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Going Off The Grid: Execs Talk NHL Expansion, Undervalued Sports

"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, our panelists opine on the college bowl season and sports that could be the next big thing in five years.

  • IndyCar President of Competition & Operations Jay Frye
    -- His favorite TV show is "Two and a Half Men."
  • NESN President & CEO Sean McGrail
    -- Never misses AC/DC on tour.
  • Duke Senior Deputy AD/Administration & Legal Affairs and Chief of Staff Nina King
    -- Is always ready to watch whatever is on Bravo.
  • WTA Senior VP/Legal & Business Affairs David Palanzo
    -- Is excited for the "Game of Thrones" finale.
Going Off The Grid
College bowl season needs... Undervalued sport that will be hot in 5 years Describe eggnog in three words Favorite sports movie character The NHL's expansion to Seattle is...
Fewer booth reviews
College volleyball
Nasty, not good
Rocky Balboa
Awesome, and the Grand Prix of
Portland is close by

A big win by Wake Forest in the Birmingham Bowl
Really, really terrible
Great for the league. May increase
umbrella-related merchandising
More teams in the CFP
Women's volleyball
Son's favorite drink
Ollie from "Hoosiers"
Exciting. Seems like a great fan base
Expanded playoffs
I wish I knew --
rooting for curling!
Not for me
Rudy and "Big Ern"
McCracken from "Kingpin"
Great for the Canucks

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