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TV Timeout: Spending Spree
MLB’s season is approaching its home stretch, and no team has been under the spotlight more than the Dodgers. Of the money the team spent on player payroll, GM Ned Colletti said, “We really needed to do what we did in the last 12 months.” Colletti said the mindset of the Dodgers ownership was to “get as good as we can as fast as we can” in order to “bring this fan base back, give ourselves credibility and give the fans something to hang on to while we continue to develop our own” (“The Herd,” ESPN Radio, 8/12).
HOW NOW BROWNS….: ESPN's Herm Edwards said the lack of "professionalism" by Browns TV analyst Bernie Kosar when criticizing Rams players was a "little bit surprising." Edwards: "Words are powerful and I think you have to be careful … It was a little bit surprising coming out of Bernie's mouth to hear what he was saying" ("NFL Live," ESPN, 8/12). Columnist Kevin Blackistone said this is a "bad hire if in fact this is what Bernie Kosar is going to bring you as an analyst, and if he's bringing you this as an analyst, he's really not doing anything more than anybody would do at a sports bar” ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 8/12).
MIAMI VICE: Heat F LeBron James discussed MLB’s PED scandal in MLB involving Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, noting it "sends a bad message." James: "It’s unfortunate that we have a story like Alex Rodriguez. You never want to have a controversy because it's a direct effect to the kids that are coming after us" ("GMA," ABC, 8/12).
BUTT OUT: ’13 PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner on his embrace with his wife after he won the PGA Championship: “She thought it was pretty funny. She’ll find other things to hold against me other than a pat on the butt” (“Mike & Mike, ESPN Radio, 8/13).