SBJ/Dec. 16-22, 2013/Year End

In their own words: Memorable quotes

“Frank, we lost the A-feed.”
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— Doug Thornton, SMG vice president of stadiums and arenas, to the NFL’s Frank Supovitz, immediately after the lights went out in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during the Super Bowl.

“It’s not a business model that you’d ever invest in.”
— University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon, on the athletic department struggling to pay for itself.

“We’re not a museum. We’re a business.”
— Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, on funding a $300 million renovation to Wrigley Field if the city would ease restrictions on the ballpark.

“I probably get more attention fighting because of how I look, but if I didn’t know how to
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fightand I just looked the way I did, no one would know who I am.”

— Fighter Ronda Rousey, on the eve of the UFC’s first women’s fight.

“I read that the Fox guys think happy days are here again, and I’m happy that happy days are here again for them. Sorry they were not happy before because the days at ESPN have been happy for quite some time, and this is another happy day for ESPN.”
— ESPN President John Skipper, referencing a promo for Fox Sports 1 while announcing Keith Olbermann’s new show on ESPN2.

“I don’t think he’ll be quite as loud.”
— Golden State Warriors President and COO Rick Welts, on how Adam Silver will differ from David Stern as NBA commissioner.

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“I love the hockey part of it. I love the Islanders. I don’t like all the other bullshit that went with it.”

— New York Islanders owner Charles Wang, on whether he liked being an owner, citing all the government issues surrounding ownership.

“I’ll eat my hat if we have lines for the restrooms after all we’ve done here.”
— Janet Marie Smith, Los Angeles Dodgers senior vice president of planning and development, on offseason improvements made to Dodger Stadium.

“If we ever go down the path of establishing an employee-employer relationship, we will have
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lost our way forever.”

— Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, on paying college athletes.

“The Pro Bowl takes a lot of grief. A lot of fans say, ‘It’s a piece of crap, we don’t want to watch it, who cares?’ Look at the ratings. You think the NBA All-Star Game would take this rating? The NHL, MLB?”
— NBC’s Al Michaels, on one reason the NFL continues to play its all-star game.

“With the players we have now? In another year or two people are going to look back and say, ‘Jeffrey, you were a genius.’”
— Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, on criticisms about his ownership style.

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“We apologize Gillette, we truly do.”

— Boston Red Sox left-fielder Jonny Gomes, after ESPN’s Chris Berman noted razor sales were down in the Boston area after many members of the Red Sox decided to grow out their beards.

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