Idle Notes: ESPN’s Schaap Gets First Te’o Interview (Also: L.A. Dodgers, Kings’ Banner)


Manti Te’o has given his first post-scandal interview to ESPN. In other news, the Los Angeles Dodgers are considering a deal with Time Warner Cable, and the Los Angeles Kings’ banner raising ceremony will air across the country on NBC Saturday.

  • ESPN Interviews Te’o: ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap conducted the first interview with embattled Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o since Deadspin reported that his girlfriend, who supposedly died of cancer in September, in fact did not exist. The interview, which was done off-camera, will be released during Friday’s 12 AM ET edition of “SportsCenter.” (SportsCenter/ESPN)
  • Dodgers Could Head to Time Warner Cable: The Lakers may soon have some high-profile company on Time Warner’s Los Angeles RSN. The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that the Dodgers are “leaning toward” reaching a television deal with TWC SportsNet worth as much as $7 billion total. The Dodgers’ current deal with Fox Sports Net expires after the 2013 season. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Kings’ Banner Raising Will Air Nationally: NBC, which will air both Blackhawks/Kings and Penguins/Flyers regionally Saturday afternoon, will televise the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup banner raising ceremony live nationwide. After the banner raising, most Eastern time zone markets will switch to Penguins/Flyers while the rest of the nation remains with Blackhawks/Kings. In a handful of markets, no game will be televised due to college basketball commitments. (NBC Universal Media Village, The 506)