Sports talker Jim Rome's CBS Sports TV show depicts him in front of a window that appears to look down on Staples Center and across at the Los Angeles downtown skyline. As if he were in the Marriott or one of the other buildings at LA Live. Well, he's not. Daily News sports columnist Tom Hoffarth is concerned enough about this to do some checking. The other day, when Rome interviewed Lakers coach Mike Brown, the screen graphics said Brown was at home in Anaheim and that Rome was in Los Angeles. Hoffarth bets Rome was in Orange County too.
CBS and Rome made it fairly common knowledge that "Rome" is taped at a studio in an undisclosed Orange County location -- the exact spot is incidental, but it's not far from the radio studio where Rome does his syndicated radio show from 9 a.m. to noon each day, and close to his O.C. home.
So is it a bit disingenuous when viewers tuning into "Rome" see Staples Center in the background? It's a one of those vistas where the only way you could get from a corner window at the Ritz Carlton Hotel across the street, or, ironically, from the offices of ESPN, the company who Rome used to work for (but resisted doing his "Jim Rome Is Burning" show from those 12,300-square-foot L.A. studios built in 2009, preferring to stay in the O.C. again)....
"The show backdrop showcases the great sports city of Los Angeles and is not meant to be a literal indication of where the show originates," said Mike Antinoro, the executive VP of programming for Dick Clark Productions, which handles production of the show.
Antinoro also said he doesn't think it comprises the integrity of the show. Rome, via email, said he had nothing to add to Antinoro's quote.
"Got any thoughts about whether this bothers you or not as a viewer?," Hoffarth asks his readers. So far no one does.