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December 27, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Without Kobe Bryant, the Lakers' visit to Houston to play Dwight Howard and the Rockets on Jan. 8 just doesn't hold the same national appeal. On Thursday, the NBA announced that the game will not be aired on ESPN as originally scheduled. In its place, ESPN will show the Minnesota Timberwolves hosting the Phoenix Suns. Bryant is sidelined with a knee injury that is expected to keep him out of action for about six weeks. Howard spent one tumultuous season with the Lakers before signing with the Rockets in July.
December 15, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
QUNU, South Africa - After the sermon was read, the 21-gun salute thudded and the "Last Post" played, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest Sunday in the rolling green hills of the Eastern Cape where he was born, leaving South Africans with a gaping sense that they will never see a leader as great as him again. The crowds left his grave site, a host of luxury vehicles drove away and a chilling downpour of rain blew in. About 4,500 mourners filled a vast domed tent for the state funeral, with relatives, princes, African leaders, celebrities and members of Mandela's ruling African National Congress arriving from dawn onward to say goodbye one last time.
December 13, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before pretending to do important things today. The Skinny: Caught a classic episode of "The Sopranos" last night. I think everyone anointing "Breaking Bad" the greatest drama ever needs to revisit Season 1 "The Sopranos. " Friday's headlines include the box -office preview and the push by "Saturday Night Live" to add black women to its cast. Also, Aereo wants to duke it out with broadcasters in the Supreme Court. Daily Dose: At an investor conference Thursday, DirecTV CEO Mike White suggested the satellite broadcaster is exploring the concept of launching its online video service.
December 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Looking to bring an end to channels going dark as a result of contract disputes between broadcasters and pay-TV distributors, two lawmakers are proposing legislation that could radically alter the media landscape. Reps. Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren, both California Democrats, on Thursday introduced the Video CHOICE (Consumers Have Options in Choosing Entertainment) Act, which was praised by pay-TV distributors and criticized by broadcasters. "My bill would put an end to broadcast television blackouts and ensure consumers aren't held hostage by a dispute they have no control over," said Eshoo, who is ranking member of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee.
December 11, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
I'm thinking they're not all going to fit into the broadcast booth at one time. But the Dodgers' impressive stable of ex-players set to fill roles at their new sports network continues to grow. Jerry Hairston Jr., an absolute natural in front of a camera, is the latest to join their new broadcast team, according to Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM in Chicago. Hairston would join former Dodgers Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra, and MLB Network's Alanna Rizzo on the new broadcasting crew.
December 8, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Old bulldogs never die, they just come back in a new incarnation. Orel Hershiser, the Dodgers' former Cy Young winner and last World Series MVP, is returning as a team television broadcaster, according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke to The Times on the condition of anonymity. Hershiser adds another big name to the broadcasting crew for the Dodgers' new regional sports network, SportsNet LA. Last week the Dodgers added former team infielder Nomar Garciaparra as a commentator . The Dodgers are also adding Alanna Rizzo from MLB Network to their pre- and post-game shows.
December 7, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The Grammy Awards may be "music's biggest night," to quote the Recording Academy's dogged branding effort, but they no longer represent its center. You got a firm sense of how haphazard the awards can seem, particularly as the record industry continues to fragment, during the cobbled-together concert that surrounded the announcement of this year's Grammy nominations Friday night at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Hosted by LL Cool J, "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!"
December 2, 2013 | By David Wharton
Dan Patrick has been named as the third face of NBC's coverage at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, serving as weekday and weekend host on the network's sports channel, NBCSN. The former ESPN star and current host of a nationally syndicated radio program has established himself at NBC as co-host of the "Football Night in America" show before Sunday night football games. He joins Bob Costas and Al Michaels as the primary anchors in Sochi. Network executives also announced that Rebecca Lowe and veteran television journalist Lester Holt will join the broadcast team.
December 2, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Plans for the Dodgers' new regional sports network , SportsNet LA, are still being formulated, but there is progress. Nomar Garciaparra has been hired as a new commentator by the Dodgers, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Garciaparra, who was born in Whittier and went to Bellflower St. John Bosco High School, spent three seasons playing for the Dodgers and has been an ESPN analyst for the last four years. Garciaparra is expected to do pre- and post-game commentary and be utilized on both the television and radio broadcasts.
November 30, 2013 | Elaine Woo
In the mid-1970s a vision came to Paul Crouch, but it wasn't what a man of the cloth might have expected. A map of North America had appeared on his ceiling, glowing with pencil-thin beams of light that shot in every direction. "Lord," asked Crouch, a Pentecostal minister, "what does this mean?" God, according to Crouch, had just one word for him: "Satellite. " Crouch, who belonged to the Assemblies of God, had been trying to spread the Gospel through a small television station in Tustin, but the vision changed his business plan.
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