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Going Off The Grid: Execs Talk Improvements To MLB All-Star Game, NHL Jerseys

"Going Off The Grid" is a weekly survey of sports execs and personalities offering their thoughts on a handful of pressing (and trivial) issues in sports and pop culture. This week, panelists offer possible improvements to the MLB All-Star Game and share thoughts on Adidas' new NHL jerseys.

  • NBC Sports Group VP/Business & Legal Affairs Wendy Bass 
    – Checks on a regular basis.
  • Penguins Senior VP/Sales & Broadcasting Terry Kalna
    – Watches "The Bachelor" every now and then.
  • ESPN VP/espnW & Growth Initiatives Leah LaPlaca
    – Pop culture interests include a mix of TV dramas, People magazine and HGTV marathons.
  • Kentucky Speedway VP/Corporate Sales Matt Alexander
    – Enjoys listening to impactful new bands and songs.

Going Off The Grid
  Best way to improve MLB All-Star festivites Marvel or DC comics? Most powerful woman in sports (non-affiliated) Thoughts on the new Adidas NHL jerseys Favorite summer beverage

Team relay races around the bases DC - Wonder Woman! NBPA Exec Dir Michele Roberts Sleek and innovative Sangria

Increase fan interactions All in on Batman, so DC I guess (my kids say LEGO Batman) ISC CEO Lesa France Kennedy Big win for the NHL - love the Golden Knights and Wild Margarita - rocks and salt

Just glad it doesn't determine World Series home field anymore Marvel Lakers President Jeanie Buss Progressive, sharp Iced tea with lemon

Add other skills competitions Marvel Condoleezza Rice They will assist with merchandise sales Lemonade mixed with "sponsored" beverage

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