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August 25, 2014 03:39 PM
Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban said of MLB, “What’s worked for baseball other than steroids and home run derbies because of it? You just can’t look and say, ‘This is a growth sport.’ You can’t say that people enjoy it more” (“The Dan Patrick Show,” 8/25).LITTLE BIG LEAGUE: ESPN’s Jemele Hill, on access to Little League baseball in inner cities: “The unfortunate reality is in places like Chicago and Detroit, where I'm from, those cities have such economic challenges and just keeping day-to-day city services, keeping the city afloat that putting money into baseball fields and baseball programs is not very realistic” (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN, 8/24).
HALO EFFECT: Angels CF Mike Trout said of becoming the new face of MLB, “Now that (Derek Jeter is) leaving, everybody's saying that I could be the face. I just like to go out there, have fun, smile and always respect the game” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 8/24).
TAKE A PICTURE: Fox' Troy Aikman, on teams using tablets on the sidelines: "The high-def quality of those tablets is outstanding because the Polaroids were always dark and to be able to get the information that quickly and look at it on the spot is pretty cool. You wonder why they didn't get to it sooner. … The reason they probably haven't had it earlier is because they didn’t have a sponsorship deal" ("Chargers-49ers," Fox, 8/24). ABC’s Kevin Harlan, on NFL referees using tablets for replay challenges: “Pretty soon they’re talking about bringing tablets out to the field. No more hood” (“Redskins-Ravens,” ABC, 8/23).
ON DEMAND: Patriots President Jonathan Kraft, on NFL Now: “The thing that makes NFL Now so great for NFL fans is, in one location, in one app that you can see on any device … you’re going to have an application that’s going to aggregate the best content from all NFL sources that you would be interested in and bring it to you how you want it, where you want it, when you want it” (NFL.com, 8/24).
SPENDING SPREE: ESPN’s Alejandro Moreno, on the Revolution signing MF Jermaine Jones: “Wait a minute, the Revs are spending money?” (“ESPN FC,” ESPN2, 8/25).
August 20, 2014 03:52 PM
MSNBC's Donny Deutsch said of musicians reportedly being asked to pay the NFL to be the Super Bowl halftime act, “Any of these artists would pay because the reality of getting in front of a billion people … is the stage of the year" ("Morning Joe," MSNBC, 8/20). ESPN's J.A. Adande said of the NFL wanting musical acts to pay it to perform, “Come on NFL, you're making enough on the Super Bowl, you don’t need your halftime entertainment to pay you." ESPN's Bomani Jones added, "This is the single most arrogant thing I've heard of in my life. You're going to take people that sell bazillions of records and tell them they have to pay their own way” ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 8/19).
A STAR TOO BRIGHT: ESPN's Jason Whitlock said of Little Leaguer Mo’ne Davis being on the cover of SI, "That's too young. I start thinking about being a Hollywood child star and we're doing this to athletes now. … This is too much attention too early" ("PTI," ESPN, 8/19). MSNBC's Willie Geist said, "How cool is that, a 12-year-old girl on the cover of SI" ("Morning Joe," MSNBC, 8/20).
GETTING AN UPGRADE: NFL VP/Officiating Dean Blandino, on the new technology available to NFL referees: “I think the ultimate goal is to be more efficient and be more accurate and be more consistent” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 8/20).
POSITIVE ENERGY: Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer said of how much he would voice his opinion on league matters despite being a rookie owner, “I'm not a wilting flower so to speak. … I'm an energetic guy. I'm a positive guy. If I have something to say, I'll probably tell people I have something to say” (“NBA GameTime,” NBATV, 8/19).GROWTH SPURT: U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said of the World Cup’s impact, "That's something we can carry forward and hopefully translate into long-term success, build on that for Major League Soccer, the U.S. National Team and the sport in general" ("Power Lunch," CNBC, 8/19).
WHAT’S IN A NAME? Former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, on the team’s name controversy: “The whole 15 years I was there I never once heard anything negative at all about the Redskin name. When we got a song, ‘Hail To The Redskins,’ it was about courage and pride and bravery” (“America’s Pregame,” FS1, 8/19).
August 19, 2014 03:28 PM
CBS' Ben Tracy said new Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer "sounded less like the billionaire owner of a pro sports team and more like a pro wrestler" during Monday's fan rally ("CBS This Morning," CBS, 8/19). NBC's Matt Lauer: "You spend $2 billion on a team you can act anyway you want, within reason" ("Today," NBC, 8/19). CNBC contributor Pete Najarian said, "He reminds me of Matt Foley, motivational speaker on 'Saturday Night Live'" ("Fast Money," CNBC, 8/18).
AVOIDING THE HAZARD: Author and CBS Sports Radio host John Feinstein said of the modified FedExCup playoffs format, “It can be argued that the job Commissioner Tim Finchem did in convincing FedEx to put up tens of millions of dollars to become the umbrella sponsor, is as important as anything he has achieved in his 20-plus years on the job. There's still one big hurdle for the Tour to jump in the coming years, which is making the playoffs into a pool of competition and not just an entertaining TV show” (“Golf Central,” Golf Network, 8/18).
AVE, MARIA: Tennis player Maria Sharapova sat down with CNBC for an interview from her newest Sugarpova pop-up store in Manhattan to discuss the success of her candy business. She said, "We are very happy with the sales. We're in over 26 different markets around the world with exclusive distribution deals which is very unique after being on the market for only two years. We've still kept it very minimal and very unique too because when I started this, I wanted this to be a very project and something different than the market hasn't seen in the gummy world and we've created that and it's created this type of reaction" ("Squawk on the Street," CNBC, 8/19).
August 18, 2014 03:40 PM
N.Y. Daily News’ Mike Lupica: “The election of the new baseball commissioner was like some weird baseball version of ‘Game of Thrones,’ just with a whole room of rich guys, some of them completely clueless about the best interest of the game.” ESPN’s Pablo Torre, on the biggest challenges Rob Manfred will face as commissioner: “The biggest problem is the sheer mortality of his customer base. The median viewer for nationally televised baseball games: Over 54, the highest of the three sports. That clock is ticking” (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN, 8/17). The Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan said of the alternative to electing Manfred: “It’s just hard to imagine that you would want to go back to the bad old days of eight work stoppages between 1972 and 1994” (“The John Feinstein Show,” CBS Sports Radio, 8/15). CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman said, “What they really want to do is modernize the game even further with the technology. That’s basically where the focus is" (“MLB Now,” MLBN, 8/15).
SENDING A SIGNAL: 49ers' color analyst Tim Ryan, on Levi’s Stadium: “It's all about the Wi-Fi, bro, and it's strong in here.” S.F.-based KPIX-CBS Sports Dir Dennis O’Donnell, who had a fan demonstrate the stadium’s app allowing food to be delivered to seats, said, “I don’t have five minutes, I have 30 seconds. Buy some French fries” (“Broncos-49ers,” NFL Network, 8/17).
JUST SAY THE WORD: HBO's John Oliver, said of Little League P Mo’Ne, "This girl is incredible. Saying no to dumb questions from the media is a special weapon that everyone should use. 'Who are you wearing?' 'No!' 'What do you think of the 2016 candid…' No!' 'If you were a tree, what tree would you be?' 'No, no, no, no! '" ("Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," HBO, 8/17).
FANTASY ISLAND: ESPN.com’s Eric Karabell said of media organizations getting involved in daily fantasy sports, “It’s still a relatively untapped market and like anything else, people see money, they see the opportunity to grow the market with advertising and whatever else” (“OTL,” ESPN, 8/17).
August 18, 2014 10:21 AM
August 14, 2014 02:25 PM
Clubcorp Holdings President & CEO Eric Affeldt appeared on CNBC's "Squawk Box" this morning to discuss the company's recent acquisitions. CNBC's Joe Kernen noted, "Many say golf is a dying sport but Clubcorp Holdings, the largest owner of private golf and country clubs in the U.S., is saying it's not so. It's doing deals to expand its portfolio of properties. It's acquiring Sequoia Golf for $265 million to add 50 properties to its portfolio and expand its reach." Affeldt admitted, "Our membership has been trending down over the last several years. ... We've got to make the game more fun and finally the powers that be in the golf industry are doing that." But he added, "Last year we sold more memberships than any year in the last decade and when the year closes out you'll find that this year saw more golf courses trade hands than any year in the last couple of decades. I think you're seeing investors look at the space and say it's an undervalued area, and people like us, who have the ability to grow via acquisitions, are taking advantage of it." Kernen: "Greatly exaggerated, the demise" ("Squawk Box," CNBC, 8/14).
YULETIDE GREETINGS: Columnist Kevin Blackistone, on the NBA's Christmas Day game featuring LeBron James' return to Miami: “This is brilliant marketing by the NBA. They have somehow hijacked Christmas and turned it into their showcase event despite the fact that the season tips off many weeks earlier, we are all tuned in on December 25” (“Around The Horn,” ESPN, 8/13).
MARK HIS WORDS: ESPN's Michael Wilbon said, "I know that the NFL is loath to allow somebody named Davis to make a mint off of having a team in L.A. But it's going to be somebody, why not the Raiders who have a built-in fan base there?" ("PTI," ESPN, 8/13).
GIVE ME ONE REASON: Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio said of the FCC wanting to eliminate the sports blackout rule, “The NFL continues to want to have it in place, but the NFL has yet to articulate a persuasive argument as to why an outdated blackout rule needs to continue in this modern climate” (“PFT,” NBCSN, 8/13).
August 13, 2014 03:04 PM
Former MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent appeared on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” this morning to discuss the upcoming vote to name the successor to Bud Selig, saying, "I think Bud is going to try to leave it with Rob Manfred. I think the odds are very high he'll pull that off. I say, he's the Rocky Marciano of baseball politics. He's undefeated. My bet would be that he'll continue to be undefeated.” Vincent added of the issues facing the next commissioner, "The general problem of performance-enhancing drugs is the most serious problem for all of sports. Secondly, baseball has a special problem: It’s got to deal with the enormous appeal of its programming. But with the Dodgers having trouble selling out, the enormous deal that was made in California, that's obviously a major concern for baseball. ... Thirdly, I think obviously the overall relationship with the union is critical. The union controls baseball, but Bud after ‘94 recognized the importance of peace" (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 8/13).
I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE: Last night's edition of HBO's "Hard Knocks" featured a segment on Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff mountain biking, including video of him biking in Colorado with Lance Armstrong. Dimitroff said he spent three days riding with Armstrong "so it was really cool. It was just he and I riding." Dimitroff later told a staffer on the practice field, "One of my biggest challenges with this gig is the incessant tug on your time. Sometimes it gets out of hand and yet no one's looking for you to complain. They're like, 'Wait a minute, man, you signed up for it.' But this is where you find the most solace, out on the field or you're watching video" ("Hard Knocks," HBO, 8/12).
MOTORSPORTS TRAGEDY: NBCSN's Kyle Petty said of possible rule changes in NASCAR after the death of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. over the weekend, “I had hoped there wouldn't be a lot of kneejerk reactions because I think when you make a rule like this, or you throw something out there after a tragedy like this, that's not necessarily the best fix. You need to think it through. We need to think about what the ramifications of sitting in the car are, compared to getting out of the car. We see what tragedy can happen by walking across the racetrack, but we're just talking about getting in cars or sitting in cars, getting in and out. ... I think a lot of times as a driver in that car you get emotional. You just go crazy. I've been crazy in a race car. My brain has popped out of gear and just gone psychotic in a car. What I do have is a radio with a crew chief and a spotter talking to me, telling me what's going on the racetrack, telling me where cars are coming. That's a safety issue. That’s a safety thing that almost all racing has except for sprint cars and some of these other types of cars we've seen" (“NASCAR America,” NBCSN, 8/12).
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: FS1’s Ray Dunlap, on track safety improvements needed at Watkins Glen: "The $400 million that’s happening at Daytona is to improve for the fans. It’s going to be a real cool area with escalators. We’re racing at a track where the Armco barrier is less than ten feet from the racing surface. There is a reason why there is no Armco barrier on interstate highways anymore because when a car would hit it, it’d either flip over or it’d get shot right back into traffic" (“NASCAR Race Hub,” FS1, 8/12).
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August 11, 2014 03:27 PM
ESPN’s Howard Bryant, on White Sox Chair Jerry Reinsdorf attempting to enter his name into the search for Bud Selig's replacement: “Let’s look at the scorecard. You’ve got 20 years where baseball hasn't had a labor stoppage. You’ve have this sport making money hand over fist with MLB Advanced Media. Finally, it looks likes like they know how to play the game without walking out every year. Jerry Reinsdorf has always felt he was the kingmaker behind the scenes anyway. I don’t like this. It would not surprise me at all to see Reinsdorf try to step in because he’s always felt like he was the commissioner anyway” (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN2, 8/10).
SNEAKER WARS: L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke said of Thunder F Kevin Durant withdrawing from Team USA after witnessing the gruesome leg injury to Pacers G Paul George, "He had to think to himself, 'Listen, my championship window is closing in Oklahoma City, my sneaker window is opening and I've got a chance to make a lot of money because I'm a sneaker free agent'" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 8/8). Boston Globe's Bob Ryan said there is a "strong rumor or assertion that he will be switching sneaker companies from Nike to Under Armour for an unprecedented, mind-boggling" $30M a year and "this announcement might be coming up very soon. In fact, even while this World Cup is taking place he wants to be here" ("PTI," ESPN, 8/8).
August 11, 2014 09:15 AM