== John Forslund, who called the Sharks-Flyers opener in San Jose on Wednesday, will do the play-by-play of the Kings’ season opener against Philadelphia with FSW veteran analyst Jim Fox positioned “inside the glass” as part of the NBCSN coverage at 7 p.m., following Minnesota-Detroit.
== Mike Emrick took a moment between the first and second period of Wednesday’s Penguins-Blues opener on NBCSN Wednesday night to narrate a video tribute to the late Dave Strader.
Strader, who often called Kings playoff games on the NBC and NBCSN national broadcasts, died last Sunday at age 62 from a long battle with cancer.
“Opening nights are thrilling at times, yet this one for us at NBC and for you, probably tempered by the loss of one of broadcasting’s finest play-by-play announcers Dave Strader,” said Emrick. “It has been just a few days. We miss him greatly already. It will do us a lot of good to see some pictures and hear his voice again.”
What followed was a touching collection of clips and calls of Strader’s career.
“He was a guy who made every team he was a part of better,” said Sam Flood, executive producer and president of production for NBC and NBC Sports. “What was unique about him was he wanted the analyst to be the star, and he took the time to make sure his analysts were in a position to get the focus and the spotlight. That’s a unique skill as a play-by-play guy to make sure that the stars of the game are the analysts, and he did it in a way with no ego, but loved the game and shared that love every time you watched a game that he broadcast.”
Strader was named winner of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame earlier this year and will be honored during Hall of Fame induction weekend in November.
== A look at Week 5 in the L.A. TV market: Chargers are relegated to KCAL-Channel 9 because the Rams were moved from Fox to CBS….
== Haven’t thought about Sergio Dipp in weeks. Not even while eatting Dippin’ Dots. Not sure I care to revisit it, but here goes nothing …
I don’t think it’s “funny” to be a female and talk about routes. I think it’s my job.
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) October 4, 2017
== The Carolina Panthers said Cam Newton apologized to the female reporter. The female reporter says he didn’t.
== A look at Week 6 in the L.A. TV market: Why playing night games in the Pac-12 just got another coach upset …
== Highlights from the Pac-12 Network of live events:
= UCLA men’s soccer at Oregon State, Thursday at 4 p.m., Rich Burk and Cobi Jones
= USC women’s soccer at Arizona, Thursday at 7 p.m., Krista Blunk and Tammy Blackburn
= USC women’s volleyball at Arizona, Friday at 6 p.m., Krista Blunk and Tammy Blackburn
= UCLA women’s volleyball at Arizona State, Friday at 8 p.m.., Kevin Barnett and Holly McPeak
= UCLA men’s soccer at Washington, Sunday at 5 p.m., Aaron Heinzen and Cobi Jones
== ESPN reported Thursday morning that the WNBA Finals had a 0.5 rating in metered markets — up 24 percent over 2016, if that seems possible.
Minneapolis had a 7.9 rating for Wednesday’s decisive Game 5. The L.A. market: 0.9. The national average was 0.8.
== NBA TV has a special titled “Open Court: Owners Edition,” a round table discussion with six current franchise owners, including the Lakers’ Jeanie Buss, the Clippers’ Steve Ballmer, Dallas’ Mark Cuban and Cleveland’s Dan Gilbert. The hour-long show airs Friday at 6:30 p.m.
== Ian Dark, Taylor Twellman, Julie Steward-Binks and Sebastian Salazar are on the call for the U.S. Men’s National Team 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Panama on ESPN2 on Friday at 4:35 p.m.
== Did ESPN go dumpster diving for new “garbage”: Katie Nolan has found a new place to get lost. And that Emmy Award she won … it won’t translate.
== “Supergirl,” a critically acclaimed documentary about a coming-of-age 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl in New Jersey named Naomi Kutin who finds herself as a world record-holder in powerlifting, makes its L.A. debut with an 8 p.m. screening at the ArcLight Hollywood on Sunday.
The 80-minute film by director/producer/editor Jessie Auritt debuted a year ago and made it around to the Womens Sports Film Festival last week in Oakland. Auritt said the response was good — “It was definitely interesting to show the film to such a niche audience, many whom could relate on a very personal level” — and she will do a Q&A after the Sunday screening in Hollywood.
The film has recently been also made available to rent or buy on iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play and Vudo. It will be broadcasting on PBS’ Independent Lens in December.
== Headlines you don’t expect to see: “ESPN editor fired for controversial Jeremy Lin headline now becoming a Catholic priest.” After dancing with the devil, he sees the light.
== Would you be so bold as to say sports “has a fake news problem,” or is that kind of generalizing based on a few stories that definitely had their flaws?
== This announcement from the L.A. Daily News’ former Clippers beat writer:
Proud and hugely humbled to share that, just in time for my 25th season covering the greatest league in the world, I’m joining the @nytimes
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 3, 2017