NFL Week 17 in the L.A. TV market: The end, and just the beginning

article-2252051-169aed17000005dc-51_634x420New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday. No college football bowl games.
But unlike last weekend, when Christmas landed on Sunday, and most of the games were pushed up to Saturday, the NFL embraces this holiday as the final day of the regular season — including a night game — before next weekend’s wildcard round.
Both Fox and CBS get to air doubleheaders, but like last weekend, KCBS-Channel 2 has picked a Raiders game over a Chargers’ home game to go up against the Rams on KTTV-Channel 11.
And why not?
Last Saturday, KCBS had a 7.7 rating and 20 share in L.A. for the Raiders’ home game against Indianapolis — an average of 740,000 viewers. At the same time, KTTV was obligated to show the Rams’ home game against San Francisco and did a 5.4 rating/14 share (490,000 average viewers).
The Chargers may claim L.A. as a secondary TV market, but that only applies for the team’s road broadcasts. The NFL granted an exemption last Saturday when the Chargers were in Cleveland.
Here’s how this Sunday lays out:
== Dallas at Philadelphia, 10 a.m., Channel 11 (Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch). Passing over Carolina-Tampa Bay and Chicago-Minnesota
== New England at Miami, 10 a.m., Channel 2 (Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts). Passing over  Cleveland-Pittsburgh, Jacksonville-Indianapolis, Buffalo-N.Y. Jets, Houston-Tennessee and Baltimore-Cincinnati.
== Rams vs. Arizona at the Coliseum, 1:25 p.m., Channel 11 (Chris Myers and Ronde Barber, going to a measly 7 percent of the country). It can’t show N.Y. Giants-Washington (Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, which 76 percent of the country can get), New Orleans-Atlanta or Seattle-San Francisco.
== Oakland at Denver, 1:25 p.m., Channel 2 (Jim Nantz and Phil Simms) passing over Kansas City at San Diego
== Green Bay at Detroit, 5:25 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth)

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Sunday media: Why ’16 wasn’t so sweet in the sports media world

usatsi_9563607In a span of a dozen months that sometimes felt like a half dozen years, we had the retirement tour of Vin Scully, the Department of Justice come down on AT&T/DirecTV for its colluding on the Dodgers’ SportsNet L.A. distribution, a health scare by Bob Miller, some weird hirings at FS1 …
Need we go on?
It’s all here in black and white.

Also:
== Sports Illustrated’s media year in review, including Vin Scully as the media person of the year.

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Weekly media notes version 12.21.16: Sorry, but why would athletes treat media any different than how a President-elect treats media?

Anymore than when?
Sherman appears to have admitted to doing wrong in a Twitter apology but then again … Sherman was picking a fight he couldn’t win:

So in that spirit, what do you make of this:
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NFL Week 16 in the L.A. TV market UPDATE: Rams seem to take high road with Raiders on head-to-head

Oakland Raiders fan Wayne Mabry aka Violator. (Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)

Oakland Raiders fan Wayne Mabry aka Violator. (Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)

Updated Thursday at  6 p.m. from original post of Wednesday morning based on KCBS changes in schedule:
One of the NFL’s seemingly etched-in-stone commandments concerning the protection of a local team’s TV market is the all-out prevention if possible of another game coming into to go head-to-head on a competing network.
Meaning, when the Rams take on San Francisco at the Coliseum on Saturday at 1:25 p.m. (not Christmas Sunday this week), Fox’s KTTV-Channel 11 should expect no other NFL game on CBS in that afternoon slot. Both networks try to stock up on games in the early and afternoon window to accommodate this situation for every market each weekend.
4996933135_4f2f636b9eExcept there now appears to be an exception that could set some precedent if only to keep L.A. content.
KCBS-Channel 2, the CBS affiliate  contractually bound to air Chargers games as the franchise claims L.A. as its secondary TV market and, by all indications, may be moving north to actually be in the market in 2017, will not carry San Diego’s 10 a.m. game at Cleveland as originally planned. A 5-9 vs. 0-14 matchup shouldn’t be watched by anyone, but rules are rules.
Instead, a KCBS spokesman confirmed Wednesday night they have been given permission by the NFL to not only drop the Chargers but, instead of another 10 a.m. window game, they can carry the Oakland Raiders’ home game against Indianapolis at 1:05 p.m.
Up against the 4-10 Rams, losers of five straight, against the 1-13 49ers, whose only win was in Week 1 against the Rams on a Monday night.
Last week, the rumblings out of Cleveland was that so few in that city wanted to watch their winless Browns have to face Buffalo (the Bills won 33-13), they lobbied their local CBS affiliate to instead air the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game, featuring the other Ohio team. That didn’t happen whether or not you want to believe that discussion actually took place.
We aren’t aware of any sort of “please switch us away from the Chargers” card played by some L.A. viewers here. And having the Raiders, no matter what time slot, always seems to work for KCBS in the past.
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