong and Danielle Slaton have the England-Canada game at 4:30 p.m.
== He’s done both radio and TV for the Clippers going into his 37th season with the franchise, but for those wondering what category Ralph Lawler will be placed in once he gets his Hollywood Walk of Fame star planted — it’ll be as a radio personality.
The Clippers’ nomination (and agreement to pay a fee) for the 77-year-old Lawler to receive the honor matches up with what the Dodgers once did for Vin Scully (in 1982) and Jaime Jarrin (in 1998, both of them with a bronze radio logo), as the Lakers did for Chick Hearn (in 1986, with the radio logo) and as the Kings did for Bob Miller (in 2006 with a TV logo).
Note: The late Kings radio and TV game analyst Dan Avey also had a star planted in 2006 based his radio work, most as a newscaster at KFWB-AM and KABC-AM.
Turns out, Lawler will be the only one of this new wave of electees to go in the radio category. Ten are honored for their 10 work, seven for motion pictures, eight in recording, and three in live theater.
“This is one of the great thrills of a very long and rewarding career,” Lawler said in a press release. “I think it is also a further indication of the Clippers ascending position in the community. It’s a great day for my family and me.”
Ana Martinez, the VP of media relations and the producer for the Walk of Fame, said no date has been set for Lawler’s induction but it would be in 2016 and announced 10 days prior to the ceremony. The honorees do not have a choice in where the star will be placed.
Nor, unfortunately, does the public have a vote in who gets a star.
Right, Jim Gray? Boy, it was only 10 years ago when …
== For today’s NBA Draft on ESPN (4 p.m.), the network decided to add Moziah Bridges, a 12-year-old whose Memphis-based Mo’s Bows bowtie company gained some traction after he did an appearance on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” so he can comment on the fashion worn by those draftees in attendance.
Why not some network synergy here. It’s not the first or last time.
== Also, this (with the odds attached):
— JBinLincoln (@JBinLincoln) June 25, 2015
== Leigh Diffey will call the NBCSN coverage of the IndyCar Series MAVTV 500 at AutoClub Speedway in Fontana on Saturday at 1 p.m., with analysts Steve Matchett, and Paul Tracy. In the pits are Robin Miller, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Kelli Stavast. == And how is this “broadcaster” still employed? == Changing the channels: Showtime debuts the documentary Friday at 9 p.m. called “Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang,” where the one-time Laker visits North Korea on his “good will mission.” They can’t make that stuff up. A review from Variety refers to it as “deftly constructed, consistently engrossing and frequently flat-out-hilarious account of a controversial sporting event with geopolitical implications.” Wouldn’t it seem reasonable that Showtime follows this airing with “The Interview”? == By HBO’s tally, it has televised 999 fights since its first one in 1973, when Joe Frazier met up with George Foreman in Kingston, Jamaica. That was only a couple months into the network’s existence, and Hall of Famer Don Dunphy was on the call — by himself. It was most famously recounted in the ABC rebroadcast, when Howard Cosell made the call: “Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!” as the fight ended with a Foreman TKO in the second round, giving him the heavyweight title. When Oscar Valdez steps into the ring against Ruben Tamayo at the StubHub Center in Carson as the undercard for the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Jessie Vargas bout on Saturday at 9:45 p.m. (tape delayed here) — that’ll make it a clean 1,000 over a 43-year span. Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman, Andre Ward and Harold Lederman will be on the call. FYI: the boxers with the most HBO appearances have been Oscar de la Hoya and Roy Jones Jr., with 32 each. (FYI: That book shown above is a 1919 book, first published 100 years ago in 1915, by longime boxing referee Eugene Corri, on his 30-year career). == Dodgers veteran photographer Jon SooHoo explains to MLB.com all the things that had to fall into place for him to capture and distribute immediately the shot he got of the Chicago Cubs fan who caught a ball in play while holding a baby in his arms during Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers. A screengrab of the moment from the Dodgers’ SportsNet L.A. telecast shows SooHoo in the bottom right corner (above the score graphic) with his lens poised on the play. He was able to upload it almost immediately and have it posted on the Dodgers’ Twitter account with the notation that the fan was called for interference and allowed the Dodgers to end the inning with an out.
Thanks for the third out, man. pic.twitter.com/xDQxIuaqx9
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 24, 2015
== And for some reason, media types want to continue lauding the fan who reached over onto the field of play and interfered with a ball? Without noting that he was called for interference yet not ejected?
== L.A.-based Tennis Channel begins its eight year of covering Wimbledon with a preview show of the event on Friday at 5 p.m. that analyzes the draw for the event starting Monday. Tracy Austin, James Blake, Leif Shiras and Steve Weissman do the talking. Tennis Channel has more than 200 hours of programming on the event over the next two weeks that will use Bill Macatee as the primary host for its primetime recaps with Mary Carillo and SI’s Jon Wertheim. Austin, Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport, Jim Courier, Justin Gimelstob and Paul Annacone are along for analysis as well.
== The NHL Draft starting Friday at 4 p.m.. on NBCSN has Liam McHugh, Pierre McGuire, Bob McKenzie and Craig Button (as rounds 2-7 on Saturday at 4 p.m. on the NHL Network). The event will be supplemented locally on the LAKings.com site with Jon Rosen and Daryl Evans.
== Tom Hammond, Ato Boldon, Craig Masback, Lewis Johnson and Todd Harris have coverage of the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships call the action from Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. this weekend — Friday, 7 p.m., on NBCSN, with Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. live on NBC-Channel 4. Alison Felix (women’s 400 meters), Lolo Jones (women’s 100m hurdles) and Justin Gatlin (men’s 200 meters) are the featured performers. This determines the U.S. team at the World Championships in Beijing in August.