MadmanLA

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  1. Plenty of changes around the SportsCenter desks--in Bristol, Los Angeles, and soon-to-be in Washington, D.C. in the coming days (and months)... Firstly, Cari Champion (who was doing the weekday Noon ET SportsCenters with David Lloyd) is leaving ESPN at the end of the month... https://www.si.com/tech-media/2020/01/10/cari-champion-leaving-espn-sportscenter-first-take-sportsnation As a result of that, Matt Barrie and Elle Duncan will takeover the weekday noon slot (Mondays-Thursdays), as well as the Sunday 9am ET shows, while Lloyd moves to early-mornings, splitting days with Hannah Storm (Mondays-Wednesdays) and Antonietta Collins (Thursdays). He and Collins will also do the Tuesday and Wednesday early-morning shows, and Storm and Jay Harris will do the Friday Noon shows, in addition to anchoring the weekend morning editions. Thursday-Saturday early-mornings will be anchored by Nicole Briscoe and Randy Scott. The noon show will also be 90 minutes every weekday, followed by NFL Live at 1:30pm ET as usual. The evening and late-night editions will remain as is, but with one slight change--Scott Van Pelt will be moving his SportsCenter show to his native Washington, D.C., but not until this summer (sometime in August). He'll use the PTI studio at ABC News' Washington bureau, although some functions will still take place in Bristol.
  2. It did at least here in Los Angeles (his hometown), where he hasn't been heard locally since he switched syndicators. The station that was the local "flagship" station of CBS Sports Radio, KFWB, went Bollywood music in 2016 after trying local sports talk for two years, and before that was a general talk/news station (and was all-news for decades). When it was "The Beast 980", the only things they had going for it was the Clippers and Galaxy radio broadcasts, and maybe Rome...the rest of the on-air talent were either old local sports media fogies (Fred Roggin, Jeanne Zelasko, Bill Plaschke) that still want to reminisce about the good ol' days of the Showtime Lakers and the Lasorda-era Dodgers, or nobodies from out-of-town that know little-to-nothing about the local sports scene. I can't speak for KLAC, KSPN or KLAA, I haven't listened to either one of the three in a long time as well...other than KLAC carrying Cowherd's radio/TV simulcast and the Petros (Papadakis)-Money (Matt Smith) show, I couldn't tell you what else on that station, and as a Clipper fan, I've avoided KSPN for years, ever since they took over the radio rights to the Lakers. I tried KLAA in the beginning as well, especially Roger Lodge's show (yes, he of "Blind Date" fame), and once his original co-host got fired, Lodge's sports knowledge, or lack thereof, was greatly exposed. He must have pictures on Arte Moreno or something, because Lodge is a terrible sports talk host. Hell, I can remember him for filling-in for Rome on his radio show several times before the KLAA gig came about...not much different there either. Other than those mid-mornings if I'm home from work, and Colin Cowherd isn't on TV that day, I'll tune in to Rome for a few minutes, and then find something else to watch. I haven't personally listened to his radio show in any length in years, and haven't listened to an entire episode in nearly 15 years.
  3. If it wasn't for a sports network, it would actually a good design, in my opinion, maybe for a public utilities or an energy company. Maybe some blacklash in the New England region could happen to where the old logo is restored, in at least some modernized form. That's my wishful thinking, and I don't live there.
  4. I guess since we're including old stations IDs, I came across some old station IDs from the very early days of the Fox network, on YouTube. If you lived in either in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Boston, and D.C., you may remember those slickly-produced station IDs that each of those Fox-owned stations used in the first couple of years of the network's existence. It also turned out that they also developed very similar test station IDs for the affiliated stations (I don't believe these were used on the air), and even some of the stations featured (like KTVU in Oakland/San Francisco and Philly's WTXF) ended-up being owned-and-operated by the network later down the line. The O&Os (WNYW, KTTV, WFLD, WTTG, KRIV, WFXT) The affiliates--the first three stations featured in part one eventually became Fox-owned stations, and the fourth one is another Fox still may get their hands on in the future... Part two: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgN80J5yDGs&t=96s (sorry, it would let me embed this video)
  5. The New England Sports Network, the cable TV home of the Boston Red Sox and Bruins since 1984, is debuting a new logo starting with the just-underway NHL season. The old one (in use pretty much since day one): The new:
  6. Besides keeping the Cowboys in the NFC East to preserve their rivalries with those other teams when divisional realignment came in '02, there's also the market sizes of the four teams in that division--all of them top-ten TV markets, and a big reason why Fox pays a higher rate for their Sunday afternoon games than what CBS pays for theirs. Every top-15 TV DMA except Oakland/San Francisco, Houston, and Boston is represented by a NFC team, and once the Raiders go to Las Vegas next year, it'll be just the other two cities. In contrast to CBS, they have only five AFC markets among the top-15, and three of the markets (again, it'll be down to two next year) is shared with a NFC team. I also echo the Ravens to the East, Dolphins to the South, and the Colts to the North...in the NFC, just swap the Cowboys and Panthers. With the Rams moving back here to Los Angeles, it actually made the NFC West geographically-perfect, perhaps next to the NFC North.
  7. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Big Ben calls it quits, with this injury. He's been talking retirement for the last few years, and I know he just signed an extension this past offseason. However, he wouldn't be the first star player to walk away from the middle of a big-money contract.
  8. Sad news from the NBA world... Long-time Cavaliers and Pistons TV play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod died last night, at the age of 67. McLeod's most recent work was calling this summer's Lions preseason telecasts. He had served as the Cavs' TV voice since 2006, and before that spent 22 years calling Detroit Pistons cable telecasts on PASS, and then on Fox Sports Detroit when the latter launched in 1997. He also worked as a sportscaster at Cleveland's Channel 8 (then WJKW) in the late '70s, as a weekend sports anchor, and called Cavs and Indians games for that station until both moved to then-indie WUAB in 1980. In his Detroit years, he was also a sportscaster at WJBK and WDIV-TV. https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/10/sport/fred-mcleod-obit-nba-trnd/index.html LeBron shared his sentiments today...
  9. More on the Andrew Luck retirement saga...Troy Aikman (among others) called out fellow Fox Sports personality Doug Gottlieb's comment about Luck's retirement...
  10. It's on "channel" 465...thing about it though, you can't directly punch-in the channel number as you could with traditional TV; you would have to scroll down to the sports section, and it's the third channel in that section, behind Pluto Sports and Fox Sports (no live programming, unfortunately, just clips from their studio shows). I think we're roughly the same age (39), but I watch Pluto TV on occasion if I can't find much to watch on cable, or even over-the-air TV. Viacom recently bought them, and they've added a lot of material from Paramount Pictures and their cable networks, but they also have some live channels...as far as sports, they carry the Stadium Network, a channel for the Big Sky Conference, plus some other niche sports channels (gaming, wrestling, kickboxing, etc.). CBS' online news channel is also available there (I watch it quite a bit, along with their New York City and Los Angeles channels [on separate apps] as well). I think it's a decent alternative to cable/satellite/live streaming, but I sure as hell wouldn't give up cable for it either, even if Pluto is a free service.
  11. NFL just launched a channel on Pluto TV as of this morning...it's basically an all-NFL Films channel, including old episodes of Hard Knocks, classic games, team yearbooks, and other material. As I'm writing, they're playing a Patriots-Dolphins MNF game from 2011--the condensed versions they normally show on NFL Network from time-to-time. https://www.multichannel.com/news/pluto-tv-partners-with-the-nfl-on-new-channel
  12. The only aesthetically-pleasing thing about the Coliseum renovation are the new red seats...that ivory tower on the south end makes the rest of the stadium look like an eyesore. I understand that USC had certain legal restrictions on how they could renovate the place, but (just as an example) it would have been better to chop-off the the top 8-10 rows, and a build a ring of suites and a press box tower, basically going end-to-end to where the two smaller video boards currently sit. With the Olympics coming back here in 2028, it would have been better to wait a couple of more years to refurbish (and properly rebuild) the Coliseum...USC could have worked out a deal with the Rams, similar to the current arrangement in Exposition Park, and play in Inglewood until the Coliseum renovation was done. But I guess this is what $315 million ($40 million more than the original costs) in 2010s Los Angeles gets you in terms of stadium renovations...
  13. It also marks a return of Lue to the Clippers; he was an assistant coach in Doc's first year as Clipper coach ('13-14).
  14. You also had situations where teams (not just in MLB either) had three sets of broadcast teams--radio, over-the-air TV, and cable TV. The Tigers were a prime example in the 80s and 90s--Ernie Harwell and Paul Carey on radio, George Kell and Al Kaline on the WDIV/Tigers TV network, and another set of broadcasters on PASS. The Mets did for awhile as well in the '90s and early 2000s--Gary Throne and Ralph Kiner did over-the-air TV (WWOR, and then the move to WPIX in '99), Howie Rose on cable, and Bob Murphy and Gary Cohen on radio. When SNY was created in 2006, Cohen became the play-by-play man for all local Mets telecasts, although he still will occasionally fill-in on radio. The Yankees, from the early 80s until YES' creation, also had separate over-the-air and cable play-by-play announcers; when Mel Allen returned to the Yankees in 1982, he called five seasons of games on the old SportsChannel New York (which they shared with the Mets until MSG picked up the Yankees in '89), while the Scooter was the #1 play-by-play on WPIX, but also served as a back-up to Allen on SCNY telecasts.
  15. I'm watching the TV replay of today's Kawhi/PG presser, and Ballmer is speaking as I'm currently writing. His enthusiasm reminds me of that rally he hosted at Staples the Monday after the sale to him became official. It doesn't feel it's been five years since Ballmer bought the team, but man...outside of the name and a few familiar faces, this is virtually a completely-different franchise than the previous 34 years.
  16. Thinking of someone Knicks-related, but Patrick Ewing spent plenty of years as an assistant coach before going back to coach the Georgetown men's team. The difference between Duncan and ol' Zeke up there is the former (for all accounts) isn't the egomaniac that the latter was in his playing days (and certainly during his tenures as a team executive). I believe because of Duncan's familiarity and quiet demeanor, he would be an excellent fit on Pop's coaching staff. Plus, it keeps in line with George Gervin and David Robinson, as legendary Spurs that continue to contribute to the team/city while in retirement.
  17. The Clippers, probably as expected, promoted radio voice Brian Sieman to TV starting next season, while Noah Eagle (Ian's son) becomes the team's radio play-by-play man. https://thebiglead.com/2019/07/16/brian-sieman-promoted-to-clippers-tv-play-by-play-noah-eagle-leading-candidate-for-radio/
  18. Hell, if the Chiefs really wanted to be arrogant about their "Kingdom", they should claimed Illinois and even Indiana too, as before the Colts moved to Indianapolis in 1984, there were no AFL/AFC teams between Kansas City and Cincinnati--all of the other teams in between are pre-merger NFL/NFC teams (the entire current NFC North + St. Louis 2x). Of course, it was already mentioned, the Royals (pre-Rockies) had a larger territorial claim, covering nearly all of the Rocky Mountains, as well as those same states seen in the above picture, although Oklahoma and Arkansas is also pretty much shared with the Rangers and Astros too.
  19. Allen's been on a bit of a spending spree in recent years, including buying NBCUniversal's share of The Weather Channel, and he's also buying three small-market TV stations in Indiana and Louisiana.
  20. I definitely remember seeing an Angels billboard along Wilshire Boulevard right around that time as well. They and the Dodgers did a joint billboard for Trout and Kershaw back in 2015; this one was at Wilshire and Highland Avenue in the Miracle Mile District...
  21. Another MLB team gets in bed with Sinclair Broadcasting...The Yankees, along with Amazon, Sinclair, and Blackstone Capital are buying the YES Network for $3.5 billion... https://deadline.com/2019/03/yes-network-sold-for-3-5b-to-yankees-amazon-sinclair-private-equity-reports-1202572010/
  22. https://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/la-sp-angels-spring-training-20190218-story.html This L.A. Times article talks about that, and practically everything else about this thread. It's basically a convoluted mess, as far as how the Fox RSNs sale gets situated...a lot of players involved. I saw somewhere else that he wants to buy both of the L.A. Fox RSNs, and Fox Sports' Arizona & San Diego channels.
  23. Keep in mind that as long as the Angels keep collecting that $150 million a year check from Fox Sports (or whomever winds up with the Fox RSNs in the near-future), plus the equity stake in Fox Sports West, they're not leaving Southern California. That contract doesn't expire for another thirteen seasons. They wouldn't even get that much money if they moved to another market...hell, even if they were to become a third NYC team.
  24. Today, the Cubs and Sinclair Broadcasting made it official--Marquee officially launches Spring Training 2020.
  25. The Raiders' original Oakland home was Frank Youell Field (1962-65), which sat on the site of what are now parking lots for Laney College.. Edit: a little factoid about Frank Youell I didn't realize until today...besides a longtime Oakland city councilman, he was also an undertaker.