It’s Out of the Question: Don’t wish too hard, Lakers … it just cheapens the brand

Out of all the image-conscious brands existing today to do business with, there’s this one e-commerce site that offers a holistically horrific selection of cut-rate overseas warehouse drek imaginable, at discounted prices so embarrassingly low and a reputation perhaps even lower that it sends up enough red flags that the Better Business Bureau posts hundreds of complaints for everyone’s amazement and amusement.
But wait, there’s more.
That dream package deal interests you so much, you not only embrace it as a legitimate partner for your professional sports team, but deem it worthy of adding their name on a high-visible patch that’s right next to your iconic logo?
Dear Lakers: Be very careful what you Wish.com for.

More at this link …

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Sports media notes version 09.20.17: Hockey from China fit for a Kings fan — how does 4:30 am sound?

News of note looking at the past weekend and forward:

== The Kings put a lot of time and effort into taking a bunch of players to China for some exhibition games against the Canucks (and leaving some back to face the Ducks in a local exhibition).
The least we could do is watch.

Jim Fox and Daryl Evans, left, at a Kings’ youth hockey clinic in Shanghai. (Photo from LAKingsPR Twitter/Jeff Moeller)

Both Kings-Canucks games in China have national live coverage. NBCSN has the game from Shanghai on Thursday at 4:30 a.m. with Brendan Burke and Pierre McGuire on the call.
(Note: It will replay on the NHL Network at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday).
NHL Network has the second game in Beijing starting early Saturday/late Friday at 12:30 a.m., repeated several times over the weekend.
Kings’ Fox Sports West analyst Jim Fox, and KABC-AM (790) analyst Daryl Evans are both on the trip participating in youth clinics. Fox is expected to be part of the NBCSN and NHL Network telecasts. Neither game will be carried on radio. Continue reading “Sports media notes version 09.20.17: Hockey from China fit for a Kings fan — how does 4:30 am sound?” »

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CFB Week 4 in L.A.: Two very subtle points, then we’ll dial it back …

Top two things we’ve decided matter heading into the fourth week of the televised college football season:

= Sreamin’ Gus Johnson: God bless your energy. God help you moving forward, when a lung throws up a white flag and collapses out of sheer exhaustion.
We once thought he was Fox’s answer to fix soccer. That didn’t happen. Other parts (brain) of us understand a need to add volume and context to a telecast, to let the viewer know what’s important and what’s just another play. But college football isn’t a 3-on-3 basketball game in some abandoned arena for a FS1 delayed telecast. It’s live news that needs to appeal to our other parts (ears, hearts, palm of hand slapping forehead).
Having had to leave the room and find a local brewery to drown out the audio of the Fox telecast of UCLA’s epic comeback against Texas A&M on Labor Day weekend, and then hitting mute one too many times during USC’s dramatic conclusion to its double-OT game against Texas on Fox last week, it’s now my only wish going forward that Joel Klatt be emancipated.
File a citizen’s divorce. Hook up with a play-by-play man where he doesn’t feel he has to compete for attention or increase his own volume to match the epicness of what the play-by-play man is overproducing.

Too many times in the USC-Texas game, Johnson’s over-enthusiasm to perhaps make a call worthy of a soundbite betrayed his ultimate duty to make sure the call was correct. Too many times, Klatt had to have the presence of mind and calm reaction to say, no, that’s not what just happened, and clarify.
Dial it back before it’s too late… We are inclined to watch Notre Dame visit Michigan State on Saturday night. But then again …


= ESPN’s “College GameDay” journey: They are always looking to keep it fresh,  to boldly go where no live TV pregame show has ever gone before.
In past years, that has meant a first-ever trip to Fargo, North Dakota. Or Kalamazoo, Mich., or  Allston, Mass.
The fact the show has never been pushed out of New York was kind of refreshing. Syracuse may deserve it. But otherwise, what in New York says college football in this travelogue?
Saturday, that well-meaning drought will end as the show producers, determining that no game site is really worthy of a visit (what about San Diego State at Air Force?), will set up an outdoor studio in Times Square, between 43rd and 44th Streets, parallel with 7th Avenue (6-9 a.m. PDT).
That makes New York the 81st city to host “GameDay” in its 25 years.
This got someone like Nicole Auerbach, employed by the new subscription-based Athletic, a bit overly titillated. She writes: Continue reading “CFB Week 4 in L.A.: Two very subtle points, then we’ll dial it back …” »

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NFL Week 3 in the L.A. TV market: Supersize the Rams on Friday at least if they score a couple of TDs on Thursday

Saw this while in the Jack in the Box drive-thru the other day. “Free Jumbo Jack” caught our eye, of course, but it seems there are far too many other elements of this promotion that have to fall into place for anyone in L.A. to actually cash in. That’s just the fact, Jack.

Another reminder of what happens when your city gets back into the NFL business.
Sundays aren’t the only day that you feel this weird guilt/obligation to watch the local team mess conflict with your non-football viewing habits.
Even though the new fall TV season hasn’t really started yet, and the time shift means there’s not a of prime-time here to deal with, it’s not real convenient for those on the freeways trying to slog home.
Following up on the Chargers’ season opener on a Monday night, the Rams have their first and only Thursday night appearance of the season this week at San Francisco.
Again, you’re asking two West Coast teams to put up a 5:20 p.m. start so that it gets into prime-time in the East.
The NFL Network has it, but since TV rules stipulate that any cable-based game has to also go on an over-the-air channel in the L.A. market, it will simulcast on Channel 4 with Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth and Heather Cox.
The NFL Net coverage starts actually at 3 p.m. with Rich Eisen, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and Steve Mariucci, plus Melissa Stark and LaDainian Tomlinson in some sort of bus outside the park.
Amazon Prime subscription also streams the Thursday night games as part of their new rights deal (non-exclusvie).
At least tune in to see the latest yellow/gold swatch of “Color Rush” they’ve forced the Rams to wear this time. Last year when the Rams went to Seattle for a Thursday game, they were in all white because, with the Seahawks in all green, the yellow-green combo is not suitable for colorblind viewers. This time, they’re back to all yellow, while the 49ers are in black with orange numbers. Good luck with that.

The rest of the NFL Week 3 to pay attention to:
= Yahoo! is live streaming a game. It did a Buffalo-Jacksonville game from London in 2015 and called it a success.
= Beth Mowins gets her first game with CBS, and L.A. misses another week of hearing Tony Romo (unless you’re invested in that DirecTV “NFL Sunday Ticket” deal)

Sunday:
= Baltimore vs. Jacksonville from London, 6:30 a.m., Yahoo! Sports streaming (with  Andrew Catalon, James Lofton)
= Houston at New England, 10 a.m., Channel 2 (with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts). L.A. misses on Cleveland-Indianapolis with Mowins on the call with Jay Feeley, as well as Pittsburgh-Chicago, Denver-Buffalo and Miami-N.Y. Jets as the CBS offerings go in this window.
= N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 10 a.m., Channel 11 (with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman). Fox only has five games for its single Sunday, including Atlanta-Detroit, Tampa Bay-Minnesota and New Orleans-Carolina in this window, plus Seattle-Tennessee in the late window.
= Chargers vs. Kansas City from StubHub Center, 1:25 p.m., Channel 2 (with Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon). It blocks us from the other CBS  afternoon game, Cincinnati-Green Bay with Jim Nantz and Tony Romo.
= Oakland at Washington, 5:20 p.m., Channel 4 (with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya). The Raiders’ rating here will likely be whatever the Rams and Chargers get combined on Thursday night and Sunday afternoon.
Monday
= Dallas at Arizona, 5:15 p.m., ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden)

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More Q&A with Billie Jean King about ‘Battle of the Sexes’ film in theaters Friday

Tennis legend Billie Jean King discusses her reaction to the new film, “Battle of the Sexes,” which opens Friday.
(Photo by Steve McCrank, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

As the movie “Battle of the Sexes” hits selected theaters Friday before a national release on Sept. 29, we got some one-on-one time with Billie Jean King to ask about the emotions she’s feeling seeing herself on the big screen as portrayed by Oscar-winner Emma Stone.
In addition to the Q&A posted online, we also have these outtakes:

Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in “Battle of the Sexes” (Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon, Twentieth Century Fox Film)

Q: It’s been announced by 21st Century Fox that it will donate 79 cents for every dollar it brings in for the movie’s opening week to the Women’s Sports Foundation you started in 1974. The 79 cents represents how much women make compared to every dollar a man makes, according to the data. How does that make you feel?

A: It’s so meaningful. I think woman should only work 79 percent of the year (laughing). Think about it, we have to work a year plus into April the next year to get equal pay.  Something has to stop and something has to start …

Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs smile during a news conference in New York to publicize their match at the Houston Astrodome in 1973. (AP Photo)

Q: What has to change?

A: You don’t want to disrupt anything if you can. You just want to make things better. It’s a tightrope trying to get everyone’s hearts and minds to match up without alienating anyone. Once you alienate, they go away. It’s very difficult thing. You do as much behind the scenes as you can before you go to the media, which is an absolute last resort. It’s not fun. You just want everyone to do the right thing.

Q: The film does a great job explaining how Margaret Court really had the first “Battle of the Sexes” against Riggs, on Mother’s Day that same year of 1973, in San Diego, on national TV. He soundly defeated her. If the result has been switched and she had won, would your “Battle of the Sexes” match even happen or would it have killed Riggs’ momentum? Continue reading “More Q&A with Billie Jean King about ‘Battle of the Sexes’ film in theaters Friday” »

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