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TV Timeout: Attention Grab?
March 25, 2014 04:10 PM
Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban’s comments about the NFL generated plenty of buzz, as commentators have chimed in with their take. FS1’s Trevor Pryce said, “Goodell’s whole thing is international and year-round. He wants games on Wednesdays, Thursdays. If you think we aren’t going towards a point where the NFL is like an NBA schedule, it is coming. Mark my words” (“Crowd Goes Wild,” FS1, 3/24). ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said, "If Mark Cuban owned an NFL franchise, he never would have said this and if an NFL franchise came up for bid on 'Shark Tank' Mark Cuban would bankrupt himself in order to get one. They're not 10 years from an implosion" ("PTI," ESPN, 3/24). ESPN’s Mike Golic said, “I think he is caught up in the sky is falling mentality which I think is out there. … Football is taking the brunt of everything in this, and I think that is a little misguided” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 3/25).
SAFE AND SOUND: ESPN's Karl Ravech, on safety measures for pitchers: "It feels like you can't teach old dogs new tricks. You're going to have to get the younger generation to buy into that. Maybe it starts at the Little League level" ("Baseball Tonight," ESPN2, 3/25).
MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK: Falcons Owner Arthur Blank said, “Today’s fans are expecting even more for less, and it is up to us to give them more for less, and to be responsive, and to make sure the in-stadium experience is great” (“PFT,” NBCSN, 3/24).
PATRIOT GAMES: Patriots Owner Robert Kraft said of a team in London, “I would like to think that before the decade is out, we position a team there and have a team there full-time. I think it would be a great place to expand to. I know in the two games we played in, there were over 85,000 fans. It was like playoff weekends when we went there, the excitement that went on. So I think it is a very exciting place for our future” (“PFT,” NBCSN, 3/24).
THE BLACK HOLE: FS1’s Mike Pereira, on the Raiders: “They’re a horrible team, they’ve been a horrible team, and guess what? They are playing in a horrible facility, an absolute horrible facility. The whole team needs a makeover” (“Fox Football Daily,” FS1, 3/24).