Sports media notes version 09.27.17: A cover-up job

Worth posting before the weekend:

== What does this even mean?
A Photoshop display of 10 people, including the Sparks’ Candace Parker, linking arms with people under the headline “A National Divided, Sports United.”
SI executive editor Stephen Cannella said in an SI.com video post that the point is to capture both the “news of the weekend” and the “enduring message of what we saw. … What we saw in various ways … is the way the sports world is coming together, and the sports world is acknowledging they’re not perfect.”
Why no Colin Kaepernick, who started this whole thing and now gets lost in almost what looks like an over-reactionary opportunistic moment for those who decided to react to the President Trump remarks rather than be involved in what sparked Kaepernick’s original protest?
“In some ways, even though his picture’s not there, Kaepernick is there. I think we all know that. Colin Kaepernick — for lack of a better word — is looming over everything that happened this past weekend and looms over many issues in society right now,” wrote Cannella. “What we were trying to capture with this cover was the way new voices emerged this weekend and the way this … protest movement has evolved even beyond Colin Kaepernick.”
Beyond, or sidetracked?

== Others who may be talking about this in the same way: From Steph Curryto Steve Kerr

== Jemele Hill goes much deeper than a Tweet to explain on TheUndefeated.com about where she was coming from with those Trump tweets last week.

== From the New York Times: “Reading Something in the N.F.L. Ratings? You’re Probably Wrong”

==  DirecTV is apparently allowing some customers to cancel “NFL Sunday Ticket” and “RedZone” channel subscriptions and get refunds, changing their usual policy, if they appear to be doing so because of the national anthem protests, the Wall Street Journal reports. As if the cost alone isn’t prohibitive enough to make one want to just unplug it after a few week trial.

== The NFL Network’s very watchable 13-part documentary series “A Football Life” focuses this week on John Madden, with the episode launching Friday at 6 p.m. It might be enlightening to watch for those who only know Madden as a video game giant or for his 30 years as a broadcaster. Covering Madden’s “football” live are interviews with him, his sons Joe and Mike, close friend John Robinson, and former Raiders players Art Shell, Jim Otto and George Atkinson. On the media end of things, Bob Costas, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Fred Gaudelli, Dick Ebersol and Joe Buck are included.

== The NFL Week 4 in the L.A. TV market: Six games on a Sunday? What did we do to deserve this?

COLLEGES

== The college football Week 5 in the L.A. TV market: Beware of cougars on a Friday night in the local bars.

== Highlights from the Pac-12 Network:
= USC women’s soccer vs. Oregon State, Thursday at 3:30 p.m. (Christian Miles, Temryss Lane)
= UCLA men’s soccer vs. Cal, Thursday at 8 p.m. (Troy Clardy)
= UCLA women’s volleyball vs. Washington, Friday at 7 p.m. (Anne Marie Anderson, Holly McPeak)
= USC women’s volleyball vs. Washington, Sunday at 1 p.m. (Anne Marie Anderson, Holly McPeak)
= UCLA women’s soccer vs. Oregon State, Sunday at 1 p.m. (Pac-12 Oregon channel) (Mark Rogondino, Tammy Blackburn)
= UCLA men’s soccer vs. Stanford, Sunday at 5 p.m. (Mark Rogondino, Tammy Blackburn)

HIGH SCHOOLS

== Highlights of the Week 5 prep football schedule:
Thursday:
= Serra vs. Chaminade, 7 p.m., Fox PrepZone (Dennis Ackerman, Chris Hale)
= Valencia vs. Calabasas, 7 p.m., Fox PrepZone (David Caldwell, Tony Moskal)
Friday:
= Edison vs. San Clemente, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket (Sam Farber, Chris Rix, Courtney Sweet)
= Bishop Amat vs. Loyola, 7 p.m. Fox PrepZone (Fred Salas, Ralph Brown)
= Big Bear vs. Rim of the World, 7 p.m., Fox PrepZone (Rahsaun Haylock, Brock Vereen)

MLB

== As a way to preview a possible first-round NLDS series, TBS will carry the Dodgers’ final game of the regular season at Colorado on Sunday at noon. Ernie Johnson and Ron Darling are on the call. It runs concurrently with the SportsNet LA feed, with Charley Steiner (as Joe Davis is on college football) with Orel Hershiser. TBS has all National League playoff games this October; the American League starts on FS1 and the MLB Network and includes the AL wild-card game on ESPN, Tuesday at 5 p.m.

== Fox’s final weekend of the season has Houston at Boston coming into the L.A. market (as well as 80 percent of the country) with a 10 a.m. first pitch in Saturday, carried on FS1 with Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz and Ken Rosenthal.

ALSO

== New Kings play-by-play man Alex Faust makes his first call with Jim Fox on the Kings-Coyotes game from Staples Center on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., airing on Prime Ticket.

== ESPN’s Holly Rowe, on the WNBA Finals coverage courtside when she isn’t called away for a college football assignment, told us last year about what the WNBA community has done for her cancer recovery. She’s on the cover of October issue of Guideposts magazine with a first-person account of how cancer’s return has affected her outlook on her life and job.

== ESPN announced that shows such as “College GameDay,” “Pardon The Interruption” “E:60” and “Outside The LInes” are going to be available to watch on demand on the ESPN App after their TV broadcast, starting Wednesday. More info on what’s available and at what time at this link.

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