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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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Player Requests Fifth Star, Loves Porn

Written by: Clay Travis

Getting a fifth star is incredibly competitive. You have to put up big stats, have all the measurables, flaunt your offers, do whatever it takes to get that fifth star. 

Including, sometimes, emailing or Tweeting the rating services themselves and personally making your case for that fifth star. 

Which brings us to 6'5" 295 pound defensive tackle Elisha Shaw. Both Rivals and 247 Sports have him ranked as a four star, just on the outskirts of receiving his fifth star. Rivals has him as the 39th best player in the 2014 class, with offers from Alabama, Florida State, Texas, and Georgia, among others.

247 Sports has him as the 42nd best player in the country. 

So he's really close to that tantalizing fifth star on both major recruiting services. 

Yesterday as part of the most visited day in Outkick the Coverage history, we brought you the story of the Steeplechase catfight. 

Then we followed up with a director's cut piece, which provided the definitive view of the entire melee.

Shortly after we posted the definitive version of the catfight, who reached out and contacted OKTC?

The girl in the pink dress.

She wanted to tell her side of the story.  

Steeplechase CatFight: Director's Cut

Written by: Clay Travis

 Earlier today Outkick the Coverage brought you the Steeplechase catfight

Almost immediately, our servers buckled as you all rushed to view the video.

Since then y'all have inundated my Twitter feed with commentary. I don't remember the last time I laughed this much at your Tweets. Slowly, like a modern day version of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew put together, we've all put on our thinking caps to decipher this caper.  

First we found out that Vanderbilt center Joe Townsend, the heretofore anonymous man carrying a football as he broke up a catfight, was a hero. That's him pictured above via a Tweet sent to me from teammate Walker May -- "The catfight hero himself. Honored to be in his presence today."

Later we found out that a spontaneous USA chant had broken out, and that there appeared to a mysterious filmer who never moved as he leaned up against a truck in rolled up khakis boat shoes, the Steeplechase catfight's own mysterious grassy knoll.

Well, a few minutes ago the grassy knoller/truck leaner emailed.  

"Despite your observation I was quite comfortable posted up like captain Morgan on the truck," he wrote. 

Nashville's Iroquois Steeplechase: CatFight!

Written by: Clay Travis

Nashville's Iroquois Steeplechase is typically a pretty high-end affair. Women wear sundresses, men wear pastels, all of the proceeds from the city's largest horse race of the year benefit the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, and everyone drinks heavily and has a great time. 

Honestly, it's a lot like an SEC football spring game, with every fan base represented among the 30,000 or so attendees. Buddies from Kentucky have described Steeplechase as like the Kentucky Derby, but without all the trashy people.

So you know what happened on Saturday near the end of the day's party on the infield, don't you?

Yep, catfight!

Today is Southern girls behaving badly day on OKTC. 

Let's go to the video.  

Ah, the University of Tennessee, where ridiculous happens.

The latest absurdity?

University officials are conducting an investigation to determine whether a former head of student judicial services, Jenny Wright, a graduate of both the undergrad and the law school at Tennessee, had multiple inappropriate relationships with some of the student-athletes she was charged with judging. According to the Twitter account of Knoxville radio host Jimmy Hyams recently departed Vol point guard Trae Golden, whose mysterious dismissal purportedly involved academic issues, is among those players involved in the investigation. 

News broke today that Wright had been fired as a result of her failure to cooperate with an independent investigation into whether she had inappropriate relationships with athletes. Wright, who attempted to resign from her position but was fired from her $70,000 a year job instead, has hired an attorney who categorically denied that she had done anything improper.

In the meantime, Tennessee has already removed her name from the Student Judicial Affairs website, listing her position as vacant.

Wright quickly scrubbed her Facebook and Twitter accounts, but she was not able to erase this repository of her Twitter account you can find here.

The account contains fifteen photos and many recent Tweets. 

In the bio section of the account Wright described herself thusly, "Three-time alumna and proud employee of the University of Tennessee...All Vol!!!"

She also listed a husband on the account, but reports are that Wright was recently divorced.  

Football is only a few months away and Cantor Gaming has released their NFL regular season win totals; your complete list.

It's Friday, you're not working and eagerly awaiting the mailbag.

So let's get rolling.

Yet again, y'all have killed it.

This week there's no suspense, the beaver pelt trader of the week is Cleveland hero Charles Ramsey.

It's a dead giveaway.

Now let's dive into the mailbag.

Graham A. writes:

"This year's Kentucky Derby got me thinking... Yes, if your horse wins, the payout is awesome. However the big money is made after the fact. Dan Patrick interviewed Dan Oneil (trainer for I'll Have Another). Oneil said the stag/mate fee with his horse is $40k for one hit. So I ask why not farm out athlete sperm? Lebron, Kobe, Phelps, Brady? You think there would be suitors?"

By Craig Hayes

The first time I heard of Clay Travis was when I picked up a copy of Dixieland Delight at a local bookstore a few years ago. At the risk of being accused of shamelessly kissing up to the editor of this site, I loved the book and truly envied the fact that he was able to take a road trip throughout the entirety of the SEC.

I once dated a guy named Ted*. [Names changed to protect the innocent. For some reason, the only fake male names I could think of were Marshall and Ted. I really need to broaden my fake male name repertoire for the next column I write that may air any past dating grievances. My reputation is on the line here, and dating a guy named "Ted" does not help my case.]

 At the SEC Network announcement on Thursday, I had the chance to interview Kevin Sumlin. 

You can listen to that entire interview here. I think y'all will enjoy it. Sumlin has rapidly become one of my favorite SEC coaches and we talk about a variety of subjects during the interview. Including Johnny Manziel, the new stadium expansion, recruiting, and what shows Sumlin likes on television.

Sumlin says, "I'm a "Mad Men" guy."

Mad Men is one of my six favorite television shows on the air right now:

1. The Americans

2. Homeland

3. Mad Men -- For those of you who say this is too low, it's not that I presently dislike Mad Men, it's just that I'm more excited to watch the first two shows on this list. 

4. Game of Thrones

5. Modern Family

6. Veep

So of course I want to talk about Mad Men with Sumlin as much as I can. 

My next question was who is Sumlin's favorite character. 

Sumlin's response, "I'd rather stay away from that."

Yep, he declined comment on his favorite Mad Men character. 

 

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