NFL Week 2 in the L.A. TV market: The first blackouts begin with Rams’ home opener

blindfolded-manThe “NFL on Fox” L.A.-based Sunday morning pregame crew of Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Strahan and Curt Menefee will escape the Fox Hollywood 2A Studio again and be on site at the Coliseum for the Week 2 broadcast (9-to-10 a.m., Channel 11), followed by the Rams-Seahawks game airing on Fox (1:10 p.m., Channel 11, with the A-team of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews). In between, KTTV-Channel 11 will air a three-hour special from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. called “Good Day Game Day.”

The rest of the NFL TV week for the L.A. market (for those without DirecTV’s “Sunday Ticket”):
= New York Jets at Buffalo, 5:25 p.m., Channel 2 and NFL Network, with Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Woodson, with Jay Feely as the “kicking analyst.”
The NFL Network’s “TNF GameDay” from the Culver City studios has Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin, with Amber Theoharis and LaDainain Tomlinson in Buffalo. The extended pre-game simulcast on Channel 2 and NFL Network with James Brown, Irvin and Bill Cowher starts at 4:30 p.m.
Aside from the Rams-Seahawks at 1 p.m., there is only one other game available:
= Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 10 a.m., Channel 2, with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts (CBS picked this game instead of Miami-New England, Kansas City-Houston, Tennessee-Detroit and Baltimore Cleveland).
CBS gets the short end of an L.A. doubleheader, which the NFL bestowed upon it for Week 2. That’s because the Rams-Seahawks airs in the late 1 p.m. window on Fox, so CBS cannot show Indianapolis-Denver (with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms), Atlanta-Oakland or Jacksonville-San Diego. Also, since Fox has only one game to carry to markets Sunday, it is locked into the Rams and cannot shot Tampa Bay-Arizona (in the late window) or Dallas-Washington, New Orleans-N.Y. Giants or San Francisco-Carolina (in the early window). The Cowboys-Redskins game (with Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver) is actually going to a larger audience (36 percent of the country) than the Rams-Seahawks (26 percent, including St. Louis).
= Green Bay at Minnesota, 5:25 p.m., Channel 4, with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya. Airing opposite the liver coverage of the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Channel 7 (5-8 p.m.)
= Philadelphia at Chicago, 5:15 p.m., ESPN, with Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters. This week, the game won’t be simulcast on ABC’s Channel 7 affiliate as last Monday’s Rams-49ers game was, meaning those intent on watching “Dancing With The Stars” have no conflict.

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Vin Scully won’t do playoff games? He thought everyone already knew

56d1e28ebe87a8c0cc21aed74cfcbc9cVin Scully said Tuesday night that his choice to end his Dodgers’ broadcasting career with the regular-season finale and not extend it into the playoffs was “actually decided quite some time ago … I thought everybody already knew.”

The 88-year-old Hall of Fame play-by-play man confirmed to the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that the Dodgers-Giants game on Oct. 2 in San Francisco would end his 67-season career, regardless of the team’s postseason schedule.

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Sunday media: Will Clippers’ upcoming decision sink Prime Ticket?

indexAny day now, the Clippers might finally let Prime Ticket and everyone else know they’ve decided to drop anchor with their longtime TV partner and re-up their local rights deal for at least one more NBA season — presumably, the one that starts in about six weeks.

This, as team owner and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer continues to micro-tinker with an idea of creating some sort of his own digital-driven, over-the-top service that is supposed to lay the groundwork for how we consume sports to infinity and beyond.

It’s not as if FSW/Prime Ticket can’t afford to watch the Clippers jump ship at this stage. But if you go with the analogy that a shopping mall can watch only so many anchor tenants leave before the pillars begin to weaken, the optics wouldn’t be all that great for this landmark local sports channel group in its fourth decade of operation. The Lakers, Dodgers, Sparks and Galaxy are already former rights holders while deals with the Angels, Kings and Ducks stay strong.

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It’s Out of the Question: Rams’ season predicated by prediction machine? Or just their average destiny?

Jeff Fisher once kept the Tennessee Titans afloat -- they were the AFC champions in 1999 -- but his career mark with the Rams is 26-37-1.

Jeff Fisher once kept the Tennessee Titans afloat — they were the AFC champions in 1999 — but his career mark with the Rams is 26-37-1.

For the record, it’s been hard to knock these two things out of our head since the Rams’ Emmy-losing performance on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”:
There’s that opening episode where head coach Jeff Fisher tries to shame his players in a meeting by telling them they’re “too talented” to be making “7-9 mistakes” … “and I’m not (bleeping) going 7-9, or 8-8, or 9-7.”
And then, the statistic HBO uses to lure another team into going through the due process of this docu-series: The past six teams featured on “Hard Knocks” equaled or improved their win-loss record from the prior year, and four teams went on to make the playoffs.
1334772645996_9012915The past four years with Fisher as these fishers of men look like “The Hang-
over” sequels on an endless loop: 7-9, 6-10, 7-9, 7-8-1.
Just for kicks and giggles, let’s wheel in a website called, which aims “to be the most accurate and trusted source for predicting sports outcomes straight up and against the spread.” It ran the 2016 NFL season 50,000 times on its computer software (called “The Predictalator”) and came up with all sorts of sortable prognostications.
So guess how the Rams will end up this year?
Wait for it …
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Weekly media notes version 09.08.16: The Rams’ reboot, as it relates to J.B. Long, Howie Long and the long slog on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’

d4d3f69517d13d5760f3339d6ba2b989Jory Hirsh, the Rams’ director of broadcasting, said the team had about 75 applicants for its new radio play-by-play job by the time summer rolled around and the franchise had started to dig its feet into Southern California soil.
web-sp_-pac12-courtesy-640x640In short order, J.B. Long ended up emerging from the top. A lot was predicated on endorsements he received for his work at the Pac-12 Network.
“The overwhelming sentiment was that J.B. would be a perfect fit for this role and this opportunity,” said Hirsh. “We didn’t necessarily need the glowing endorsements, but it was nice to know that others felt as strongly about him as we did.”
Long, who as we wrote begins his Rams’ regular-season broadcasting career with Maurice Jones-Drew and D’Marco Farr on the KSPN-AM (710)/The Sound 100.3-FM on Monday night from San Francisco, is actually a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Notre Dame in 2005 actually has a degree in finance – specifically, something called Accounting Measurement & Disclosure Supplement. They may account for him being a founding member of the Bleacher Report and part of the advanced analytics push in the sports media, but the NFL has not adapted as well so far as baseball.
“The football community still doesn’t have a WAR stat, but that’s coming as the grading of plays is enhanced,” Long said. “But then the challenge is how we can find an open and receptive way to put that into a call. The challenge is immense. It’s tough enough on TV to explain a BABIP (batting average on balls in play) with visuals and graphics. Maybe that’s more we can do with a coach’s show or a game preview.”
Perfect. As part of the radio rights agreement, Long will moderate “The Jeff Fisher Show” from 6-to-7 p.m. starting Tuesday on KSPN-AM. It goes live from Bogies at the Westlake Village Inn (3200 Agoura Road) and is open to the public. The show moves to Mondays for the rest of the season starting Sept. 19.

== Our Q-and-A format as to what the Rams’ return to L.A. means for Southern California viewers.

== Our review of the final episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

HBOHardKnocks1== An overall impression of this “Hard Knocks” Season 11 has to circle back to the show’s creator, Marty Callner, telling us from the start that he thought this would “be the biggest year of ‘Hard Knocks’ because of the storylines, the move from St. Louis, Goff, Hollywood … it’s got a lot of things going for it.”
Almost too much as advertised.
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