SBD/Closing Bell

Quick Hits....

"We are running against time, but yes, the stadium will host the opening game and, yes, we will organize the opening game and all the other games in this stadium" – FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, saying Sao Paulo's Itaquerao stadium will be ready for the June 12 start of the World Cup in Brazil (AP, 4/22).

"For all of us, we need to figure out a way to make an experience that is not TV. ... We've been able to flexibly adjust our offerings and venues to particular needs" – The Players Championship Exec Dir Matt Rapp, on the event's efforts to improve the on-site fan experience (BIZJOURNALS.com, 4/22).

"(He) is doing a great job reviving that property, and I think you're going to see more offerings on the Internet and expanded sports pages" – Celtics co-Owner Steve Pagliuca, on Red Sox Owner John Henry acquiring the Boston Globe ("Squawk on the Street," CNBC, 4/21).

For more quotable comments from the world of sports business, check out today's "TV Timeout" feature on our On The Ground blog.
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