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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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Chasing the Cash: 2013 Betting Outlook

Written by: Todd Fuhrman

Contrary to popular belief, only part of the college football season takes place on campuses around the country.  The rest of it unfolds not in the meaningless popularity polls that hold as much weight as the National Inquirer but rather in sportsbooks from Vegas to the islands. Gambling is directly connected to the growth of any the sport’s popularity whether people choose to accept it or not (if you believe otherwise, feel free to email me I enjoy angry emails). I spent the better part of this week talking to sportsbook operators in anticipation of the fall, tracking down the buzz on how bettors are approaching the 2013 college football season.  Monitoring betting markets gives even the casual gambler and media a better understanding of the teams that will over or under achieve this year. Throw into that mix a slew of brand new season long player props recently released and there's plenty to discuss with kickoff 7 short days away.

By Craig Hayes

When you're single and a football fan, gambling is typically as much a part of your football Sundays as setting your fantasy lineup and drinking. Whether you are the high rolling type who takes in a full Sunday at the Caeser's Sport's book in Vegas, have an on-line acount with some Costa Rican Website, or have an "arrangement" with a local bookie, putting money on the games is just as important as rooting for your favorite team, and for many fans, it's more important.

The biggest news to emerge from the SEC's 2014 schedule announcement is this -- the SEC Network is starting its distribution battles early.

How early?

The earliest possible date -- the 2014 SEC football schedule debuts with Texas A&M to traveling to South Carolina for a Thursday night game on August 28th. 

Both teams figure to be ranked in the top 25 even with the likely departure of Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel for the NFL. 

But the real message here isn't that the game is a good one it's this -- you'd better be carrying the SEC Network at launch...or else. 

SEC Announces 2014 Football Schedule

Written by: Clay Travis

Just eight days from the start of the 2013 season, we finally have the 2014 SEC football schedule. 

Since the league's website inevitably buckles under the initial rush of traffic, I've cut and pasted each team's schedule below. 

This will be the first year that Arkansas and Missouri and South Carolina and Texas A&M are cross-division rivals. 

Florida gets to travel to Alabama and retains LSU as it's permanent opponent. Congrats, Will Muschamp. 

Of note here, the SEC Network launches strong, with A&M at South Carolina on Thursday night August 28th. Let the distribution battles officially begin.

For all the interest, there's only one SEC game to be decided under the current scheduling format:

Florida plays at Alabama, Vandy plays at Mississippi State, Tennessee plays at Ole Miss, Georgia plays at Arkansas, Kentucky plays at LSU, Auburn plays at South Carolina, Missouri plays at Texas A&M

Georgia Tech's Freshman Welcome Was a Bit Intense

Written by: Clay Travis

Thank God Georgia Tech doesn't have a reputation of being made up of nerdy math and science kids who chose not to go to Georgia.

Wait...

Yeah, these kids really thought, nah, Athens isn't for me, I'd rather go to the other state school in Georgia. 

Yesterday they received an epic welcome for making that decision. 

This guy loves Georgia Tech. 

Imagine what he's going to be like when he graduates from Georgia Tech and finally loses his virginity ten years later. 

What happens if a city is so crappy that everyone leaves that city yet continues to root for the same awful team even after they've left?

You have the Pittsburgh Steelers fan base.

Steelers fans are everywhere. Not because their fan base is so large, but because the city of Pittsburgh is such a dump that if these fans had stayed in Pittsburgh they'd all be unemployed, homeless, and using their terrible towels to help stay warm while sleeping on top of a street vent.

Steeler Nation?

Please.  

That isn't a nation, it's just a collection of people who didn't want to be homeless and decided to move to your city instead of staying in Pittsburgh and freezing to death. 

Larry David and President Obama's Round of Golf

Written by: Clay Travis

This weekend Larry David played golf with President Obama on Martha's Vineyard. 

Given that whether or not there will be a ninth season of the funniest show in television history, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," I thought I'd draft a potential outline for the season opener, Larry plays golf with the President. Given that golf has a recurring role on Curb, playing a round of golf with Obama is a perfect episode for the show.  

Hell, given David's storytelling ability, the round of golf with Obama could be the framework for the entire ninth season. 

With that in mind, here's a rough outline of a Curb episode surrounding Larry's round with Obama. 

I hope you guys enjoy it. (By the way, Larry David would be my number one choice for golfing partner if I could pick anyone in the country).

Outkick the Coverage's 2013 Preseason Top 25

Written by: Clay Travis

Everyone does a preseason top 25 poll.

And when your poll doesn't square with what everyone else predicts then you're clearly biased against their favorite team.

So as a preliminary, if your team isn't ranked highly enough it's clearly because I hate your team, player, or coach and I'm also gay, sexist, and racist.

Now that we've knocked that out of the way.  

My BCS title game prediction is Alabama vs. Oregon. That's why I have the Tide and the Ducks number one and two in the preseason top 25. 

Some of you will note that I took Georgia at 25-1 to win the BCS title and assert this is a conflict. It's not. I believe Georgia winning a BCS title offers the best gambling value of any team in college football. That's not because I believe the Bulldogs are more likely to win the title than Alabama. It's simply because I believe Georgia offers the best risk/reward on the gambling markets. Alabama is much more likely to win the BCS title than Georgia is. But if these two teams advance to the SEC title game -- as I'm projecting they will -- I think we'll see another very tight SEC title game. Bama would probably be around a touchdown favorite. Does Bama deserve to be 8x as likely to win the BCS title as Georgia. No way. So I like the Georgia bet better than I do the Alabama bet. 

That's why it's important to distinguish between my picks based on market valuations and my picks based on straight up winners. Most of the time I try to pick against the spread here on Outkick because I know that lots of you guys gamble. Last year we had a great season picking against the spread. I went 44-21 against the spread, won both my over and under season win total picks, and jumped on Bama at 6-1 after the Tide lost to A&M. So if you followed my picks, you made quite a bit of money. Will I be as successful in 2013? That's highly doubtful. But I'll try.

As I write this mailbag I am presently flying to Los Angeles to tape our first ever college football preseason show for Fox Sports 1. 

Guess who is in the aisle directly across from me?

Connie Britton!

After her Tami Taylor role on "Friday Night Lights," she's my favorite actress on Earth. She looks the exact same in person as she did on FNL and does now on "Nashville."

So I've already helped her put her bags up in the overhead bin. Helping Tami Taylor with her luggage is now the fifth greatest moment of my life. (1 and 2, birth of kids, 3. marriage, 4. passing the bar exam 5. putting Tami Taylor's luggage in the overhead bin.)

By the way, I always help women put their overhead bags in the bin and I was in line directly behind Connie on our Southwest flight. So I would have done it for any woman. And it's not like I bowled over ten people to get the luggage up top. (I'm actually less likely to help attractive women because I'm thinking that they're thinking the only reason I'm doing this is because they're hot.) 

She was thankful for the help and now I'm sitting here trying to figure out whether or not to say something to her.

And I just Tweeted y'all to ask for advice. 

With Clay’s recent purchase of a few thousand pairs of pants to launch OutkickGear.com, the site’s partnership with Fox Sports, and Clay’s new gig on the Fox Sports 1 college football game day show, it’s fair to surmise (albeit incorrectly) that OKTC has become a worldwide multiplatform, multimedia conglomerate. However, as Clay has made clear over the years, he doesn’t have the looks (or fashion sense) to be the face of such a rapidly growing empire.

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