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TV Timeout: Pay To Play?
August 20, 2014 03:52 PM
MSNBC's Donny Deutsch said of musicians reportedly being asked to pay the NFL to be the Super Bowl halftime act, “Any of these artists would pay because the reality of getting in front of a billion people … is the stage of the year" ("Morning Joe," MSNBC, 8/20). ESPN's J.A. Adande said of the NFL wanting musical acts to pay it to perform, “Come on NFL, you're making enough on the Super Bowl, you don’t need your halftime entertainment to pay you." ESPN's Bomani Jones added, "This is the single most arrogant thing I've heard of in my life. You're going to take people that sell bazillions of records and tell them they have to pay their own way” ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 8/19).
A STAR TOO BRIGHT: ESPN's Jason Whitlock said of Little Leaguer Mo’ne Davis being on the cover of SI, "That's too young. I start thinking about being a Hollywood child star and we're doing this to athletes now. … This is too much attention too early" ("PTI," ESPN, 8/19). MSNBC's Willie Geist said, "How cool is that, a 12-year-old girl on the cover of SI" ("Morning Joe," MSNBC, 8/20).
GETTING AN UPGRADE: NFL VP/Officiating Dean Blandino, on the new technology available to NFL referees: “I think the ultimate goal is to be more efficient and be more accurate and be more consistent” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 8/20).
POSITIVE ENERGY: Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer said of how much he would voice his opinion on league matters despite being a rookie owner, “I'm not a wilting flower so to speak. … I'm an energetic guy. I'm a positive guy. If I have something to say, I'll probably tell people I have something to say” (“NBA GameTime,” NBATV, 8/19).GROWTH SPURT: U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said of the World Cup’s impact, "That's something we can carry forward and hopefully translate into long-term success, build on that for Major League Soccer, the U.S. National Team and the sport in general" ("Power Lunch," CNBC, 8/19).
WHAT’S IN A NAME? Former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, on the team’s name controversy: “The whole 15 years I was there I never once heard anything negative at all about the Redskin name. When we got a song, ‘Hail To The Redskins,’ it was about courage and pride and bravery” (“America’s Pregame,” FS1, 8/19).