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Monday Night Football Ravens vs Raiders Breakdown

Are you ready for some football! Here’s a breakdown of the first Monday Night Football game of the season. Plus, a bonus pick for daily fantasy!

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Arizona Cardinals Inactive Graphic is Flipping You the Bird!

Arizona it’s known for heat (dry), snakes, scorpions, people who can’t accept the out come of things, and cactus (cacti?). So it’s only natural that the Arizona Cardinals would add their native plant to their inactive graphic.

Someone in the graphic department was having some fun! The cactus is flipping the bird!

Look:

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Amazon Showing “Serious Interest” in NFL Sunday Ticket

Amazon and the NFL are already in bed together but the action might get more exciting after the 2022 season. CNBC is reporting that Amazon is has shown “serious interest” in acquiring the rights to NFL Sunday Ticket.

The DirectTV contract expires at the end of the 2022 season and Amazon is already sniffing around. The package is worth an estimated $2.5 billion.

Amazon will being airing Thursday night football exclusively during the 2022 season. The conglomerate paid $1 billion for that package.

Stay tuned…

Big 12 Officially Invites BYU, Cincy, Houston, & UCF

It’s officially official, the Big 12 is expanding. The eight remaining Big 12 members unanimously approved the invitations for BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and Central Florida. All four members would join the conference in the summer of 2023.

The move comes in response to Texas and Oklahoma’s jump to the SEC. The Big 12 acted swiftly in the additions to prevent other conference, namely The American, from extending their own invites. The additions will bring the Big 12 back to twelve teams ahead of the league’s TV renewal.

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Dana White Lashes out at “Scumbag” Media Members

Dana White grew the UFC into the sports entertainment Goliath it is by running his mouth and creating controversy. At times, there was a bit of charm to the brash White. He’s a Northeastern guy and that’s how people in that part of the States talk. What? You got a fuckin’ problem with that? See! Charm.

But over the past 4-to-5 years the act has become stale and eye roll educing. White has become another uber-rich guy who berates and belittles people simply because he can. His targets are just about anyone but usually it’s the fake news media because the media knows nothing and just stirs shit.

Sounds like a familiar, failed mantra.

White doubled down on his fury at the media on a recent edition of the Tough Business Podcast. The issue at hand was the media’s assertions that MMA fighters are DRASTICALLY underpaid.

Here’s what White had to say:

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SportsBiz: AEW Dynamite Defeats WWE Raw in Key Demographic

The post-All Out edition of AEW Dynamite was a rousing success for AEW and TNT. As first reported by Wrestlenomics, AEW Dynamite drew 1.319 million viewers for last night’s broadcast on TNT. That is a MASSIVE increase from the previous episode which drew 1.047 million viewers.

The viewers are fantastic but what’s really trending well for AEW was another demographic rating success. It’s the demo ratings, in this case 18-to-49, that drives TV ad revenue and future TV deals. In this case they bested the incumbent pro wrestling sports entertainment competition WWE Monday Night Raw.

AEW Dynamite‘s 18-to-49 demo rating for Wednesday came in at 0.53 or 681,000 viewers a significant increase from the previous Wednesday, 0.38. Monday Night Raw was watched by 678,000 viewers in the same demographic. The top segment on Dynamite was the showdown between Bryan Danielson and AEW World Champion Kenny Omega. Over 1-million viewers stayed for this segment.

Gable Steveson Signs NIL with WWE

WWE has announced that it has “signed” Olympic Gold Medalist and college wrestling champion Gable Steveson. But the deal isn’t what most would expect. The deal is taking advantage of the NCAA’s new “Name, Image, Likeness (NIL)” rules and will allow the champion amateur wrestler to return to college and defend his title.

NIL deals have been all the rage but this is a first for a major company to hire an athlete and still allow them to compete as an amateur. WWE being an entertainment company most likely makes the deal possible but it will be interesting to see if other professional sports leagues, such as UFC or the big four, will follow suit.

More as it becomes available…

Report: UCF, Cincinnati File Application to Join Big 12

The Athletic is reporting that University of Central Florida and the University of Cincinnati have officially filed for Big 12 membership. Both schools have requested addition to the conference for the summer of 2023 according to the report. UCF, Cincinnati, and the Big 12 have not commented publicly on the report.

The potential additions of the Knights and Bearcats would be the first shoe to drop in the Big 12’s quest to stay relevant in college football’s “Power 5” structure. As we reported earlier, the Big 12 is looking at raiding the AAC in order to replace the SEC-bound Texas and Oklahoma. The Big 12 is also looking at BYU to solidify the remaining slot in the conference.

Houston and BYU are expected to file their application later this week and the Big 12 members are expected to rubber stamp their addition by the end of the week or early next week.

T.O. Wants to Fight Donovan McNabb…Yup, Really!

Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Owens just can’t seem to let go of his issues with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. The two famously led the Eagles to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX where T.O., on one leg, nearly propelled the Eagles to victory. McNabb infamously threw up, allegedly, on a pivotal drive that cost the Eagles their first Lombardi.

The following off-season their “relationship” went to hell. T.O. performed a workout in his Moorestown, NJ home after being sent home from training camp and was ultimately banished from the team. The Hall of Famer blames McNabb for his failed tenure as an Eagle. He’s still bitter and now he wants to fight “5.”

Via Club Shay Shay (yup) Podcast:

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