TNT Opening Night Doubleheader Down 37% (Sports Business Daily) “TNT’s opening night NBA doubleheader ratings were down 37% from last year. Can you imagine how much coverage the NFL’s opening night ratings being down 37% would get? Would be pure insanity. NBA media doesn’t cover league, it cheerleads. Least critical media by far.” — Clay Travis.
Outkick’s Vegas Top Ten For Week 7 2018 (Outkick) Overrated: West Virginia. Underrated: Mississippi State. Best Bet: N.C. State/Clemson Over 55.5
NBA “G League” to Offer Prospects $125,000 as Alternative to ‘One and Done’ (New York Times) The N.B.A. announced Thursday that, beginning next year, select players would be able to earn $125,000 to play in its development league, the G League, for a year before entering the N.B.A. draft.
Here Are College Football’s Most Important Week 8 Games (538) Here are the games that matter most this weekend in terms of their potential cumulative effect on the entire nation’s playoff chances.
Despite Alabama’s Dominance, ‘Third Saturday in October’ Rivalry Matters to UT Vols Football (Knoxville News Sentinel) Alabama’s winning streak began in Fulmer’s penultimate season as UT’s coach. That happened to be Nick Saban’s first year on the job in Tuscaloosa. Fulmer enjoyed several years of rivalry superiority, too. Tennessee won seven straight from 1995-2001.
The End of the NCAA Illusion (WSJ) Court cases and athlete empowerment challenge old beliefs about amateurism. And the public is getting wise.
CBS Has a New Head of Programming: David Nevins of Showtime (New York Times) The Showtime chief executive David Nevins is getting a piece of Leslie Moonves’s old job at the CBS Corporation, the company announced on Thursday.
Spartans, Wolverines Showing Respect Before Big Matchup (Associated Press) The Wolverines (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) and Spartans (4-2, 2-1) can play nice all they want in their pregame comments, but there’s no changing the history between these two rivals.
Elizabeth Warren Shows How Unpopular Identity Politics Is (The Hill) Senator Elizabeth Warren’s strange insistence that trace amounts of American Indian DNA confirm her past claims to minority status has drawn snorts from her fellow liberals, as well as from conservatives. Even the Cherokee Nation piled on, saying she is “undermining tribal interests.”
MLB Must Learn From Fan Interference Call (Houston Chronicle) Change takes time. Baseball can be very, very slow. But this is 2018, MLB. Learn how to use a freaking camera.
Is Auburn’s $49 Million Man Actually On the Hot Seat? (CBS Sports) A $38 million buyout is expensive, but it is also doable considering the paychecks television networks and the SEC cut each school at the end of the school year. The bottom line is that it might be necessary no matter the price tag.
Buffalo Bills: Can Derek Anderson salvage the season? (NFL Spin Zone) The 35-year old quarterback’s best season came 11 years ago, leading the Browns to a 10-6 record.
You Want 20% for Handing Me a Muffin? The Awkward Etiquette of iPad Tipping (WSJ) Countertop payment tablets turn gratuities into a public ordeal; ‘It guilts you into it’.