Your L.A.-based NFL Week 1 TV lineup: 7 games, but that includes Chargers baggage

watching-football-on-tv-625x300There are a lot of lines to read between as we assess how the L.A. market gets assigned NFL games going forward on CBS and Fox.
Aside from tonight’s NBC coverage of New England hosting Pittsburgh (5:30 p.m., Channel 4, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth), the other six games in the L.A.-based NFL Week 1 lineup for those without access to DirecTV’s “Sunday Ticket:”
= Of the five Fox games to pick from during the entire day, we get sucked into San Diego hosting Detroit (1 p.m., with Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis and Tony Siragusa, instead of New Orleans-Arizona at the same time, and none of the early window selections Green Bay-Chicago with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, Seattle-St. Louis or Carolina-Jacksonville).
= The CBS doubleheader — because there’s no more conflicts from U.S. Open tennis coverage — sends us Kansas City-Houston in the 10 a.m. window (with Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon, instead of Miami-Washington, Cleveland-N.Y. Jets and Indianapolis-Buffalo). |
In the 1:25 p.m. window, it’s the Chargers’ alternative of Baltimore-Denver (with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, instead of Cincinnati-Oakland and Tennessee-Tampa Bay).
FYI: San Diego market now does not get to see Baltimore-Denver because it competes with SD-Detroit.
= The NBC Sunday night game: N.Y. Giants-Dallas at 5:30 p.m. (with Michaels and  Colinsworth).
= The two ESPN Monday night games: Philadelphia-Atlanta at 3:55 p.m. (with Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden) and Minnesota-San Francisco at 7:15 p.m. (with Chris Berman and Trent Dilfer).

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Play It Forward Sept. 7-13: The NFL decides its time to air it out, without Goodell in New England

THIS WEEK’S BEST BETS:
NFL WEEK 1:
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PITTSBURGH at NEW ENGLAND
Details/TV: Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Channel 4
SEATTLE at ST. LOUIS
Details/TV: Sunday at 10 a.m.
DETROIT at SAN DIEGO
Details/TV: Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
CINCINNATI at OAKLAND
Details/TV: Sunday at 1:25 p.m.
NEW YORK at DALLAS
Details/TV: Sunday at 5:30 p.m., Channel 4:

How you know it’s NFL season?
When the covers of Rolling Stone and the Sports Illustrated league preview issue are put side by side, and you’re not sure which is which.
20150826wilsoncover-780x1060When a biography of Rob Gronkowski comes out – published by Derek Jeter.
And when seemingly everyone from Rachel Ray to “Ray Donovan” is making references to whether Tom Brady got the wrong end of a Roger Goodell suspension, and whether the appeals process vindicated him so he can now suit up for the Thursday night opener at home when the Patriots’ championship banner is raised.
This is also the time when we try to gauge which horse to pick in the race to L.A. – should we follow the Rams, Raiders or Chargers? What happened to the Jaguars, Vikings and Panthers? Do the networks start airing those team’s games to Southern California to whet the appetites?
What else to look for – A new female sideline referee. More cameras in the pylons as the TV networks look for better angles of breaking the plane of the goal. Point-after-touchdown kicks move from the 2-yard back to the 15, more games will stream online, and the Vegas odds for the Patriots to repeat may flex by the minute.

ALSO THIS WEEK:
MLB: DODGERS at ANGELS
Details/TV: At Angel Stadium, Monday-Wednesday, Fox Sports West, SportsNet L.A.:

Mike Trout singles off Clayton Kershaw during a 2014 meeting. (Photo by John McCoy Daily News)"

Mike Trout singles off Clayton Kershaw during a 2014 meeting. (Photo by John McCoy Daily News)”

As long as the Dodgers are in the neighbor and won’t get in trouble from some umpire, why not detour into American League territory for these Freeway Series non-exhibitions. The Dodgers’ sweep of the visiting Angels at the start of August included wins posted by Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, and a two-run walk-off homer in the 10th by Andre Ethier in the finale. Greinke and Kershaw draw the first two starts of this series as well. The Angels’ Mike Trout is 5-for-10 lifetime against Greinke and 2-fot-6 against Kershaw, with no homers against either. For the record, since 2005 when the Angels changed their name from “Anaheim” to “Los Angeles,” they’ve won 34 of the 59 regular-season meetings. But the Dodgers have taken eight of the last 11.
Monday’s game is 6 p.m., with Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Also this week:  Dodgers at Arizona, Friday-Sunday, SportsNet L.A.
Angels vs. Houston at Angel Stadium, Friday-Sunday, FSW

THE REST OF THE WEEK:
The 135th U.S. Open works its way to the women’s final (Saturday, noon, ESPN) that includes Serena Williams facing sister Venus Williams in the Tuesday quarterfinals, and  the men’s final (Sunday, 1 p.m., ESPN) …  Floyd Mayweather says his fight Saturday in Vegas against Andre Berto will be his last (pay-per-view, $74.99) … UCLA will also be in Vegas that night, facing UNLV (7:30 p.m., CBS SportsNet) while USC stays home against Idaho (Coliseum, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Net) … Del Mar finishes its summer season, the Galaxy resumes MLS play (Saturday, StubHub Center vs. Montreal), and the Basketball Hall of Fame decides it’s time to induct Lisa Leslie (Friday, 3:30 p.m., NBA TV) … Find more at this link.

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It’s Out of the Question: What are USC’s environment-friendly speed dating policies?

southern-caliLet’s start here: Arkansas State? And Idaho?
USC is in the process of educating its football fans on how to achieve a “zero waste” status at the Coliseum this season. Starting with Saturday’s 2015 opener, it’s all about reclaim, repurpose and recycle.
But a compost heap for visiting players may also come in play. The Trojans’ carbon footprints are going to be all over them.
You feel you’ve been bushwhacked into paying $60 for a game ticket, and USC’s Office of Sustainability is only concerned with leaving the crumbling landmark in better shape than when you arrived.
Meanwhile, USC’s athletic department is behind sustaining a schedule that is about “going green” in other ways.
Read more at this link …
Meanwhile:

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Weekly media notes version 09.04.15: Jessica Mendoza has the ESPN ‘Sunday night’ chair rest of the season

What’s likely coming up for Sunday:

300x250-cheercal-2015orderChecking our calendars, the National Football League, founded 95 years ago, begins its regular season a few days past Labor Day.
That never gets old.
For TV people. And others who consume it through all kinds of media platforms.
Eventually, we’ll come up with something relevant on that topic.
To that: We did see the New England Patriots made some news this week in the media. The 2015 cheerleading calendar has been reduced from $19.95 to $9.95, and if you buy now, they’ll throw in the 2014 calendar. Since that all ended up pretty nice for the franchise.
The Patriots really are the sexy pick to win again, are we right?

What’s worth posting now:

UPDATED:

== ESPN announced today that Jessica Mendoza will be on the “Sunday Night Baseball” package for the rest of the season, including this weekend’s game at St. Louis when the Cardinals face Pittsburgh.
And why not?

You’ve likely read our own endorsements for Mendoza to continue this run as an MLB booth analyst on ESPN broadcasts, and the national momentum continues.
There is this well circulated piece by the New York Times last week and this Q-and-A with SI.com.
As we followed up as well after her Sunday night appearance, we are also told she will not be on Monday’s Orioles-Yankees game on Labor Day in New York.
062215-MLB-Dodgers-Kris-Bryant-pi-ssm.vadapt.620.high.0As far as another thing that stuck out from watching last Sunday’s game, here was Mendoza discussing the swing of Cubs rookie Kris Bryant, after he hit the home run that stood up in the 2-0 victory over the Dodgers: “He gets a lot of grief for all the strikeouts he has. A lot of it has to do with his swing because he has a beautiful path that he’s willing to take. You see where he gets his hands in the zone, a middle-in pitch, watch how he gets to barrel on it and see that finish, that long, pretty finish. He’s got the bat speed, the swing. He’s truly going to get better.” Somehow, when she says his swing is “pretty,” it means more. i85HbLO

== Of course, the opening for Mendoza comes after ESPN said Thursday night that Curt Schilling was designated for assignment. Meaning, let go.
ESPN’s statement: “At all times during the course of their engagement with us, our commentators are directly linked to ESPN and are the face of our brand. We are a sports media company. Curt’s actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company. As a result, he will not appear on ESPN through the remainder of the regular season and our Wild Card playoff game.”
Given, much of this may also be directly linked to an interesting insane constructive combative back-and-forth in progress (unless it has stopped) between Schilling and Dan Levy, writing for AwfulAnnouncing.com. Levy previously wrote about the Mendoza appearance last Sunday and how it affects Schilling, which led to their email exchange: “If enough of us were offended by what Schilling said to warrant a suspension, and his replacement did a good enough job that she is being widely lauded in the role, why would ESPN go back?” Now, it appears, that question has been answered.

== More to listen to about this:

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SportsNet LA data on Dodgers-Giants … it was obviously ginormous (relatively)

Clayton Kershaw throws before Wednesday's game at Dodger Stadium against San Francisco.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Clayton Kershaw throws before Wednesday’s game at Dodger Stadium against San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A day after the Dodgers set a SportsNet LA viewership record, they topped it again Wednesday night.
The network said the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory over San Francisco that featured a Clayton Kershaw complete-game, 15-strike out performance had 144,000 total viewers, with a 1.85 household rating.
Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory where the Dodgers’ Zack Greinke outdueled the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner had been the most-watched to date — 140,700-plus viewers and a 1.70 rating.
The Monday-Wednesday Dodgers-Giants series averaged a 1.64 rating, the greatest ever on SportsNet LA. That was up 26 percent over the Dodgers-Oakland series at Dodger Stadium from July 28-29. The previous best-rated game before the Dodgers-Giants series was a Dodgers-Cubs game on June 23 at Wrigley Field (1.57).
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