TV Timeout: We're Not Gonna Protest?

ESPN's Tommy Smyth said, "Normally when you come to a World Cup, you hear all these horror stories beforehand, but when the World Cup starts to play everything goes away, everything just happens to disappear. I think in Brazil it's going to be different. I think what happens on the street is going to have an effect on what happens on the field, and I think what happens on the field is also going to have an effect on what happens on the street. If Brazil is to lose at some point, the people are going to be really, really mad at them. They've spent a lot of money to host this World Cup and a lot of people in Brazil feel -- rightly or wrongly -- that it's not money well spent and they have a lot of gripes. So if Brazil starts winning, people will forget about it. If Brazil starts losing, I'm afraid" ("Olbermann," ESPN2, 6/11).

NO SKINS IN THE GAME? ESPN's Chris Mortensen said there has not been "much reaction from league or league executives or team executive" on the anti-Redskins TV ad. Mortensen added, "You're hearing more players speak up, but in terms of the whole issue from the league perspective (and from Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder) … there's no indication that they would change. They see this very much as a political matter and we do know these things don't go away." Mortensen said a name change is "not going to happen overnight, I don't know if it's going to happen next year" and Snyder has "no inclination whatsoever to change the team moniker" ("NFL Live," ESPN2, 6/11).

DONALD DUCKED: CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger, on the Donald Sterling lawsuit: “I think ultimately that lawsuit will never see the light of day and he will have no legal choice but to drop it. Until that lawsuit goes away, I think that is part of an inflated market price for that franchise” (“Rome,” CBSSN, 6/11). But NBA.com’s David Aldridge said, "The Clippers are a team that a lot of free agents will be interested signing with, but not if Donald Sterling is owning the team. That’s going to be a major problem for this franchise going forward, if he’s still the owner” (“NBA Gametime,” NBA TV, 6/11).
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