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TV Timeout: Baseball's Demise Greatly Exaggerated?

ESPN's Max Kellerman said the reason "viewership is declining in baseball is because -- it's the same reason soccer worldwide will be in decline soon -- they cannot compete with basketball and football, two superior sports by almost any definition of the word." Kellerman: "Let's not exaggerate and act as though baseball is not almost still the most popular sport in the country. ... Baseball has certain problems, but it's not because of a lack of celebrations" ("SportsNation," ESPN2, 10/15).

WRONG BALLPARK: The S.F. Chronicle's Ann Killion said days after the A's lost to the Tigers in the ALDS, A's Owner Lew Wolff was seen in attendance at the Dodgers game which is "kind of a joke." Killion: "What Lew Wolff is, is tone deaf. He is more visible at Dodger games than he is at A's games." Killion said owners "go to other owners' games, but you sit in a box," and not behind home plate where Wolff was constantly on-camera ("Yahoo Sports Talk Live," Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 10/15).
DEBATE GOES ON: Columnist George Will said of Bob Costas’ "SNF" commentary on the Redskins name: "Bob is a great broadcaster and a good friend and wrong in this case." Columnist Charles Krauthammer said changing the team’s name "has nothing to do with the sensitivity of a mass of people," but with "simple, elementary respect" (Fox News, 10/14).

GAME ON: Former NFLer Bo Jackson said of his avatar's prowess on the Nintendo video game "Tecmo Bowl": "If you had to pick a team, you’d either be the Raiders and pick Bo Jackson or you'd be the Giants and pick Lawrence Taylor because Lawrence Taylor stopped everybody. But if you put the Bo in there from the Tecmo Bowl, trust me: Fourth down and 62, up the middle, touchdown" ("E:60," ESPN, 10/15).

ROCK, CHALK, JAYHAWK: CBSSN’s Doug Gottlieb, on adidas’ potentially offering a mega-deal to Kansas F Andrew Wiggins after college: “There just aren't that many names that sell shoes but he is a transcendent player, and remember, he opens up the border of an entire country. He’s Canadian, and he’s going to Kansas which is going to help build his brand” (“Lead Off,” CBSSN, 10/15).

TAKE IT TO THE BANK: ESPN’s Mike Golic said of the NFL adding another Thursday night game: “If the NFL is considering another game there’s a reason for it.” Co-host Mike Greenberg added, “They think there’s more money to be made in it” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 10/16). 
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