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Going Off The Grid: Execs Talk MLB Pitch Clocks, "Batman" Actors

By Paul Sanford

"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 share their opinion on MLB pitch clocks and their favorite "Batman."

  • Fiserv Forum GM Raj Saha
    -- Spends some of his free time watching '80s music videos on YouTube.
  • Big Ten Network VP/Marketing Erin Harvego
    -- One of her career highlights was "meeting Bill Freakin' Murray" this summer.
  • Intel Sports Group VP & GM Sandra Lopez
    -- Alec Trevelyan from "GoldenEye" is her favorite movie villain.
Going Off The Grid
  Most exciting college football game you attended Favorite NASCAR driver Favorite "Batman" Should MLB institute a pitch clock? Should the U.S. eliminate Daylight Savings Time?

Saha
Syracuse over Miami, 66-13, in Donovan McNabb's final home game Kevin Harvick (we love Jimmy John's) Michael Keaton No Yes

Harvego
Last year's Penn State-Ohio State game in Columbus Chase Elliott Adam West Yes Yes

Lopez
Any game at Stanford It was Danica Patrick -- I miss watching her compete Christian Bale Time is a valued commodity. I understand the rationale for one Absolutely not. I love daylight

Do you want to get your thoughts in the Grid? If so, shoot an e-mail to jcarpenter@sportsbusinessdaily.com.

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