We’ve been fortunate enough to have people like Linda Cohn, Andrea Kremer, Chris McKendry, Alex Flanagan, Jeanie Zelasko and Colleen Dominguez share their stories on Mother’s Day past — how does momhood work in the sports media business, finding balance the work and parenting schedules so they feel they’re doing the right things at the right time?
It takes a sports village to raise a family, as it turns out. Moms network, share strategies, compare and contrast methods before doing their video homework or draw up interview questions.
Thanks to ESPN’s new “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst Jessica Mendoza and her mother, Karen, for spending some time with us to talk about their relationship and how lessons learned impact Jessica and her stay-at-home husband Adam as they care for their 6-year-old Caleb and 2-year-old Caden in Moorpark, with the grandparents not too far away still in Camarillo.
Medoza will spend Mother’s Day at Yankee Stadium on Sunday doing the Red Sox-Yankees game, and then be at Dodger Stadium on May 15 for the Dodgers-Cardinals telecast on ESPN.
What’s worth posting now:
== The Sunday ESPN “SportsCenter” Mother’s Day related story focuses on Peggy Nibert, wife of Presbyterian College basketball coach Gregg Nibert, and the foster parenting they’ve done over the years — taking in children that have been abused with injuries and broken bones since 2006. Tom Rinaldi has the story that starts with the 7 a.m. edition of “SportsCenter” and airs throughout the day.
BTW: The NCAA.com posted a 7-minute story on this in 2015 and another nice piece on this was done by AmericanSportsNet.com.
== And all these thoughts of mothering reminds us of a piece we still enjoy reading from Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated last summer talking to various TV sports talent and their pregnant pauses as they become visible on camera with a baby on board.
== With his Poynter.org column, Ed Sherman gets into more about the #MoreThanMean video that’s been getting millions of views. Says ESPN’s Sarah Spain: “Part of the issue, which is just as unfortunate, is just having women talk about the abuse, for whatever reason, is not as powerful as seeing the reaction of the men in the video.
“There is a larger discussion about whether women are believed by society. When we talk about it, it gets dismissed as a women just being upset or getting carried away. As much as it stinks that the power needs to come from a man’s reaction, it is what makes the video so striking.”
== As the Rams are deciding whether to go with the iHeartRadio family as its Southern California flagship station (which would include games on the FM and AM side) as opposed to taking a deal with ESPN’s 710 affiliate, the Padres said this week they’re heading to the FM dial, the modern rock KBZT-FM 94.9 starting in 2017. They’re currently heard on XEPRS-AM 1090, aka the Mighty 1090.
== More public posturing and playing to the masses with the Dodgers-SportsNet LA distribution … c’mon. Frontier still hasn’t figured out how to get old Verizon FIOS customers off their old system yet. Think that’s their top priority at the moment?
== NBC isn’t horsing around with its coverage of the 142nd Kentucky Derby, which should sync up air at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday (KNBC-Channel 4). NBCSN’s pre-race events start at noon and it shifts over to NBC at 1 p.m.
(The race will be strategically sandwiched between two NHL playoff games as well — Game 5 of St. Louis-Dallas at 10 a.m., and then Game 5 of Pittsburgh-Washington at 4:15 p.m., both on Channel 4. If the Blues-Stars game run into OT, it’ll be continued on NBCSN until its conclusion.)
The net says it has the “most comprehensive coverage in Kentucky Derby history,” with an excess of 50 cameras, including a new 360-degree robotic camera on the infield and an 80-foot high camera on the Churchill Downs video board. Finally, too, will be a camera on race caller Larry Collmus.
Bob Costas and Tom Hammond are the hosts with analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, handicappers Bob Neumeier and Eddie Olczyk, reporters Laffit Pincay III, Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers and Jay Privman, plus Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski in as the fashion experts and Rutledge Wood, who is part of NBC’s NASCAR coverage, included as a social media reporter using a 55-inch touch screen in the paddock area to show all the trends happening. Yes, It’s come to this. Rob Hyland is the coordinating producer, Drew Esocoff is the director and Sam Flood is the exe producer overseeing everything.
NBC will, of course, do the May 21 Preakness and June 10 Belmont.
== Two former U.S. Olympic volleyball players, Paul Sunderland and Kevin Barnett, call ESPN2’s coverage of the NCAA men’s volleyball championship between Ohio State and BYU on Saturday at 5 p.m. from University Park, Penn.
Second-seeded and No. 3 rated UCLA lost to No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Long Beach State lost to top seed and No. 1 ranked BYU in the semifinals on Thursday.
== Meanwhile, Anne Marie Anderson and former AVP star Holly McPeak, who have done a lot of coverage on the sport for the Pac-12 Net, will call a new package of NCAA beach volleyball championship matches from Gulf Shores, Ala., this weekend, as Turner Sports bought the rights to the event in a somewhat interesting programming gamble.
The eight-team, double-elimination event that includes No. 2 seed USC, No. 3 seed Pepperdine and No. 4 seed UCLA starts with coverage on truTV on Friday at noon, as well as match coverage on Saturday at noon. It leads to the final on Sunday at 11 a.m. on TBS.
Kelli Tennant, Michelle McMahon and Nicole Branagh are there reporting as well.
NCAA.com also has live streaming from every match starting with No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 8 Stetson on Friday at 7 a.m.
== And then there’s Chris Marlowe, Kevin Wong and Dain Blanton returning to Southern California for the AVP Huntington Beach Open final (Sunday, 12:30 p.m., NBCSN)
== Early reviews of the IFC Films biopick “Pele: Birth of a Legend,” based on “an inspirational true story” that debuted at Tribeca in April and opens in theaters on Friday:
From Variety: “The dialogue is consistently awkward and the plotting strictly formulaic, though fans of the sport will have fun spotting the famous faces portrayed — including Felipe Simas as Falstaffian winger Garrincha and Fernando Caruso as the grumpy midfielder Zito.”
From the Hollywood Reporter: “The film, which dutifully recounts his extraordinary journey from a Brazilian slum to overnight superstardom as a result of — spoiler alert! — Brazil’s first ever World Cup victory in 1958, will no doubt please aficionados of “the beautiful game,” as Pele famously dubbed it. Unfortunately, it lacks the spark necessary to appeal to non-fans.”
A small sampling of reviews on RottenTomatoes.com may not be enough to judge it either, but …
An interview with Pele with the Washington Post.
And good luck finding it on any screen in Southern California this opening weekend.
== ESPN’s Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman and Monica Gonzalez have the call for the Galaxy’s MLS game at StubHub Center against New England on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
== Leicester City will raise its 2015-16 Premier League trophy before facing Everton at 9:30 a.m. on USA Network on Saturday. Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux call it. Leicester City’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United last Sunday averaged 908,000 viewers, the most to see a match on NBCSN since Arsenal-Chelsea on April 26, 2015 (979,000 average viewers).
== Also, John Strong and Stu Holden call Bayern Munich’s attempt to clinch its fourth straight Bundesliga title against Ingolstadt on FS1 Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
== The first look at how Las Vegas’ new T-Mobile Arena sets up for a sporting event will be with Saturday’s Canelo Alvarez-Amir Kahn WBC middleweight title fight on HBO pay-per-view at 6 p.m. Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman, Roy Jones Jr. and Harold Lederman have the call.
== Dick Vitale is apparently the go-to guy when it comes to announcing sports-related nuptials.
== As a new way to mix metaphors metaphorically, we suggest a new book on sports metaphors by Josh Chetwynd. Run out today and get. Unless you need a rain check.
== ESPN2 has dedicated five days to cover the Invictus Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando starting Sunday at 5 p.m. and continuing through May 12. Daily coverage of events runs Monday-Thursday from 4-5 p.m. Chris Fowler, Tom Rinaldi, Jeremy Schaap, Paul Sunderland, Allen Bestwick, Patrick and John McEnroe, Rowdy Gaines, Dan O’Brien and Bob Woodruff are among the broadcasters for events such as wheelchair tennis, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, powerlifting, archery, swimming and the decathlon.
== Because it’s never too early to plan for the college football bowl season, ESPN sent a reminder out this week that it will have 38 of them to cover (and 13 of them owned and operated by the company) starting Dec. 17. The Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 31, at noon and 4 p.m., serve as the national semifinals. The Rose Bowl falls on Monday, Jan. 2, along with the Cotton Bowl and the Sugar Bowl, while the Orange Bowl falls back to Friday, Dec. 30.
== Live Pac-12 Network coverage of note for the weekend:
= Elise Woodward and Amanda Freed call UCLA softball at Utah, Friday at 6 p.m. (only P12LA), Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. (only P12LA).
== Jim Watson, Tom Feuer, Jordan Kent and Jill Savage are on the Oregon Twilight track and field event, Friday at 6 p.m. It’s the final Oregon home meet at Hayward Field before the site is renovated.
== Greg Heister and Kay Cockerill have the conference championship for men’s golf at Salt Lake City, Utah, Sunday at 10 a.m.
== Jim Watson, Mary Murphy, Dave Miller and Kelli Tennant will be reassigned to cover the WNBA Sparks’ 2016 season that begins May 15 for TWC SportsNet.
== Golf Channel announced that it will become the first single-sport cable channel to have live coverage of its sport during Olympic competition as the NBC-Universal owned company will dedicate 130 live hours to Olympic golf in Rio de Janeiro’s neighbor of Barra de Tijuca from Aug. 11-20. The men’s event runs Aug. 11-14 (coverage from 3:30 a.m. to noon for the first three rounds and 3 a.m. to noon for the final) with the women’s tournament from Aug. 17-20 (same air times). No broadcasters were announced, but one would suspect it would include the usual NBC team of Dan Hicks, Johnny Miller, David Feherty, Brandel Chamblee, Peter Jacobsen and Roger Maltbie.
== You’ve been warned: The Sports Business Daily reports that FS1 will have a Jason Whitlock-Colin Cowherd weekday afternoon show called “Speak For Yourself” at a future date — perhaps competing head-to-head with ESPN’s established “Pardon The Interruption” with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon.
Although, that’s not what the Sporting News’ Michael McCarthy hears from his FS1 sources.
FS1 … we think we’ve heard of that.
== The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series from New York’s lower Hudson River off Battery Park City in Manhattan gets coverage on NBCSN starting Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. Todd Harris and Ken Read call it. Defending America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA will compete with World Series standings leader Emirates Team New Zealand, as well as Sweden’s Artemis Racing, Groupama Team France, Great Britian’s Land Rover BAR and Softbank Team Japan. Three more regattas take place in the World Series after this event, in Chicago; Portsmouth, England, and Toulon, France to determine seedings for the 2017 America’s Cup qualifiers and determining a challenger to Oracle Team USA (the 2013 winner after winning eight straight races to defeat Emirates Team New Zealand, 9-8). The 35th America’s Cup Final is scheduled for Bermuda in June, 2017.
== Finally, out confusing Tweet of the week:
LeBron James has never lost a playoff series after taking a 2-0 series lead pic.twitter.com/PfXUfIQ71j
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 5, 2016
Confusing, in that: Do we need a bar chart to show our brain what 16-0 looks like? And as has been pointed out, “0” on this chart actually gets some bar. It’s blowing our minds.
== And last but not least:
Our endorsed Tweet of the week:
I wish there was a 12-step program for #LAAngels announcers saying “as far as” or “in terms of.” In terms of it driving me nuts.
— Chris Dufresne (@DufRankman) May 4, 2016