What’s worth posting at this point in the week:
== As part of the National Bullying Prevention Month in October, ESPN will join a Disney campaign that airs show public service announcements through the month on ABC, ESPNU, Longhorn Network and SEC Network aimed at younger folks in the general effort to curb this abuse nature.
Among the “talent” doing the PSAs are Stephen A. Smith.
Julie DiCaro, an anchor at 670 The Score in Chicago and a writer for The Cauldron, has a much more compelling piece posted earlier this week on SI.com, about what it’s like to be a woman in the media when it comes to alarming social media distortion.
“It’s not enough for such fragile men, threatened by the changing world around them, to simply tell a woman she’s wrong, or even that she’s stupid. These comments attempt to cut much deeper, striking women at what misogynists see as their most valuable characteristics: appearance, sexual purity, sweetness and submissiveness. In the world these men inhabit, a world that increasingly exists only in their own troubled minds, the worst possible thing a woman can be is a fat, slutty cunt.”
CBSSN’s “We Need To Talk” spent more than five minutes on this subject during its show this week. Summer Sanders explained why she was against even bringing this issue onto the show until there was some discussion on how to hold these kind of responders accountable.
We asked ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza if she had any similar experiences, considering her recent promotion to the Sunday Night crew in place of Curt Schilling, who was let go after his own personal tweets and somewhat bullying emails to media writers clashed with the ESPN corporate standards.
“I read this same article and was honestly shocked at the depth of insult these Tweets had,” Mendoza told us via email. “I have not had anything that vulgar or threatening … I think I would honestly lose my Twitter account if I did because those remarks are unacceptable and I can only imagine how hateful they must feel to be on the other end.
“I agree with Julie in that only a small percentage of people are actually negative on social media, but I never imagined ANYONE would want to use social media to be so violent and threatening. I think because they can remain faceless, it gives them some sort of sick courage that they would never have face to face.”
Following up on that: Would Mendoza ever consider responding to a Internet troll, to defuse a situation?
“I was thinking about that, putting myself in Julie’s shoes,” the Moorpark mom of two sons said. “I would probably pick a Tweet that was hateful but maybe not as vulgar, quote it so all my followers could see and then let them have at the person. I did that once with a MUCH smaller Tweet (something about shutting the hell up and that every man in America hates me – ironically coming from a woman). I quoted her and simply wrote back: ‘I didn’t realize you knew what every man thought.’ People responded. Never heard anything back from her. I don’t think people realize we might actually read and share these things and they get real quiet when they do.”
Mendoza becomes the first female analyst for a nationally televised MLB postseason game when ESPN has the AL wildcard on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Without a Sunday night baseball game to do on the last day of the regular season, ESPN will have its crew of Mendoza with Dan Shulman, John Kruk and Buster Olney at the Boston-N.Y. Yankees contest tonight at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. They also did the Red Sox-Yankees game last Monday.
TBS has the Pittsburgh-Chicago Cubs NL wildcard game on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
== As a follow up to that DiCaro post: Ed Sherman of TheShermanReport.com justifiably questions why SI.com would include the highly objectifying “clickbait” ads at the bottom of that column. Poor communication between editorial and advertising departments?
== The Angels- Rangers final four-game series in Texas has garnished the national attention of ESPN, who’ll do Friday’s game (5 p.m., Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville), then Fox, who’ll do Saturday’s game (10 a.m., Channel 11, Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz) and then TBS, who’ll do Sunday’s game (noon, Ernie Johnson, Cal Ripken, Jr., Ron Darling). The Fox Sports West broadcast of all four games will also be available in Southern California, of course.
== Thanks again to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch for linking to a recent column about who might be the ones to “replace” Vin Scully and/or Dick Enberg with the Dodgers and Padres coming up after 2016.
One of our “candidates” — Brian Anderson, the Milwaukee Brewers play-by-play man who’s been on TBS post-season games — gave Deitsche the best advice for anyone who has to transition into the Scully role someday:
“I would not ask for security in year one. The only way to truly ‘win’ in these circumstances is to completely surrender the need for stability. I would ask for a one-year deal. I would not move my family. I would try to be as little of a distraction as possible. Do very little press, no branding/PR strategy, surround yourself in the booth with people you know and trust, walk the stadium, show up at as many players’, sponsors’ and season-ticket holder events as possible. Basically, take a one-year trial approach. Hopefully you prove to be a worthy hire and all parties agree to proceed.”
== And Don Orsillo’s hiring by the San Diego Padres is official. The deal is reported to be six years.
== Highlights of college football Week 5:
= Fox’s Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt do the UCLA-Arizona State contest from the Rose Bowl on Saturday (Channel 11, 4:30 p.m.)
= Around the rest of the country on Saturday: No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 12 Clemson goes to ABC (Channel 7, 5 p.m., Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit, after the morning “College GameDay” appearance at Clemson); No. 13 Alabama at No. 8 Georgia goes to CBS (Channel 2, 12:30 p.m., Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson); No. 21 Mississippi State at No. 14 Texas A&M goes to the SEC Network (4:30 p.m., Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer), No. 23 West Virginia at No. 15 Oklahoma goes to Fox Sports 1 (9 a.m., Joe Davis and Brady Quinn); ABC also has Texas at No. 4 TCU (9 a.m., Channel 7, Sean McDonough and Chris Spielman) and Texas Tech vs. No. 5 Baylor at Arlington, Tex. (12:30 p.m., Channel 7, Dave Pasch and Brian Griese), ESPN has No. 3 Ole Miss at No. 25 Florida (4 p.m., Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge) and Iowa at No. 19 Wisconsin (9 a.m., Steve Levy and Brock Huard).
== The Pac-12 Network takes No. 24 Cal hosting Washington State (1 p.m., Kevin Calaboro and Yogi Roth) and No. 18 Stanford hosting Arizona (7:30 p.m., Ted Robinson and Glenn Parker). ESPN has now unranked Oregon at Colorado (7 p.m., Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer)
= Also: CBSSN has Air Force at Navy (12:30 p.m., John Sadak, Randy Cross) and also San Diego State hosting Fresno State (7:30 p.m., Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor)
== No wonder CBS was hot to hire Rick Neuheisel as a college football analyst. Stories like this one from the UCLA-Arizona game in 2011 are worth recalling, as he did on last Saturday’s show. Note his point made about how the broadcasters during this Thursday night telecast were piling on him for a lack of discipline issues at UCLA.
== Highlights of NFL Week 4 for the L.A. market, after tonight’s Baltimore-Pittsburgh game (Channel 2, NFL Network, 5:30 p.m., with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms):
= CBS’ lone contest will be the Chargers playing host to Cleveland (Channel 2, 1:05 p.m., Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein). They’ve passed on Oakland at Chicago (10 a.m.) among four other choices.
= Fox has the doubleheader weekend and has picked N.Y. Giants-Buffalo (Channel 11, 10 a.m., Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, going to about two-thirds of the country) and Green Bay-San Francisco (Channel 11, 1:25 p.m., Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, going to just more than half the country). Among the games passed over: St. Louis-Arizona (1:25 p.m.), Philadelphia-Washington (10 a.m.) and Minnesota-Denver (1:25 p.m.)
= Dallas at New Orleans (Sunday at 5:30 p.m., Channel 4, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth)
= Detroit at Seattle (Monday at 5:30 p.m., ESPN, with Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden)
== If the AM sports talk genre ever made as much of a numerical impact in Southern California in the prime male demographic over the last 20 years, it’s tough to remember. Especially at one station. The latest Neilsen Portable People Meter service reports that, in the men 25-54 demographic over the third quarter of the year (July-September), KSPN-AM (710) has pulled a 4.0 share (that’s from the Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. window), ranking fifth in the city. The next AM station that has a talk format, KFI-AM (640), is ranked 20th. The Dodgers-based KLAC-AM (570) is at 1.5 (25th). The Angels-based KLAA-AM (830) is at 0.4. The Beast/KFWB-AM (980) is at 0.5 (36th).
The top-rated show for KSPN in that demographic remains the Steve Mason-John Ireland noon-to-3 p.m. slot at 4.7. At KLAC, the Dodgers have provided 3.3 ratings for that demographic in the post-7 p.m. slot, but the Petros and Money Show from 3-to-7 p.m. has the best on that station’s menu with a 2.0 rating.
Again, if you look at the raw numbers for those 12-plus in age, sports talk really didn’t make much of an impact. It’s the target audience they’re all shooting for.
“I have heard that some competitors were telling people we profit by tweaking the system and having real die hard fans that engage in non-stop listening – and they’re right,” said KSPN program director Mike Thompson. “Just like KHJ or great music stations back in the day – you listened because of the brand, the DJs, promotions and fun just as much as the music. We have loyal fans who are vested in the personalities just as much as a ‘topic’ or a team.”
== Kings Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller joined the “Behind the Glass” podcast with David Gascon and Ghizal Hasan.
== What if the Kings or Ducks decided that their TV broadcast teams couldn’t come on the players’ charter flight during road trips, and Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket had to pay for their travel. Would that result in the TV teams doing games from a Southern California studio? They were haggling over that option in Toronto but have finally seemed to resolve it after the backlash in the media.
== Included in the new issue of ESPN The Magazine that comes out Friday: This cover shot of Clippers guard Chris Paul, head of the NBA Players Association, with a piece by Kurt Streeter about the relation with the union and owners as collective bargaining agreement talks begin. Another story in that issue: Tim Keown writes about Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis as the future of the team might include a move back to L.A.
== Another piece by Si.com’s Deitsch on how networks are dealing with this trend of college football games running past their 3 1/2-hour TV windows. He talks about it with Ilan Ben-Hanan, the ESPN VP of College Sports Programming and USC grad who oversees such matters. Ben-Hanan says: “If fans had a sense of the orchestration and conducting going on between the different network control rooms when our games run long, plus the conversations we are having with our conference partners and using social media to get the word out, you’d see it’s an incredible feat.”
== Fox Sports 1 is taking a show called “America’s Pregame” off the air, the Sports Business Daily reports. Did not know it even existed.
== Chris Marlowe, Kevin Wong and Tanith Belbin have the FIVA World Tour beach volleyball finals from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., this weekend (11:30 a.m. Sunday, Channel 4).
On that tangent: Mike Dodd, the former AVP star who has done plenty of coaching these days, is scheduled to call a Colorado-Oregon women’s volleyball match for the Pac-12 Network on Friday. He’s flying in from Ft. Lauderdale after coaching the Italian team of Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai on short notice for this event. Dodd took a quick flight from LAX to Florida on Tuesday to prep the team and watch it play its matches Thursday. He then plans to take a redeye back tonight to Oregon for the Friday 8 p.m. telecast.
The plan then is a trip back to L.A. to catch the wedding in Palos Verdes of the daughter of former AVP playing partner Tim Hovland on Saturday. If the Italian teams makes it to Sunday’s final day, Hovland plans another redeye trip back to Florida.
Here’s more context.
== You think reporters should get hazard pay for having to “report” on locker room celebrations? What about live remotes from parking lots?
== John Strong and Alexi Lalas have the call on the Galaxy’s MLS game in Seattle for Fox Sports 1 (Sunday, 7:30 p.m.), the second half of a doubleheader that begins with Colorado vs. Real Salt Lake.
== Our own tweet of the week:
== And finally:
How Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is already in NBA mid-season form: