NFL Week 9 in the L.A. TV market: If the Rams can make it in New York maybe they can make it anywhere

Ripped (or, gently torn) from the headlines:

== Intriguing read of the week came early — posting at 6 a.m. on Monday:
“It’s not outlandish to entertain a previously unthinkable prospect: Might ESPN elect to go without rights to NFL games?” That was just the subhead on a James Andrew Miller guest column for the Hollywood Reporter about why the World Wide Leader could “abandon” the NFL sooner rather than later.
Or, could it be a ploy by ESPN

== Ratings from last Sunday for those curious:
= Fox’s 1:25 p.m. Dallas-Washington game (9.7 rating/24 share, average of 774,000 viewers) still did better than the Chargers’ game of interest in New England (7.0/19, 515,000 average viewership) in the CBS 10 a.m. window. The dribbling who went to the Pittsburgh-Detroit game on NBC that night (4.6/7, 366,000 average viewers) must still consist of former Dodgers fans who refuse to follow the team during the epic Game 5 (32.8 rating/52 share, average 3.275 million viewers).
Also: Chicago-New Orleans went up against the Chargers on Channel 11 at 10 a.m. and pulled a 3.7/10 with 280,000 viewers.

How the TV weekend shapes up:
= Buffalo at N.Y. Jets, 5:25 p.m., NFL Network (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson and Jay Feely)
= Rams at N.Y. Giants, 10 a.m., Channel 11 (Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber).
It blocks out Fox’s other single games on Sunday consisting of Atlanta-Carolina (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman) and Tampa Bay-New Orleans in the AM and Washington-Seattle and Arizona-San Francisco in the afternoon
= Denver at Philadelphia, 10 a.m., Channel 2 (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts)
CBS comes up with some Rams competition, taking this instead of Baltimore-Tennessee, Indianapolis-Houston or Cincinnati-Jacksonville.

= Kansas City at Dallas, 1:25 p.m., Channel 2 (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo)
No other games on CBS in this window.
= Oakland at Miami, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth)
= Detroit at Green Bay, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Bye week: Chargers, Chicago, Cleveland, Minnesota, New England, Pittsburgh

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CFB Week 10 in the L.A. TV market: Welcome to a national audience, Big Man Tate

Arizona’s Khalil Tate, the true sophomore quarterback out of Inglewood and Gardena’s Serra High, may be the most TV-friendly player this season in the Pac-12 not to get enough TV exposure.
Since taking over at QB for Brandon Dawkins in Week 5, Tate’s last four appearances have been all tucked away for safe keeping on the Pac-12 Network.
This, at a time when a headline in the Washington Post declared him “college football’s player of October.”
Over that time, Tate put up two of the six “best games” statistically in college football’s I-A division, with a “Total QBR” rating of a perfect 100.0 against Colorado in Week 6 – setting an FBS-quarterback rushing record of 327 yards and four touchdowns on only 14 rushes, good for a mind-numbing 23.4 yards per carry. He broke the previous mark of 321 set by Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch in 2013. Lynch needed 27 carries to reach that number though, nearly double that of Tate, who was named the Walter Camp National Player of the Week.
UCLA need not be reminded that Tate’s Total QBR rating was 98.7 against it in a Week 7, 47-30 win at Tucson. He ran for a pair of TDs, one of them for 71 yards in the third quarter to pretty much ice the game, and passed for another.
Last week in a win over nationally-ranked Washington State, Tate posted a 95.8 rating.
That changes as USC matches up with Arizona in a 7:45 p.m. ESPN contest.
All of this comes on the heels of Rick Neuheusel, the former UCLA coach fashioning himself as a college football analyst for CBS, admitting that since the Pac-12 doesn’t have a content-sharing agreement with the CBS Sports Net, the channel can’t show highlights of Pac 12 Net games on its “Inside College Football ” show without paying a fee.
“Tate is out,” Neuheisel said. “If you’re watching our show, you don’t know who Khalil Tate is.”
Follow that up with what ESPN’s Chris Fowler tweeted out Saturday night:

When pointed out that Pac-12 Net can be accessed through SlingTV or other smart TV apps, Fowler responded: “We want to gather around a TV. Not huddle around an iPad. Most hotels in places like this lack ‘smart TVs.'”’s also posted some tweets from former Arizona basketball star Damon Stoudamire complaining about the lack of Wildcats exposure. has already declared him a Heisman contender. Monday, Tate was added to the list of Maxwell Award semifinalists, with USC’s Sam Darnold and Stanford’s Bryce Love.
After last Saturday, Tate finally had enough reps in to put himself first in the nation in yards per carry (13.4, three better than Love), third in the nation in yards rushing per game (154.3, with 926 yards in six games over just 69 carries and eight TDs). That also puts him ninth nationally in all-purpose yards.
Since both USC and Arizona are alive in the Pac-12 South race, ESPN nabbed them for a late-night Coliseum kickoff. So of those who can stay awake long enough to see Tate, here’s the opportunity before Daylight Savings Time kicks in to give you an extra hour of sleep Sunday morning.
Using the new College Football Playoff rankings, here’s what we have to offer:

== UCLA at Utah, Friday at 6:30 p.m., FS1 (Chris Myers, Ben Leber)
Should be a treat hearing Myers, who usually does a very low-ranked NFL game, get on a college sport with a bunch of Polynesian names. At least Leber, a former Kansas State and NFL linebacker, does some prep work. It’s also a shame ESPN’s Brock Huard isn’t doing this game.
== No. 17 USC vs. No. 22 Arizona at the Coliseum, Saturday at 7:45 p.m., ESPN (Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich)
Surprisingly a game of this import drew such a short straw in the ESPN hierarchy of broadcasters

== No. 21 Stanford at No. 25 Washington State, Saturday at 12:30 p.m., Channel 11 (Justin Kutcher, Mark Helfrich, Petros Papadakis)
== Oregon State at Cal, Saturday at 2 p.m., Pac-12 Net (Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth)
== Colorado at Arizona State, Saturday at 6 p.m., Pac-12 Net (Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron)
== Oregon at No. 12 Washington, Saturday at 7:30 p.m., FS1 (Aaron Goldsmith, Danny Kannell, A.J. Hawk)

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Sunday media: How Rolando Nichols takes his responsibility seriously calling Fox Deportes 2017 Serie Mundial

Rolando Nichols, left, and Edgar Gonzalez before Game 1 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium (Photo/Fox Sports)

Let’s assume Rolando Nichols isn’t going to be mistaken for Joe Buck. And then take what happened outside of Minute Maid Park in Houston before Friday’s Game 3 of the World Series between the Dodgers and Astros as reinforcement of that assumption.
Nichols, the Fox Deportes play-by-play man was about to head into the park to start his broadcasting day with game analyst Carlos Alvarez when a fan approached them asking for free tickets.
Not because the guy recognized them as broadcasters. He thought these two in their suits and ties were umpires.
If Nichols couldn’t have had a laugh about it, he wouldn’t have posted the story on his Twitter and Instagram account.
More at this link …

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Sports media notes version 10.27.17: More on the World Series and other earthy happenings

In addition to the weekly Sunday media column coming up, we have these things of note:


== Worth noting about expanded coverage of everything around the post season is how the Dodgers’ Facebook Live pages have been jumping in exposure at this point in the process.
The Dodgers report nearly a half-million views in joint content on Facebook Live from “Dodger Insider” (180,000), SportsNet LA’s “Leadoff LA” (95,000) and “Access SportsNet” postgame (204,000) around Game 1. Content begins two hours before each game and expands to 90 minutes after each game.
The coverage features the SNLA usual team of John Hartung, Orel Hershiser, Normar Garciaparra, Jerry Hairston Jr., Ned Colletti, Alanna Rizzo and even Joe Davis when he’s available.
It’s a chance for those who don’t have SNLA to see what’s there on a regular-season basis. And then be frustrated all over again.

== As per a 15-minute conversation with Petros Papadakis and Matt Smith on Thursday’s KLAC-AM (570) show, Vin Scully said his appearance during the World Series Game 2 first-pitch ceremony may be the last time he’s out at the park to do that kind of public event again.
“I don’t expect to be back out on the field or do anything like that again. It was a remarkable conclusion to a career.”
The entire interview at this link …
And if anyone in L.A. was concerned that the Scully appearance seemed a little too provincial, it’s easy to forget his national charm based on his years of doing NBC World Series calls. A comment from Chicago’s Dan Bernstein: “It could have come off as cheesy, mawkish or contrived, but it didn’t because of the grace, professionalism and note-perfect stage timing of Scully himself. He made it work …”

== Through a new app called 15SOF — that’s shorthand for 15 Seconds of Fame — someone who has been captured in a TV shot during Fox’s World Series coverage is able to retrieve and preserve that moment.
Yes, that could be you in the Dodger Stadium pavilion reaching for a home run ball.
It works this way: Download the app in iTunes or Google Play, take a selfie, and the technology will filter crowd shots and then alert you if it finds a match. Up to you if you want to share it from there.
Maybe a little creepy, definitely a cool thing to access. All depends on how much you’re trying to lay low and not want to be discovered.
Because in Hollywood, that’s usually the case.
The company reached a deal with MLBAM to have this available for the World Series, but has already had deals with the NFL, NBA, NHL and Big Ten Network do this during special events and postseason games. It’s an app that has also been used with some teams to capture video-board appearance as well as at music festivals, college graduations and 5K races.
Kobe Bryant recently joined the company as an advisor, and sports reporter/journalist Armen Keteyian is on the 15SOF board of directors, calling this “the best idea for in-stadium fan engagement I’ve ever encountered. Capturing and finding ways to deliver and monetize live moments has become the holy grail in sports and live events.”
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