The Daily Outkick: Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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Amazon’s Bid For Regional Sports Networks is Big Deal for Sports Broadcasting (Washington Post) A deal with Amazon would be the most notable, potentially shifting live sports rights into a digital sphere. So what does Amazon want with the RSNs? Several industry experts speculated that local game broadcasts could eventually be used to boost the value of a Prime membership.

Notre Dame Needs to Navigate One More November Game to Reach Destination (LA Times) No one could blame the folks around South Bend for holding their breath. The last few seasons, November has been cruel month for coach Brian Kelly’s program, cursed by slipups and misfires, tarnished by losses that killed championship runs.

Tiger, Phil Lay Down $200K Bet on Opening Hole of ‘The Match’ (NY Post) At a press conference on Tuesday, Mickelson showed some bravado in making one of the $9 million matchup’s side bets.

Clay Travis: Amazon Could Revolutionize Sports Gambling with Purchase of Sports Network (Outkick)

CFP Rankings Analysis: What True Contenders Must Do to Reach the Playoff (Sports Illustrated) Let’s see what each real playoff contender must do to reach the final four if the universe acts in a relatively normal way, i.e. most of the favorites win.

The Future of Football Has Flags (New York Times) More American children ages 6 to 12 now play flag football than the tackle version of the sport. The N.F.L. has taken note and is investing in the game.

Heisman Futures: Does Murray Have a Case Against Tagovailoa? (OddsShark) Bovada has Tagovailoa as the favorite at -400 followed by Murray at +450, Will Grier at +1200 and Gardner Minshew at +3300 to round out the top four on the oddsboard.

Clay Travis: Contrast Jared Goff & Todd Gurley Wearing LA Fire Dept Hats Versus Colin Kaepernick (Outkick)

The Future of the NFL Is Here, and It Looks Exactly Like Rams-Chiefs (The Ringer) Monday’s 54-51 thriller will go down as a classic. It was also a declaration of intent for where the league is heading.

You Think Things Are Bad Now? Look Back 40 Years. (Washington Post) Never in the course of human events was everything well and goodness unchallenged. Hatred and vice have always obstructed and opposed the exercise of virtues — of kindness, generosity, comity, humility, honesty and all the others. If we feel these contending forces more sharply in current events than through history books, it’s not because our day is more conflicted, more anxious, more contentious or more dangerous. It’s because it’s our day.

The Cold, Hard Truth About Why UCF Won’t Make the Playoff … and Doesn’t Deserve to be in Discussion (Saturday Down South) The Playoff committee knows, however, that lines like UCF’s don’t hold up in Power 5 conferences. Lines like that lead to .500 seasons and fired coaches, not bogus, artificial claims of national championships.

Amazon Pay Accepted Here? Web Giant Aims to Put Digital Wallet in Stores (WSJ) Amazon is looking to start by working with gas stations, restaurants and other merchants that aren’t its direct competitors.

Clay Travis on Monday Night Football: The NFL Got Its Swagger Back (Outkick)

Mike Leach Knows the Lines From ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ (For The Win) Documenting Mike Leach’s amazing press conference moments has become a regular occurrence this season, and this week, the Washington State coach’s most delightful moment involves a quirky story about a Pac-12 coaches meeting, In-N-Out Burger and Sean Penn’s character from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

America’s Secret Weapon Against China: Democracy (Bloomberg) Tyrannical states can move fast. Free states always win in the end.

Historic ‘Monday Night Football’ Game Ratings Soar; Rams Win Over Chiefs (Deadline) Snagging an 11.3 in metered market ratings, the Rams-Chiefs game was a big double-digit winner all around for the NFL and the Disney-owned cabler.

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner Menu (538) I set up a head-to-head battle with 97 different dishes — gathered by casual office poll, a review of past New York Times food columns on iconic regional dishes, and other Thanksgiving guides — and asked FiveThirtyEight readers and social media followers to choose the best.

Happy Thanksgiving From Clay Travis and His Pals at Lock It In (Lock It In)