Weekly media notes version 12.28.16: You’re looking live at a bowl semifinal that, again, is backwards through Musburger’s bifocals

brent-musburgerSomeone had to ask. And someone, like Brent Musburger, may as well reply.
What does he have to lose anymore?
On a conference call Wednesday afternoon with reporters, the question about the bowl lineup was phrased: “January 1st means a lot to the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. Do you believe college football is best served by these two bowl games following the (two semifinal) playoff games (on New Year’s Eve) in the years when the semifinals aren’t in the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl?”
Said Musburger, who’ll be calling Monday’s Sugar Bowl, which ESPN airs right after the Rose Bowl, and has been the voice of many national championship games in the past:
2017-rose-bowl-ticket-one-ticket“In a word, no. The last three games of the college football season, as it is now structured, should be the two semifinals and then the championship game. You don’t go to any professional league and have regular-season games after the playoffs start.
“Now, I know, I got it, love the Rose Bowl, love the Sugar Bowl. I fully understand where they’re coming from. Let’s play those games on New Year’s and have the two semifinals after New Year’s, then the championship a quick week later. It would give it a much better buildup if you do it that way.”
Except the only way around it with the current calendar would have made the Rose and Sugar go back to Saturday’s New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, and the Peach and Fiesta semifinals would go on Jan. 2 — again, skipping over Sunday’s New Year’s Day.
That’s not a scenario Pasadena would go for.
If the Rose and Sugar could stay with the adjusted Monday stage, and the two semifinals went on Tuesday, Jan. 3, that wouldn’t leave enough time before the Monday, Jan. 9 title game in Tampa, Fla.
So … do we ask Katherine Webb to untangle this web we’ve weaved?
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NFL Week 17 in the L.A. TV market: The end, and just the beginning

article-2252051-169aed17000005dc-51_634x420New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday. No college football bowl games.
But unlike last weekend, when Christmas landed on Sunday, and most of the games were pushed up to Saturday, the NFL embraces this holiday as the final day of the regular season — including a night game — before next weekend’s wildcard round.
Both Fox and CBS get to air doubleheaders, but like last weekend, KCBS-Channel 2 has picked a Raiders game over a Chargers’ home game to go up against the Rams on KTTV-Channel 11.
And why not?
Last Saturday, KCBS had a 7.7 rating and 20 share in L.A. for the Raiders’ home game against Indianapolis — an average of 740,000 viewers. At the same time, KTTV was obligated to show the Rams’ home game against San Francisco and did a 5.4 rating/14 share (490,000 average viewers).
The Chargers may claim L.A. as a secondary TV market, but that only applies for the team’s road broadcasts. The NFL granted an exemption last Saturday when the Chargers were in Cleveland.
Here’s how this Sunday lays out:
== Dallas at Philadelphia, 10 a.m., Channel 11 (Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch). Passing over Carolina-Tampa Bay and Chicago-Minnesota
== New England at Miami, 10 a.m., Channel 2 (Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts). Passing over  Cleveland-Pittsburgh, Jacksonville-Indianapolis, Buffalo-N.Y. Jets, Houston-Tennessee and Baltimore-Cincinnati.
== Rams vs. Arizona at the Coliseum, 1:25 p.m., Channel 11 (Chris Myers and Ronde Barber, going to a measly 7 percent of the country). It can’t show N.Y. Giants-Washington (Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, which 76 percent of the country can get), New Orleans-Atlanta or Seattle-San Francisco.
== Oakland at Denver, 1:25 p.m., Channel 2 (Jim Nantz and Phil Simms) passing over Kansas City at San Diego
== Green Bay at Detroit, 5:25 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth)

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Sunday media: Why ’16 wasn’t so sweet in the sports media world

usatsi_9563607In a span of a dozen months that sometimes felt like a half dozen years, we had the retirement tour of Vin Scully, the Department of Justice come down on AT&T/DirecTV for its colluding on the Dodgers’ SportsNet L.A. distribution, a health scare by Bob Miller, some weird hirings at FS1 …
Need we go on?
It’s all here in black and white.

Also:
== Sports Illustrated’s media year in review, including Vin Scully as the media person of the year.

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Weekly media notes version 12.21.16: Sorry, but why would athletes treat media any different than how a President-elect treats media?

Anymore than when?
Sherman appears to have admitted to doing wrong in a Twitter apology but then again … Sherman was picking a fight he couldn’t win:

So in that spirit, what do you make of this:
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