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November 7, 2013 01:27 PM
NBC's Matt Lauer this morning said the '14 Sochi Games will the "first time in history that the Games will be staged right next door to what is considered to be a terrorist epicenter." Sochi Organizing Committee President & CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko responded, "It will be the safest Games ever because we understand from the very beginning of our successful campaign that the security is the key priority of the organizers and it's a global threat. ... From the beginning we established very good cooperation between Russian and American security and they exchange intelligence, and I know that everybody is confident that Russia is able to provide this."
RUSSIA WITH LOVE: Chernyshenko reiterated that any athlete expressing support for gay rights will "absolutely not" be arrested or detained. He said, "What else can I add? When my president already several times expressed the guarantees on behalf of the state leader that there will be no discrimination … and we as organizers keep social inclusivity in our Games. And moreover, you know the rainbow color does not belong exclusively to someone. For example, our official uniform for the Games organizers is full of rainbow color" ("Today," NBC, 11/7).
PAYING A PREMIUM: The AP’s Doug Ferguson, on how the U.S. Open and the British Open will respond to purse increases at the PGA Championship and the Players Championship: "I would think that instead of countering with that, (the USGA) might come back and say that our championship is not about money and not try to keep up with this dollar race." He added, "I just don’t see that really driving or motivating players anymore than it does already” (“Morning Drive,” Golf Channel, 11/7).
WHAT DO TIGERS DREAM OF? Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella, on Tiger Woods competing in the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya, Turkey: “Last night I had a chance to catch up with the president of the Turkish Golf Federation and I asked him if he ever had buyer’s remorse for the amount of money he spent on getting Tiger into the field, which is close to three million dollars. He said, 'Not for a second, no chance.'" Ginella added that Turkish Golf Federation President Ahmet Ali Aoaoolu said, “It’s not about the impact that Tiger might have today, it’s about the impact he’ll have tomorrow” (“Golf Central,” Golf Channel, 11/6).
COULD RIGHTS FEES GO DOWN? DirecTV Chair, President & CEO Mike White said of rising programming costs, "We recognize there are some one-time things going on between re-transmission and sports and if those settle back down to where content costs were the year before I became CEO in the 4-5 percent range, then I think we're fine." CNBC's David Faber asked if the distribution carriers could "get together and start fighting the fight" against rising content costs. White: "We're all trying to challenge as best we can right now, but we're prepared and are planning for elevated content costs for the next couple of years" ("Squawk on the Street," CNBC, 11/6).
STAYING CAFFEINATED: Showtime's Cris Collinsworth said of John Fox and Gary Kubiak, “Anytime you have two of your 32 head coaches going down with health issues in one week, if you're not paying attention to that a little bit, if that doesn't strike some kind of a cord of what this culture of coffee and Red Bull and no sleep and all this kind of stuff, moving your family every two years, that’s something that should definitely be examined. ... I think the media, to some extent, has created the illusion that if you're not Joe Gibbs and have a cot in your office and sleeping down there that you're not coaching as hard as somebody else” (“Inside the NFL,” Showtime, 11/6).
THE EDUCATION OF MR. CARTER: N.Y. Daily News' Andy Martino said Jay Z giving free agent 2B Robinson Cano a $34,000 watch as a birthday gift, which violates MLB rules for tampering, "speaks to Jay Z's inexperience as a baseball agent. There are all kinds of little regulations and the moral of the story is if you give your client a watch that you're not allowed to give him, don’t Instagram the watch. ... The other baseball agents have to be loving this, because most of them hate this whole Jay Z thing" ("Daily News Live," SNY, 11/6).
ALL ABOUT THE VIEW: CSN Bay Area's Ray Ratto said of the vote that denied the Warriors' attempts to raise the allowable maximum height for their waterfront arena project, "The fact that the Warriors are adamant about putting it there means that they are going to have to overcome a freshly emboldened series of neighborhoods and common interest groups who want to keep the Embarcadero from having the view of the Bay obscured" ("Yahoo Sports Talk Live," CSN Bay Area, 11/6).
November 6, 2013 01:09 PM
This morning's "What's Trending" segment on NBC's "Today" featured the controversy over Northwestern's football uniforms from Under Armour, in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project. Matt Lauer: "Online, people are calling this unpatriotic and disrespectful of the American flag." But Natalie Morales pointed out that the uniform's design was not intended to represent blood stains, but a "distressed pattern." Lauer said uniform graphics are "so popular on every item," and it is an "unintended result." Morales: "The intent, though, of the project is great" ("Today," NBC, 11/6).
THE TOUGH GET GOING? ESPN Radio's Mike Greenberg said of the Dolphins' bullying scandal surrounding the harassment of OT Jonathan Martin, "Maybe, when it comes to pro football today, we can’t handle the truth. ... Maybe the truth is if a second-round draft pick, who's making a lot of money and doesn't seem to have that sort of killer instinct, that some of his offensive line teammates are going to be encouraged, instructed, not ordered, but instructed to toughen that guy up" (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 11/6).
THEY MIGHT BE (SHARING WITH) GIANTS: CSN Bay Area's Ray Ratto said of why the Giants would ever agree to share AT&T Park with the A's, "The Giants have made their stand based on territorial rights, which Major League Baseball can take away with one quick vote. All they have to do is gather the 28 other owners in a room and just say, 'So, what do you think? Should we screw these guys?' They vote yes. They all go out for drinks, and at that point the Giants have lost their leverage, and once they lose their leverage then they really have nothing to stand on, so they're not in a strong position here either so they would have to basically bite their lips, too" ("Yahoo Sports Talk Live," Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 11/4).
WHO DO WE APPRECIATE! ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said of Red Sox' full-page ad in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch thanking Cardinals fans, "There have been Red Sox teams where I would have said they are tremendously arrogant. If you ask me which is a more arrogant team right now, the Red Sox or the Cardinals -- the Cardinals and the Braves who police baseball for everybody -- I would say the Red Sox are not arrogant." Kornheiser added people in St. Louis do not view the ad "in the cynical way that everybody from New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Boston would view it" ("PTI," ESPN, 11/5).
November 5, 2013 03:09 PM
TV audiences for MLS regular-season matches this year declined on both NBC Sports Network and ESPN/ESPN2, but one network did see its MLS numbers go up from its past coverage. Spanish-language network UniMas posted an average of 229,000 viewers for its 26 matches during the year. That’s up 21 percent from 2011, the last time the league was featured on the Univision-owned network formerly known as Telefutura.
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Telefutura was re-branded as UniMas in January. Univision in 2012 showcased MLS matches on its lower-tier Galavision network instead of Telefutura/UniMas.
Representatives of both ESPN and NBCSN last week suggested that a flex-scheduling concept could help MLS, allowing it to feature prime matches as the season progresses. MLS traditionally has set its full national broadcast schedule at the start of the season, and those games slated for national broadcast are generally unchanged as the year progresses.
MLS President Mark Abbott, who was traveling last week, subsequently said via email that discussions with the league’s network partners could consider a wide range of options aimed at increasing viewership. “In the course of the discussions with our broadcast partners, we will explore a number of ways that we can work together to continue to grow our ratings,” Abbott said.
More from Abbott:
• On the added promotion MLS has received from NBC and NBCSN from the network’s first year with the English Premier League: “NBC’s agreement with the Premier League has positively impacted MLS. More soccer content is a reflection of the growing popularity of the sport in this country.”
• On why he is confident that MLS attendance will increase in 2014 after a 1 percent decline this year: “The World Cup always introduces the sport to new fans, and we have seen increases in attendance and other metrics following every World Cup since the league’s inception [in 1996]. The U.S. team will feature a core of MLS players such as Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi, providing a tremendous opportunity to deepen our connection with the tens of millions of soccer fans in our country. We’ll also have many players — such as Australian captain and Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill — competing for other countries in Brazil.”
November 5, 2013 02:45 PM
Red Sox DH David Ortiz continued his media tour on "Live with Kelly & Michael" this morning, carrying the World Series trophy on-stage. Co-host Kelly Ripa said, "You are one of these fellows that it doesn't matter what team you follow, everybody loves you." Ortiz said the biggest difference this year was "having a new manager." Ortiz: "Last year, we had a lot of issues with players going back-and-forth in various situations with the manager. ... This year was different. This year all we had to focus on was just play. The manager took all the bullets for us" ("Live with Kelly & Michael," 11/5).
HIT IT LONG AND STRAIGHT: Golf Channel's Tripp Isenhour, on the PGA Tour China Series: "This was a brilliant business decision by the PGA Tour. It's a cost effective way for them to dip their foot into an emerging market." Isenhour noted it is "a way to continue to cultivate that talent coming to the PGA Tour." He added if the Tour had waited a few years to implement this, "it would have cost them a lot more" and they "might have been beaten out by OneAsia or the European Tour" (“Golf Central,” Golf Channel, 11/4).
NFL CELLAR DWELLERS: CBS Sports' Gregg Doyel, on the Jaguars: "That's a poorly run team, a poorly coached team, a poorly owned team, poorly supported team and that's a market that deserves 0-16" (“Rome,” CBSSN, 11/4).
MAKING BEAUTIFUL MUSIC: Monday's edition of "CBS This Morning" examined the similarities between N.Y. Philharmonic Music Dir & Conductor Alan Gilbert and Patriots QB Tom Brady, with CBS News cultural correspondent Wynton Marsalis saying, "A great football game is like a great orchestral performance: It's a show of tempo, finesse and rhythm and in both there's one person at the helm directing, dictating and controlling the field of play." Marsalis: "A well-balanced football team in motion plays like a symphony orchestra performing a great masterpiece. ... But all of those forces have to be deployed in a delicate balance under the leadership of just one" ("CBS This Morning," CBS, 11/4).
November 4, 2013 02:53 PM
Red Sox DH David Ortiz after having his beard shaved this morning said, "I feel free now" ("Today," NBC, 11/4).
WORLD VIEW: Golf Channel’s Charlie Reimer said that the global growth of the LPGA tour, “I don’t see anything but all positive for the LPGA following this high growth global model” (“Morning Drive,” Golf Channel, 11/4).
BEARDED WARRIORS: SNL cast member Cecily Strong said, “The World Series ended on Wednesday when the St. Louis Cardinals were defeated by Mumford and Sons.” ("SNL," NBC, 11/2).
GLOBAL EXPANSION: GOLFCHANNEL.com's Rex Hoggard, on PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem’s announcement of a PGA Tour China for the '14 season: “This is really part of a systematic approach by the PGA Tour … (and) they have been very structured in how they do this. If you look at Canada, if you look at Latin America, and now Asia, it really speaks to how the Tour’s brand has grown globally just over the last three years” (“Morning Drive,” Golf Channel, 11/3).
November 4, 2013 09:38 AM
John Lombardo & Abraham Madkour discuss
the NBA's deal with the Disney Institute.
■ "What's going to be interesting is to see how many teams buy into the program."
■ "It's really detailed. You're talking about Disney looking at how ushers stand when they're talking to people, we're talking how they address customers — very specific, very detailed behavior."
November 4, 2013 09:37 AM
Michael Smith & Tom Stinson
talk about John Swofford and the ACC
November 4, 2013 09:37 AM
Facilities reporter Don Muret describes the renovated Madison Square Garden.
October 31, 2013 02:13 PM
With Fox Sports acquiring TV rights for Germany's Bundesliga, FS1's Diego Gutierrez said the league could be regarded as the best soccer league in the world because they have "sound financial principles." They have been "very organized in the way they set up the league." Gutierrez: "The game experience is fantastic, they have one of the cheapest tickets in European soccer, which makes it affordable for people ... and I think they're second only to the NFL in attendance in any sport worldwide. They count on a tremendously balanced business model with marketing, game revenue experience and (teams receive about 25% each from) their media package. So it's very, very balanced. They don’t depend on just one thing" ("Fox Soccer Daily," FS1, 10/30).
"DUBBYA" FOR COMMISH? FS1’s Trevor Pryce, on George W. Bush succeeding Bud Selig: “He’s the best guy for the job because when he owned the Texas Rangers, he put a very little investment in it and by the time he left it was a very big payout. He knows how to grow a franchise. I think this is a fantastic idea" (“Crowd Goes Wild,” FS1, 10/30).
GOTTA BE THE SHOES: Fox’ AJ Pierzynski, on Red Sox OF Shane Victorino’s red, white and blue shoes: “I got to give Shane and the people at Nike credit, he had the coolest shoes. I was admiring those things before the game in the clubhouse. He had the coolest shoes on tonight I’ve ever seen” (“Fox Sports Live,” FS1, 10/30). Fox' Ken Rosenthal said the shoes "actually were designed by a friend of Victorino's in Philadelphia and Shane encouraged me to tweet out a photo of the shoes before the game and I was happy to oblige. And I must say, the fashionistas on Twitter approved" ("Cardinals-Red Sox," Fox, 10/30).
October 30, 2013 02:24 PM
The Wall Street Journal's Vanessa O'Connell, co-author of “Wheelmen,” said it is "very important to remember how many people were actively defending" Lance Armstrong." O'Connell: "We looked at this as a business and the sponsors were very integral to the rise of American cycling. There is no way that they were not aware of all the allegations that Armstrong faced. ... It's their responsibility to sort of raise this with the athlete they're sponsoring and throwing millions and millions and millions of dollars at and that's one of the lessons from our book is that it's kind of sad to see how few people ask questions" ("Squawk Box," CNBC, 10/30).
FENWAY, FRANKLY: MLB Network Insider Richard Justice, on the significance of the Red Sox potentially winning the World Series at Fenway Park tonight: “When John Henry and his group ... bought the club in 2001, the first thing they told the fans were, ‘We’re going to preserve this, protect it and upgrade it,’ and everything they've done, they're motto is, ‘No harm done,’ they want to preserve the dignity. They understand the history here” (“MLB Tonight,” MLB Network, 10/29).
KNEEL TO KING JAMES? ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst said of LeBron James’ relationship with NBA rookies: “It seems like if you, especially if you’re sponsored by Nike, come into the league you go meet with LeBron and have your meeting with the godfather" ("OTL," ESPN, 10/29). CBSSN’s Allie LaForce, on the Heat’s gold numbered uniforms for the NBA season opener: “It’s the era of the jersey changes. If you don’t have a sweet new jersey for every event, then you're out of the loop” (“Lead Off,” CBSSN, 10/29).
SAGE ADVICE: ESPN's Sage Steele said of her new role on the net's "NBA Countdown" pregame show: "I ain't an analyst. I love this sport, I know a lot about this sport, but I'm the host. In many ways it's not different from 'SportsCenter,' except it is more of a conversation" ("The Dan Patrick Show," 10/30).
MADE IN THE U.S.A.: Polo Ralph Lauren Exec VP David Lauren said the outcry surrounding the foreign manufacturing of the company's U.S. Olympic apparel for the '12 London Games "really gave us at Ralph Lauren an opportunity to lead the charge to help bring the apparel industry back to America." The North Face President Todd Spaletto: "This won't end after the Olympics. We'll look at, 'How do leverage this space on other new creative projects that we can do for our brand going forward?'" ("Today," NBC, 10/29).
OFF THE FAIRWAY: CBSSN’s Jim Rome, on EA Sports discontinuing the Tiger Woods video game sponsorship: “The reason people bought that game was so they could pretend to be Tiger and win The Masters but nobody cares about him winning The Tavistock Cup or finishing 40th at the PGA. Make no mistake, Woods was the player of the year in the PGA but nobody cares on PS4” (“Rome,” CBSSN, 10/29).