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Why Doesn't Fox, CBS, Turner or NBC Buy the WWE?

Written by: Clay Travis

Last week, as it is virtually every week, the WWE's "Monday Night Raw" was one of the most watched television shows on cable, posting the second, third and fourth most watched hours on cable television. The only cable hour that had more viewers was HBO's "Game of Thrones." The WWE beat every NBA playoff game on cable by nearly a million viewers. Look at the ratings and it's readily apparent, the WWE brings big time viewers. Interestingly enough the WWE is also in the midst of negotiating new television rights deals, aiming for in the neighborhood of $200 million a year, a big increase over the $139.5 million a year which the WWE currently receives from its broadcast partners.

Why the big increase?

Because sports on television means big ratings. (Yes, I'm counting the WWE as a sport). Ninety percent of the WWE's viewers watch live. Right now the WWE's television package, in addition to Monday Night's "Raw," includes Syfy’s “Friday Night SmackDown,” “Main Event” on ION Television, the CW’s “Saturday Morning Slam” and the reality show “Total Divas” on E! That's a lot of programming. I've been paying a lot of attention to the WWE recently and, full disclosure, I am a shareholder in the company. (There's nothing like telling your wife that you've invested part of your retirement savings in the WWE). With the launch of their new over-the-top network. I wrote about the WWE network extensively a couple of weeks ago.  

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For several years now many people -- including me, back when I questioned ESPN's long range future back in 2011 -- have argued that the existing sports cable marketplace is in danger of an economic collapse. The reason? Technology's rapid advance which, in theory, made it unnecessary for content providers to ink major partnerships with cable sports networks. After all, the cable sports networks are effectively middlemen in the transaction, paying substantial guarantees to the sports leagues in exchange for more money on the back end through cable subscriber fees. 

Why, I wondered, can't a sports entity simply eliminate the middleman and, by taking advantage of existing technology, take its product directly to the consumer? Instead of allowing the ESPNs of the world and the cable and satellite companies to take a bite out of the profits, why not take all of that money yourself, charging less to consumers in the process? In theory it makes a ton of sense, but when would a sports league see if it made sense?

Well, World Wrestling Entertainment, the WWE, finally did just that, starting its own streaming network online that costs $9.99 a month with a six month commitment. For that price you receive all pay-per-view events and access to an archive of virtually every match the league has ever hosted. The WWE released its subscriber totals on Monday, a day after Wrestlemania 30, 667,287 subscribers had signed up. The WWE said it was on track for one million subscribers by the end of the year. Based on current subscribers, the WWE would make $80 million a year, at one million subscribers, the net turns to $120 million a year. But, while the WWE keeps 100% of the revenue for anyone who signs up online at its site, you have to take a 30% cut out of this number for any subscribers that sign up via Apple or Roku. So even with a direct "over the top" business model there are still middle men cutting into the profits.  

So let's assume that with one million subscribers at least $25 million would come off the top end number, that knocks us down to $95 million in yearly revenue.  

That's a good number, but it's a pittance when you compare it to existing sports television contracts. 

By Cippy Wallace

THAT GUY. Everyone knows THAT GUY. The guy at the party you can count on to creep out any girls you're trying to hit on, the guy who without fail gets entirely too drunk at the most inappropriate times, the name dropper, the cheap skate, the guy who takes a rivalry too far (lookin’ at you Harvey). As much as THAT GUY drives you insane, deep down there’s a special place in your heart for him. If you don’t know who THAT GUY is in your group of friends, I’m fairly confident in saying that it’s you. Don’t worry, I’m here to help you out. 

Kentucky fans took last night's loss well, reacting in a manner befitting their storied basketball program.

After all, this was just a game, right? They demonstrated the proper perspective, intelligence and discretion for which.... 

Oh, hell, who am I kidding? 

They attempted to burn down a house, set 17 couch fires, and attacked Rex Chapman on Twitter, blaming his Tweet about Cal leaving for the Los Angeles Lakers for the team's performance. (Even though no one on the team knew about the Tweet), Let's focus on the Tweets sent to Chapman.

I had the good fortune of being able to read the Tweets that Kentucky fans were sending in the immediate aftermath of the Wildcat loss to Connecticut.

All of these Tweets were sent within 45 minutes of the game ending and they are all 100% real.

Enjoy.  

This season I'll be writing a "Game of Thrones," recap every Monday morning. If you aren't watching "Game of Thrones," I'm sorry. If you are and you happen to watch the show later in the week then consider this your requisite spoiler alert.

I'll be writing the recaps in the same way that I do the Starting 11 every Monday morning during college football season.   

With that in mind, here we go. 

1. Getting the kids to bed on "Game of Thrones," night is a real challenge. 

We have a six year old and a three year old and GoT comes on at eight central here. That's right at bedtime. I know we're like a ton of other parents, scrambling to get the kids in bed and then holding the remote in our hand like hawks in the event the kids come down the stairs in an effort to avoid sleeping.  

Otherwise inevitably the kids would walk in during an orgy scene that ends in a beheading and they would go to kindergarten and pre-school and tell their teachers, "Mommy and daddy like to watch naked people get their head's cut off." 

Ever wonder what the worst mayoral candidate speech ever delivered might look like?

Well, wonder no more. Meet Gwendolyn Chapman, a candidate for Jackson, Mississippi's mayoral office. This speech was given several days ago, but only a few thousand people have watched it on YouTube. Tonight one of you sent it to me. What begins as a slow moving car accident on icy roads, rapidly turns into a full-fledged natural disaster. Candidate Chapman's major economic plan is to reclaim the trillion dollars we spend abroad on hemp each year and instead bring that money back to Mississippi.

Why?

Well, to make the state richer, but also to protect citizens from nuclear war. If that sounds like a bit of a stretch for a mayoral race in a Mississippi town, well, you don't know the power of hemp to protect and repel us from nuclear assault. 

In honor of the return of "Veep," you just have to watch this address.

It's time to add a name to the roster of great American political orators: Lincoln, FDR, Kennedy, Reagan, Obama, meet Gwendolyn Chapman.   

I don't have a daughter, but if I did I'm pretty confident my expression would look just like Gene Chizik's on prom night.

This might be the greatest SEC football coach picture since Steve Spurrier went to Talladega and drank beer shirtless on the top of an RV. The picture's perfect in every way, the angry arms crossed, the fact that Chizik is wearing UnderArmour on top of another UnderArmour long sleeve -- as he's contractually required to do until the day he dies -- the subtle bicep flex that suggests, "I will choke you to death if your hand moves either north or south of my daughter's hip," it's all perfect.

Everything about this photo is just perfect. 

Chizik is every dad on prom night ever. 

We really need to photoshop unimpressed Chizik into all sorts of other world events. Beginning with the Gus Malzahn introductory press conference at Auburn.  

This photo comes courtesy of the prom date's mom, who Tweeted it last night along with this comment: "You think my son will come home from prom alive? #chizz" 

Chizik's daughter is sixteen years old and judging from the fact that there were no murders in Auburn, Alabama last night, prom seems to have gone swimmingly. 

Butch Jones Dances and Welcome Back Bud Light

Written by: Clay Travis

So today after practice Tennessee football coach Butch Jones decided it was time that everyone finally see his dance moves. 

And, let's be honest, who hasn't wanted to see Butch Jones dance?

This is what 14 early enrollees in the freshmen class will do for you. 

I've got to be honest with you, Butch Jones crushes Mike Gundy as a white man dancer. 

I mean, totally destroys him. 

See for yourself.

By Josh Parcell

On Wednesday, the New England Patriots reportedly hosted Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater in Foxboro ahead of next month’s NFL Draft.

This is literally the greatest news ever.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “But Josh, how can the Patriots possibly think that Manziel would ever fall to them with the 29th pick?” 

It's Final Four weekend, the weather is finally decent, and you're pretending to work while reading the mailbag. 

Can life get much better? Sure, you could be the Bama fan who took his baby to the Nick Saban statue and offered it up as a sacrifice to ensure that no loss to Gus Malzahn ever happens again. 

Also, life can get even better because you can make more money off my NCAA tourney picks. I'm on a terrific roll betting every NCAA tourney game this year. So far I'm 37-21-3, which has totally blown Todd Fuhrman's mind. This means I only have three more games to bet. 

What are my picks this weekend?

Kentucky -1.5 and Florida -6.5

Yep, I think we're headed for an all-SEC title game, this time in basketball. 

Our beaver pelt trader of the week is David Letterman. I grew up watching him. And while I no longer watch any late night television at all, he was, and probably always will be, the best at what he did.   

As always, your questions were outstanding. Here we go. 

Johnny Manziel Is Ghetto

Written by: Clay Travis

Johnny Manziel plays like a "black" quarterback. Deep down, a great deal of the animosity that Manziel has provoked has come for this reason, because lots of white people don't like the way Manziel carries himself both on and off the field. I wrote and talked about this back in September, but most media has been afraid to touch the fault line. Until this morning, when Deion Sanders suplexed the racial fault line on the Tom Joyner Show with guest host Roland Martin. and came out and said, "Oh, please. I love Johnny Football. See, the reason people won’t accept Johnny Football is because Johnny Football has ghetto tendencies. I love Johnny Football," 

Then Prime Time continued, executing a Hulk Hogan leg drop on the racial faul line when he was asked to explain what he meant by "ghetto tendencies."

"Because he was successful, he made it, and he let you all know he made it, and he was cocky, he was flamboyant, and he let you know."

Roland Martin, a fellow Johnny Manziel fan, then stepped in and said, "So he was a white Prime Time coming out of college."

Deion continued, "Thank you. And I love him. I love him. They had the music playing when he came in. Put his whole equipment up, who go out there all do your pro day with all your equipment on? That’s some hula stuff, I love Johnny Football." 

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