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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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When is it acceptable, if ever, to sell your season tickets to a huge game for financial reasons only (i.e. – you’re in town, no family member is sick, you have no work obligations the next morning). For example, prices for Heat/Spurs Game 7 tickets were pretty ridiculous. If you owned a pair of average seats in the lower bowl and could get 8-10x’s face value, at what point do you start thinking like an investor and cashing out on your overvalued asset? Does your fandom for that team automatically get revoked if you sell? 

The Real Star of Skywire: Nik Wallenda's Jeans

Written by: Hayley Frank

Last night’s Skywire with Nik Wallenda garnered 40,000 tweets a minute. I feel like that’s a pretty amazing statistic, and I also feel pretty strongly that 60% of those 40,000 tweets were most likely about Nik’s amazing jeans.

If you're Nik Wallenda, you have one night of national television where all eyes will be literally on your lower body. There are no guidelines and you aren’t limited to what you can wear; in fact, you have the option to choose from literally any piece of clothing in existence currently. And of all the articles of clothing you can choose from to put on your body, you choose a pair of thigh-hugging bell-bottom jeans that accentuate your thunder thighs exceptionally. You choose a pair of pants that, totally separate from last night’s show, are incredibly offensive on their own. If these pants happened to be seen in any normal setting, on any normal guy just strolling down any normal street, they would be offensive to me. So I’m not making special rules for TV here.

Yes, Nik Wallenda was at risk of plummeting to his death on national television, but the more perilous thing last night was his jeans situation. I couldn’t take my eyes off of them; they were mesmerizing. The only thing worse than watching him waddle down that rope at a painfully slow pace, wasting everyone’s time (including Jesus’) was when the camera switched to the backside angle, and I had to watch him waddle from behind.

Nik Wallenda, the Grand Canyon and TV's Future

Written by: Clay Travis

What would have happened if Nik Wallenda fell 1500 feet to his death in the Grand Canyon?

Would the cameras cut away, would Wallenda's mic stay live -- you think he might curse instead of praising Jesus during the plummet? -- would his father's mic catch the reaction to his son's death in real time, would we see any family reaction shots? What would the Discovery Channel do if Wallenda fell? 

How much blame would the Discovery Channel bear? Should they bear any at all? After all, the reason the Discovery Channel is airing the event is because they know we'll watch. Wouldn't we all be partially to blame for Wallenda's death then? After all, he's probably not walking across the Grand Canyon if no one is watching.

So can you really blame television executives for pushing the envelope when we reward them for pushing the envelope? And is it fair to expect television execs to exercise a form of paternalism and not give us what we're telling them to give us because they think the end results might be bad for us? 

I kept having these thoughts tonight as I watched -- along with tons of you on Twitter -- Wallenda traverse the Grand Canyon.

I know many of you had many of the same thoughts and questions.

Because when you boil it all down we watched Wallenda's feat for a simple reason -- because he might die attempting it.

The Friday mailbag is here so you guys can stop pretending to work. 

It's time to relax and dive in to an escape. And, honestly, make sure you read the final mailbag question.

It's a work of art.  

Our beaver pelt traders of the week?

The Prancing Elites of Mobile, Alabama. 

They're an all male Alabama dance squad. 

This video will make  your weekend. 

Enjoy. 

Kentucky basketball and Alabama football fans consistently do the most ridiculous things.

That's because the two fandoms are mirror images of each other. 

Back in April we brough you the Bama fan who was married standing outside the spring game in a Stabler jersey, jean shorts, and a houndstooth hat. 

Now, via Kentucky Sports Radio -- who received this picture direct from the proud couple -- we bring you the Kentucky man who was married in a basketball jersey. 

This UK fan is just a comedy pyramid. 

How do I love this awkward fan photo? Let me count the 13 ways. 

Can LeBron Dr. Phil His Team to a Title?

Written by: Clay Travis

The 2013 Miami Heat are a wayward and fractious lot, riven by ego and feelings and constantly in need of affirmation. 

This year LeBron James hasn't so much become an indomitable force of basketball will as he has a psychologist, Dr. Phil sitting on a couch with his head in his hands nodding quietly and listening as his teammates pour out their misgivings.

The LeBron vs. Jordan debate has been ongoing for several years now, but most people have missed the essential difference between the two men -- their generations. LeBron's a millennial hugger, Jordan was an old school puncher. One man tries to work out his teammate's issues by listening, the other bristled at the idea that there could ever be issues. LeBron's more inclusive, Jordan was my way or the highway with his teammates. Once you get this distinction down, everything makes sense about why this debate doesn't quite connect, their talents are both luminescent, but their mental backgrounds are completely different.

Jordan vs. Lebron isn't a battle of basketball wills. 

It's will vs. Dr. Phil. 

Can LeBron's style of leadership, a gentler listening inclusiveness, pay off with a title? 

We've spent a lot of time talking about leaders willing their team to a title, but we've spent hardly any time talking about a player Dr. Philling his team to the title.

Kentucky Extends SEC's Brand Into Ohio

Written by: Clay Travis

The Kentucky Wildcats are number two in the nation in recruiting. 

In football. 

Really, this has happened. 

Stop with all your -- "But it's June!" -- Tweets and consider the accomplishment of first year head coach Mark Stoops. I don't care what month it is, did you ever think Kentucky would be number two in the country in football recruiting?

Put simply, Mark Stoops has done a remarkable job snagging talent early in his Kentucky tenure. 

Yes, Kentucky owes much of its rankings prominence to the fact that the Wildcats have more commits than many schools, but so does Texas, your erstwhile number one recruiting class in the country. In fact, Kentucky's 17 recruits actually have a higher average star rating than Texas's 19 recruits.  

Stop with your a lot changes between now and February Tweets and emails as well. Actually, a lot doesn't change. Over time, eighty percent of all verbal commitments are honored. So, yes, some recruits change their minds, but they're a substantial minority of the cases. Recruits who change their minds just get more attention than the recruits who make a commitment and stick with it throughout the year.

At the absolute worst, Kentucky should finish with a top twenty football recruiting class, something they've never managed before in their gridiron history.  

Last night was the Miss USA pageant. 

I missed it trying to fly back from New York City thanks to our three hour delay in LaGuardia, but tons of you were Tweeting me throughout the night about the pageant. I appreciate that because ordinarily I love watching pageants. In particular, I love watching pageant contestants answer questions. 

It's my favorite part of the competition by far. 

When I landed in Nashville y'all deluged me with Tweets about Miss Utah's answer to a question about how to ensure that women received equal pay for equal work. 

It's not exactly the most difficult question that has ever been asked. Sometimes these beauty pageant queens get asked controversial questions with no right answer. For instance, in 2009 Miss California was asked about same-sex marriage. Whatever you say to that question you're going to upset half the audience.

Yeah, good luck with that. 

But this wasn't one of those questions. 

All Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, needed to say was that women should receive equal pay for equal work and that she found it unfair that they didn't.

Pretty simple, right? 

But she couldn't pull that off. 

Instead?

Well, this glorious trainwreck of an answer happened. 

A woman's guide to outkicking your coverage

Written by: Lori Kelly

In movies, the awkward fat kid in the corner wins over the head cheerleader because he's nicer than the quarterback. By now we all know this is bullshit. If you don't look like Ryan Gosling, you won't win her by being nice. During sorority rush, nice was how we described a girl we wanted to cut to the rest of the house. It was (really bitchy) code for bland and boring.

You know the stereotype: Nice guys finish last. And they do, but not because they're nice.  

Okay, it's mailbag time. 

On Thursday. 

Yes, I answered your prayers for something to entertain you while you pretended to work. And Lori will have a good article on Friday to distract you too. So don't complain too much about me making you work on Friday. I'm off to New York this afternoon for a wedding. 

In the meantime, thanks to @jparker698 for this fabulously awkward fan photo of a UT family. 

I'll break this down next week in our awkward fan photos, but I wanted y'all to enjoy it in the meantime. 

Our old buddy Orlando Shaw, he of the 22 kids by 14 women that Outkick made famous, has been autotuned. 

And whoever did this is our beaver pelt trader of the week. 

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