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TV Timeout: Media Meltdown
December 19, 2013 02:58 PM
CBSSN’s Doug Gottlieb, on the possibility of moving the date of the Super Bowl due to inclement weather: “They’re not going to move it. … This thing is going off and the only people that are going to complain about it are media members because they have to go to the game” (“Lead Off,” CBSSN, 12/18).CULTURE CLUB: Pro Football HOFer Franco Harris, on players of his era being pushed to get back on the field after an injury: “Sometimes that led to a culture of pain pills, led to a culture of other things that starts to be a negative sort of thing because there was that pressure to get on.” Harris added, “That is what the NFL is going to have to figure out. Where is that balance because right now, I don’t think it's working” (“Inside The NFL,” Showtime, 12/18).
GROWTH SPURT: FS1's Ariel Helwani, on the int’l expansion of the UFC for ’14: “We’re talking about 45 to 50 events next year. Essentially, there is going to be a UFC event somewhere in the world every weekend at this point and that is a very big deal” (“UFC Tonight,” FS1, 12/18).
POOR PLANNING? 3 Wire Sports' Alan Abrahamson said of the U.S.’ Sochi Games delegation, "You could make a fairly compelling argument that President Obama is actually disrespecting the American athletes by himself not going. It would have been a very different signal indeed if President Obama had gone himself and sent Billie Jean King with him" ("Nightly News," NBC, 12/18).
HOLIDAY ATTIRE: CSN Bay Area's Kate Longworth said of the NBA’s special Christmas jerseys: "I like the different look. It's the holidays. We dress up to go to grandma’s, why not dress up to go to the hardwood?" ("Yahoo Sports Talk Live," CSN Bay Area, 12/18).
OH CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN! PFT’s Mike Florio, on whether Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones’ role within the organization will ever change: “He’d rather be the captain of a barely floating ship versus being the passenger on a ship that is going from Super Bowl to Super Bowl, and he wants to prove that he can build it, that he can do it and I think he gets more gratification that way. The problem is the team’s not very good" (“PFT,” NBCSN, 12/18).