TV Timeout: Just Wanna Have Fun

ESPN's Tony Reali asked whether the NFL's new rule penalizing players for dunking the ball with the goalpost was just another example of the "No Fun League" reputation. But Bomani Jones replied, "This continues the NFL's long-standing tradition of brilliance of somehow getting us to talk about them all throughout the year even when they just put through this itty-bitty rule." ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 3/25). Donovan McNabb called it "garbage, because now you're taking the fun out of the game." McNabb: "To me it seems like Roger Goodell is trying to make this game into something where we're all becoming robots" ("Fox Sports Live," FS1, 3/25).

QUALITY CONTROL: NFL VP/Officiating Dean Blandino said of the league's new instant replay process, “Nothing will change in terms of the stadium operation. You still have your replay official initiating the reviews, and we will still provide that under the hood feed to the in-house stadium, that video board, so that they can see what is going on” (“NFL Total Access,” NFL Network, 3/25).

MARK MY WORDS: NCAA President Mark Emmert appeared on CNBC's "Squawk Box" this morning, with co-host Joe Kernen saying, "Three years ago the NCAA cut a 14-year deal with TV rights with Turner and CBS for nearly $11 billion. NCAA total revenues for the 2012-2013 fiscal year were more than $900 million." Emmert: “That $900 million you mentioned in the intro is in fact the revenue that flows into the NCAA national office and then flows immediately back out to the schools and universities and pays for all the other sports that are participating in NCAA sports" ("Squawk Box," CNBC, 3/26).

COLLEGE FUNDS: IMG College President Ben Sutton said, "College sports, interestingly, is the biggest provider of college scholarship funding in the country, other than the federal government. We're a big part of that" (“North Carolina Now," UNC-TV, 3/25).
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