TV Timeout: Fighting Words

The Financial Times' Robert Armstrong on the CBS-Time Warner dispute: "Traditionally in these kinds of fights ... the content providers generally win, and they have been winning for some years now." Armstrong noted there are reports Time Warner is for sale and "consolidation among distributors will help those distributors negotiate more aggressively with the content producers" ("Squawk Box," CNBC, 8/19).

HEADBANGERS' BALL: Former NFL agent Leigh Steinberg, on former NFL Concussion Committee head Elliot Pellman allegedly downplaying the dangers of concussions with NFL players: “I don’t know how Dr. Pellman lives with himself. There’s a whole group of people who relied on his advice who have degraded lives today. He’s got that on his hands and his conscience” (“OTL,” ESPN, 8/18). 

SHE'S GOT IT: Golf Channel's Curt Byrum said 17-year-old European golfer Charley Hull, who yesterday defeated former U.S. Women's Open champ Paula Creamer in Solheim Cup play, "has all of the tools to be a star on the LPGA Tour." The network's Judy Rankin on Team Europe's win: "I don’t think corporate Europe has embraced women’s golf like America has with the LPGA Tour. This will certainly help their cause" (Golf Channel, 8/18).

TANGLED UP IN BLUE: Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal said the Yankees are in "somewhat of a decaying state and they might not represent as appealing a long-term option" as they once did for soon-to-be free agent 2B Robinson Cano. Rosenthal: "The other change, and a big one, is that he has switched agents. ... If Jay Z wants to make a huge splash with Cano, and the Yankees aren't willing to give him a monster deal, you could have that opening for the Dodgers or another club. But the Dodgers are obviously the biggest threat" (“Yankees-Red Sox,” Fox, 8/17). Meanwhile, the N.Y. Times' William Rhoden said of the Dodgers' recent winning streak: "Baseball needed a story. They need this with everyday a new drug allegations" (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN, 8/18). 

ROLL THE CREDITS: ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, on Lakers Exec VP/Player Personnel Jim Buss emphasizing that Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni was hired by the late Dr. Jerry Buss: “If the Lakers had won the title this spring and the D'Antoni hire were viewed as a stroke of genius, I wonder if Jim Buss would've been so eager to deflect credit” (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN, 8/18).

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