CFB Week 7 in the L.A. TV market: So we should be thankful USC gets into prime time this weekend? OK, we are

Maybe you recall last week how Washington Huskies head coach Chris Petersen threw some shade on the abundance of light-night games his team has had to play — including two 7:45 p.m. kickoffs on ESPN on consecutive Saturdays.
Maybe you missed Kirk Herbstreit on last week’s “College GameDay” trying to shed some light in an ESPN-esque sort of way.

“The reality is, as an advocate on this show for the Pac-12 for the last 20 years, wanting to try to bring as much exposure to that conference as we can, you should be thanking ESPN for actually having a relationship thanks to Larry Scott with the Pac-12 because your games are seen.
“Before, there was a black hole when it came to the Pac-12 and now, you can actually tune into the Pac-12 and see them if you live in the ACC or the SEC or the Big Ten. So I understand (Petersen’s) point — but be careful. Would you rather be on at 3:30 on the Pac-12 Network eastern when nobody’s watching?”
That does it. Washington must now play a game on Thanksgiving Day. At 7:45 p.m. And they must appreciate it.
The reality is, every conference benefits with ESPN exposure. And Fox. And even, to some degree, Pac-12 Net. And the conference benefits from the ESPN and Fox rights fees.
What Herbstreit said is 100 percent right, and 100 percent wrong.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, who went on at halftime of last Saturday night’s Washington-Cal game, called Herbstreit’s comments “unfortunate.” ESPN eventually put up a graphic — a graphic — during the game to dispute the claim that late-night games don’t draw better ratings. Continue reading “CFB Week 7 in the L.A. TV market: So we should be thankful USC gets into prime time this weekend? OK, we are” »

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More Sunday Media: Collecting more data through The Colletti Files

Ned Colletti, left, and John Hartung chat at Hartung’s desk before taking the air for a live Dodgers show in the Spectrum SportsNet LA offices in El Segundo, on Thursday. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

In addition to the weekly Sunday media column that focuses on former Dodgers GM and current SportsNet LA studio anlayst Ned Colletti and his new book, “The Big Chair,” we have these Q&A excerpts, and more:

Q: Your resume as a sports writer — Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, the Commercial-News in Danville, Ill., covering football and basketball, leading to covering the Flyers for the Philadelphia Journal … you were on a career path that perhaps you’d still be on if that paper hadn’t folded and you needed to go back to Chicago to find work. Do you miss sports writing?

A: Not really. It was a great outlet. Now when you do this TV work, and have to say things in 90-second bites, you kind of have to write in your head as you’re going along. A comment on the air isn’t written, but you have to formulate that same thought process. But I can’t say I miss journalism or a newspaper job.

Q: The foundation of journalism is the ability to communicate — being clear and concise, finding the right words. Is that a foundation that works for you no matter what job you do?

A: No doubt. You were taught to understand people and the psychology of life across the board and the value of communication. I know now that while I may have started off behind everyone in the baseball world, too – I was in journalism, I wasn’t a minor-league player, I didn’t intern at a major-league club – as my career started to grow and transition into other things, my experience as a writer helped me understand the world of a writer. I could appreciate it when they needed something for their stories. I knew what a columnist was, what a beat writer was. So when I got my first job in baseball in publications, and media relations … If I don’t have the journalism degree, I don’t get the publications job, or work at the Philadelphia Journal where Bob Ibach worked before me at the Journal, I got to know him, now he works for the Cubs and offers me these jobs. All these things lead me to where I am today – and that includes now teaching a sports communication class at Pepperdine on top of a general manager class in sports administration. All these things work for the good in the end.

Q: As it turns out, the son of ESPN’s Karl Ravech, Sam, was one of your students last spring and he got a job in broadcasting (the San Francisco Giants’ Double-A team in Virginia). What do you think of his quick entrance into the business? Continue reading “More Sunday Media: Collecting more data through The Colletti Files” »

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Sports media notes version 10.05.17: Initially, Dodgers will do a dance with TBS/TNT/TBD

Notes worth posting before the weekend arrives:

== Our lead item on the Dodgers’ juggling act with TBS, TNT and … TBD.


== 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.

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CFB Week 6 in L.A. TV market: Washington’s Petersen goes dark on Pac-12 practices

Look on the bright side. This is all about what it means to be among the elite in the Pac-12.
Washington’s Chris Petersen, coach of the nation’s fifth-ranked and unbeaten Huskies, has a darker view of all this.
His team has a home game against Cal on Saturday that kicks off at 7:45 p.m. It’ll end closer to 11:30 p.m. Next week, the Huskies’ game at Arizona State is also now locked in at 7:45 p.m.
Washington, as it turns out, hasn’t started a game so far this season earlier than 5 p.m. Last season, only four of its 13 games came earlier than 5 p.m.
Petersen is just the latest to break out the tiny violins about the cons, not the pros, of playing night games week after week. “Pac-12 After Dark” is a nice marketing tool, until it hammers nail you down to a regular schedule that doesn’t always fit into the alums schedule.
It also gets tougher and tougher as the nights get cooler.
“I just want to say something to our fans: We apologize for these late games,” Petersen said Monday, via The Associated Press. “And I’d also like to reiterate it has nothing to do with us or the administration.
“We want to play at 1 p.m. It hurts us tremendously in terms of national exposure. No one wants to watch our game on the East Coast that late, and we all know it. ….It’s painful for our team. It’s painful for our administration and we know certainly the most important part is for our fans.”
Petersen added about the Pac-12 Conference TV decision makers: “I don’t think they even kind of care about my voice, or probably any of the coaches’ voices. I don’t think there is one coach out there, or probably school, in the West that wants to play our games at late night and all of that. Everyone wants to play in the daytime.”
USC could have received that kind of treatment, but lose a game, and you kind of fall off the radar.
The Trojans get a nice daytime match up on the Pac-12 Network this Saturday following their late-night loss last Friday in Pullman, Wash., but at least they know they can go to bed earlier this weekend.
It’s the only conference game Saturday starting before 5 p.m.
As UCLA gets a bye, here’s how the schedule plays out for L.A.:

= USC vs. Oregon State, Saturday at 1 p.m., Pac-12 Net (Roxy Bernstein, Chad Brown, Lewis Johnson)

= Washington State at Oregon, Saturday at 5 p.m., Channel 11 (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Holly Sonders)
= Arizona at Colorado, Saturday at 5 p.m., Pac-12 Net (JB Long, Yogi Roth, Jill Savage)
= Stanford at Utah, 7:15 p.m., FS1 (Eric Collins, Danny Kanell, A.J. Hawk)
= Cal at Washington, 7:45 p.m., ESPN (Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessinich)

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NFL Week 5 in L.A. TV market: Rams shove aside Chargers again in CBS doubleheader

Grounds crew workers remove a Chargers logo on the field at StubHub Center after their game against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

It was a simple tweet by KNBC-Channel 4 sports anchor Fred Roggin on Monday that provided the red meat for many to feast upon:
Ranking the NFL games from Week 4, the Chargers were at the bottom (or tied for fifth) for the least-watched game in the L.A. market. The Rams, however, were second behind the prime-time Colts-Seahawks.
Yeah, well …
Checking with our sources, we got more information and came up with:

1. Indianapolis at Seattle, Channel 4 (prime time): 10.1 rating/19 share (824,000 viewers)
2. Rams at Dallas, Channel 11, 10 a.m.: 9.1 rating/24 share (750,000 viewers)
3. Oakland at Denver, Channel 2, 1 p.m.: 9.0 rating/21 share (750,000 viewers)
(Insert large gap)
4. Pittsburgh-Baltimore, Channel 2, 10 a.m.: 3.6 rating/9 share (281,000 viewers)
5. Chargers vs. Philadelphia, Channel 13, 1 p.m. 3.2 rating/8 share (266,000 viewers)
6. Miami-New Orleans at London, Channel 11, 6:30 a.m.: 2.8 rating/11 share (251,000 viewers)
Not sure how Dolphins-Saints could have been ranked higher on the Roggin list than any game consider its very early start, but … We got our numbers.
It was easy enough to forecast that the Raiders-Broncos on KCBS-Channel 2 last Sunday — even if it was joined in progress because the network wanted to get to the overtime end of the N.Y. Jets-Jacksonville (yawn) game — would trump the Chargers-Eagles going head-to-head on KCOP-Channel 13 last Sunday. But it had almost three times the audience. The Rams matching the Raiders was a bit of a surprise, but as the Rams’ game got closer to the end, and the Raiders’ started falling apart early, that outcome could be a tipping point in L.A. loyaity.
Last week, CBS had the NFL’s national doubleheader, but in L.A., Fox, which was only supposed to have a single game, had both the Chargers and Rams on their menu. And Fox then had to decide to dump the Chargers on sister station KCOP Channel 13.
This week, it reverses. Even with a little give and take. But again, the Chargers have to give up the real estate.
The Chargers go on CBS’ KCAL-Channel 9 sister station Sunday so as to not collide with the Rams’ game on KCBS-Channel 2. The Rams are on CBS? Yes, that’s another one of those network compromises to make up for last week, and Fox is happy to it so it can carry a much better contest to the nation in the afternoon window.
To make it fair, Fox also gets to do a game up against the Chargers on CBS, who can’t catch a break even in the early window.
Here’s how it plays out:

= New England at Tampa Bay, 5:25 p.m., Channel 2 and NFL Network (Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth)
= Chargers at N.Y. Giants, 10 a.m., Channel 9 (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts). Finally, we get to hear the Chargers Hall of Fame QB talk about his old franchise since they moved out of San Diego. Just sorry this isn’t at StubHub Center. This game blots out any chance to see Jacksonville-Pittsburgh, Buffalo-Cincinnati or Tennessee-Miami
= Carolina at Detroit, 10 a.m., Channel 11 (Kenny Albert, Charles Davis). Fox gets this on the schedule instead of Arizona-Philadelphia, N.Y. Jets-Cleveland and San Francisco-Indianapolis.
= Seattle at Rams, 1:25 p.m., Channel 2 (Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta). This competes with CBS’ coverage of Baltimore at Oakland
= Green Bay at Dallas, 1:25 p.m., Channel 11 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman). It’s the only Fox afternoon game on the schedule
= Kansas City at Houston, 5:20 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Colinsworth).
= Minnesota at Chicago, 5:15 p.m., ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden)
Bye weeks: Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Washington

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