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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: NY Mets at Washington, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Chicago Cubs at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Washington at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m. (CSN, ESPN)
NBA: LA Clippers at Utah, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL: NFL Draft, 7 p.m. (ESPN, NFL Network)
NFL: NFL Draft, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Nashville at St. Louis, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Edmonton at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
— Per tradition, fans at the NFL draft in Philadelphia Thursday rained boos down on Roger Goodell every time he took the podium to announce a pick.
Goodell responded to the boos with a smile but Greg Aiello, the league’s senior vice president of public relations, fired off a tweet bashing the fans for their behavior.
“If those 70,000+ great fans in Philly like the Draft being there, they should cheer Roger Goodell. He’s the reason the Draft is on the road,” Aiello tweeted.
And fans swiftly responded:
— In the wake of massive ESPN layoffs, long-time SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn said on Thursday she believes politics might be the cause of the network’s loss in subscribers and revenue.
Cohn, who has been with ESPN for 25 years, appeared on 77 WABC’s “Bernie and Sid show and was asked if certain political or social opinions helped lead to the company’s troubles.
”That is definitely a percentage of it,” Cohn said. “I don’t know how big a percentage, but if anyone wants to ignore that fact, they’re blind.”
Cohn said she thinks some viewers might have disagreed with the network’s coverage of Caitlyn Jenner, Colin Kaepernick and Roger Goodell, but she has followed company protocol in her role despite her own personal beliefs.
“You know, when you work for a big company, you have to follow in line, you have to pay the bills,” she said. “But you just kind of look in the mirror and do what you think is right no matter what else is going on around you. And that’s what I always tried to do.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “What’s been different? I mean, David’s not here. He’s definitely one of the huge parts of our team for the years that I’ve been here. We definitely miss him. We’ve got to do it without him. We’re trying. We’re trying to put up good at-bats, trying to get guys on base, but having that 34 in the lineup is something that opposing pitchers definitely were afraid of.” — Xander Bogaerts, on missing David Ortiz’s bat in the lineup