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Quick Hits....

“Right here on this blacktop, there’s a lot of work to be done to help create better racing and keep fans in the grandstands” – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson, on the needed performance of the Gen-6 cars at last Sunday's race at Phoenix Int’l Raceway (USA TODAY, 3/6).

“I think everybody knows I’m a Seattle guy and I want basketball back in Seattle, but I don’t want basketball out of Sacramento” – Current Nuggets and former Sonics coach George Karl, on the possible relocation of the NBA Kings (SACRAMENTO BEE, 3/6).

“To distinguish themselves from CBS and NBC, the one thing they need to do is create original programming that is news and entertainment oriented. ESPN has set its mark with Sports Center. They put on sports, but everything else is some form of entertainment” – USC Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media & Society Dir Dan Durbin, on Fox (THEWRAP.com, 3/5). 

“I don’t think they can keep up this austerity program that they’re on right now. … These are the Yankees. They can’t just sit around and not be good” – ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian, on the Yankees not signing any high-dollar free agents this offseason in an effort to reduce the team's payroll (“Baseball Tonight,” ESPN2, 3/6).
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