TV Timeout: Eighteen & Life

Channel surfing in the last 24 hours has seen plenty of reaction to the speculation that Alex Rodriguez could be banned for life from MLB. CNBC’s Jane Wells: "Why do these threats always come down when a player's best money-making days are behind him? A lifetime ban on Ryan Braun? That would scare players" ("Power Lunch," CNBC, 7/29).

ESPN's Tony Kornheiser asked, "Am I the only one troubled with the fact that we have known for months now that these suspensions are imminent and only one guy, Ryan Braun, has been kicked out so far? They have the cooperation of Tony Bosch, they have records, there's a list of about 20 people. Why is Ryan Braun the only one out?" Columnist Kevin Blackistone: "Because it's been poorly handled by MLB once again. They said a few weeks ago they wanted to take care of this in the summer. Now they're taking care of it piecemeal" ("PTI," ESPN, 7/29).

But SNY's Jonas Schwartz notes MLB may not have an easy path to a life sentence for A-Rod: “I cannot imagine Michael Weiner and the players' union is ready to rollover on a lifetime ban for a guy who has never tested positive once." N.Y. Daily News' Bob Raissman added, "I don’t see the players association abandoning him" ("Daily News Live," SNY, 7/29).

SWEET 16: SI’s Andy Staples reacted to the spate of injuries during the first week of NFL training camps, and opined on why the league should stick to a 16-game schedule, as opposed to expanding to 18 games. Staples: “You can’t do it. You can’t make yourself more liable when that lawsuit finally gets to court. You cannot press this issue anymore if you're Roger Goodell” (“Rome,” CBS Sports Network, 7/29). 

LIFE IN THE VALLEY: CBS Sports Network’s Doug Gottlieb said of the 49ers potentially offering apps that allow fans to see the lines at concession stands and restrooms, “If you're in Northern California you have to have the next level stuff. Silicon Valley is right there, that’s who’s coming to this game. People who work for Apple are coming to your games, you got to have next level apps. … I’m going to be impressed, kind of, with the next level ingenuity to it and especially considering how long they’ve wanted to replace Candlestick” (“Lead Off,” CBS Sports Network, 7/29).

DADDY DEAREST: L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke, on whether golfer Hunter Mahan's sponsors are comfortable with him withdrawing from the Canadian Open while leading after two rounds to attend the birth of his child: "It makes him even more endorsable" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 7/29).

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