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TV Timeout: Boston Strong
April 21, 2014 03:40 PM
Universal Sports’ Paul Sunderland said of the atmosphere before the start of the Boston Marathon, “Even here on Boylston Street, you talk about the energy and it being, it’s in you, it’s on you, it’s palpable. I've tried to come up with a better word, but I can’t. Everybody is very, very excited indeed” (“2014 Boston Marathon Pre-Race Show,” Universal Sports, 4/21). Meanwhile, Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino said of the team’s role following the ’13 Boston Marathon, “We did ask David Ortiz to go out and say a few words last year after the bombing suspects were stopped and arrested, but other than that there was a real maturity on the part of our players, a real sincere sense of compassion. They organized themselves. There were days when our players went off to visit survivors and they did it on their own nickel” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 4/21).
HUNGRY? N.Y. Daily News columnist Mike Lupica said, "Amazing isn’t it that (UConn G) Shabazz Napier announced that he was hungry the night UConn won the national championship and all of a sudden the NCAA was practically dialing up Domino's and announcing free pizzas for everyone. It was like a Christmas miracle" ("The Sports Reporters," ESPN, 4/20).
IT’S GOTTA BE THE SHOES: Sterne Agee research Analyst & Managing Dir Sam Poser said of Nike getting out of the wearable hardware market, "I think they realized that they're better at making shoes and they've talked about possibly doing some of the software, they're still going to do Nike Plus” ("Squawk on the Street," CNBC, 4/21).
KOHL’S HARD CASH: Detroit Free Press' Mitch Albom said of the Bucks being sold, "Whoever said 'fools and their money are soon parted' never tried to own an NBA team. The terrible Milwaukee Bucks just sold for more than half a billion dollars" ("The Sports Reporters," ESPN, 4/20).
FLYING HIGH: Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said, "The NBA is a growth sport. NBA is a global sport, it is being played at a very high level and in major cities around the world. The TV ratings are great, the attendance is great, the virtual consumption through video games, through jerseys and it's making its way around the world with increasingly more international players. So I looked at this as an opportunity to move to a real big growth industry" ("Worldwide Exchange," CNBC, 4/21).