== 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.
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.
By the way, also on NBCSN this week: Sunday at 5 p.m. it’s St. Louis vs. Pittsburgh in the “Hockeyville USA” series game from the UMPC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranbury, Pa., where the nearby Rostraver Ice Gardean in Belle Vernon will benefit from a donation to help upgrade its facility. Two years ago, the Penguins and LIghtning played at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Jonstown, Pa., and last year, the Sabres and Hurricanes played at the Lakeview Arena near Lake Superior in Marquette, Mich. Doc Emerick and Pierre McGuire call it.
== Highlights from the Pac-12 Network this weekend in live-game coverage:
= UCLA at Colorado in women’s soccer, Friday at 2:30 p.m., Christian Miles and Jordan Angeli
= UCLA vs. Oregon in women’s volleyball, Friday at 8 p.m., Anne Marie Anderson and Holly McPeak
= USC at Utah in women’s soccer, Saturday at 1 p.m., Krista Blunk
= USC vs. Oregon State in women’s volleyball, Sunday at 1 p.m., Kevin Barnett and Mike Dodd
== The Pac-12 Net announced its plans for 152 live men’s basketball broadcasts this season. Each program is featured at least 12 times, with USC (12) and UCLA (13) at or near the minimum. Washington (24) has the most. The regular-season launch on Friday, Nov. 10 includes Cal State Fullerton at USC (7 p.m.).
== The Fox Sports West/FoxSportsWest.com PrepZone games of the week:
= Mission Viejo vs. Santa Margarita at Trabuco Hills High, Friday at 8:30 p.m. (delayed) on FSW with Sam Farber, John Jackson and Chris Rix
The others on FoxSportsWest.com PrepZone starting at 7 p.m.:
= Heritage vs. Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College (Paul Westphal, Chris Hale)
= Oaks Christian vs. Murrieta Valley (Fred Salax, Ralph Brown)
= Loyola vs. Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks (Dennis Ackerman, Brock Vereen)
= Moorpark vs. Westlake (David Caldwell, Tony Moskal)
== Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo and Holly Rowe are the ABC/ESPN broadcast team for the WNBA Finals (best of five) starting with the Sparks’ defense of their title at Minnesota on Sunday (noon, Channel 7). Game 2 is also in Minnesota (Tuesday, 5 p.m., ESPN2) with Games 3 and 4 in L.A. (Friday at 6 p.m., ESPN2; Sunday Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m., ESPN). The head coaches of both teams and select players will wear microphones during the games. ESPN also says playoff viewership is averaging 224,000, up six percent from 2016 and show gains in the 18-49 age demographic (eight percent increase from last year).
== There’s a small hitch in Fox’s attempt to mesh Major League Soccer with NFL viewership, particularly for the L.A. market. Fox locked into the Galaxy’s MLS game at Kansas City for an 11 a.m. start, with the intent of having it lead into its 1 p.m. NFL broadcast. But since the Chargers-Chiefs game from StubHub Center in Carson airs at 1:25 p.m. on Channel 2 and it is not supposed to have any other NFL competition, Fox’s single-game weekend was forced to pick a 10 a.m. game for L.A., and will go with N.Y. Giants-Philadelphia. The Galaxy-Sporting KC game moves to KCOP-Channel 13 at 11 a.m., with Landon Donovan doing the game analysis, joining John Strong.
== The next open-to-the-public presentation by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters — Wednesday, Sept., 27, 11:30 a.m., Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake — features guest speakers Alex Faust, the new Kings’ TV play-by-play man (introduced by Bob Miller), Lakers Spanish-language TV voice Adrian Garcia Marquez and Ducks post-game radio host Josh Brewster.
== Back by popular demand? The Distinguished Speakers Series has a one-night only encore performance by Vin Scully at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 4, with pre-sale tickets available if you know this special code (SpeakersLA). It has not been advertised as yet on the company’s website. Tickets range from $40 in the balcony to $250 in the orchestra, plus fees. More info: Ticketmaster.com
== Fordham University announced that the late sportscaster Bob Wolff will be the 10th recipient of the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting from the school’s WFUV Radio station. The award is given out Nov. 1 in New York. Scully graduated from Fordham in 1949, one year before he started his 67-year run with the Dodgers. The school said Scully contacted Wolff prior to his passing on July 15 at age 96 to tell him about the honor.
== Episode 246 of HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” (Tuesday, 10 p.m.) includes a piece on the McDonough family tree: It starts with Will, the former Boston Globe NFL writer who made his way into the TV world, and his three sons. Sean McDonough, who has landed the play-by-play role on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” has two other brothers not in the media business — Ryan, the GM of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, and Terry, the VP of player personnel for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. John Frankel does the story.
== “Erin Andrews’ NFL Style Diary: How She Survived a Rain Delay and 3 Outfit Changes.” These are the stories Sports Illustrated chases now? Egads.
== From Chicago-based lightning rod Julie DiCaro, a weekend host on 670 The Score and a writer for CBSChicago.com, a very worthy piece that only she could probably do for the New York Times headlined “Safest Bet in Sports: Men Complaining About a Female Announcer’s Voice” using Beth Mowins’ recent NFL work as the latest launching point.