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TV Timeout: More Than A Poor Choice Of Words
August 1, 2013 02:12 PM
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell discussed Eagles WR Riley Cooper's recent racial slur on this morning's "Mike & Mike" on ESPN Radio. Goodell said he is "glad to see the club stepped up and took decisive action quickly," but the NFL "does not penalize at the club level and the league level for the same incident." He added the league "will not be taking action separately from the club," but it will "go through some (sensitivity) training" with the Eagles ("Mike & Mike," ESPN Radio, 8/1).
But ESPN's Michael Wilbon said Cooper "has to be suspended" by Goodell, "not maybe, he has to be suspended" ("PTI," ESPN, 7/31). SI's Chris Mannix said it is a "perfectly valid argument" to say Cooper should have been suspended and/or cut by the Eagles. But he added, "From a PR perspective, this was handled about as well as it could possibly be handled" ("The Dan Patrick Show," 8/1).
Meanwhile, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio noted the Cooper story "led every local newscast" in Philadelphia, so it was "treated very seriously" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 7/31). PFT's Mike Florio: "Usually the league is tight-lipped on matters of this nature when the player apologizes, but I got an e-mail from NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello" ("PFT," NBCSN, 7/31).
WORKING ON DEADLINE: ESPN's Tim Kurkjian said of the relatively quiet passing of the MLB non-waiver trade deadline: "The second wild-card has kept a lot more teams in the race so instead of selling off players, they're all looking to buy players and there simply were not very many good players available. ... So many teams have understood that the best way to build your team is to keep as many of your prospects as possible, go through the draft. So therefore, the days of the four-for-one trade, they're not over, but they're pretty close to being over" ("PTI," ESPN, 7/31).
ALOHA, KICKOFFS? CBS Sports Network's Allie LaForce asked if Roger Goodell is "testing out the no kickoff format" with the changes to the '14 Pro Bowl, "because we've heard him, in the past, say that he's considering that for the normal NFL season." CBSSN's Doug Gottlieb: "I don't think that will ever be part of the NFL, the no kickoff format." Gottlieb added the NFL is "actually able to make more money because they're going to televise this draft" ("Lead Off," CBS Sports Network, 7/31). ESPN's Marcellus Wiley: "Once again, they're putting lipstick on this pig. ... Not one single player in this world wants to play another game of football after the season" ("SportsNation," ESPN2, 7/31).