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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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The ACC and Maryland's Lawsuit Is Getting Nasty

Written by: Clay Travis

The University of Maryland officially joins the Big Ten at the end of June, but the Terrapins stormy divorce from the ACC has the potential to be really entertaining for those of us who paid scads of attention to realignment and felt as if only part of the story trickled out. It's no coincidence that potential lawsuits involving Big 12 and Big East schools all died on the vine and ended in quiet out-of-court exit fee settlements. When it comes to realignment there are very few clean hands. 

The result?

Everyone settles. 

Only one lawsuit is currently pending. 

But, man oh man, is it a doozy.  

Betting 49 NCAA Tourney Games I finished 29-19-1

Written by: Clay Travis

After a full week in Vegas, I can barely keep my eyes open this morning to write.

Which means I'm probably going to give myself a day to decompress and wake back up. But it's important to note that despite placing 49 bets -- all 32 first round games and all 16 second round games, plus the UT vs. Iowa play-in -- that I finished 29-19-1 against the spread. That includes three devastating betting defeats -- N.C. State +2.5 gives up a 16 point lead late in regulation and then loses and fails to cover in overtime, St. Joe's collapsed against UConn down the stretch, despite leading throughout and not just lost, but failed to cover the +4.5 line in overtime, and my own alma mater, George Washington, fouled with .4 seconds left after missing a game-tying three, to allow Memphis to hit two free throws and cover. 

Those bad beats were balanced out, however, on Saturday when Wisconsin got four free throws with .4 seconds remaining to cover against Oregon and when Harvard hit a lay-up with under five seconds left and then refrained from fouling Michigan State to cover by .5. 

The end results pretty much evened out, as I finished with over 60% of my picks correct despite betting 49 tournament games. 

Here were my results by day:

Wednesday: 1-0

Thursday: 7-8-1

Friday: 10-6

Saturday: 6-2

Sunday: 5-3

I survived the first round of the NCAA tournament, betting $100 on all 32 NCAA tourney games, as well as a thousand dollars on Tennessee's play-in game against Iowa. The end result? I went 18-14-1 overall, a .5625 win percentage.

Vegas hasn't beaten me yet, although I am currently pretty hungover as I type this.

So with over half of the bets placed so far, what do my final sixteen picks look like?

Here we go: 

Florida -5.5 vs. Pittsburgh

Saint Louis +10 vs. Louisville

Harvard +7.5 vs. Michigan State

San Diego State -4.5 vs. North Dakota State

 

We are less than five months from the launch of the SEC Network and so far DirecTV, Comcast and Time Warner haven't yet reached an agreement to carry the network. Neither has a cable company called Cable One, which evidently services the south Mississippi market.

Well, politicians have taken note of the looming disaster there. And Gulfport, Mississippi is not taking it any more. 

So the Gulfport city council passed a resolution demanding that Cable One carry the SEC Network.

"Whereas football is akin to religion in the South, Saturday is a holy day of sorts because of college football and Gulfport has its share of rabid fans.

Therefore, Cable One should offer viewers the new SEC network in August, the City Council has decreed."

It passed unanimously. 

Yes, this really happened.  

Friday's Picks For the 2014 NCAA Tourney

Written by: Clay Travis

Yesterday I went 7-8-1 on my sixteen picks, with two incredibly crushing losses -- St. Joe's +4.5 vs. Connecticut and N.C. State +2.5 vs. St. Louis. Both of these teams led throughout the entire game, covering was a breeze. Until, that is, overtime arrived and they both somehow managed to choke away not just the lead but their covers as well. Win those two games -- and I'll be honest, I was already counting them both as wins, especially N.C. State, which was up 16 late in the game -- and I would have finished off the first day 9-6-1.

Sigh. 

But we fight on. 

So here are today's best picks. We begin with mine and Todd's best five picks from FS1 last night.    

I know lots of you will be working during the NCAA Tournament. Many of you will be sneaking glimpses at work, lots of you will be calling in sick, all of you will be looking for a good time. So we've got a new addition that can make your Thursday even better. Starting at noon eastern and running for four hours we're doing a live #foxcast from the Hard Rock pool in Las Vegas. I promise it's going to be fun. The Foxcast will be hosted by me, Todd Fuhrman, Elika Sadeghi, Marques Johnson -- a former star UCLA basketball player who also robbed the basketball court in "White Men Can't Jump" -- and Metta World Peace. Yes, it's all live from pool side with no commercials.

We'll have Vegas entertainers, strippers, the latest in game wagering lines, alcohol, sunshine, girls cavorting behind us in bikinis at the Hard Rock's sandy bottom pool, you really need to watch.  

Basically, if it's a sin, we plan on embracing it. 

Will it be a total disaster?

Probably. 

Will you be able to look away? Probably not. 

So come hang with us as you watch the games from 12-4 et tomorrow.

We'll be interacting with your Tweets that you send to #Foxcast and I think you'll really enjoy our hosts as well as the people we have calling in throughout the games.

You'll be able to watch us at the link below. Go ahead and bookmark it.  

I'm betting every first and second round game this year at the LVH Superbook in Las Vegas. (I refuse to call the play-in games the first round). This means I'm betting at least $4800 total. The downside of betting on every first and second round game is, let's be honest, it's pretty much impossible to know very much about all of these teams. Even with my diligent research -- which has consisted of reviewing every team's schedule, most of them anyway -- and then deciding -- when I'm not coming up with insanely good theories about what happened to the Malaysian jet -- who to bet on.

I am not a "sharp" better. Nor am I claiming that by taking these picks you will become wealthy. (I save all those claims for college football, which I actually watch pretty much every game of and have a decent sense of the markets). Note: I am often very wrong about college football as well, this year my Outkick picks finished a very robust 50%. Seriously, exactly even. Last year in college football, I was over 66% though, so there's that.   

Basically, I'm a lot like you guys when it comes to March Madness. I like college basketball, but I don't live it or watch every team play. Who has the time to watch basketball on a Wednesday night when you get home and your six and three year old want you to watch Star Wars episode 5 for the 18th time? Plus, my wife goes to bed early and I have to pretend that I'm going to sleep at the same time as her so she is occasionally willing to sleep with me. 

As a result, I'm fairly well versed in the SEC and the A-10 basketball, which makes me the only person in America who can say write this sentence. 

It wasn't enough for me to risk $4800 total, so I just bet $1000 on Tennessee +2 against Iowa. Yep, I'm all in on Cuonzo Martin's Vols, which is a clear recipe for disaster and makes me question all of my sanity. But I have faith. Tennessee's on a roll and Iowa is collapsing. I think the Vols win outright, which is probably why I should have played the moneyline.

But I didn't, so, anyway, Twitter should be entertaining tonight.

And if Cuonzo Martin costs me a $1k by losing to an inferior Iowa team, then I'm going to just cry myself to sleep tonight. (So, basically, it will be a regular Wednesday night for me).

Vegas Guide to March Madness (Part 2)

Written by: Todd Fuhrman

Coming to Vegas in March means the focal point of discussion is betting, buckets and books but there’s more to creating the ultimate experience during your 96 hour binge.  A man (or woman) has to eat, drink, and party like a rockstar to uphold their inalienable right to be reckless and foolish while soaking up Sin City. Fortunately we’re building on Part 1 of our ultimate Vegas guide with recommendations for restaurants, nightclubs, and yes even golf courses that shouldn’t be missed when you head to the desert.

Bruce Pearl Arrives at Auburn

Written by: Clay Travis

Auburn fans just welcomed Bruce Pearl on his arrival to campus and Pearl's arrival at the airport is already the most exciting thing to happen in SEC basketball this year. 

Of course Pearl told fans he wants the same kind of reception when they win an SEC championship at Auburn. 

Jumping in a student mosh pit, mocking the guy who had his cell phone go off, and leading cheers? Yeah, this is all vintage Pearl.

I'm a little surprised he didn't exit the plane shirtless with, "Die Alabama," written on his chest and immediately have the eagle land on his outstretched hand. 

Auburn fans have already forgotten about Tony Barbee. Meanwhile, Tennessee fans are watching this video while silent tears roll down their faces. All, that is, except for Dave Hart and the UT administration who didn't want to see this kind of fun, frivolity and excitement associated with their basketball program. Meanwhile, the media covering UT basketball are gearing up for nap time with Cuonzo Martin today. They get free juice boxes!  

Sixteen months ago Auburn's football coach was Gene Chizik and its basketball coach was Tony Barbee.

This was the worst combo of head coaches in the SEC, and one of the worst tandems in the entire nation.

Fast forward 16 months and everything has changed -- Auburn now has Gus Malzahn installed in football and today they added Bruce Pearl in basketball. In just sixteen months Auburn has gone from having two of the worst head coaches in college athletics to having the best. Think about what a wild transition this is for an athletic program. Jay Jacobs has gone from being booed after hiring Gene Chizik to putting together the best coaching tandem in college athletics.

If athletic directors could win the Heisman trophy for a year's performance, Jay Jacobs would be the unanimous selection this year.

What a total whirlwind, from one of the worst coaching combos in the country to the best in just sixteen months.    

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