Clayton Kershaw throws before Wednesday’s game at Dodger Stadium against San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A day after the Dodgers set a SportsNet LA viewership record, they topped it again Wednesday night.
The network said the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory over San Francisco that featured a Clayton Kershaw complete-game, 15-strike out performance had 144,000 total viewers, with a 1.85 household rating.
Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory where the Dodgers’ Zack Greinke outdueled the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner had been the most-watched to date — 140,700-plus viewers and a 1.70 rating. The Monday-Wednesday Dodgers-Giants series averaged a 1.64 rating, the greatest ever on SportsNet LA. That was up 26 percent over the Dodgers-Oakland series at Dodger Stadium from July 28-29. The previous best-rated game before the Dodgers-Giants series was a Dodgers-Cubs game on June 23 at Wrigley Field (1.57). Continue reading →
The Pac-12 made a distribution announcement this morning. Just not the one you might be getting antsy about.
Two days before USC kicks off its 2015 college football season in a game shown exclusively by the conference-owned network, nothing new has happened with a distribution deal for DirecTV customers. Or with Verizon FIOS, or Charter, for that matter. When Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott last made a public statement about the negotiations with DirecTV, coming just after the FCC approved the AT&T take-over bid of the satellite dish service, there was more measured optimism that something could be done by the time the conference college football season started.
AT&T is, after all, a corporate partner of the Pac-12, and those on board with AT&T Uverse already get the service.
What does it take for new ownership to get a long extension cord and start the process? A slightly-used flux capacitor?
Don’t think the Pac-12 didn’t use some strategy in having USC scheduled to be on the network not just for its opener against Arkansas State (shoved back to a horrible 8 p.m. kickoff), but also Week 2 vs. Idaho (at a more tolerable 5 p.m. kickoff).
More will likely be scheduled before the season ends. Same goes for UCLA.
Oh, about that news today?
There is no question about coming to David Feherty’s defense, on things he says, things he does, things that others think he’s doing. I shared a banana split with him once at Bob’s Big Boy near the old “Tonight Show” location. I ran into him at an airport once in San Francisco during a massive flight delay and shared french fries with him.
We are intimate in that way.
But what appears to be happening now with his apparent abrupt departure from CBS’ PGA Tour coverage is that another network — NBC — has come calling.
He’s been wooed again.
Neither side wants to discuss a report this came down late Monday in the Sports Business Daily about why contract talks for a renewal seem to have broke off so fast. They’ve said his appearance last week at The Barclays in New Jersey was it for the network.
CBS says simply “No comment.” Feherty hasn’t responded to texts or cell phone calls on this end. Continue reading →
Matt Leinart actually played football, and that’s way cooler than fantasy football. Says Fox.
This isn’t where Matt Leinart wanted to start audibilizing.
The Manhattan Beach waiter asked for his order. He kept it simple: Oatmeal with brown sugar. No bananas. No raisins. No milk. And a large cup of coffee. Plenty of refills.
More than 10 years removed from a 2004 Heisman Trophy season, three seasons past his last NFL snap, and the former USC quarterback doesn’t need a menu, just a new playbook.
As a studio analyst for Fox Sports’ college football coverage, starting with this opening weekend, Leinart is immersed in the college game more than he has in the last decade, also co-hosting a Sirius XM radio show and flying up to San Francisco for weekly appearances on the Pac-12 Network.
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All of the sudden, he’s a go-to guy when people want hot takes about what’s going in Trojan Nation with coach Steve Sarkisian under heavy media scrutiny.
Who knows this Hollywood Two-Minute Drill better than Leinart? As 32-year-old explains in a Q-and-A how he sees the upcoming season for USC, UCLA and his ballroom dancing legacy, he speaks specifically about how and why he wanted to get into broadcasting:
Q: When we talked near the end of last season – the 10th anniversary of the famous “Bush Push” USC-Notre Dame game — you said you were plugged in more to what was happening the NFL rather than the college game, even as Fox was using you more and more on college football studio events. How have you recalibrated to make college football more front and center in your world now that you’ve got this new weekend job with Fox Sports?
A: Over the last couple of years, this (broadcasting career) has formed and I knew once I retired, if I was going to do, it would focus on college. I feel it’s more relevant to me. I love the game. The NFL was much easier to talk about back then since I had just been there (he retired in 2012 after seven seasons). But there’s something special to me about the college game. Last year was an opportunity to get my feet wet, to see if I’m any good at it, and it ended up being awesome. I had a blast. This year, I’m fortunate to be put in a situation where I’m moving up. I couldn’t ask for anything more. I’m fired up about this. I’m so much more knowledgeable about how all this works.
Q: Where do find yourself getting most of your information about the college game now – TV, newspapers, magazines, personal contacts?
A: It’s everything. The thing now I’m learning is going straight to the sources. I probably struggled with that last year. I’ve got good relationship with coaches that I’ve known forever, so now I need to build my Rolodex and track them down and build relationships. I find articles, watch shows, pick my colleague’s brains all the time. I’ll gather different perspectives, then form my own thoughts. The last months I’ve scoured every article I can find. We also have great researchers at Fox who help. They have a lot of unique information. It feels like I’m doing homework again, except it’s all just football. Continue reading →
If you’ve not got around to locating “The League of Outsider Baseball” by Gary Joseph Cieradkowski, which we still consider the pick of the bunch from last April’s annual baseball book reviews, please do that. Then remind yourself to go to his Infinite Baseball Card website where he continues to post new biographies, the latest on Jake Atz, Red Solomon and Sammy T. Hughes (above).
Last month, Ciederadkowski was awarded the Tony Salin Award from the Pasadena-based Baseball Reliquary and wrote: “As far as I know there’s no higher recognition a baseball historian, writer or artist can receive than the Salin Award, and I am extremely humbled and proud of this achievement. I’ll post a picture of the award and a bit more about the 2015 ceremony in the near future, so stay tuned.”