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.
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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:

WORLD SERIES:

== 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.”
More info: www.15sof.com.

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CFB Week 9 in the L.A. TV market: Do we still celebrate Columbus Day? They do three-fold in Ohio

We see three shifts come sailing in ….. but it won’t be a three-ring circus on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
No, not at all.
ESPN’s “College GameDay,” the Big Ten Network’s “Big Ten Tailgate,” and Fox’s pregame show (moving from its L.A. studio) will converge at one time or another in the hours leading up to Fox’s coverage of Penn State at Ohio State (12:30 p.m., Channel 11).
“We haven’t seen his many broadcast crews in one location since Brick Tamland killed a guy with a trident,” writes Alex Putterman for AwfulAnnouncing.com.
Google it. It’s a good analogy.
There could have been as much attention at ASU or at Washington this week had things had fallen into place, but ….
Here’s what we have instead:

THE LOCALS
== USC at Arizona State, Saturday at 7:45 p.m., ESPN (Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman)
== UCLA at Washington, Saturday at 12:30 p.m., Channel 7 (Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams)

THE PAC-12
= Stanford at Oregon State, Thursday at 6 p.m., ESPN (Dave Fleming, Brock Huard, Laura Rutldge)
= Cal at Colorado, Saturday at 11 a.m., Pac-12 Net (Ted Robinson, Chad Brown)
= Utah at Oregon, Saturday at 2:45 p.m., Pac-12 Net (J.B. Long, Yogi Roth)
= Washington State at Arizona, 6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Net (Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron)

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NFL Week 8 in the L.A. TV market: Chargers go at it alone against the TB12 Method

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, is congratulated by San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers after their game in Foxbrough, Mass., in 2011. The Patriots beat the Chargers 35-21. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

While the Rams were in London last week, the Chargers stayed home and did a number on them.
The Rams-Cardinals game in the 10 a.m. hole for Fox had a 6.7 rating/18 share and average of 544,000 viewers. Decent by all measures.
But the Chargers — at StubHub Center, against an AFC West rival and in the better 1 p.m. slot — posted a 9.4 rating/22 share and averaged 775,000 viewers.
First time all year the Chargers — when we could attribute it straight to the Chargers, not that they were playing the Raiders — out-Nielsened the Rams on a normal Sunday setting.
NBC’s Falcons-Patriots game was surprisingly only slightly better than the Chargers, at 9.8 rating/18 share and average of 824,000 viewers, in the late prime-time slot. The only other NFL game on Sunday, Panthers-Bears on Fox, had a 4.0 rating/11 share/307,000 viewers average in the 10 a.m. window opposite the Rams on KCBS/Channel 2.
Yeah, that’s why the Rams slumped.
The Rams take a bye this week before going to New York to face the Giants. Otherwise, deal with this:

Thursday:
= Miami at Baltimore, 5:25 p.m., Channel 2/NFL Network/Amazon Prime (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely)

Sunday:
= Minnesota vs. Cleveland in London, 6:30 a.m., NFL Network (Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl)
= Chargers at New England, 10 a.m., Channel 2 (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn)
CBS has only four games to cover this Sunday. This blocks Oakland-Buffalo and Indianapolis-Cincinnati in the early window and Houston-Seattle in the late window.
= Chicago at New Orleans, 10 a.m., Channel 11 (Justin Kutcher, Chris Speilman)
Fox has the doubleheader and can pick a game to go up against the Chargers. This seem more attractive than San Francisco-Philadelphia, Atlanta-N.Y. Jets or Carolina-Tampa Bay.
= Dallas at Washington, 1:25 p.m., Channel 11 (Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews)
The only game Fox has in this window and will be using it as a lead-in to World Series Game 5.
= Pittsburgh at Detroit, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya).
It’s up against World Series Game 5.

Monday:
= Denver at Kansas City, 5:30 p.m., ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)
Bye week: Rams, Green Bay, Tennessee, N.Y. Giants, Arizona, Jacksonville

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A tale of the tape: L.A. vs. Houston, no problem whatsoever

Major League Baseball’s deceptive depth of statistical information might provide some illuminating comparisons between the Dodgers and Astros heading into the 113th World Series. But the tale of the tape below tells us more:

Sports Illustrated cover influence
Houston: In June, 2014, the cover included a shot of George Springer with the headline “Your 2017 World Series Champs”
L.A.: An issue last August declared the Dodgers might be the “Best. Team. Ever?” With a 91-36 record, they went on to lose 16 out of 17.
Edge: Astros. Remember how in 1987, “Back to the Future II” predicted the Cubs would win the 2015 World Series, and they were a year off? Now we have the FiveThirtyEight.com that sets everyone straight, and it gives the Dodgers a 55 percent chance of winning it all. It’s not as if they’ve ever been wrong in a political projection, right?

Historical NASA moment
Houston: “Um, Houston we’ve have a problem,” said by Apollo 13 astronaut Jack Swigert in 1970.
L.A.: “Houston, we have a problem,” said by actor Tom Hanks, in the role of Jim Lovell for the 1995 film “Apollo 13.”
Edge: Blame Hollywood for changing the wording and giving it to the correct actor and longtime Dodgers supporter (you think they’d let Kevin Bacon deliver that line as Swigert?). Now it’s ranked No. 50 by the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema. You’re welcome, Houston.

Hashtag branding for the postseason
Houston: #EarnHistory
L.A.: #ThisTeam
Edge: #Lame.

Celebrity endorsement
Houston: Kate Upton, President George H.W. Bush, Ric Flair.
L.A.: Everyone in Hollywood asking their assistants to run down and pick them up an L.A. cap.
Edge: Dodgers. It’s part of the territory and a product of mass inventory. Nonetheless, during Game 2, you’ll see more shots of Upton, the fiance of Justin Verlander, in a stadium suite than Magic Johnson ordering another Dodger Dog or Will Ferrell, Rob Lowe, George Lopez, Samuel L. Jackson, Ice Cube or (egads) Alyssa Milano trying to look naturally engaged in the action.

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