Jason La Canfora will replace Charley Casserly as CBS’ NFL insider on its “The NFL Today” pregame show for the ’12 season. La Canfora will also begin writing for CBSSports.com in July. Prior to joining CBS, La Canfora worked for NFL Network for four years (THE DAILY).
NOT WORRIED RIGHT NOW: YAHOO SPORTS' Kevin Iole reported UFC co-Owner Lorenzo Fertitta said that it is important to remember the organization's TV deal with Fox "is a long-term proposition for the company" after "UFC on Fox 3" drew just a 1.5 final rating. Fertitta said, "Would we like to see the numbers be trending differently? Yes, of course. But we're not concerned and we don't think it's an overall reflection of our business." He added that UFC was competing with the Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto PPV fight, the "Cinco de Mayo celebrations, the opening of 'The Avengers' movie and NBA playoff games" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/9).
FIRST ON BOARD: In S.F., John Crumpacker notes the Pac-12 Network has made its first on-air hires, signing Ronnie Lott, Rick Neuheisel and Summer Sanders to give the net some "immediate name recognition." Lott and Neuheisel will serve as football analysts, while Sanders will "fill a variety of roles as host and analyst for a number of shows and events." Pac-12 Enterprises President Gary Stevenson said that the network's "scheduling grid will be announced in June" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/10).