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TV Timeout: Diamond In The Rough?
August 25, 2014 03:39 PM
Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban said of MLB, “What’s worked for baseball other than steroids and home run derbies because of it? You just can’t look and say, ‘This is a growth sport.’ You can’t say that people enjoy it more” (“The Dan Patrick Show,” 8/25).LITTLE BIG LEAGUE: ESPN’s Jemele Hill, on access to Little League baseball in inner cities: “The unfortunate reality is in places like Chicago and Detroit, where I'm from, those cities have such economic challenges and just keeping day-to-day city services, keeping the city afloat that putting money into baseball fields and baseball programs is not very realistic” (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN, 8/24).
HALO EFFECT: Angels CF Mike Trout said of becoming the new face of MLB, “Now that (Derek Jeter is) leaving, everybody's saying that I could be the face. I just like to go out there, have fun, smile and always respect the game” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 8/24).
TAKE A PICTURE: Fox' Troy Aikman, on teams using tablets on the sidelines: "The high-def quality of those tablets is outstanding because the Polaroids were always dark and to be able to get the information that quickly and look at it on the spot is pretty cool. You wonder why they didn't get to it sooner. … The reason they probably haven't had it earlier is because they didn’t have a sponsorship deal" ("Chargers-49ers," Fox, 8/24). ABC’s Kevin Harlan, on NFL referees using tablets for replay challenges: “Pretty soon they’re talking about bringing tablets out to the field. No more hood” (“Redskins-Ravens,” ABC, 8/23).
ON DEMAND: Patriots President Jonathan Kraft, on NFL Now: “The thing that makes NFL Now so great for NFL fans is, in one location, in one app that you can see on any device … you’re going to have an application that’s going to aggregate the best content from all NFL sources that you would be interested in and bring it to you how you want it, where you want it, when you want it” (NFL.com, 8/24).
SPENDING SPREE: ESPN’s Alejandro Moreno, on the Revolution signing MF Jermaine Jones: “Wait a minute, the Revs are spending money?” (“ESPN FC,” ESPN2, 8/25).