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Al Michaels Sees Two NFL Teams in LA

Once upon a time the city of Los Angeles was home to two NFL teams simultaneously, the Rams and the Raiders. Nowadays the city only supports one professional football team, USC. But the Trojans are on probation and just had to abdicate their 2004 BCS title, so to be accurate (and less flip) Los Angeles now supports no professional football teams. But that doesn’t stop NFL observers like NBC’s Al Michaels from picturing a Shangri-La scenario in which a billion-dollar stadium is constructed in Los Angeles and the cost is offset by two teams playing to a full house every Sunday in the fall.

“There’s no question in my mind that if a stadium gets built, they’ll start with one team but get another team. The league may not come out and say this overtly, but where would you rather play a Super Bowl than Los Angeles?” Michaels said. “It’s a great sports town, it’s always been a great sports town. People denigrate it because people leave a Dodger game early. Does that mean you’re not a great sports fan?”

(More or less.)

“It’s a great sports town. What really bothers me is that when I see it written that L.A. won’t support professional football because everybody is off surfing. So let me get this straight: In Southern California there’s like 15 million people or something, and they’re all out surfing, on a Sunday? When they say you won’t have enough support, I say excuse me, so you can’t sell 75,000 tickets on a Sunday? Of course you can.”

 

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Bulls Will Present Game Ball to Deceased Anchor's Family

The Chicago Bulls will present a team-autographed game ball from Game 6 of the Bulls-Atlanta Hawks series to the family of Daryl Hawks, the late Chicago sportscaster who was set to call that series-clinching game when he died suddenly last week at the age of 38. Hawks was found unresponsive in his hotel room on May 12 and was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The SportsNewser Interview: Kevin Weekes

Kevin Weekes reached a crossroads.

The 35-year-old backup goaltender had just finished his second season with the New Jersey Devils, behind the winningest goalie in hockey, Martin Brodeur.

Growing tired of not playing on a consistent basis, Weekes decided to step off the ice and into the broadcasting booth before the start of the 2009-10 season.

Weekes became the first black hockey analyst, calling games for Hockey Night In Canada along with work on the NHL Network.

Weekes spoke to SportsNewser prior to the start of the 2010-11 NHL season on how the league can attract more minorities in the broadcasting booth and if he’s officially retired.

SportsNewser: How much media training did you take part in behind the scenes?

Kevin Weekes: I guess the best way to answer that I had a lot of interesting opportunities as a player along the way. I got a media training by actually just playing in the league. A lot of it was first hand. Ironically enough, I filmed my first show for CBC when I was 17 and drafted in the OHL. It’s a show that they have now called The Fifth Estate. They did it documentary style and profiled six players that had been drafted in the OHL. That was my first real explosion to the camera and I got comfortable with it pretty quickly. Along the way I did a couple hockey night things on ESPN and ESPN2 and a couple other opportunities up here with The Score.

In terms of the strict suit and tie mainstream hockey media that you’re talking about, I just cut my teeth on that on NHL on the Fly on the NHL Network. My agent, Eustace King, got me a couple of opportunities after that season in New Jersey when we were eliminated. I had four shows under my belt I just added that to the list of things I have done along the way.

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Suggs And Cribbs Make Acting Debut On The League

Terrell Suggs and Josh Cribbs will make their acting debuts Thursday night on The League, FX’s comedy on a fictional fantasy football league.

“I had a great time on set and I’m a big fan of the show, so I was excited to learn that I would be showcasing my comedic skills in front of the camera alongside such a hysterical and talented cast,” the Baltimore Ravens linebacker said.

Cribbs, the feared Cleveland Browns special teams star, approached his acting debut much like he would preparing for a new opponent.

“I prepared for my role by watching episodes from the first season and memorizing my script, but when I stepped on the set, it was like seeing a blitz for the first time. The actors were so talented and funny, so a lot of my lines were improvised.”

The League airs at 10:30 PM EST/PST.