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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Sunday media: More Q&A with Bowen on his days at ESPN, and revelations from playing at Fullerton

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In addition to Sunday’s media column on the Clippers’ hiring of Bruce Bowen as a new TV analyst for Prime Ticket, we got into these topics with the former San Antonio Spurs guard:

Q: What was the ESPN experience like primarily as a studio analyst? What did you learn from that?
A: Wow, how much time do you have? I always understood why some (ex-player) had issues with studio work. Sometimes when it comes to TV, it’s about the sensationalizing of a situation at the moment. The headlines can move different. Instead of talking about a player, even thought he had just scored 40 points, the question would be: ‘What did think of him dancing after the game?’ Certain things can be blown up into stories instead of having us talk about the game in different ways. ESPN was great opporunity, but it was also a chance to see other people do their job in a professional manner that I never quite saw before — like a radio guy, by himself, talking for five hours. That takes talent. I got to see people in their element.
Of all the different things I worked on — ‘NBA Tonight,’ ‘SportsCenter,’ ‘Mike & Mike,’ I really enjoyed the time with Bob Ley on ‘Outside The Lines,’ which was very thought provoking and geared toward situations like, Is it proper to visit the White House after a championship? I know it’s been blown out of proportion now a days, but I was still a question they asked a year and a half ago, and my experiences were always fantastic, to visit a place that not many get the opportunity to see.

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It’s Out of the Question: The Kaepernick-Ali comparison packs a bunch, but …

Colin Kaepernick, Muhammad Ali.
In the same breath? The same conversation? Heading toward the same legacy?
It’s something we keep hearing. It’s nothing we take lightly.
But how do these men connect on the accuracy meter?
“I think there’s a huge correlation,” said Jonathan Eig, whose new expansive book, “Ali: A Life” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 606 pages, $30), doesn’t officially come out until Tuesday but has already matriculated to some book store shelves – perhaps because of the timely nature.
More at this link …

= A June, 2016 piece from the New York Times about how Ali inspires authors and included this from Eig: “There’s a ton of new material and new information that no one has come across before. I found some of it in the archives of people who interviewed him over the years, who left their note and tapes, some in court records, and some in interviews. His wives had never really discussed what their lives were like with him. … I think I’ll blow people’s minds with some of the stuff I’ve discovered about Ali, in good ways and bad ways. I think people will be shocked by the book.”
= An excerpt of the book in Sports Illustrated
= A review in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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