Rams-Chiefs Was ‘The New NFL’ in its Most Spectacular Form Yet (Washington Post) Rams 54, Chiefs 51 was the extravaganza that everyone wanted to see. It was the third-highest-scoring game in NFL history. It was the first-ever NFL game in which each team had 50 or more points. And there even was enough glory to go around for the defenses to receive some congratulations.
Chiefs and Rams Gives Vegas a Night it Will Never Forget (Covers) “We got beat pretty bad with the total going Over,” Jeff Stoneback, director of trading for MGM Resorts sportsbooks, told Covers late Monday night. “We knew we were in trouble halfway through the first quarter.”
Disney Wins Chinese Approval for Fox Deal, Clearing Major Hurdle (New York Times) The Walt Disney Company said on Monday that Chinese regulators had unconditionally approved its purchase of 21st Century Fox assets, pushing the $71.3 billion deal closer to completion.
The Detroit Lions Are Stuck In The NFL’s Weirdest Purgatory (538) In each of the past three seasons, the Lions have finished 9-7 or 7-9. They also did it back in 2013, with an odd 11-win campaign in 2014 standing out as the lone exception from the last five seasons. And this year? Detroit sits at 4-6 with a FiveThirtyEight-projected record of … you guessed it, 7-9. The Lions just can’t avoid the pull of sevens and nines.
Clay Travis: The 8 Teams That Can Make the College Football Playoffs and How Each Can Get There (Outkick)
NASCAR Contemplating Launching OTT Streaming Service (Awful Announcing) The NASCAR media rights for the top three national circuits are locked up through 2024, but they might launch a OTT service anyway.
Outlook for Traditional TV Goes From Bad to Worse (WSJ) More than 1 million consumers canceled their cable-TV or satellite subscriptions in the past quarter, one of the largest seasonal drops ever, stepping up pressure on pay-TV providers to generate revenue in other ways.
Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson Odds, Prop Bets That Could Carry the Event (CBS Sports) One thing that’s certain about Friday’s Tiger v Phil $9 million match is that there will be side bets. There will be many, many side bets.
Clay Travis: Urban Meyer is Not Sick. He’s Faking it Because Ohio State is Collapsing (Outkick)
Les Miles and Kansas Is a Perfectly Flawed College Football Union (The Ringer) The king of the press conference is back. The meme-generating, grass-eating former LSU coach has returned to helm the nation’s most downtrodden program. What can go wrong? A lot. Will it be fun? Absolutely.
The Five Most Excruciating Betting Losses From NFL Week 11/CFB Week 12 (Sports Illustrated) Let’s go back into the past to reminisce over the worst betting losses over the last week.
Writer/Host Kate Fagan Leaving ESPN (Washington Post) “I found myself more and more interested in other aspects of sports — like how it connects to our culture. That was not going to be the big business of ESPN.”
Clay Travis: Signing Colin Kaepernick Instead of Mark Sanchez Would Be a Disaster (Outkick)
“College GameDay” And The Promotional Power Of College Sports: The Central Florida Case Study (Forbes) When you consider “College GameDay” has been taking place every Saturday morning since 1987, and the show has been to 71 different schools and 83 different cities but never Orlando or UCF until this past Saturday, and when you consider the cultural phenomenon the show and its hosts have become, you realize that the media value associated with a 3-hour nationally televised and popular show can be quite palpable.
White House Restores Full Access for CNN’s Acosta With Conditions (WSJ) Under new rules issued by press secretary Sarah Sanders, reporters will be entitled to a single question in exchanges with Trump and must surrender the floor if asked or risk losing access
College Football Odds, Lines, Schedule for Week 13: Alabama Big Favorite vs. Auburn in Iron Bowl (CBS Sports) The dust hasn’t settled on Week 12 yet, but it’s never too early to look ahead to Week 13, especially when it’s rivalry week. Sportsbooks have already begun to post lines for this week’s games, including plenty with College Football Playoff ramifications. We’ll begin there.
Clay Travis: Tua Tagovailoa Winning Heisman is ‘Foregone Conclusion’ (Lock It In)