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August 28, 2013 02:43 PM
BYRD WAS THE WORD: ESPN’s Mike Golic said of the Mets trading OF Marlon Byrd the day of a planned promotion featuring Byrd T-shirts: “Obviously you can’t let that interfere with business, but could this have happened a day later? Would it be worse to have Marlon Byrd night to honor Marlon Byrd and then the next day he’s with the Pirates? ... I’m sure that some people think when they read something like that is, ‘Is there no communication anywhere in this organization?’” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 8/28).
AMATEUR HOUR? ESPN's Keith Olbermann: "The simple truth is there isn't such thing as 'college' football. ... What we cover and what you watch from East Lansing to College Station to Pasadena, that is college pro football. It's a professional sport. It operates to print money. It's first or second-most marketable asset is paid at the level of, and as inconsistently as, summer interns” ("Olbermann," ESPN2, 8/27).
EASTERN PROMISES: ESPN’s Chrissie Evert, on the emergence of Chinese tennis players: “I give a lot of credit to Li Na and her leadership, and she told that Chinese Tennis Federation, ‘No, I’m not going to give you 60 percent of my prize money anymore. I want my own coach and I’m going to travel to America.’ She paved the way for all these other Chinese tennis players; very bold move” ("U.S. Open," ESPN2, 8/27).
A STAR IS BORN: ABC’s Lara Spencer said Haitian tennis player Victoria Duval is "the new darling of the U.S. Open” (“GMA," ABC, 8/28).
TRAVEL TIPS: ESPN’s Chris Fowler, on fans commuting to Queens for the U.S. Open: “You've got to get the express, the local train out here will kill you” ("U.S. Open," ESPN2, 8/27).