TV Timeout: Unwanted Distractions

With nearly half of the 30 MLB teams still in contention for a spot in this year's postseason, NBC News correspondent Ron Mott summed the short-term damage of the Biogenesis story, as it takes the average sports fan's attention away from the action on the diamond. Mott said the "media spectacle A-Rod's contentious return sparked" last night in Chicago "threatens to overshadow the game during its most important stretch, the pennant chase" ("Today," NBC, 8/6).

Meanwhile, MLB Network’s Tom Verducci echoed yesterday's comments from Buster Olney, saying, "I spoke with a veteran player, very active in the union, a few days ago and he said he fully expects this issue to come up within the union in the offseason to talk about stricter penalties" (“MLB Tonight,” MLB Network, 8/5). ESPN's Curt Schilling: "I think we're going to see a 'Two strikes and you're out' policy at some point in the near future" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 8/5).
TRUTH VS. PERCEPTION: Longtime Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan said with John Henry buying the newspaper, the "perception is always going to be there" that the Globe is providing skewed coverage of the Red Sox, and its "sports department is on the defensive forever and ever now" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 8/5).

ORANGE YOU GLAD? ESPN's Michael Wilbon on the Dolphins' new uniforms: "Where's the orange? It's almost gone. The green is different. This was a major thing to me. They have been the same uniforms essentially for 40-some years" ("PTI," ESPN, 8/5).
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