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TV Timeout: Cup Half Full

The N.Y. Daily News’ Mike Lupica said, "Do I think there's going to be some huge soccer boom like we had a tennis boom in the 1970s? I don't … (but) I do believe that soccer's going to become more popular” ("The Sports Reporters," ESPN, 7/6). However, the Washington Post’s Alexandra Petri said of World Cup viewership, “The last several foreign conflicts aside, we're only supposed to get involved in things that we can win. Don't give in. You don't have to watch the World Cup. It may be the world's favorite sport but we aren't the world” (“CBS News Sunday Morning,” CBS, 7/6).

HEAT WAVE: ESPN's John Saunders said, "LeBron James wants a max contract from the Miami Heat. (Heat President) Pat Riley is trying to juggle the books to make it work under the salary cap. Riley has to understand without LeBron, suddenly they're not the Heat, they're the Miami Marlins." ESPN’s Howard Bryant added of James, “This guy has opt-out clauses so every three years he can shift the balance of the whole league” ("The Sports Reporters," ESPN, 7/6).

DISCOGRAPHY: CBS' Anthony Mason, noting the U.S. Open of Ultimate Frisbee was held this weekend, said, "I can see Frisbee in the Olympics. I mean if curling can make it, why can't Frisbee?" (“CBS This Morning,” CBS, 7/5).

LOSING IS ONE THING, BUT… Syndicated columnist George Will: “Cub fans will put up with a lot, but not with expensive beer. They draw the line somewhere” (“CBS News Sunday Morning,” CBS, 7/6).

ARM DEALER: ESPN's John McEnroe, on Milos Raonic wearing a sleeve on his right arm at Wilmbledon:  "Maybe he's got an endorsement deal" ("Wimbledon," ESPN, 7/4).

PURDY GOOD: Paralympian Amy Purdy, on appearing in ESPN the Magazine’s “Body Issue”: “I pretty much said yes right off the bat because I have so much respect for the magazine and what it stands for. It was exciting” ("GMA," ABC, 7/7).

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