Media notes heading into the weekend, and coming out hot from the Labor Day Break, keeping in mind that back in the early ’60s, the Green Bay Packers’ offensive couldn’t start until Ringo snapped the ball to Starr:
— Ted Gioia (@tedgioia) September 6, 2017
== Week 1 of the NFL TV situation in L.A. has the Rams on Channel 2 and the Chargers on ESPN and Channel 7 … goofy enough?:
— Tom Hoffarth (@tomhoffarth) September 5, 2017
== For those who need some closure in HBO’s “Hard Knocks” with the Tampa Bay Bucs.
== Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” studio guest Ray Lewis was trying to break some news on the season debut of the show Tuesday night. Does anyone believe him?
Apparently, Ray Lewis, the beau ideal of a reliable source, is passing along some bull about why the Ravens didn’t sign Colin Kaepernick.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) September 6, 2017
== Fox reported Wednesday afternoon that the UCLA-Texas A&M prime-time game with a Sunday night unobstructed college football viewing window had 3,190,000 viewers, the network’s most-watched game ever on Labor Day Weekend.
Viewership peaked (4.38 million) from 8:15 to 8:27 p.m. PDT as UCLA completed its comeback.
About an hour later, ESPN spoke back.
It reported that it “generated the two biggest audiences among cable networks,” as the Ohio State-Indiana game on Aug. 31 had 5.4 million total audience (between the regular telecast and a MegaCast multi-network additive) and also got 5.268 million for Tennessee-Georgia Tech on Monday.
Then they’ll throw in what ABC did: 12.5 million saw Alabama-Florida State on Saturday’s prime-time window, and there were 7.8 million total viewers for Michigan-Florida in the afternoon Saturday window.
To punctuate that, ESPN/ABC “generated the largest audiences across all networks throughout college football’s kickoff weekend” combining for the five most-watched games, and “factoring in the full slate, ESPN and ABC combined to air 11 games throughout the five days, averaging 4,400,000 viewers, 189% greater than seven game average on FS1/Fox.”
Not that anyone’s counting.
== Week 2 of the college football TV landscape in L.A. has USC prime-time on Channel 11 and UCLA having a luau on the Pac-12 Net:
— Tom Hoffarth (@tomhoffarth) September 6, 2017
== As Joe Davis’ college football broadcasts ramp up now — he did two last week that precluded him from the entire Dodgers-Padres series in San Diego and led to John Hartung doing some play-by-play — he stands to miss the Dodgers’ SportsNet LA broadcasts on Friday-Saturday-Sunday dates for the next three weekends as well.
All three of his college games — Nebraska-Oregon on Saturday, Army-Ohio State on Sept. 16 and a likely Big Ten game to be determined on Sept. 23 — all air on Fox’s Channel 11 network.
The Dodgers’ games next Saturday and Sunday in Washington are on Fox and ESPN anyway.
Davis said he will be with the Dodgers for the entire final week of the season including the Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1 finale at Colorado.
Once the playoffs start, Davis will then be on one of the Fox teams covering the American League playoffs. Charley Steiner and Rick Monday have all the Dodgers playoff games on radio at KLAC-AM (570).
== Meanwhile, TBS has slotted the Dodgers’ Sunday home game against Colorado on their schedule, going to the L.A. market (head to head with the Dodgers’ SportsNet LA broadcast). Brian Anderson and Ron Darling are on the call at 1 p.m. TBS will be the exclusive network for the National League playoff games in October, so get used to it now.
== Fox Sports could have dumped Pete Rose from its MLB postseason coverage for a variety of reasons. It choose this one.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
== Week 2 of the Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket/Fox Go lineup has Chaminade-St. John Bosco on Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Prime Ticket with Sam Farbar, John Jackson and Chris Rix.
The PrepZone coverage all at 7 p.m.:
= Upland vs. Redlands East Valley (Dennis Ackerman and Brock Vereen)
= Orange Lutheran vs. Vista Murrieta (Paul Westphal and Chris Hale)
= Bishop Amat vs. JSerra (Fred Salas and Ralph Brown)
= Westlake vs. Newbury Park (David Caldwell and Tony Moskal)
Prime Ticket also announced it will carry Narbonne vs. Centennial of Coronoa in Week 3 on Friday, Sept. 15.
== There is almost no athletic endeavor we would bet against Kings radio analyst Daryl Evans. Even if he was dressed in his full shiny suit. He steps up again for the Kings Care Foundation in their annual Beach Cities 5K/10K fundraiser in Redondo Beach’s Riviera Village on Saturday (a 7:45 a.m. start for the 5K and 8:30 a.m. start for the 10K) o benefit the Hydrocephalus Association. More information at this link.
== FS1 has all the coverage of the Walker Cup competition from L.A. Country Club this weekend — Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon (with the foursome competition), plus 2-to-5 p.m. Saturday and 3-to-6 p.m. Sunday (singles format), which is three times the coverage on the last event of this kind on U.S. soil in 2013.
Joe Buck, who was part of the Fox coverage of the recent U.S. Amateur Championship from Riviera Country Club, has NFL duties and will not be at this event, but the rest of the team from the Riviera team returns as Shane O’Donoghue anchors the telecast with Paul Azinger and Brad Faxon in the 18th-hole tower. Curtis Strange, Juli Inkster, Buddy Marucci and Shane Bacon are also broadcasting from the course. Faxon (1983), Strange (1975) and Marucci (1995, ’97) are former U.S. Walker Cup participants.
— Jason Klein (@ByJasonKlein) September 6, 2017
== How a “shaken” Boomer Esiason told the WFAN radio audience in New York today what happened to his broadcast partner. The show also simulcasts on CBSSN.
== FS1 launched something called “First Things First” with Cris Carter and Nick Wright, in case it was realistically off your radar (airs live from New York weekdays 3:30 to 6:30 a.m. PDT)
== ESPN has the WNBA playoffs mapped out that include the Sparks’ semifinal series beginning Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at Staples Center.
== NBATV has the 2017 Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony from Springfield, Mass., on Friday from 4:30-to-7:30 p.m.
== ESPN seems very pleased to announce that one of its employees, reporter Victoria Arlen, a former Paralympic swimmer who who joined the network as a reporter during the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in L.A., is part of the 25th season of parent company ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” franchise that resumes Sept. 18. Read her bio. A very inspiring story about how she got to where she is today from a life-threatening condition about 10 years ago.
== How to be nimble when you’re a live TV cameraman on a golf course.
== On that subject: Even Rolling Stone thought it was cool with a TV cameraman seemingly save down the right-field line couldn’t flinch when a Giancarolo Stanton home run came his way to knock out a piece of his equipment. The result: