Post-It worthy notes heading into this post July 4 weekend:
== Without any specifics about the logical inclusion of Padres’ home-booth and Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Enberg in some way, shape or form on the broadcast, Fox’s details released about its coverage of the MLB All-Star Game from San Diego on Tuesday at 5 p.m.:
= Joe Buck calls his 18th game, with first-time analyst John Smoltz. Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci report from the dugouts. Pregame starts at 4 p.m. on FS1 with Kevin Burkhardt, Verducci, Pete Rose and Frank Thomas then shifts at 4:30 p.m. to Fox Channel 11.
Fox Sports San Diego, available on some cable and dish systems, also has specials running this week, including a Tony Gwynn tribute (Friday, 11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 p.m. and Monday, 8 p.m.)
= The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Enberg, retiring this season after doing the last seven years with the Padres doing games on Fox Sports San Diego, will “tell All-Star stories” for the broadcast, including the Tony Gwynn meeting with Ted Williams at Boston in 1999.
= ESPN’s coverage of Monday’s Home Run Derby at 5 p.m. has Chris Berman joined by Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza. This could be the last one for Berman. On ESPN Radio, John Schambi and Chris Singleton describe it.
= The MLB Network has the All Star Future Game on Sunday at 4 p.m. from Petco Park in San Diego.
== This week in Vin Scully-related prose:
= A series called “The Undeniables” on TheRinger.com has editor Brian Curtis making a case that “Vinny from Brooklyn” is as much a part of shaping the careers of New York natives like Al Michaels, Charley Steiner and Marv Albert as anyone. And Curtis discussed that with those three in his podcast.
= Daily Breeze columnist Mike Waldner introduces the Scully perspective through the eyes of Aaron Charlton, a STATS, Inc. research analyst from Manhattan Beach who supplies information during games to baseball and basketball broadcast teams at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.
“A play-by-play guy who is unsure of himself a lot of times is a guy who is snarky to you because they need so much help,” he said.
Scully and snarky never appear in the same sentence.
“I’d say Vin is probably the best,” Charlton said.
= A two-part interview that Baltimore Orioles play-by-play man Gary Thorne did with Scully for MASN.
= The Dodgers-Orioles game on July 4 allowed Scully to do another history lesson that MLB.com captured. And it led to this tweet:
I implore parents to record this Vin Scully broadcast and play it to their kids. This is History 101 made fun.
— ThinkBlueLA (@Think_BlueLA) July 5, 2016
And this one:
I should be awarded at least a history minor for listening to Vin Scully every game for the last 4 years.
— Brian Fagan (@bdfagan) July 5, 2016
= And Sandy Koufax in the house on Saturday, July 2, for the Old Times Game allowed Scully to tell his personal scouting report of the left-hander back in the early ’50s.
= The Hollywood Reporter’s list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Hollywood includes Rob Moore, vice chairman at Paramount Pictures. All on the list were asked who their “dream lunch date” would be. Said Moore: “Vin Scully, who never helped fulfill my dream of being a Dodgers announcer.”
= “What if papal statements had play-by-play like baseball?” asked John Allen, in a piece he wrote for the Catholic-based Crux. Allen’s scenario includes: Insert a Vin Scully promo for Farmer John sausage at your next parish picnic here.
== Dodgers road game broadcaster Joe Davis, on maternity leave after the Father’s Day birth of his first child, is back in the Fox rotation for the FS1 coverage of the New York Yankees at Cleveland on Saturday at 1 p.m., working with Cliff Floyd. The pregame has Kevin Burkhardt with Eric Karros and Frank Thomas.
The rest of the Fox schedule includes Channel 11 airing the Dodgers-Padres game from Dodger Stadium on Saturday at 4 p.m. with Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz and Ken Rosenthal, even though it only goes to 16 percent of the country on a regional basis. Most will get the Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh (50 percent, with Len Kasper and CJ Nitkowski) or Washington at the N.Y. Mets (33 percent, with Kenny Albert, Tom Verducci and Jon Paul Morosi).
== ESPN says it has added the Dodgers’ July 24 game in St. Louis to its Sunday Night Baseball prime-time package with a 5 p.m. start. It will be the Dodgers’ sixth Sunday night game this season and the fourth for the Cardinals. They also met on Sunday, May 15, for ESPN at Dodger Stadium.
== Memo to Dodgers’ SportsNet L.A. followers: The Portland Trail Blazers renewed their local TV agreement with CSN Northwest through 2021, even though DirecTV and Dish Network refuses to include the channel on their systems. The only way Portlanders can get the games is by subscribing to Comcast Cable, which only reaches 55 percent of the market. The Blazers turned down a more lucrative offer to align themselves with Root Sports Northwest, owned by DirecTV/AT&T but not on the Comcast system. DirecTV has about a 33 percent saturation point in the Portland market.
== And, yes, it is an influx of TV money that has caused the NBA to spend phenomenal amounts of money on less-than-phenomenal players during this recent free-agent gold rush. An embarrassment of riches by TNT and ESPN, promising the league $24 billion over the next nine years and justifying it because of TV viewing habits of live sporting events.
== TWC SportsNet has the three locked in Lakers’ Summer League games from Las Vegas starting with Friday’s game against New Orleans (7:30 p.m.) and including Saturday’s game with Philadelphia (5:30 p.m.) and Monday’s game against Golden State (7:30 p.m.). Two more games will be played after seedings are determined. Bill Macdonald and John Ireland will trade off doing play-by-play during the broadcasts, using the ESPN feed and sitting in the El Segundo TWC Sports studios. There is no KSPN-AM (710) radio coverage.
== Part of the rotating fill-ins for ESPN’s “First Take” show include Steve Mason and John Ireland jumping in Monday (7-to-9 a.m., ESPN2). Molly Qerim is the host.
== Fox announced the hiring of reporter Shannon Spake as a sideline person for college football and basketball as well as some NFL games starting this fall on the Gus Johnson-Joel Klatt team. Spake, who had been at ESPN the last 10 years, once worked at Fox Sports’ SPEED Channel.
== Mike Emrick won’t be in scanning his speed chart for Blackhawks or Penguins when he enters PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Friday but instead the Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster has a goal of simply assisting Bob Costas in calling the Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates national contest for the MLB Network at 4 p.m.
In 2013, Emrick jumped in on a Roots Sports broadcast of a Pirates game to chat things up. This past spring training, he did more play-by-play on a couple of exhibition games.
This time, maybe it’ll be different.
“I just want to make sure that what I do is at least at MLB Network level — maybe the bottom of the bar they set, but I want to be halfway professional,” Emrick told the New York Times recently.
== Jim Lampley, Roy Jones Jr. and Harold Lederman are at the HBO’s New York studios to call a rare Monday night fight — Sergey Kovalev vs. Isaac Chilemba in a light heavyweight title fight from Ekaterinburg, Russia. It airs delayed at 10:15 p.m.
== ESPN has yet to make it official but the new “Monday Night Football” broadcast team of Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters will debut during the Los Angeles return of the Rams for their exhibition opener on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. from the Coliseum against Dallas.
== The E! Channel believes that Rams players house hunting in L.A. is worth a six-episode reality show — can’t say HBO isn’t thinking the same thing with “Hard Knocks” coming up in August — so they’ve green-lit a series called “Hollywood & Football,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
== CBS (and former Fox) NFL studio host James Brown has been named the recipient of the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award and will be part of the Aug. 6 enshrinement ceremony.
“As great as James Brown is as a broadcaster, he’s an even greater man,” said Hall of Fame President David Baker. “People who watch him on TV see his professionalism but they don’t see the impact he has made on others in the industry and his community.”
== With Mike Tirico’s 25-year stint at ESPN over and out, NBC has announced that he’s locked in on the British Open from Scotland starting Thursday, followed in August by hosting daytime coverage of the Summer Olympics in Rio, followed by doing two NFL preseason games with Cris Collinsworth (Aug. 25 and Aug. 28).
== Follow this revealing series with former Philadelphia sportswriter Bill Lyon as he deals with the onset of Alzheimer’s and how he’s dealing with it.
== As part of the ESPN build-up to next Wednesday’s ESPY Awards at LA Live, the online auction to benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research has put up more than 100 items that includes personal time with various ESPN talent.
Such as: A day in Bristol, Conn., with the “Mike & Mike” show, with Scott Van Pelt, golf with Merrill Hoge and Ron Jaworski in Orlando, golf with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, time spent with Frank Caliendo, with Jon Gruden, a dinner for eight with Chris Berman, attend a Sunday Night Baseball game with Jessica Mendoza, attend a Knicks or Rangers game with Nate Silver, attend an Orioles game with Tim Kurkjian, or joining Stephen A. Smith in a suite for a Knicks game.
Some things are just too priceless.
== One way to spin the ratings for FS1’s “Speak For Yourself.”
== Rogers Communication has re-evaluated its “Hockey Night in Canada” studio show and decided to bring back Ron MacLean, dumping George Stroumboulopoulos.
We have no idea if Stroumboulopoulos did a decent job in that host chair. But certainly the guys who spell-check graphics have to be a bit more relieved.
== And finally:
= When Kevin Durant made his decision to leave Oklahoma City and join Golden State, the announcement on The Players Tribune struck another victory for the Derek Jeter-run website, even though it crashed for a time because of the high volume of visitors.
The response to it drew even more interesting media buzz.
A tweet send out this week by Rick Reilly (he’s working for ESPN or Sports Illustrated or who else at this point?) in regards to the decision that didn’t necessitate Jim Gray’s involvement certainly kicked up some dirt.
In addition to response such as the usual “delete your account” came stingers like this:
@ReillyRick You used to be a really good sportswriter.
— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) July 5, 2016
Somewhat related is this tweet is this scribe-on-scribe shout out:
Guy who left local paper to join Sports Illustrated has problem with KD taking a job where he’ll be more successful: https://t.co/7OWrE9k34b
— Barry Petchesky (@barryap1) July 5, 2016