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Kate McKinnon Joining 'SNL' As Featured Player
By Katla McLynn, HuffingtonPost.com - Mar. 29, 2012

Comedian Kate McKinnon will join "Saturday Night Live" as a featured player as early as next weekend's Sofia Vergara-hosted episode, Deadline is reporting. McKinnon will be the show's first-ever out lesbian to join the cast.

A regular performer with the Upright Citizens Brigade, McKinnon also starred on the first three seasons of the Rosie O'Donnell-produced "Big Gay Sketch Show." You may also recognize her from the 2010 web series Vag Magazine, in which she and other comedians run a fictional third-wave feminist magazine.

The comedian and actress is known for her strong character work, which has been showcased in various one-woman shows in recent years, including "Disenchanted," a satirical look at popular fairy tale characters years past their prime. In 2010, she was nominated for the Emerging Comic Award by the ECNYs, which celebrate the comedic performing arts in New York.

McKinnon isn't the only female cast member Lorne Michaels has tested recently, according to Deadline. Veteran cast member Kristen Wiig is expected to make a decision about her future at "SNL" later this year, meaning the show might be one woman shorter.

Watch McKinnon in her UCB Comedy web series, "The 40 Year Old 20 Year Old" [CLICK LINK BELOW]

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The New Moneyball

In the era of the DVR, live sports is now the most valuable commodity in media. With a slew of new multibillion-dollar deals, baseball is cashing in, and the game will never be the same.

It's not just about DVRs, it's also about pay TV providers holding on to customers in this era of cord cutting.
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Best Buy to Close 50 Stores
By Mia Lamar, Wall Street Journal - Mar. 29, 2012

Best Buy Co., its business model being undermined by online retailers, posted a loss of $1.7 billion in the latest quarter due to restructuring charges and said it would close 50 big-box stores this year.

The electronic retailer said it intends to open 100 mobile small-format, stand-alone stores, part of a plan to cut costs by $800 million by fiscal 2015.

Best Buy currently has about 1,000 big-box stores in the U.S.

Sales at Best Buy have been squeezed by stiff competition from online retailers including Amazon.com Inc. and discounters like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. For the latest period, Best Buy said its total sales at stores open at least 14 months fell 2.4%. Increasing numbers of shoppers use the bricks-and-mortar locations to check out items, and then leave to make actual purchases online.

Best Buy has fought back with increased online and mobile offerings and more aggressive discounting, efforts that while boosting sales have also put pressure on profits.

For the fiscal fourth quarter ended March 3, Best Buy reported a loss of $1.7 billion, or $4.89 a share, compared with a year-earlier profit of $651 million, or $1.62 a share.

Stripping out a $3.35 per-share impairment charge and other special items, Best Buy booked a per-share profit of $2.47. The company said it logged $2.6 billion in restructuring costs and other charges in the latest quarter.

Revenue rose 3.4% to $16.63 billion, coming in shy of Wall Street expectations. The retailer was able to preserve margins in the face of a heavily competitive retail environment. Gross margin was flat at 24.4%.

Looking ahead, Best Buy projected earnings between $3.50 to $3.80 a share for its new fiscal year on revenue of $50 billion to $51 billion. Analysts had been forecasting a per-share profit of $3.69 on revenue of $51.89 billion, according to a poll conducted by Thomson Reuters.

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And higher parking fees after half of that parking lot is turned into a new football stadium.

So let me get this straight - LA has, what, 3 football stadiums already and no team? And now they want to build another one??

Let me guess, with taxpayer support of course. Gotta love the NFL and its influence over city and state pols.
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Dodgers sale could mean bigger cable bills
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Mar. 28, 2012

Congratulations, Angelenos, you may have just bought a piece of the Los Angeles Dodgers!

While former Lakers great Magic Johnson may be leading the group shelling out a record $2 billion to buy the storied baseball franchise, in the end consumers may pick up much of the tab because their cable bills likely will be going up, up, up!

The $2 billion price tag tops by more than $1.1 billion what the Chicago Cubs were sold for three years ago and is $1.5 billion more than what Frank McCourt paid for the Dodgers in 2004. When the Dodgers, which filed for bankruptcy protection last year, were first put up for sale, most baseball watchers thought McCourt would be hard pressed to get $1 billion, much less twice that.

Even Mark Cuban, the outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team who's not shy about opening his wallet, thought that the Dodgers weren't worth $1 billion.

But Johnson's group, whose big backer is Mark Walter, chief executive of financial services firm Guggenheim Partners, which will be the Dodgers' controlling owner, was willing to pay so much because it figures it can make that money back in television revenue.

It's not a crazy bet. Sports rights fees have skyrocketed lately. Last year, the Los Angeles Angels and Fox Sports struck a 17-year deal worth about $2.5 billion and Time Warner Cable spent even more to land the Lakers in a 20-year deal valued at $3 billion.

Currently, Fox's regional cable network Prime Ticket carries the bulk of Dodger games at a price tag of roughly $38 million per season. Fox tried to cut a new deal with the Dodgers similar to the one it has with the Angels, but Major League Baseball rejected it, concerned that McCourt would use some of the money for his divorce settlement.

Fox's contract with the Dodgers runs through the 2013 season and the network has exclusive rights to renegotiate a new agreement through November of this year. After that, Time Warner Cable, which is launching a regional sports channel here later this year, can jump in the fray and try to grab TV rights to the Dodgers.

But while Time Warner Cable and Fox Sports will likely be willing to pay more than double and perhaps even triple what the Dodgers are currently getting, that still may not be enough given the price tag. Another scenario is that the Dodgers will look to create their own cable sports channel, as the Yankees have with YES. That way the team can keep not only subscriber fees from cable and satellite companies, but also advertising revenue.

Sports channels are some of the most expensive on the cable dial. ESPN goes for north of $5 per month per subscriber. Local channels also come at a steep price. According to SNL Kagan, an industry consulting firm, Fox Sports West costs more than $2.60 per month per subscriber, and Prime Sports runs more than $2.50. Time Warner Cable is said to be seeking more than $3.50 for its new channel, although the company would only say that its plans are not yet finalized.

Those costs, of course, eventually get passed on to subscribers. Currently, cable and satellite TV subscribers pay for Fox's two regional sports channels. Time Warner Cable is adding both an English and Spanish sports network to the mix. Later this year, the Pac-12 conference will launch its own channel (at a cost of about 80 cents per subscriber). If the Dodgers launch their own network, consumers could find themselves paying for six regional sports outlets.

Typically, these channels are offered on all packages, meaning folks who don't watch a lot of sports end up paying too. Networks and local teams have resisted efforts to put such channels on specialty tiers, although both may be pushing their luck if Angelenos end up with six different local sports channels.

The Dodgers also have a broadcast deal wth CBS' KCAL-TV, which carries 50 games. Those will likely go away because the team can get more money from cable than broadcast. KCAL is also going to lose the Lakers when Time Warner Cable's deal kicks in next season.

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TV Notes
Reality-competition overload clogs prime-time TV
By Gary Levin, USA Today - Mar. 29, 2012

Reality gridlock is stalling network TV.

In a spring traffic jam, a big chunk of the Big 4 schedules consists of unscripted programming, battling for a shrinking share of viewers. Nowhere is that more apparent than struggling NBC, where 11 weekly hours — half of the current schedule — consists of news or reality fare, compared with nine hours of original scripted programming (and two hours of perpetual repeats).

Last week, NBC's top series, The Voice, began facing ABC's Dancing With the Stars on Mondays, and both suffered: Dancing's spring premiere drew 18.8 million viewers, down 4 million from last spring, while The Voice dropped 17% to a season-low 12 million. Among young-adult viewers who advertisers crave, Dancing dipped a steeper 34%.

On Tuesday, Dancing's first results show also dropped from last year's, while draining viewers from NBC's The Biggest Loser, which weighed in with a record-low 5.6 million.

It's all part of a season-long slump for long-running reality shows. NBC's Loser and Celebrity Apprentice, ABC's The Bachelor and Wipeout and Fox kingpin American Idol are down about 20% or more from this time last year.

"The same type of fatigue factor that can occur with (scripted) entertainment series can also happen with reality shows," says analyst Brad Adgate of ad firm Horizon Media. "American Idol has been hurt," he says, predicting the show will finish this season with fewer than 20 million viewers for the first time since its first season in 2002. "But (last fall's) X Factor could be as much at fault as The Voice."

Others say the declines are cyclical in a once red-hot genre that also faces greater competition in cable, where MTV's Jersey Shore and Pawn Stars are top-rated shows. Considering the stacked odds, "shows are coexisting at healthy levels," says ABC reality chief John Saade. "They're still really good numbers with extremely passionate fans."

Ironically, Dancing has succeeded in helping Idol in one respect: The Voice no longer seems capable of beating Fox's singing contest among younger viewers.

That passion will be tested anew come summer: NBC's America's Got Talent adds Howard Stern to the judges' mix in a mid-May return, and both ABC (Duets) and CW (The Star Next Door) plan new singing competitions.

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TV Review
'Punk'd,' hanging on star power
MTV reboot will be hosted by a different celeb each week
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine - Mar. 29, 2012

In TV, star power isn't everything. But it couldn't hurt.

MTV's "Punk'd" is returning after a five-year hiatus, but without its host and executive producer, Ashton Kutcher. Since MTV probably couldn't get a star of equal magnitude to take up full-time hosting duties, the show will now feature a different celebrity host each week.

In the season premiere, airing tonight at 10, the teen pop idol Justin Bieber hosts, adding his own twinkly charisma to sequences in which he pulls pranks on Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus, among others. Though longtime fans of the show might miss Kutcher's goofy charm, the episode is an amusing exercise in celebrity Schadenfreude. It remains to be seen, however, if "Punk'd" will be as entertaining with some of the less familiar stars who are scheduled to host upcoming episodes.

In the premiere, Bieber phones Swift, asking her to come to a beach house in Malibu, Calif., and work on some songs with him. He tells her that he has some fireworks on the deck, asking her to launch one herself. Suddenly a passing boat bursts into flames, and a bridal party swims to shore.

During the planning stages, Bieber says that Swift is a friend but also says that he hopes she'll cry. He's probably a little more enthusiastic about fulfilling his cruel duties than his publicist would like, but he's so boyish and cute that he could probably get away with far worse things without offending his fan base.

Swift, a very self-possessed young woman, reacts just as we'd expect she would. Without ever really losing control, she seems genuinely concerned and stricken. Like many practical jokes, the ruse starts to feel simply unkind.

In the rest of the show, Bieber attempts to pull off two other pranks, on three other celebrities: Cyrus, the skateboarder and reality-TV star Rob Dyrdek and the singer Sean Kingston. One of them realizes early on that he's being pranked, and the producers pull the plug. This little bit of reality helps make the show more credible.

The Cyrus prank is actually a switcheroo. She thinks she's punking Bieber. The humor in this segment is based more on Bieber's stepping wildly out of character than on her reaction.

None of the other victims seem as upset at Swift was, and the producers let them off the hook quicker.

Cyrus will host a future episode of the show, but the show seems to have crammed a lot of its star power in the premiere. Other future hosts include Kellan Lutz, Bam Margera and Dax Shepard.

There's no reason to assume that those people won't do a fine job, but viewers who tune in expecting a Bieber and get a Shepard might feel that they've been punk'd.

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Nielsen Notes
PBS: Guys did watch 'Downton Abbey'
By Ellen Gray, Philadelphia Daily News - Mar. 28, 2012

Turns out dudes did watch "Downton Abbey."

We knew it all along, thanks to the guys who spoke with Daily News reporter Molly Eichel last month about what the hit "Masterpiece Theater" costume drama meant to them.

And now PBS finally has some numbers to back it up.

Ratings for "Downton's" Season 2 were up at least 100 percent among female and male 18- to 34-year-olds above the previous season's average for the "Masterpiece" series, the network reported Wednesday, citing Nielsen's finale ratings. (Viewership among women 18-34 was 278 percent above the "Masterpiece" average.) Among men 35-49, viewership was also 100 percent higher than the previous season's "Masterpiece" average, while among women of the same age, the increase was 173 percent.

When all the heads were counted - an increasingly complicated process in the age of the DVR - the season averaged 7 million viewers, some 2 million more than the first season and twice the 3.5 million "Masterpiece" averaged last season. (For perspective, Sunday's fifth-season premiere of "Mad Men," the most-watched episode of the series ever, averaged 3.5 million viewers in the preliminary Nielsens, a number likely to rise when the ratings that account for delayed viewing over the following seven days finally come in.)

Some other "Downton Abbey" stats:

- With an estimated cumulative audience of 17 million for the season, "Downton Abbey" "now ranks as the most-watched 'Masterpiece' miniseries on record," said PBS. (Trivia alert: Runner-up "The Buccaneers" had 14.9 million cumulative viewers in October 1995.)

- The Feb. 19 Season 2 finale averaged 8.1 million viewers, making it PBS' most-watched show since theSeptember 2009 premiere of Ken Burns' "National Parks" series.

- Online, episodes from Season 2 were were streamed 7.1 million times through PBS' and "Masterpiece's" sites and more than 12 million times across all platforms, said PBS, citing Google Analytics.

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Technology Notes
Satellite broadband providers expand into rural areas
By Roger Yu, USA Today - Mar. 28, 2012

Cowboys need broadband, too.

Internet providers that beam broadband connections to rural America via satellites are expanding their services as the need for faster video and downloads is becoming universal.

ViaSat and HughesNet are launching new satellites that take up the slack of lagging landline-based services and promise to increase capacity and delivery speeds. "If there is broadband wireless or wired connection, that's going to win every time," says Chris Baugh, an industry analyst at research firm NSR. "But unserved customers (are) a sizable market."

The companies have traditionally marketed to non-urban regions too far out for cable and DSL providers. But rural satellite service has remained a limited slice of the business because DSL and cable companies have expanded. Costly pricing, data-consumption caps and slow transmission speeds have also limited their growth.

But with satellite technology improving, the companies are hoping to attract customers who receive slow DSL service — 15 million to 20 million, according to a ViaSat estimate — to consider switching.

But persuading this market to try satellite service will be a challenge, Baugh says. "There is a market there, but it's a secondary market. They have DSL and, if they are to switch, they have to buy satellite equipment. It's not free."

The satellite companies also face competition from wireless carriers that are rolling out faster 4G service that rivals landline broadband in speed.

ViaSat. The California company bought WildBlue, a satellite broadband provider, in 2009 with plans to broaden coverage. But hampered by the old satellite's limited capacity and slow transmission speed, WildBlue's growth stalled at about 400,000 customers. "It wasn't a service we were proud of," says ViaSat CEO Mark Dankberg.

With a new satellite launched last year, ViaSat began selling the new service in January under a new brand, "Exede." The download speed will increase to about 12 megabits per second from 1.5 mbps on the old service, Dankberg says. Pricing starts at $50 a month for 7.5 gigabytes, not including overage fees.

HughesNet. The company will expand this summer with a new satellite that will increase the download speed by "at least three to five times" the current 1 mbps to 5 mbps, says the company's Mike Cook. Pricing hasn't been determined. It now charges $49 to $120 a month to 620,000 customers.

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TV Notes
A true survivor: 'Rules of Engagement'
The CBS sitcom, now in season six, is the No. 21 show on TV
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Mar. 29, 2012

Say what you will about the quality of CBS's "Rules of Engagement," which is not very high. It really doesn't matter. The show is a survivor.

The sixth-year sitcom returns tonight at 8:30 p.m. after several months off the schedule to allow CBS to test out the new comedy "Rob." And yet despite the long break "Rules" is still in contention for renewal for next fall.

"Rules'" strength is its ability to patch virtually any gap in CBS's schedule and deliver good ratings. Last fall when the new sitcom "How To Be a Gentleman" bombed, the network moved "Rules" into its plum timeslot, airing behind surging comedy "The Big Bang Theory."

"Rules" improved on "Gentleman's" disappointing numbers and averaged a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen, ranking 21st this season on broadcast, ahead of bigger-buzz shows like "Glee," "The Simpsons" and "The Office."

In fact it may be "Rules'" somewhat nondescript nature that allows it to placefill so seamlessly. It's about two couples, one old, one young, and their hapless single friend, David Spade, playing in a role similar to the one he originated years ago on "Just Shoot Me."

The actors, including TV veterans Spade, Megyn Price and Patrick Warburton, are familiar and likeable, and you don't have to tune in on a consistent basis to follow the plot. It's the same sort of predictable but comfortable humor that kept "According to Jim" on the air for years, and it may be more valuable than critical acclaim, which doesn't always merit renewals.

The odds on "Rules" returning next fall are favorable.

The network is rumored to be weighing adding an additional hour of comedy to its schedule, at a time when sitcoms are hot, and "Rules" has proven it can draw viewers whether paired with a top show or airing by itself, which strengthens its chances at renewal.

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So let me get this straight - LA has, what, 3 football stadiums already and no team? And now they want to build another one??

Let me guess, with taxpayer support of course. Gotta love the NFL and its influence over city and state pols.

I can think of 2, the LA Coliseum, which is only marginally newer and in basically the same condition as it's namesake in Greece, and the Rose Bowl which was built at the same time in 1922. So both stadiums are 90 years, and look it with the Rose Bowl looking the nicest, and neither have the amenities that a prospective team would be looking for like luxury boxes, vending access, etc - unless it's changed in the last 30 years you have to literally walk outside the confines of the stadium to get a hot dog and a beer at the Coliseum.

That's been one of the major problems with bringing an NFL team back to LA, those parks are just not suitable for today's NFL team.

Can't think of a third one, Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium were both designed as baseball parks so they're unsuitable as well.

As far as tax payer funded, I'm with you on that 100%, but I think that's also another reason why there's no team in LA, the City is against that sort of funding. Al Davis ended up dealing with Irwindale back when he was looking for a new home, of course that never happened either.
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
'American Idol' boosts Fox to another win
Averages a 5.0 in 18-49s, bettering the other Big Four combined
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Mar. 29, 2012

It was another quiet night for broadcast, with ABC and CBS airing mostly repeats, which meant little challenge to usually dominant Fox on the night.

Fox finished first for the evening with a 5.0 adults 18-49 rating and 14 share, according to Nielsen overnights, bettering the other Big Four networks combined.

Fox's "American Idol" was up very slightly versus last week, from a 4.9 to a 5.0, though it's still lagging well behind last year's numbers.

That was by far the highest-rated show of the night. The No. 2 show, CBS's "Survivor," averaged a 2.8, flat to last week.

But a good deal of the competition was repeats. ABC and CBS both aired only one original show.

With Fox well out ahead for the night, CBS finished second at 2.1/6. Univision was third at 1.4/4, ABC fourth at 1.3/4, NBC fifth at 1.0/3, CW sixth at 0.6/2 and Telemundo seventh at 0.5/1.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won’t be available for several weeks. Forty-three percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

At 8 p.m. Fox was first with a 4.8 for "Idol," followed by CBS with a 2.8 for "Survivor." NBC was third with a 1.4 for the season finales of "Whitney" (1.5) and "Are You There, Chelsea?" (1.2), Univision fourth with a 1.3 for "Una Familia con Suerte," ABC fifth with a 1.2 for repeats of "The Middle" and "Suburgatory," CW sixth with a 0.6 for "One Tree Hill" and Telemundo seventh with a 0.5 for "Una Maid en Manhattan."

Fox was first again at 9 p.m. with a 5.2 for more "Idol," while ABC moved to second with a 1.9 for a repeat of "Modern Family" (1.9) and a new "Happy Endings" (1.9, up 6 percent from last week). CBS was third with a 1.7 for a repeat of "Criminal Minds," Univision fourth with a 1.4 for "Abismo de Pasion," NBC fifth with a 0.9 for two episodes of "Bent," CW sixth with a season-high 0.7 for "America's Next Top Model" and Telemundo seventh with a 0.6 for "Corazon Valiente."

At 10 p.m. CBS led with a 1.7 for a "CSI" rerun, with Univision second with a 1.4 for "La Que No Podia Amar." ABC was third with a 0.9 for a repeat of "Missing," NBC fourth with a 0.8 for "Rock Center with Brian Williams" and Telemundo fifth with a 0.4 for "Relaciones Peligrosas."

Fox also finished first for the night among households with a 10.2 average overnight rating and a 17 share. CBS was second at 5.2/9, ABC third at 2.9/5, NBC fourth at 2.1/3, Univision fifth at 1.9/3, CW sixth at 0.9/2 and Telemundo seventh at 0.7/1.

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A true survivor: 'Rules of Engagement'
The CBS sitcom, now in season six, is the No. 21 show on TV
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Mar. 29, 2012

Say what you will about the quality of CBS's "Rules of Engagement," which is not very high. It really doesn't matter. The show is a survivor.

The sixth-year sitcom returns tonight at 8:30 p.m. after several months off the schedule to allow CBS to test out the new comedy "Rob." And yet despite the long break "Rules" is still in contention for renewal for next fall.

"Rules'" strength is its ability to patch virtually any gap in CBS's schedule and deliver good ratings. Last fall when the new sitcom "How To Be a Gentleman" bombed, the network moved "Rules" into its plum timeslot, airing behind surging comedy "The Big Bang Theory."

"Rules" improved on "Gentleman's" disappointing numbers and averaged a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen, ranking 21st this season on broadcast, ahead of bigger-buzz shows like "Glee," "The Simpsons" and "The Office."

In fact it may be "Rules'" somewhat nondescript nature that allows it to placefill so seamlessly. It's about two couples, one old, one young, and their hapless single friend, David Spade, playing in a role similar to the one he originated years ago on "Just Shoot Me."

The actors, including TV veterans Spade, Megyn Price and Patrick Warburton, are familiar and likeable, and you don't have to tune in on a consistent basis to follow the plot. It's the same sort of predictable but comfortable humor that kept "According to Jim" on the air for years, and it may be more valuable than critical acclaim, which doesn't always merit renewals.

The odds on "Rules" returning next fall are favorable.

The network is rumored to be weighing adding an additional hour of comedy to its schedule, at a time when sitcoms are hot, and "Rules" has proven it can draw viewers whether paired with a top show or airing by itself, which strengthens its chances at renewal.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/art...ngagement-.asp

So they've been engaged for six years now?
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So they've been engaged for six years now?

I know people that have been engaged longer than that.

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I know people that have been engaged longer than that.

For that matter, I've know people that took longer than that to get engaged, then several more years to finally get hitched...
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I can think of 2, the LA Coliseum, which is only marginally newer and in basically the same condition as it's namesake in Greece, and the Rose Bowl which was built at the same time in 1922. So both stadiums are 90 years, and look it with the Rose Bowl looking the nicest, and neither have the amenities that a prospective team would be looking for like luxury boxes, vending access, etc - unless it's changed in the last 30 years you have to literally walk outside the confines of the stadium to get a hot dog and a beer at the Coliseum.

That's been one of the major problems with bringing an NFL team back to LA, those parks are just not suitable for today's NFL team.

Can't think of a third one, Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium were both designed as baseball parks so they're unsuitable as well.

As far as tax payer funded, I'm with you on that 100%, but I think that's also another reason why there's no team in LA, the City is against that sort of funding. Al Davis ended up dealing with Irwindale back when he was looking for a new home, of course that never happened either.

Actually Angels Stadium (then Anaheim Stadium) was the home of the Rams for a few years (Wikipedia says 1980 thru 1994, after which they moved to St. Louis).
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Actually Angels Stadium (then Anaheim Stadium) was the home of the Rams for a few years (Wikipedia says 1980 thru 1994, after which they moved to St. Louis).

That was because neither LA nor Anaheim wanted to be involved in building them a new stadium, and those were the years the Raiders occupied the Coliseum - I had season tickets, 50 yard line 15 rows up . There is no proper, modern NFL-quality football stadium in Los Angeles, or even the surrounding areas.
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Satellite broadband providers expand into rural areas
By Roger Yu, USA Today - Mar. 28, 2012

Cowboys need broadband, too.

Internet providers that beam broadband connections to rural America via satellites are expanding their services as the need for faster video and downloads is becoming universal.

ViaSat and HughesNet are launching new satellites that take up the slack of lagging landline-based services and promise to increase capacity and delivery speeds. "If there is broadband wireless or wired connection, that's going to win every time," says Chris Baugh, an industry analyst at research firm NSR. "But unserved customers (are) a sizable market."

The companies have traditionally marketed to non-urban regions too far out for cable and DSL providers. But rural satellite service has remained a limited slice of the business because DSL and cable companies have expanded. Costly pricing, data-consumption caps and slow transmission speeds have also limited their growth.

But with satellite technology improving, the companies are hoping to attract customers who receive slow DSL service 15 million to 20 million, according to a ViaSat estimate to consider switching.

With a new satellite launched last year, ViaSat began selling the new service in January under a new brand, "Exede." The download speed will increase to about 12 megabits per second from 1.5 mbps on the old service, Dankberg says. Pricing starts at $50 a month for 7.5 gigabytes, not including overage fees.

HughesNet. The company will expand this summer with a new satellite that will increase the download speed by "at least three to five times" the current 1 mbps to 5 mbps, says the company's Mike Cook. Pricing hasn't been determined. It now charges $49 to $120 a month to 620,000 customers.

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So let me get this straight - LA has, what, 3 football stadiums already and no team? And now they want to build another one??

Let me guess, with taxpayer support of course. Gotta love the NFL and its influence over city and state pols.

Hmmm...besides the Coliseum (built for the 1932 Olympics), I can't come up with the other two pro football stadiums in LA. Care to help? The baseball stadium in Anaheim once hosted an NFL team, but that's a baseball stadium, (you know - the big "A" for "Angels"), and it's not even in LA county.
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I can think of 2, the LA Coliseum, which is only marginally newer and in basically the same condition as it's namesake in Greece, and the Rose Bowl which was built at the same time in 1922. So both stadiums are 90 years, and look it with the Rose Bowl looking the nicest, and neither have the amenities that a prospective team would be looking for like luxury boxes, vending access, etc - unless it's changed in the last 30 years you have to literally walk outside the confines of the stadium to get a hot dog and a beer at the Coliseum.

The Rose Bowl stadium's sole purpose was to host the annual Rose Bowl college football game (until it became the UCLA Bruin's home field in the early '80s.) It has never been the home of an NFL team. It has, though, hosted five NFL Super Bowls. Yes it is old, but underwent some renovation last year and this year.
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The Rose Bowl stadium's sole purpose was to host the annual Rose Bowl college football game (until it became the UCLA Bruin's home field in the early '80s.) It has never been the home of an NFL team. It has, though, hosted five NFL Super Bowls. Yes it is old, but underwent some renovation last year and this year.

Yes, he said football stadiums, not pro football, so I included the Rose Bowl. And the Rose Bowl is a far nicer place than the Coliseum, no doubt about it!
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'Bones' Renewed for 8th Season
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - Mar. 29, 2012

Fox has picked up the procedural "Bones" for an eighth season that will include its milestone 150th episode, the network announced Thursday.

The drama, created by Hart Hanson and starring Emily Deschanel as forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan and David Boreanaz as FBI agent Seeley Booth, has been one of Fox's most consistent performers. Hanson correctly predicted at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in January that the show would be back for an eighth season.

He said at the time that the season would focus on Bones and Booth raising their child together now that they are finally a couple after several seasons of will-they-or-won't-they.

"We're all excited about it and have story ideas," Hanson said. "Putting Booth and Brennan together raising a child, as far as we're concerned, reinvigorated our series. I wouldn't want to try to figure out how to do another year of them not being together."

Fox president of entertainment Kevin Reilly said Thursday that the show has "redefined the traditional crime procedural with an irreverent and adventurous sensibility."

"I'm really happy to have this distinctive, fan-favorite on our schedule for another season, he said.

Far less certain was the future of the "Bones" spinoff "The Finder," which debuted this year to unimpressive ratings.

"Bones" returns with a new night and time on Monday, April 2, at 8 p.m., for the first of seven new episodes in a row.

Hanson, Stephen Nathan, Ian Toynton, Barry Josephson and Carla Kettner are executive producers.

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Death Watch 2012: Our fall TV survival predictions
By Lynette Rice and James Hibberd, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Mar. 29, 2012

The May upfronts are just around the corner! Death is nigh, my friends! Time to check the status of nearly all broadcast shows. Here’s what we’re hearing along with each show’s current adults 18-49 average rating:

FOX

Alcatraz: 3.4 rating. Status: Not hopeful: Monday’s finale was the lowest-rated episode for the season.

Allen Gregory: DEAD

American Dad: 2.8 rating. RENEWED.

American Idol: 6.7 Wednesdays, 6.2 rating Thursdays. Status:
It’s now a full-on team sport to bag on the aging music competition, but this franchise ain’t going anywhere (yet). The bigger question is how much the judging panel will change next season.

Bones: 3.0 rating. RENEWED.

Breaking In: DEAD

Family Guy: 3.9 rating. Status: Absolutely.

Fringe: 1.7 rating. Status:
We’ve been hearing Fringe was doomed — until this week. There’s renewed hope for a 13-episode “final season” pickup thanks to the modest performance of Alcatraz.

Glee: 3.8 rating. Status: Of course! We gotta see what happens next at McKinley High after some of its talented seniors graduate.

Hell’s Kitchen: 3.4 rating. Status: Sure, why not?

House: 3.5 rating. Status: The doctor is out!

Kitchen Nightmares: 1.7 rating. Status: Yawn.
Isn’t it time for this kitchen to close already? Especially if Gordon Ramsay’s latest, Hotel Hell, breaks out.

Napoleon Dynamite: 2.8 rating. Status: Nah. We aren’t feeling it.

New Girl: 4.2 rating. Status: Oh course, the cutest gal on Fox is coming back for another season!

Raising Hope: 2.6 rating. Status: Not the greatest performer but the auspices are awesome, especially if Fox wants to continue to try and build a four-sitcom comedy block on Tuesdays. We predict another season.

The Cleveland Show: 2.0 rating. Status: Probably.

The Finder: 2.8 rating. Status: Any optimism is unfounded.

The Simpsons: 3.5 rating: RENEWED

The X-Factor: 4.4 rating. Status: RENEWED.
(But who are the new hosts and remaining judges?)

I Hate My Teenage Daughter: 2.2 rating. Status: Yanked with two episodes still in the can. Not officially canceled, but Fox never officially canceled Moment of Truth either.

Terra Nova: 3.6 rating. Status: Canceled by Fox, cuerrently shopping for another home. We’re not holding our breath, especially since stars like Jason O’Mara have already booked other shows.

Touch: 3.3 rating. Status: Kiefer Sutherland returns in this drama from Heroes‘ creator Tim Kring. Solid ratings for last month’s preview episode, and Fox just gave it a prime berth after Idol.

ABC

Castle: 2.8 rating. Status: A 10 p.m. success on ABC? This crime drama favorite will return.

Modern Family: 6.1 rating. Status: Grabs ratings AND all the awards.

Body of Proof: 2.0 rating. Status: The show does well overseas so it’s too soon to count this drama out.

Charlie’s Angels: DEAD

Cougar Town: 1.8 rating, 4.9 million. Status:
Those awesome winos tried hard, but we don’t expect the Alphabet bosses to show mercy after this season.

Dancing with the Stars: 3.6 rating. Status: Even hitting a series low for its recent premiere, ABC can’t live without its fringe.

Desperate Housewives: 3.5 rating. Status: Buh bye, ladies! Stay fab.

GCB: 2.4 rating. Status: This serialized drama about a group of shrewy women in Texas can’t improve upon its low-rated older sister, Desperate Housewives. We aren’t feeling positive about a second season, but it’s too early to say.

Grey’s Anatomy: 4.4 rating. Status: Certain contracts are up this season (here’s looking at you, Meredith and McDreamy) but we have no doubt Seattle Grace will be open for another season.

Happy Endings: 3.0 rating. Status: Young, hip, pulls a decent number. It’ll earn another season.

Last Man Standing: 2.8 rating. Status: Tough one. It’s hard to let a star like Tim Allen go, but these ratings aren’t exactly upstanding. Could be close.

Man Up!: DEAD

Missing: 2.1 rating. Status:
Ashley Judd better find her son quick.

Once Upon a Time: 4.2 rating. Status: Since its the highest-rated new drama of the season, we expect ABC to say yes to more fantasy.

Pan Am: 2.3 rating, 6.9 million. Status: Not technically cancelled but don’t expect Pan Am to make a return trip.

Private Practice: 3.3 rating. Status: On the bubble for the first time, but our gut says it will stick around.

Revenge: 3.0 rating. Status: Strange that ABC hasn’t already rewarded this critical fave with a renewal. It would have hell to pay if it didn’t bring the Graysons back for more beachside fun.

Suburgatory: 2.8 rating. Status: Has been a pretty stable performer. Yes?

The Bachelor: 2.9 rating. Status: Nothing official, but its all but a fait accompli.

The Middle: 2.8 rating. Status: A self-starter. ABC will give the family another go.

The River: 2.3 rating. Status: Sure didn’t attract Paranormal Activity-like audiences (The supernatural thriller is from the maker of the colossally successful movie trilogy). Dead in the water.

Work It: DEAD

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30 Rock: 2.2 rating. Status: We’re hearing a seventh and final season is likely for the critical darling.

Are You There, Chelsea?: 1.9 rating. Status: We suspect nobody at NBC is drunk enough to renew this show.

Awake: 2.1 rating. Status: Stronger than The Firm and Prime Suspect, but that’s not saying much. Jury’s still out.

Bent: .9 rating. Status: Four episodes have aired, two are left. We suspect those will be its last.

Chuck: 1.3 rating. Status: So long!

Community: 1.9 rating. Status: Critics and die-hard fans love it, but delivers a cable-sized audience. We expect a renewal anyway.

Grimm: 2.2 rating. RENEWED.

Fashion Star: 1.6 rating. Status:
Feels like a Bravo-sized show like Project Runway.

Fear Factor: 2.8 rating. Status: What, you don’t want to see if someone may still drink donkey semen on national TV?

Free Agents: 1.5, 3.8 million. DEAD

Harry’s Law: 1.4 rating. Status:
We don’t see how NBC can afford to bring this back, and it wouldn’t fit with Grimm on Fridays.

Law & Order: SVU: 2.3 rating. Status: A modestly solid crime drama that NBC can’t afford to lose right now.

Parenthood: 2.6 rating. Status: The congenial underdog. Feels likely to return, but really depends on how many new dramas NBC orders.

Parks & Recreation: 2.2 rating. Status: Such a phenomenally funny show. It deserves another season and will probably get it.

Playboy Club: 1.5, 4.9 million. DEAD.

Prime Suspect: 1.7, 6.1 million. DEAD.

The Apprentice: 2.4 rating. Status: Celebrity versions do fine; we think another one will come down the pipeline.

The Firm: 1.2 rating. Status: Never should have been made into a series.

The Biggest Loser: 2.5 rating. Status: Feels tired, but it’s a solid player and relatively cheap to keep in the hopper.

The Office: 3.5 rating. Status: It’s NBC’s highest-rated scripted show. So, yes — even with actors exiting and the showrunner stepping down.

Rock Center With Brian Williams: 1.1 rating, 4.5 million. Status: Stick with your day job, Brian.

The Sing-Off: 1.8 rating. Status: Better suited for summer. Seems unlikely it will show up next fall.

Smash: 3.4 rating. RENEWED

The Voice: 7.4 rating. Status:
Though nothing is official, negotiations are well underway over a third season and deciding which judges will make a triumphant return.

Up All Night: 2.4 rating. Status: Of all of the new NBC comedies, we think this one is most likely to return next season.

Whitney: 2.2 rating. Status: Nosedived after being moved to Wednesdays. Girl, you’re done.

THE CW

Secret Circle
: 1.0 rating. Status:
It fits nice with The Vampire Diaries … aside from losing a big bite of it’s audience. Probably returning, though might move to Friday.

Gossip Girl: .8 rating. Status: Not doing well, but this show is CW royalty. We predict a final season order.

90210: .9 rating. Status: Seems like a sure thing.

One Tree Hill: .9 rating. Status: Say goodbye to the kids!

Ringer: 0.8 rating, 1.8 million. Status: Not twinning. Sarah Michelle Gellar’s drama will likely get slayed.

Supernatural: .9 rating. Status: We think fans will be pleased.

The Vampire Diaries: 1.3 rating. Status: CW’s buzziest show and highest-rated series? Hell yes.

Hart of Dixie: 0.8 rating, 1.9 million. Status: Feels more on-brand, and more likely to survive, than Ringer.

America’s Top Model: RENEWED.

Nikita: 0.6 rating. Status:
James say no, Lynette is thinking yes.

CBS

A Gifted Man
: 1.4 rating. Status:
So long, Patrick Wilson: We only hope there’s time for you to book another show for fall.

CSI: NY: 2.0 rating, and CSI: Miami: 2.5 rating. Status: We predict Gary Sinise and company says goodbye this spring, followed by David Caruso next year. CSI the mother ship was just renewed for another season, thanks to a great performance by newbie Elisabeth Shue.

Criminal Minds: 3.9 rating. RENEWED.

Hawaii 5-0: 3.5 rating. RENEWED.

How I Met Your Mother: 4.4 rating. RENEWED.

How to be a Gentleman DEAD.

Mike & Molly: 4.0 rating. RENEWED.

NCIS: 4.2 rating. RENEWED.

NCIS: LA: 3.7 rating. RENEWED.

Person of Interest: 3.3 rating. RENEWED.

Rob: 3.7 rating: Status:
Did pretty well, but CBS expects big numbers from a show with a Big Bang lead-in. Might go down to the wire.

Rules of Engagement: 3.4 rating. Status: Still in flux. CBS likes this show to patch a hole when new comedies drop out.

Survivor: 3.4 rating. RENEWED.

The Amazing Race: 3.3 rating. RENEWED

The Big Bang Theory: 5.7 rating. RENEWED.

The Good Wife: 2.5 rating. RENEWED. Yey!

The Mentalist: 3.2 rating. RENEWED.

2 Broke Girls: 4.7 rating. RENEWED.

Two and A Half Men: 5.6 rating. Status:
The future of the aging comedy is uncertain, because CBS doesn’t have a new deal with Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer. So we still don’t know for sure whether Kutcher will return. (But he’d be a fool not to, right?)

Undercover Boss: 2.7 rating. RENEWED.

Unforgettable: 2.6 rating. Status:
The Poppy Montgomery drama performs fairly well without anybody saying a word about it, which makes us think it’s got a decent shot.

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So let me get this straight - LA has, what, 3 football stadiums already and no team? And now they want to build another one??

Let me guess, with taxpayer support of course. Gotta love the NFL and its influence over city and state pols.

1. There are two large football-appropriate stadiums in Los Angeles County: the Coliseum and the Rose Bowl. As others have stated today, the Coliseum is old (but USC is going to renovate in the next couple of years after assuming title) and the Rose Bowl is undergoing renovation. Anaheim Stadium was a football stadium from ~1980 through the late '90s and was--THANKFULLY--re-made into an excellent baseball venue and is now called Angels Stadium. Of course, there's the still good, beautiful (and one of the top 5 MLB stadiums, IMO) Dodger Stadium.

2. Yes, there are plans for two new football stadiums: one downtown Los Angeles and one about 18 miles east of downtown. Only ONE will be built--probably the one downtown and will be sponsored by Farmers' Insurance, hence, "Farmers' Field" as part of a new convention complex. My guess is that the Rams will return home to downtown in the next several years and will call Farmers' Field home.

NOTE: NO PROPOSAL FOR A TAXPAYER-FINANCED FB STADIUM WILL FLY IN CALI. ZERO CHANCE. We Calis are dumb insofar as some things go--but we're far smarter than the NFL and the ruses the league uses to extort $$$ so unbelievably successfully from taxpayers in other states. That's why there's no team in Los Angeles as of now.

NOTE TWO: Farmers' Field WILL NOT BE TAXPAYER funded. Period.

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8PM - Shark Tank
(R - Mar. 25, 2011)
9PM - Primetime: What Would You Do?
10PM - 20/20
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11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Jonah Hill; Busy Philipps; The Crystal Method performs with Martha Reeves)
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CBS:
8PM - Undercover Boss: Yankee Candle
9PM - CSI: NY
10PM - Blue Bloods
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12:35AM - Late Show with David Letterman (Megan Mullally; comic Joe Wong; Band of Skulls perform)
1:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Sean Hayes; author John Hodgman)
(R - Dec. 15)

NBC:
8PM - Who Do You Think You Are? (Rita Wilson)
9PM - Grimm
10PM - Dateline NBC
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Nicole Richie; Will Sasso; Alan Jackson performs)
12:37AM - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Christian Slater; reality-TV star Bethenny Frankel; Dr. Dog performs)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Max Greenfield; Laura Marling performs)
(R - Feb. 10)

FOX:
8PM - Kitchen Nightmares (Season Finale)
9PM - Fringe

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Washington Week In Review
8:30PM - Need to Know
9PM - Great Performances: San Francisco Symphony at 100 (120 min.)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Una Familia Con Suerte
9PM - Abismo de Pasión
10PM - La Que No PodÃ*a Amar

THE CW:
8PM - Nikita
9PM - Supernatural

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Una Maid en Manhattan
9PM - Corazón Valiente
10PM - Relaciones Peligrosas

HBO:
10PM - Real Time with Bill Maher (LIVE - Political strategist Rich Galen; social entrepreneur Van Jones; writer Elise Jordan; bioethecist Ezekiel Emanuel; "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Adrien Brody; comic Lavell Crawford; comic April Richardson; TV personality Ross Mathews)
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FX's Anger Management' To Be Rated TV-14, Charlie Sheen Rested, Fit & Hungry
By Nellie Andreeva and David Lieberman, Deadline.com - Mar. 29, 2012

The upcoming Charlie Sheen comedy series Anger Management was understandably a focal point at FX's upfront event in New York today. Despite some of Sheen's X-Rated off-screen antics and the racy content on most of FX's other comedy series, including Louie and Wilfred, Anger Management will carry the family-friendly TV-14 rating, same as Sheen's previous series, Two And A Half Men (as well as another hit series, The Big Bang Theory). That is understandable as the series is done under Debmar-Mercury's 10-90 model whose success is tied to selling the show in broadcast syndication, something hard to do with the restrictive TV-MA rating.

FX didn't show footage from Anger Management, which is a week into production (Sheen offered first-glimpse images on Today this morning), but showed a video with Sheen who told advertisers, I'm rested, fit and hungry. During the presentation, FX President Jon Landgraf also touted the network's Cold War drama pilot The Americans starring Keri Russell. He noted that FX finished 2011 up in adults 18-49 while its main competitors USA, TNT and TBS were down. He projected one of the strongest upfront in years, up 11-12%.

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Jim Rome makes splash on eve of new show's debut
By Michael Hiestand, USA Today - Mar. 30, 2012

Back in 1994, Apple stock traded for less than $30, Mitt Romney had lost his only race for public office by a 17% margin and Jim Rome was best known for provoking NFL quarterback Jim Everett to physically attack him on TV for calling him "Chris" Evert.

You never know. Now Rome, with a taped joint interview of rival coaches John Calipari of Kentucky and Rick Pitino of Louisville, appears Saturday on CBS' Final Four, which might trail only NBC's Olympics and CBS' annual homage to the Masters as TV sports that truly dotes on the event it covers.

Rome's weekday talk show, ROME, debuts Tuesday (6 p.m. ET) in a CBS rollout that includes Showtime shows. "My brand — ranting, not pulling punches — hasn't changed," he said. "But the challenge now is that it's such a battle to be seen and heard these days."

Or for Rome, or other on-air interviewers, to get anybody to say much. "Guys are less and less inclined to say things. They're more careful. The stakes are much higher," he said. "The second something's said, it's viral. People want to protect their brand."

That can be boring to watch. So rather than having regular interviews like on his old ESPN2 show, Rome's Los Angeles area-based ROME will sometimes bring on bloggers — "No need to throw out an interview just to suck up five minutes each day" — who'll presumably have more to gain by trying to grab attention.

(Funny if one somehow taunted Rome into, a la Everett, flipping over a table.)

But TV's loss is Twitter's gain. "Athletes say things on Twitter they'd never say in interviews," Rome said. "Guys are reckless. Twitter is like a loaded gun. Some guys haven't been trained to use the gun."

ROME will reach CBSSN's 45 million households while his old show reached ESPN2's 99 million. But Rome says ROME is "leaner and meaner, slicker and quicker. That sounds like buzzwords. But it really is the 2.0 version."

No bold predictions for Francona

So Terry Francona, how are the Red Sox going to do this year?

"That's not fair," says Francona. "That's where I have to be careful. When I talk about the Red Sox, I have to dot my I's and cross my T's. But regardless who the manager is, they have great players and always have a chance to win."
Francona will likely be a bit more specific next week as he Wednesday debuts as a lead ESPNMLB analyst and calls four games in five days — including Boston-Detroit Thursday (7 p.m. ET).

Although there's long been a revolving door between coaching and TV, Francona has one of the odder situations. After managing Boston through a historic meltdown last season that drew national rubbernecking, he subbed for a medically-sidelined Tim McCarver on two Fox playoff games — "when Joe Buck called for that I thought he was nuts" — which led to replacing Bobby Valentine at ESPN. And Valentine replacing him in Boston's dugout. The pair haven't chatted though: "Bobby doesn't need my opinion. He's managed longer than me."

Francona, who's been candid about wanting to someday return to managing, didn't go to spring training with a team for the first time since college. "That was a big deal. If I didn't miss it, there'd be something wrong with me. But it was healthy to step down. And it's how I'm wired to jump in with both feet.…I have no interest in being bored."

After calling ESPN's marquee Sunday night games, Francona will spend Mondays at ESPN popping up all over on-air. For that studio yak, he might need to brush up on how to making over-the-top arguments and out-on-a-limb bluster.

Consider all Francona will predict about the MLB season: "You can have fun with predictions. But whoever's pitching staff stays healthy the longest, that's who's going to win — and nobody knows now." With some catchphrases thrown in, that might work.

Around the dial

This recent Bloomberg story had a catchy headline: "News Corp. said to Plan U.S. Sports Network to Rival ESPN." But that's sort of like saying, "New Cream Soda Brand to Aims at Coke and Pepsi."

That Fox might convert its Speed channel, now focused motor sports and in 82 million households, to general sports network would simply create another Lilliputian to tie down the Gulliver-like ESPN. (Google Gulliver if you don't know him — he has it goin' on! ) With channels already for MLB, NBA, NFL, golf, tennis, soccer, college sports and bocci ball — check that, no bocci channel has debuted yet— ESPN's problem isn't a possible mano-a-mano slugfest. It's death by 1,000 cuts.

ESPN isn't impregnable. Round-the-clock, it last month averaged 1.03 million viewers while ESPN2 averaged 295,000. But the nippers that surround it — like NBC Sports Network, which averaged about 64,000 viewers in the first quarter — could become a lynch mob.

But ESPN hasn't been sleeping. It's locked up the cable TV rights to various marquee events in long-term deals. Best bet if Fox re-launches Speed as a all-around sports channel: Grab cable MLB cable TV rights, whose current deals end after the 2013 season.

Spice rack: CBS put Kentucky-Louisville in the earlier — thus weaker — Final Four Saturday game in what CBS Sports' Sean McManus says was "a really close call" to put Kansas-Ohio State in the later marquee slot. But while a game with two schools from one state isn't great and, as McManus notes, "the Midwest brings an enormous amount of viewers to the TV set."

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Yes, he said football stadiums, not pro football, so I included the Rose Bowl. And the Rose Bowl is a far nicer place than the Coliseum, no doubt about it!

OK, but he did signal out the NFL in his statement.

If we are going to include college stadiums, why stop with the Rose Bowl? What qualifying criteria are we using here?
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Death Watch 2012: Our fall TV survival predictions
By Lynette Rice and James Hibberd, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Mar. 29, 2012

Supernatural: .9 rating. Status: We think fans will be pleased.

You mean Erik Kripke is coming back and Jim Beaver gets resurrected to stop the show meandering to a stale death?

No, thought not.


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