This week’s weekly media column as posted on the website:
The Dodgers’ SportsNet L.A. cable channel, a 24/7 production coming out of Time Warner Cable Sports’ offices in El Segundo, has a launch set for 7 p.m. Tuesday. The two million TWC subscribers will see it. The two million DirecTV customers in the Dodgers’ territory, for now, won’t, as well as thousands more from Dish, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS, unless they hammer out an agreement. What happens if when the regular season starts March 20 with the games in Australia, and there still isn’t full carriage? We’ve been down this road before, and it can get nasty.
Some photos from the studios in El Segundo, along with anchor John Hartung.
Also, there are more notes on NBC’s Winter Olympic coverage, Fox preps for the Daytona 500, and HBO goes off course for a “Real Sports” feature on children and guns that seems a bit off the mark.
What didn’t make it into the column or notes, but certainly could have:
== If we do get inspired to drag out the carcass of the annual best/worst rankings of L.A. sportscasters — it’s been a 20-year project that may not even be worthy of the kids’ menu any longer — we’ll give deep consideration to KABC-Channel 7 rookie Jimmy Kimmel.
A sub in for Rob Fukuzaki on Monday afternoon’s newscast, Kimmel may have sounded like he was warming up for his monologue, but when done right, it’s what every L.A. sportscasters should be aspiring to achieve.
His President’s Day report included in the video above:
“There are reports that former Laker, Clipper and Kardashian, Lamar Odom, is about launch a comeback. Not in the NBA, Lamar is on the verge of signing with a team in Spain. Which is good, send Lamar to Spain, Dennis Rodman to North Korea, and Dr. Drew can take a few weeks off, maybe concentrate on Justin Beiber full time.”
Next, Kimmel might consider reviving “Win Ben Stein’s Money” so he could do a stock market report.