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NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith said of the NFL’s decision to suspend Vikings RB Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season, “This is a league that can do better and when we are part of something that lacks process and when we are a part of something that lacks transparency and when our fans see the commissioner in a press conference that does not inspire the appropriate level of confidence, I know that there is a growing gap between the players and the league office, and that shouldn’t be” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 11/18). ESPN’s Adam Schefter: “The NFL is making a statement that this is a new league that is operating right now and the league is going to have very little tolerance for incidents in which it feels wrongdoing was done” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 11/18). Radio host Dan Patrick asked about the Peterson ruling, “Is that what the NFL is doing? Are they kind of cleaning up what the courts didn’t?” (“The Dan Patrick Show,” 11/18).
EXCEPTION TO THE RULE? ESPN’s Bomani Jones, on the DEA raiding several NFL teams investigating painkiller distribution among team medical staffs: “Why aren’t we acting like this is a giant deal like we would if anybody else was being investigated by the DEA?” (“Highly Questionable,” ESPN2, 11/17).
GONE FISHING: San Jose Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami said of Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton’s new contract, “Every new contract looks crazy but this is the A-Rod deal of this generation” (“Yahoo Sports Talk Live,” CSN Bay Area, 11/17). ESPN’s John Kruk: “To me it’s the most puzzling signing I’ve ever seen for an organization that doesn't spend money” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 11/18). MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal said, “It is a huge risk and at the same time, guys, you’re the Marlins. You’ve got to get credibility back. This is the only way to do it” (“MLB Now,” MLBN, 11/17). ESPN’s Curt Schilling: “Obviously, the game is in a good financial place. The bad for me is all from the team side” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 11/18). New Jersey-based Short Hills Capital Partners Founder & Managing Partner Steve Weiss said, “You could have bought the Dodgers for a seven multiple of what you paid for this guy’s contract. I’d rather own a team and the TV rights than one player” (“Fast Money Halftime Report,” CNBC, 11/17).
FEELING BLUE: SNY’s Eamon McAnaney said of the Blue Jays signing C Russell Martin, “Toronto’s been burned by this before and they’re going to get burned in the last four or five years of that deal” (“Loud Mouths,” SNY, 11/17).
November 17, 2014 10:00 AM
Among the comments:
■ "The number of women watching NFL games is now at an all-time high … and the gains that the NFL has made over the past 10 years are astonishing given the overall trends in TV watching."
■ "TV executives say, and I think the numbers bear it out, that NFL viewers are able to separate their disgust with what happened off the field with their affinity for the teams on the field."
■ "If I had to bet in the middle of the Ray Rice saga where the viewership trends were going to go, I would have bet that women would have dropped off, and that hasn't happened."
November 12, 2014 09:44 AM
When it comes to “executive trees,” few match the reach of Duke University Athletic Director Kevin White, as 23 current ADs have been mentored by him, not included in this list is his son, Danny, the AD at Buffalo. White ranks as one of the leaders Glenn Wong most admires.“I’ve known Kevin since he was at Maine. I admire him because of the job he does at Duke and also in terms of college athletics. I also admire him in terms of how he manages his organization, how he leads his organization. I think he consciously makes an effort to prepare the people who work for him to be athletic directors. I admire how he cross-trains his people. He moves them to different roles. He’ll move the internal person to external and the external to internal and change their job descriptions. Therefore, they’re in a position when they apply for their AD jobs to be able to say, ‘I’ve done this, I’ve done that.’
“I really admire him, his work ethic and his ability to stay connected with the student athletes. Every student athlete goes to his house at some point during the year for a cookout.”
November 11, 2014 09:39 AM
Glenn Wong has been a close follower of labor relations and union leadership, and the story he’s following with great interest is the leadership change at the MLBPA.“The death of Michael Weiner is unfortunate for so many reasons, just a great man and his death was so sad,” Wong said. “Major League Baseball and the players association were at that place where there was respectful animosity. They would argue on behalf of their clients and protect their interests, but at the end of the day, they ended up being reasonable. I wouldn’t say I am concerned now, but I would say that the union has had, in much different ways, three very effective leaders in terms of Marvin Miller, Donald Fehr and Weiner. Those are big shoes to fill. I haven’t had many dealings with Tony Clark, but I was very impressed by meeting him.
“Player association jobs are very challenging. Those are not easy jobs. You are dealing with highly compensated athletes, and owners and agents, some particularly powerful agents. To try to navigate that is not easy. The baseball union has made some recent changes in the collective-bargaining agreement on drug testing that probably wouldn’t have happened 20 years ago. I’m not sure it’s the leadership. I think it’s the interest of the players. Leadership is responding to some players saying, ‘We think we’re at a competitive disadvantage’ because there are players who are tested for drugs who actually think the punishment should be more significant. That is significant change. It’s a challenging job.
“Everything I’ve heard is Tony Clark is up for the challenge, but he’s a different person and it’s a different relationship. It remains an issue to watch.”He also admired the way Fehr handled his members.
“He did an excellent job informing members. He also was very good with getting players who were respected and veteran players involved. He would have an executive community and would communicate through those people, which then had a trickle-down effect, where those well-respected veterans were involved and engaged through the union and they would then talk to the younger players. They had credibility and their voices mattered. It was a brilliant strategy.”
November 10, 2014 03:10 PM
ESPN’s Howard Bryant, on the Raiders leaving Oakland: “Here's an idea Oakland: Say goodbye to the Raiders forever and build your one loyal tenant, the A's, a brand-new baseball-only stadium” (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN2, 11/9). CBSSN’s Amy Trask, on whether San Antonio is a viable destination for Raiders: “When I learned of the comments attributed to Jerry Jones and Bob McNair, the very, very gracious comments in which they almost welcome the Raiders to San Antonio, I laughed aloud. The league has tremendous lawyers, and let me tell you; those men are not going to say anything that could trigger an antitrust concern" (“That Other Pregame Show,” CBSSN, 11/9).
HOT TICKET: Chicago-based strategic relations firm Bruinhill Partners Founder & President Michael Gurka said of the NFL playing in London, “I’m not surprised there's not an empty seat in the house for the NFL and they’ll continue to pick it up as far as more games being played. It makes a lot of sense” (“Worldwide Exchange,” CNBC, 11/10).
ICE CAPADES: NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren, on the Gordon-Keselowski brawl last week: “It looks more like the NHL than NASCAR” (“Today,” NBC, 11/9).
BIRDS-EYE VIEW: CNBC’s Joe Kernen, on the Seahawks mascot, a live hawk, landing on a fan in the crowd: “That will you get your attention” (“Squawk Box,” CNBC, 11/10).
November 10, 2014 09:00 AM