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Another Wolves exec needs media training

Check out these gems from Ted Johnson -- the chief marketing officer and senior vice president of communications for the Timberwolves. The subject is the Wolves lack of complete TV coverage and the fans' resulting disappointment. Last year, Ted Johnson -- the chief marketing officer and senior vice president of communications for the Timberwolves -- very rarely fielded calls, e-mails or tweets whenever a Wolves game wasn't televised. "Not really," he said, chuckling. ... Johnson said there have been discussions, too, with Channel 29 about adding a game or games. "It's certainly a possibility that we could add something toward the end of the season," Johnson said, "but I also want to acknowledge that getting games broadcast is a complicated process." ... For now, the Wolves are treating the new TV demand from fans for what it is. "It's a blessing and a curse," Johnson said. So let me get this straight. We ridicule fan interest in previous years, complain about how hard our job is, and call fan interest a curse. Wow. I'm sure he is a nice man and good at his job, but these are some really, really unfortunate quotes. He sounds like a guy who would prefer the status quo. I'd much rather hear something like "We are ecstatic about all the new interest in the team this year. Our goal is to televise every game. We need to step up to the challenge as other teams, like the Milwaukee Bucks, have."

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