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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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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." 

The Prancing Elites are a gay male dance team in Alabama. They marched in the Mobile Christmas parade and it did not go well.

So Tosh.0 decided they needed web redemption and brought them out to Hollywood. 

The entire thing is pretty hysterical, but when he asks them whether they are Alabama or Auburn fans, I nearly lost it. 

Enjoy.  

In case you're wondering, the prancing elites predict gay marriage will be legal in Alabama in 3000. 

Outkick Gear Contest Winner

Written by: Clay Travis

This spring we instituted our first Outkick the Coverage gear photo contest. You send us pictures wearing Outkick gear, we give you cash. It's our way of giving back to you guys for being so supportive of the site. We'll keep the contest rolling on a monthly basis, cash prizes for the best pictures of our gear that you Tweet, email, or pass along on Facebook. Basically, if you get us the picture, and it's entertaining, creative, sexy, the opposite of sexy, whatever you can do to make me think, "We have to put that picture up," then you win money.

So congrats to our winner, who requested that her name not be put on the website, but we thank her all the same.   

She told me she's trying to make the underboob happen. It's a bold quest. 

You can buy Outkick gear here.

In other important news that I'm going to bold because it matters so much:

We're also continuing to expand our outreach on writing for the site.

As Outkick has continued to grow, I've given you guys the opportunity to write for the site. Right now we're in the process of transitioning to the Foxsports.com servers. As a result the Bullpen is presently down for submitting articles there, but we're still paying writers. All you need to do is write your column and email it to lorioktc@gmail.com. She's the editor. You can email me, but I won't read it, I'll just forward it to her and let her make the decision about whether or not it goes up. 

If Lori likes it, your article could be up by the end of the day.

Don't query us with ideas, just write. You can write anything, it can deal with sports or non-sports, you can be a man, woman or a gay Muslim. It doesn't matter. We just want smart, original and funny articles. What we don't want is anything you could ever read in a newspaper.

Think creatively.

Entertain us.

You read the site, you know what you like to read, write stories that we'll enjoy.   

We've gotten a lot of great submissions, but we need more. 

Last week at Johnny Manziel's pro day, Outkick's hero, aka Tim Tebow with the poon-chasing gene, chose to go through his workout while rapping along with Drake songs. Now Drake has returned the favor, releasing a new song entitled, "Draft Day," with shoutouts to Johnny Manziel and Andrew Wiggins. 

The cover art for the new song?

Johnny Manziel receiving kisses from two girls in bikinis at the same time, an image that Drake liked enough to turn into a t-shirt. 

So what's the song sound like?

Here you go. 

Derek Mason has been the new head football coach at Vanderbilt University for just a few months. For over a generation one off-campus tradition has been to paint a mural of the head coach on the side of a local business. Generally this occurs without controversy. Until, that is, the local chapter of the Vanderbilt NAACP took issue with the painting and started a petition to have it changed. The issue?

"We realized it was reminiscent of the minstrelsy era in which black people's skin was darkened and their lips were made whiter in order to exaggerate their race in order to put them in a sharp contrast with the white race," said Akailah Harris, president of the Vanderbilt chapter of the NAACP told the Tennessean newspaper. "In the mural, his skin is black, not brown, and his lips are white. It doesn't look like him."

Now comes the redo.

Of course, the murals have never been entirely accurate reflections, Vanderbilt basketball coach Kevin Stallings bears an unflattering resemblance to Sloth from "Goonies," but up to this point there's been no suggestion that there was any connection to minstrelsy. 

According to an NLRB ruling Northwestern's football players are employees who can join a union and negotiate for better benefits than they presently receive. You can read my analysis of that ruling here. Northwestern plans an appeal of the ruling and if the appeal board upholds the ruling that football players are employees then they would likely take the case to federal court and challenge the opinion there. So far every Northwestern response has been premised on the school fighting the designation rather than bargaining in good faith with the union, as they are required to do under federal law. Which leaves me with an interesting question -- why can't Northwestern just accept the ruling and negotiate with its players on a new scholarship plan?

If Northwestern did this, irony of all ironies, the Wildcats would be able to offer legal benefits that no other school could offer. What if, say, Northwestern agreed to give players $10k cash a year and better medical coverage? Ten thousand dollars per player would equate to $850,000 a year. That's a drop in the bucket given Big Ten football revenues. Better medical coverage would, honestly, cost the university virtually nothing since it already treats all medical issues in-house.

In the process Northwestern would save millions in court costs, years of legal fighting against its own players, and, most significantly, would gain a recruiting advantage over every other school in the country.   

As Cuonzo Martin weighs an offer to become Marquette's next coach, Tennessee has an interesting decision to make, should they match whatever Marquette is offering or take Martin's buyout and go hire a new coach? Right now Martin makes $1.3 million a year and has two years remaining on his Tennessee contract. Tomorrow Martin's buyout drops from $2.6 million to $1.3 million. If Martin leaves, it would probably be announced tomorrow because that saves Marquette over a million dollars in buyout money.

So what's Cuonzo worth on the open market? You have to assume that Marquette is willing to offer him around $2 million a year. Reports are that Marquette was paying Buzz Williams $2.8 million a year, but Williams was willing to take half a million less a year to leave for Virginia Tech. Why? Because he wasn't that excited about the future of the newly revamped Big East, a league that has much more in common with the Atlantic 10 than it does the ACC.

So if Cuonzo's got an offer of around $2 million a year from Marquette, should Tennessee match it? Or should the Vols take the $1.3 million buyout and go try and hire someone else?

Pretend you're athletic director Dave Hart and faced with this decision. What would you do?

Kentucky Fan Exults Over Michigan Win

Written by: Clay Travis

Kentucky fans are the second dumbest fans in the country.

You can argue with this fact, but you'll be wrong. 

It's Outkick the Coverage science. 

Which brings us to Kentucky fans celebrating their team advancing to the Final Four. After a season of morose disdain for their beloved C-A-T-S, Kentucky fans have crawled out of the hills and hollers and put on their fancy pajama pants and laid back in their recliners and now they want you to, "Get some!," for ever having the audacity to doubt their beloved Wildcats. 

Watch this video. 

I'm writing the mailbag just after returning from Johnny Manziel's pro day. In a few hours I'll be heading out to the Dixie Chicken where we'll be doing FSLive in front of hundreds of drunk college kids. I'm sure this will come off perfectly. I'm writing on Thursday because I fly out of Houston tomorrow morning and don't trust my Southwest flight to have wifi. I can't miss two mailbags in a row. How would most of you go on with your lives if this happened?

Our beaver pelt trader of the week is Johnny Manziel, for putting on an entertaining pro day. 

Since the Sweet 16 games start tonight and I've given you my picks on the first 49 games, here are my picks for today and tomorrow's games:

Florida -4.5 vs. UCLA

Dayton +3 vs. Stanford

Wisconsin -3.5 vs. Baylor

San Diego State +8 vs. Arizona

Iowa State -1.5 vs. UConn

Michigan State -2 vs. Virginia

Tennessee +2.5 vs. Michigan

Kentucky +4.5 vs. Louisville

On to the mailbag. 

The NCAA Is a Dead Man Walking

Written by: Clay Travis

Update: why fight the ruling? If Northwestern was smart, they'd simply negotiate a deal and pay their players.

The NCAA is a dead man walking.

We can debate when exactly the NCAA as it's presently constructed will give up the ghost, but the organization that has spent our lives arguing that athletes are students engaged in amateur competitions, is finished. Today came the latest nail to be driven into the NCAA's amateurism coffin, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined that Northwestern football players were employees of the university, hence eligible to register as a union.  While the Northwestern players say their immediate goal isn't to push for payment, that's coming. After all, how many employees in America work for less than their maximum union market value?

The NLRB's regional director determined that, contrary to the arguments of the university, Northwestern football players were employees. The NLRB decision was four-fold finding that Northwestern's football players were not primarily students, their labors as football players did not connect to their studies, academic faculty didn't sponsor athletic endeavors, and that their scholarship were for football not academics. 

As a result Northwestern football players were employees, not student-athletes. 

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