It’s Out of the Question: From the point of view of your stadium seat, what’s common courtesy?

How to create your own social experiment: The next time you’re shifting around in your seat tying to watch a game at Dodger Stadium or Angel Stadium, and some late-arriving cluster of fans who fumble around with their printed-out tickets, maybe even contend that someone else is in their seats before realizing they’re lost, and end up blocking your view for what seems to be an eternity, raise your voice at them.
C’mon, we can’t see the game. You pick the volume of protest that least (or most) offends those you came to the game with.
Maybe this is where Newton’s third law comes in, about an equal and opposite reaction. The response could be a) pretend to ignore you, b) a sheepish pained smile, c) a defensive ;posture, maybe even a little snippy, about how they paid the same for these tickets just like you did, and/or d) an apology.
Why this even comes on our radar is because we ran flush into an usher at Petco Park in San Diego the other night, and in a profound moment of calibrating the situation, we were embarrassed by our behavior.
As we were about to stroll down an aisle in the middle of a Dodgers-Padres game, this cat with the straw hat was like the third-base coach giving us the “hold up” sign. Literally, it was a sign, implying that people below would really appreciate it if we took action to not interrupt the action.
It’s common sense and perhaps uncommon courtesy. And we need a sign to remind us of this? These days, perhaps.
So you’d think those who run Dodger Stadium or Angel Stadium might have the same impetus to promote fan experience/decorum? Is that not showing up on season-seat holder surveys? Or are they simply crazed enough by the boldness/cluelessness of the person two rows down who stands up just as Clayton Kershaw is about to deliver a pitch so they can take a selfie with him in the background?
We put it out on social media and because the impressions and engagements were substantial, here’s what we got (with editing as needed):
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Sports media notes version 07.05.17: The SportsNet LA blatant push for Turner votes takes a weird turn

Notes to post head into the weekend before Sunday’s weekly media column:

We found it a lot curious — but considering he Dodgers own the channel and hire the broadcasters, it probably shouldn’t be that odd — that SportsNet L.A. on-air talent openly campaigned (and seemed to almost shame) Dodgers viewers to put in a vote or 35 for third baseman Justin Turner during the extended fan vote for the final spot on the NL and AL All-Star teams. Voting ends Thursday.
What’s more is that during Tuesday’s July 4 SNLA broadcast, there was Alanna Rizzo, in the “#VoteJT” T-shirt, using air quotes to allow Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen to clarify comments he made because “I think some people took it out of context” about how he clearly said Dodgers fans were to blame for the lack of any Dodgers being voted in as one of the eight NL starters.
Several days ago in San Diego, Jansen said: “I’m sorry Dodgers’ fans. I’ll say it loud and clear. It’s the Dodgers fans’ fault. We should have voted for those two guys. They should be starters.”
What part was taken out of context, the “loud” or the “clear”?

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Sunday media: Has binge-watching Netflix killed the sports writing stars?

We occasionally check out FS1’s Twitter feed to see what kind of clips they ultimately want us to see. Like this one the other day where someone named Rob Parker put together of the Top Five Sluggers of All Time list that included Yankees rookie Aaron Judge.
Whether our browser is outdated or it has some innate ability to sniff our fraudulent content, we have been getting the message across all video links: “This media could not be played.”
Thank goodness for small favors.
Recent cutbacks at from the writers’ and editors’ wing has awakened writers and editors in other media outlets to respond. Like us. It’s not a trend anyone wants to see continue or be called a success — this takingvideo clips from FS1 programming and turning into a low-brow YouTube channel.
It has to have repercussions.
One indication of where Fox’s online strategy is going is that even a newish website like the Chicago-based ($5.99 a month, $39.99 a year) is promoting the fact on Twitter this week that “You will never have to watch an auto-play video of @RealSkipBayless on our site. That’s reason enough to try it.”
One can watch Repetitive Tweet Syndrome about how low Bayless’ ratings are on FS1 compared to all other children’s shows. Or debate whether no one reads stories longer than 1,000 words any more.
Has binge-watching Netflix, a way to numb our mind in these crazy political times, sort of killed the sports writing stars? Don’t we need written journalism more than ever before? We just have our simplified reaction to how this is unfolding at our Sunday Media column link here.



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Sports media notes version 06.28.17: What’s not to be crazy about?

Before getting deeper into the weekend, we have some noteworthy comments about how June will end and July will begin from a sports media angle here:

== Yes, there’s another massive cleanup in Aisle 1 at L.A.-based Fox Sports.’s Ben Koo and Andrew Bucholtz are there with a damp sponge and magnifying glass, concluding with a piece entitled: “Frustration, uncertainty, dread and layoffs: An inside look at Jamie Horowitz’s takeover of Fox Sports Digital: Fox Sports’ mass layoffs were the coup de grace of a period that saw Horowitz prioritize the promotion of television personalities and programs over digital content”
As the Koo piece includes about the revamped “Mass layoffs (some revealed Monday) were the coup de grace of a period that saw Horowitz prioritize the promotion of television programs and personalities over digital content, even enlisting veteran reporters to ghost-write or compose “as told to” content during Super Bowl week for talking heads like Colin Cowherd and Skip Bayless.”


== One more look at what Joe Davis pulled off last weekend in order to cover two Dodgers’ home games against Colorado at Dodger Stadium sandwiched between an Angels-Red Sox game at Fenway Park — and doing so as he went against the clock in all instances:
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Sunday media: Welcome back to the Drone Racing League, ESPN’s newest redefined sport

The Drone Racing League is a flash of colors as it launches into an ESPN episode. (Photo: ESPN/DRL)

They called it “L.A. Pocalypse.”

Converting the guts of an abused and abandoned former shopping mall in Hawthorne, with all its graffiti tagging, leaking roof and other sketchy surrounding, a quaint “Mad Max”-type TV venue was all there and more for the Drone Racing League.

It was a setting better suited for a secret fight club instead of a half-dozen freaks and geeks with goggles and customized sweat shirts with their handle names across the front, fighting it out with controllers of  souped-up prop-driven remote-control machines that zipped through old storefronts and escalators in 90 mph clips.

As a studio audience was also on hand to root, ESPN saw the seeds planted.

That show was one of the highlights during the first season of the DRL on the World Wide Leader that once began with teaching Aussie Rules Football and decades later continues to push the definition of athletics and amusement with competitive eating, poker and the Spelling Bee.

Penetrating into esports-type territory with something that looks like a cross between BattleBots and “Star Wars” Phantom Menace pod racing, the DRL regenerated this past week with a second run on ESPN that will go through a six city, 12-episode journey leading to championship in London in late July. Craig Hummer, the former marathon swimmer and triathlete who always seems to get the call for extreme-type sports, is the play-by-play man giving it more TV legitimacy.

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