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 into 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)

= 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 far 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 have 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 goes up against CBS only other 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.
= 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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Sunday media: The discourse in the ESPN-Jemele Hill mess is most disconcerting

There’s no simple way to exhume any sort of meaningful conclusion to the Jemele Hill-ESPN situation that came unglued this week and continues to collapse under its own weight. Multiple layers of semantics and protocol, accusations of preferential treatment and the simple defense of free speech complicate this journey in a disjointed digital democracy and a toxic political environment.

Just when you think it’s quieted down, it stumbles into another news cycle.

Wounds have been reopened, many of them self-inflicted by ESPN. New alliances have been formed or reinforced as division lines are more clearly marked.

As journalists working a hypercharged environment, the rules seem to be rewritten and lessons unlearned with every new piece of information dredged up.

More at this link …

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It’s Out of the Question: In this ‘Fight for LA,’ where do the Raiders fall in?

Has anyone really explained why, having to babysit two NFL teams around here at this point in our history, all of a sudden it means there has to be a “Fight for L.A.?”

The transplanted San Diego Chargers and nomadic St. Louis Rams have been given orders by the NFL schedule-makers to stage home games at temporary housing facilities in Southern California on a Sunday that for years has been set aside in these parts for the Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. Live – that Staples Center-adjacent area where someone once thought they could build a new football stadium but couldn’t push it through.

And because of all this, we’re led to believe this is some kind of Karma-geddon — punishment because we begged the NFL to please give us a couple of franchises since our Sundays were otherwise void of substance and purpose.

Yeah, now we have an embarrassment of riches. Emphasis on embarrassment.

More at this link …


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CFB Week 3 in the LA market: At a loss to explain USC’s 4-0 record vs. Texas? Why not ask the right questions?

Maybe it started with a Texas Longhorns blog post wondering how USC wasn’t taking any credit for its loss in the 2006 BCS title game at the Rose Bowl, spinning it off a curious tweet from a “sports reporter and news anchor” at Spectrum News in Austin. Others followed by retweeting it and claiming something looked fishy.
Maybe it was perpetuated with a post, and with a Sports Illustrated post, continuing to imply that USC was misrepresenting its loss in that title game.
Maybe all someone had to do was ask USC what the deal was here, as ESPN finally did, and which caused SI to try to backtrack.
Maybe it all makes sense when Petros Papadakis tried to explain it on today’s “Petros & Money” show on KLAC-AM (570):
“It’s not USC saying, ‘We didn’t lose to Texas.’ It’s the NCAA saying, ‘You can’t say you played in that game.’ It’s stupid, but that’s the NCAA. If you want to be an SC fan and say, ‘Hey, we’re undefeated in BCS games … ha, ha, ha,’ way to go. You got it. You did. OK? We all saw the game. We all know what happened.
“It only became a story this week where people — Sports Illustrated — is tweeting out, ‘Bad look, USC.’ Look, I’m the first guy to jump on SC, but this is an NCAA thing, it has nothing to do with USC. Continue reading “CFB Week 3 in the LA market: At a loss to explain USC’s 4-0 record vs. Texas? Why not ask the right questions?” »

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