The Daily Outkick: Thursday, October 18, 2018

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ESPN President Joins Disney CEO In Announcing Network Got Too Political, Alienated Viewers (Outkick) Jimmy Pitaro, the new president of ESPN, is saying now what Clay Travis has said for the past two years: ESPN’s new strategy of getting woke was bad for their business and bad for their brand. Get woke and go broke.

Astros Fan Says He Didn’t Interfere with Jose Altuve’s Potential Tying Home Run (Houston Chronicle) “I didn’t reach over the wall; I was on this side of the line. I don’t understand what happened. I know the rules, and I didn’t reach over the line.”

2018 CBS Sports Midseason All-America team: College Football’s Standout Players at Halfway Point (CBS Sports) In total, 20 programs are represented across the 27 players selected for the team. Alabama leads the way with four selections, LSU follows with three, and both Kentucky and Texas A&M boast two each. As such, 44.4 percent of the team hails from the SEC, which had 12 of 27 selections.

Least Shocking News Ever: Report Says Owners Discussing Chargers’ Viability in L.A. (Yahoo) Everyone knew the Chargers moving to Los Angeles was a bad idea, except the Chargers and the NFL, apparently.

Netflix’s Cash-Fueled Road to Streaming Dominance (New York Times) The streaming service surprised Wall Street with huge gains in subscribers in the third quarter. The results showed why AT&T and Disney spent big on their latest acquisitions.

Astros Surveilled Opposing Dugouts During Road Games (WSJ) General manager Jeff Luhnow said the team was ‘playing defense’ against opponents using banned technology to steal signs.

Why Many Native Americans Are Angry With Elizabeth Warren (New York Times) If Senator Elizabeth Warren thought that releasing her DNA test results showing Native American ancestry would neutralize a Republican line of attack, she was wrong.

Jury Hears Closing Arguments at College Hoops Fraud Trial (Associated Press) Lawyers at a trial exploring corruption in big-time college basketball clashed in closing arguments Wednesday over the question of whether major programs were harmed by an alleged scheme to give secret cash payments to the families of top recruits.

Will the Blue Wave collapse before it reaches the shore? (Washington Post) If the Blue Wave collapses before it hits shore, Democrats may need to ask whether #MeToo and other forms of identity politics are really the wave of the Democratic future.

Odell Beckham Jr is Already Becoming Terrell Owens (Fox Sports) Beckham Jr has been one of the most productive wide receivers in the league since his rookie season in 2014, but the team has slowly plummeted to pathetic levels the last two years, with the biggest storylines coming from the Giants being in the form of ‘What did Odell Beckham do this time?’

Senate Update: Democrats’ Prospects Worsen In Nevada And Arizona (538) Democrats are having problems in Senate races: Contests in Arizona and Nevada — a couple of contests that were once supposed to be easier seat pickups for Democrats — have tightened.

Nick Saban Should Rest Tua Tagovailoa Against Tennessee (Fox Sports) Even though a formerly comatose Tennessee Volunteers team pulled off one of the bigger upsets of the year last week against #21 Auburn, Clay Travis says Alabama should take no gambles with Tua Tagovailoa’s knee sprain in two weeks when the Tide next take the field in their annual rivalry game with Tennessee.

The Conners Ratings Are a lot Lower Than Roseanne Premiere (Entertainment Weekly) ABC’s Roseanne-without-Roseanne spin-off The Conners couldn’t come anywhere close to the blockbuster premiere rating of its predecessor. The debut was down 55 percent from the premiere of Roseanne last spring.

Elizabeth Warren’s Big Reveal on Native Ancestry Leaves Democrats with Little to Smile About (ABC News) Top Democratic advisers working with senators on Capitol Hill and in campaigns around the country sounded exasperated.

Disney Bets $20 Million to Ensure Florida Isn’t the Next Vegas (Bloomberg) Florida ballot initiative this November would give voters the power to block any expansion of casino gambling, a move some argue would effectively crush gaming companies’ long and costly efforts to expand into the Sunshine State.

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